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Friday 4 May 2012, 11:41

Mark Kermode Mark Kermode

There has been a huge amount of debate recently about the quality of the Hobbit footage shown at the recent CinemaCon.

I say it's time we stopped judging films based on excerpts...

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    Comment number 1.

    I find it funny that after a few clips of Avatar 3D was prematurely heralded as the future .... whereas a few clips of something that is actually improving the quality of the picture is ripped apart like there is no tomorrow

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    Comment number 2.

    I actually stopped watching trailers for the past couple of years and, honestly, my film-going experience has benefited so much. I now enjoy every film from being to end without thinking when the next bit from the trailer will happen. Although, it's a little awkward for the person with me in the cinema as I stare down at the floor or close my eyes while the trailers roll.

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    Comment number 3.

    I agree with you on the watch-the-whole-film issue. However, I understand fans desperately wanting to catch extra glimpses of a film they're excited about - you can't pretend you didn't rush online to see a few new Wally Pfister shots in the new The Dark Knight Rises trailer Dr. K!

    But I can see why Jackson did it. It's a new technology; an amendment to a medium. Whether it's this or Avatar with 3D I understand prescreening a little taster for industry experts. Prometheus, on the other hand, there was no point in screening 10 minutes of that whatsoever.

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    Comment number 4.

    In all honesty, I have never sat and watched an excerpt from a movie that hasn't been released yet. Why? Because it is pointless, I want to be amazed by the final product and to enjoy it on the big screen not knowing what is going to happen. Having said that, I do love the trailers at the start of the movie as it gets me hyped up for the next cinema trip. As far as the frame per seconds thing (I have no idea about cinema jargon - apologies) I have always enjoyed the cinematic quality of films, the texture of it on the screen, the knowledge that it is "other-worldly". If I end up going to see the Hobbit and it looks like it was shot in the shire equivalent of Holby City, I'll be taking names

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    Comment number 5.

    That electricity will never catch on...


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