This is my update to the previous post. We saw The Hobbit again last night at Cinerama in Seattle in the High Frame Rate (HFR) 3D version and I want to answer all those who will ask, “Was it worth it?”
YES! It was amazing.
The action was sharp and clear with no blur and no roll. When the party leaves Hobbiton and the scene moves through the darkness of the forest and then out over the open plain I felt like I’d never really seen a movie before. Remember that feeling at the beginning of The Sound of Music when the camera takes in the whole mountaintop? It was like that. Incredible field of view and sharpness at the same time. I was able to see details in the action of the battle sequences in the mountain that were just a blur of motion in the 3D Imax version and the sense that you could see the entire screen without a “curve” at the edges gave an almost hyper real effect in the forest and Rivendell settings. At least that is how it seemed to me. See it if you can.