dealsthe hobbit: an unexpected journey (blu-ray) for…


Got this one. Had a deal on my account too that gave me an extra $5 off. Not sure what deal caused it but hey, it's still a good deal.


Just a heads-up that the $9.99 one is the theatrical edition, and there is an extended edition at a different price (note that the reviews are combined for all editions, you may be reading a review for something very different than what you're ordering)


I'll wait until there's a format that supports 48fps.


@fredwallace18: And a TV. Your TV would have to be 240Hz to play it smoothly and accurately. That is, if it was going to be compatible with 30fps, 60fps (interlaced), and 24fps content. Just like 24fps requires a 120Hz TV if you want to watch it without 3:2 pulldown. 120Hz TV's could do it with 3:2 pulldown, but I don't know how noticeable it would be.


@omnichad: 240Hz TVs are really common. I have a crappy TV right now, but that'll be part of my upgrade plan, yeah.


@fredwallace18: Wow, people hated 48fps so much they hate people who like it. My favourite is 8fps--it feels even more cinematic (ie dated and jerky) than 24.


@fredwallace18: The ones I've seen only use the 240Hz to provide 3D at 120Hz. For passive 3D, where you only get 540p per eye, it shows the even half and then the odd half in rapid succession. The net result is only 120 frames per second, split into 240 frames per second to improve the vertical resolution.

For active 3D, it shutters between the two eyes, so each eye only gets a full picture 120 times per second.

So it's possible for a 240Hz passive 3D to support 48fps in theory, but not if it does the doubling to show the full resolution. Then you need 480Hz (for active or doubled-frame passive).


@omnichad: Fair enough--that gets you 240Hz per eye, into which 24, 30, 60, and 48 all divide evenly. But 480Hz TVs already exist too. TVs aren't the limiting factor--BluRays are. 4k isn't in the official specification yet, much less 8k, which is just around the corner.

I'd rather not be tricked into buying the same thing in many formats (like many did with VHS-DVD-BluRay), when the first format doesn't even support the frame rate (much less resolution) of the theatrical release.


With all of the "480Hz" TV's I've read about, the additional frames inserted between the 240Hz image refresh are black frames (backlight turned off), designed to help reduce image persistence issues (effectively reducing motion blur):

At best, you still only get 240Hz in actual images.