What nausea? WB responds to those sickening Hobbit reports

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Jan 14, 2013, 2:52 PM EST

Though The Hobbit is riding a monstrous wave of buzz and momentum, one lingering issue surrounding the Lord of the Rings prequel is that the cutting-edge frame rate is reportedly freaking some people out. So what does the studio have to say?

According to Deadline, Warner Bros. has put out a statement saying that all those anecdotal reports of people getting migraines and experiencing nausea are mostly crap—reiterating the belief that the beefed-up 48-frames-per-second rate rocks. We all just have to get used to it.

Here's their statement:

"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 moviegoing experience and we look forward to having audiences everywhere share in this new way of storytelling."
It's not surprising to hear the studio jump out in front of this one, and the truth probably lies somewhere in between. The faster frame rate likely is a bit unsettling at first, but those sickness reports are likely on the fringe of the spectrum in the big picture.

What do you think? Do you plan on seeing The Hobbit at 48 frames?

(Via Deadline)

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