Variations on a film

When you look at times for “The Hobbit,” you may get confused. There are subtle differences in the title that signify the various movie experiences. Here’s what they mean:

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” This is the good, old-fashioned “regular” version of the film, sometimes now called 2-D. It’s playing everywhere. Adult tickets cost about $10.50.

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 3-D.” The trend of “3-D” films continues. For purists, “The Hobbit” was actually filmed in 3-D – it wasn’t added in post-production – so that’s a plus. Playing everywhere. Tickets are $11.50-$12.

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – An IMAX 3-D Experience.” Simply put, IMAX films are huge. HUGE! Screens are up to eight stories high; the sound is state of the art. To get the full experience, as with 3-D, films need to be shot with an IMAX camera. “The Hobbit” wasn’t. Showing at the Regal Transit Center 18 & Imax (6707 Transit Road, Williamsville). Tickets are $16.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – HFR 3-D.” This is the version that the industry is making a fuss about. It’s the first major motion picture filmed in “HFR” or at a high frame rate. Showing at the Regal Transit. Tickets are $12.

In this area, we’re also privy to being able to see “The Hobbit” in “D-Box,” a technology only available at Dipson Flix Stadium 10 cinema (4901 Transit Road, Lancaster) where special motion-equipped seats move in sync with the action on screen. Tickets are $17 adults, $15 students and seniors (add $2.50 for 3-D).

– Toni Ruberto