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The Hobbit’s Revolutionary 48-Frame Format Will Be a Limited Release

After all that hoopla about The Hobbit being the first 48-frames-per-second film (twice the regular rate), it's actually going to release pretty minimally in that format. The first piece to the newly trilogized saga will send its high-frame-rate version to "only select locations, perhaps not even into all major cities," Variety reports. It appears Warner Bros. wants to test the reaction to the new format before tripling down on it as the future of film.