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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

London's BFI IMAX presents high-tech Hobbit

13th December 2012

The BFI IMAX will be showing new movie The Hobbit during December with a high-tech twist.

The Hobbit is the prequel to the successful Lord of the Rings triology and focuses on the JK Tolkien  novel of the same name.

Visitors to central London hotels will be able to see the new blockbuster at the BFI IMAX in a special format showing 48 frames per second compared to the industry standard of 24 frames per second.

"In the 48-frames-per-second version of Hobbit, Middle Earth in 3D looks so crisp it’s like stepping into the foreground of an insanely gorgeous diorama," explained reviewer Hugh Hart in Wired magazine.

"At 48 fps, images appear more precise and 3D action becomes smoother, without the blur that can occur when the camera pans too quickly or objects move rapidly across the frame."

The Hobbit features Martin Freeman and Sir Ian McKellan and is directed by Peter Jackson. It tells the story of Bilbo Baggins and his adventures in trying to save the lost Dwarf Kingdon of Erebor from the Dragon Smaug. Along the way, the hobbit also discovers the mysterious ring that will change the course of his life.

BFI IMAX is close to London Waterloo mainline rail and London Underground stations so is easier for those enjoying London getways during December.

The BFI was created in 1933 and its home is on the Southbank, where it hosts a whole range events including special screenings of classic movies and up and coming productions as well as exhibitions about the film industry.


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