The journey will be long, the challenges daunting, the popcorn very likely stale. But that doesn't matter now -- the grand epic that is the three-part, film adaptation of The Hobbit is upon us with the release of the first installment: An Unexpected Journey. Having braved the onslaught of orcs, goblins and restless eight-year-olds, beabetterbooktalker.com's Andrea Lipinski joins Cinefantastique Online's Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French and I to discuss whether director Peter Jackson has taken what started as a compact, nimble fantasy tale and managed to elaborate on it in a way that will make audiences eager to sign on for all three films. We also delve into the film's introduction of High Frame Rate (HFR) projection technology, and explore what effect the process has on the viewing experience.
Also: What's coming to theaters next week.
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