48fps Hobbit unconfirmed for Wellington

03:45, Aug 10 2012
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THE ROAD GOES EVER ON: Martin Freeman stars as Bilbo in The Hobbit movies.

The home of The Hobbit may miss out on seeing the movies in their full double-frame glory.

Movie industry magazine Variety reported this week that Warner Bros will release 48-frames-per-second (fps) versions of the film only to select locations, "perhaps not even into all major cities".

None of Wellington's cinemas are yet confirmed as getting a 48fps copy of the first movie, which will have its world premiere in the capital on November 28.

Asked whether any Wellington cinemas had secured 48fps stock, Sir Peter Jackson's spokesman Matt Dravitzki referred The Dominion Post to Warners.

Warners could not be reached for comment and the film's New Zealand distributor, Roadshow Entertainment, did not return calls.

The Miramar Roxy Cinema - refitted with the help of Jackson and fellow Oscar-winners Sir Richard Taylor and Jamie Selkirk - was getting the necessary technology upgrade to show 48fps but was not yet confirmed to receive a copy, operations and film manager Daminda Dias said.

"We expect to get it, but you never know."

Carmen Switzer, general manager of Event Cinemas, which runs the Embassy Theatre, said it was "presumed" the cinema would get a 48fps copy.

However, it had not had this confirmed, though it would have invested in the technology necessary to show the faster film by the film's launch.

The Embassy is expected to host the premiere, though this is not confirmed.

The Hobbit will be the first wide-release feature film to be shot in 48fps, rather than the traditional 24fps.

"The result looks like normal speed, but the image has hugely enhanced clarity and smoothness," Jackson said when announcing the move last year.

Hoyts operations manager Matthew Garelli said the chain hoped to have a screen in each of its 10 cinemas upgraded for 48fps. None had yet been completed.

However, the chain had no commitment yet that it would receive any faster film stock.

Reading Cinemas declined to comment.

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