Warner Bros. is currently battling negative reports on the doubled frame rate of their latest film "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." Film director Peter Jackson's first film in the "Lord of the Rings" prequel trilogy reportedly caused nausea and dizziness to some viewers who watched the movie premiere in New Zealand. However, Warner Bros. stated "The Hobbit" does not make you throw up.
Warner Bros. dismissed the New Zealand Herald and ABC News nausea reports and that "The Hobbit" film's doubled frame-rate speed is hard to stomach. "You have to hold your stomach down and let your eyes pop at first to adjust," ABC News quoted a Hobbit fan who posted on Twitter.
In an attempt to guarantee movie viewers that "The Hobbit" nausea is a rare incident, Warner Bros. studio released a statement regarding the issue. It read: "We have been screening the full-length HFR 3D presentation of THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY extensively and feedback has been extremely positive, with none of thousands who have seen the film projected in this format expressing any of the issues described by two anonymous sources in media reports. We share the filmmakers' belief that by offering filmgoers the additional choice of HFR 3D, alongside traditional viewing formats, they have an opportunity to be part of a groundbreaking advancement in the movie-going experience and we look forward to having audiences everywhere share in this new way of storytelling."
Academy Award-winning director Peter Jackson's technique of filming "The Hobbit" at 48 frames per second has also generated complains from movie viewers that the high-definition result required them to absorb too much fast-swirling visual images.
Meanwhile, film director James Cameron came to Peter Jackson's rescue when he forecasted that Jackson's decision to film "The Hobbit" at 48 frames per second would yield fine quality results for the high-definition filmmaking just like what his "Avatar" film did for 3D movies. "We charged out ahead on 3D with Avatar, now Peter's doing it with The Hobbit. It takes that kind of bold move to make change," Cameron said.
"The Hobbit" nausea complaints only came from the movie viewers who watched the high-speed 48fps version of the film. Fans who were able to watch the traditional 2D version of the film did not report any experience of nausea or dizziness.