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The only thing 48fps is good for is improving the gimmick that is 3D and sports. Other than that, doubling the normal frame rate does nothing for the viewer besides give them nausea, dizziness and headaches. At least for a few of them who went to see preview screenings of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit.

One fan compared the experience to being on a roller-coaster. “You have to hold your stomach down and let your eyes pop at first to adjust. This is not for wimps.” Others were franker: “I left loving the movie but feeling sick”; “My eyes cannot take everything in, it’s dizzying. Now I have a migraine.” Critics have chimed in with agreement. Devin Faraci testified to crossed eyes, while Peter Sciretta said the effect was “jarring”. The Guardian

Coincidentally, this is how I felt after seeing Transformers 3. Though that didn’t have anything to do with the frame rate. It was just me realizing that I’d given Michael Bay twelve of my dollars to see that abortion.

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