‘The Hobbit’ 3D tech divides our CNET reviewers

‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ features a new 3D technology that some people have criticized for looking too much like TV.

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Now that Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” has opened in theaters around the world, the most controversial thing about it isn’t even that he somehow is making three 3-hour movies out of a 300-page children’s story. No, it’s the way the movie has been shot that has the most people talking.

The “Hobbit” trilogy has been captured using James Cameron’s 48-frames-per-second 3D technology (HFR 3D), which Jackson says leads to less eyestrain and a sharper picture.

Only a limited number of cinemas will be showing the movie in HFR — Jackson says it’s only 1,000 out of 25,000 theaters.

“On the first day of shooting ‘The Hobbit’ in 48 frames, there was not a single cinema in the world that could project the movie in that format,” Jackson said, according to CinemaBlend.

While we’re not going to go into how the technology works here, CNET editors David Katzmaier and Ty Pendlebury have just come out of a showing in HFR 3D and wanted to share their thoughts.

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