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They better not f**k this up, I read the book (and the LOTR books) dozens of times as a kid. The LOTR trilogy was a very good effort so I have high hopes for this.

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I can't say I'm too happy about these movies being shot in 3D. It's interesting to see what the 48 frames per second material will look like, though. Maybe it will help the eye strain that comes from watching 3D material that was shot with the traditional frame rate of 24 frames per second.

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I can't say I'm too happy about these movies being shot in 3D. It's interesting to see what the 48 frames per second material will look like, though. Maybe it will help the eye strain that comes from watching 3D material that was shot with the traditional frame rate of 24 frames per second.

If you're not a fan of the 3D, you should definitely have a look at these:

http://www.2d-glasses.com/

I don't mind 3D myself, but I've heard they're absolutely fantastic.

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If you're not a fan of the 3D, you should definitely have a look at these:

http://www.2d-glasses.com/

I don't mind 3D myself, but I've heard they're absolutely fantastic.

Hmmm... It would be interesting to try them. My main gripe with 3D is that the technology is suppose to make the movie watching experience more immersive, but at the moment it doesn't do that to me as I'm constantly reminded of the 3D-technology because it doesn't work as well as it should. First of all, I'd like to have better 3D glasses, because the last time I went to see a 3D movie, I had to keep adjusting my glasses all through the movie because they were too big for me. That was a constant reminder that I was watching a movie. If those 2D glasses don't fit me well, it will cause a similar problem. And it's not just the glasses, because when there's a lot of action and big movement on the screen, your eyes will get tired because the movement is quite jerky. Over two hours of 3D footage is too much for me because of the eye strain. And then there's the fact that you can't look where you want on the screen because on the edges of the picture the 3D effect doesn't work and again you're reminded of the technology.

At the moment the whole 3D thing feels like a gimmick to me. Would Avatar have been such a big thing without the 3D craze? If I wanted to be mean, I'd say that they had to make it in 3D to compensate for the one dimensional characters in the story.

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Looking forward to this one. I loved the book (perhaps even more than I loved the Lord of the Rings actually) and Jackson did well last time he tried to make a movie of a Tolkien book.

Not overjoyed with some of the casting (Martin Freeman as Bilbo, really?), but it will probably work out quite well anyway. Nice to see a swede in it (too bad that swede appears to prefer doing drugs at the moment, rather than being a great actor).

Felt a bit sad when Del Toro dropped out. Jacksons love for Tolkiens work combined with Del Toros ideas sounded like a match made in heaven.

But it'll be fine anyway, hopefully.

Actually heard that Andy Serkis (Gollum/Smeagol) will do some directing. Not sure how much though.

As for the 3D, I can't say I love the idea, but on the other hand I haven't seen a movie in 3D, so I don't know too much about it. I've only seen a documentary in 3D once and that was okay, nothing special. And it was just like 40-45 minutes long, which was enough for me. I wear glasses and having the 3D-glasses over them was awful.

One thing I do know about 3D however is that there's a huge difference between movies shot in 3D and movies converted into 3D. The first one is usually okay or even good. The latter is almost always crap.

I can imagine that some actions scenes might be cool in this one. Especially the ones with Smaug.

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Martin Freeman as Bilbo, really?

Funny... I thought that was one of the most obvious casting choices.

Actually heard that Andy Serkis (Gollum/Smeagol) will do some directing. Not sure how much though.

My guess is that he will direct scenes that require motion capture. He's already worked as a director on some motion capture projects and he's launching a motion capture studio.

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The trailer gave me goosebumps and then I almost got angry because I realised it's a year left until it's release.

Only small worry I had when watching the trailer was that there was a few funny things in it and I hope they won't ridicule Bombur too much and put in loads of jokes. But I think I thought the same when I first saw the Lotr trailer and it turned out great.

I have full confidence in Jackson and his crew.

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It's still almost a full year until they release it, so we probably shouldn't make too many assumptions based on that trailer. I mean, it looks promising, but Peter Jackson is notorious for constantly re-writing the scripts all through the shooting of the movie and tweaking his films in post production until the final minute of the dead line. Now when it's a fully digital post production process(they don't use film), he will have more time to focus on fiddling around with details. Then again, I'm not sure how much more work the 3D adds to the whole process.

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