(LOS ANGELES) -- In response to reports that The Hobbit has caused dizziness and nausea among moviegoers due to its high-speed 3D technology, Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema have released a statement defending its film.
It reads in part, "[F]eedback has been extremely positive, with none of thousands who have seen the film projected in this format expressing any of the issues described by two anonymous sources in media reports."
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which opens in the U.S. on Dec. 14, has a frame rate of 48 frames per second, as opposed to the normal 24 frames per second.
For his part, Oscar winning Lord of the Rings series director Peter Jackson, who is also calling the shots on The Hobbit films, insists he's finding "anyone under the age of 20 or so doesn't really care" about the change.
He says the film speed change isn't "an attempt to change the movie industry," but says the new frame rate "actually allows 3D...to achieve the potential it can achieve," and makes for a visually more enjoyable experience.
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