Video Blog: WB's CinemaCon Footage: 'TDKR', 'Hobbit', 'Great Gatsby'
by Alex Billington
April 24, 2012
This is why I love CinemaCon (formerly known as ShoWest). Warner Bros always rocks Las Vegas with a presentation looking at their upcoming movies that leaves me giddy (honestly) with excitement. Of course I'm incredibly excited for Chris Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises already, but we got to watch a totally new sizzle reel of ~5 minutes of footage, and it took me to levels of pure cinematic exhilaration. Beyond that, we were treated to ~10 minutes of fresh footage from Peter Jackson's The Hobbit shown in 48FPS 3D, and raw footage from Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby in 3D. Immediately after we recorded a video blog.
Our focus in this video blog included footage from Warner Bros' upcoming movies: Chris Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises, where we saw a special phenomenal CinemaCon extended trailer; Jay Roach's The Campaign, a hilarious political comedy with Will Ferrell; Baz Luhrmann'z The Great Gatsby, his visually spectacular new take on F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel; and finally Peter Jackson's The Hobbit, the first movie shot at 48FPS, which has now become a huge point of debate following this screening. Watch our video blog with Peter Sciretta from SlashFilm and Steve Weintraub from Collider (listen to the end, we discuss a lot):
Suffice it to say, The Dark Knight Rises footage was absolutely breathtaking. I was literally holding my breath throughout much of it, and couldn't even move at the end I was so blown away by this new glimpse we got. I know it was only another 5 minutes of footage, on top of the two trailers we've seen so far, but the more I see, the more confident I am that Nolan has not only topped The Dark Knight, but made something possibly even more phenomenal. It's the conclusion we didn't know he could pull off, but possibly has. The shots, the story, the epicness, the characters, there's nothing that can top my anticipation for this movie.
As for the other footage, all of it was impressive, but the 48FPS demo, well, it has some issues. The entirety of CinemaCon has been buzzing since seeing The Hobbit about how bad, or how awkward, it looked. 48FPS is a big change, a drastic change from the 80 years of 24FPS footage, that we're used to, and it will take a while to get into it. But I noticed problems where it seemed like movement was running at double the speed as the rest of the footage, even though it was all in sync. It was odd, even awkward, and a bit weird to see, and a bit weird to get into. But was it just unfinished, raw footage? Will it look better finished by December?
Only time will tell, but it's certain the debate is on regarding 48FPS. Some will hate it, some will be unsure, some may love it, others will think it is the future but will take time to be perfected. I wasn't as impressed as I thought I would be by 48FPS (though The Hobbit content did look fantastic, of course) but I'm hoping that with the seven months they have until release, they'll make sure it looks as spectacular as Cameron/Jackson have claimed it should. Besides that, Warner Bros has one hell of an awesome slate of movies coming up.