Though studios and exhibitors alike regularly make a killing by charging extra for 3D and IMAX screenings of movie, the latest technological innovation to come to your multiplex won't actually cost you any extra. Tickets to see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey this December will cost a lot, don't get me wrong, but they won't cost any more than a regular 3D ticket, as Warner Bros. has promised today.

Apparently the producing studio was rallying behind keeping the ticket price the same, and exhibitors have finally agreed, according to Variety. All, or at least most, screenings of The Hobbit will be in 3D, but very few will be presented in the groundbreaking 48 frames per second that Peter Jackson intends; response to the new format, which makes all the images look sharper and a little bit like a soap opera ,was pretty mixed at Cinema Con earlier this year, and they ditched the 48 fps for the Comic Con presentation in July. The studio wants to let some people see what the film looks like in 48 frames per second, hope the reaction is good, then maybe let that trickle out to people, rather than barraging an unsuspecting movie public with a movie that just won't look like a movie ought to-- though most of them won't be able to explain why.

The difference between 48 frames per second and the standard 24 is pretty simple-- you're seeing twice as many images captured of the action within a single second-- but it's hard to describe. Eric was on hand at the Cinema Con presentation, and you can click here to read about how he adjusted to the crisper image-- and the doubts he still has about the format. You can also click here to learn everything else about The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which comes to theaters on December 14.

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