12/23/2022 at 2:21 p.m. by Sara Petzold – Because Avatar: The Way of Water runs at a frame rate of 48 fps instead of the 24 fps normally used in cinema films, there are probably problems in some cinemas. Among other things, even the projectors crashed during the screenings of the film in Japan.
As a sequel to Avatar, Avatar: The Way of Water follows in huge footsteps – especially technically. That’s why Avatar: The Way of Water is not only available as a 2D and 3D version, but also in two different versions with 24 and 48 frames per second. The former corresponds to the standard of the cinema film, at 48 fps it is the so-called high frame rate technology – and that apparently causes problems in some cinemas.
The Way of Water did not reach number 1 in the cinema charts in Japan
Because, as the editors of Bloomberg (via Golem) report, some cinema projectors in Japan do not cope well with the increased frame rate. While the 3D version of Avatar: The Way of Water runs consistently at 48 frames per second (which should also reduce the occurrence of nausea), the 2D version only shows the action scenes with fast frame changes in 48 fps.
However, because the projectors in the 2D version have to switch back and forth between 48 and 24 fps, it can happen that the hardware gets too hot and switches off automatically. This is exactly what happened in some cinemas in Japan. The chains Toho Col, Tokyu Corp. and United Cinemas Co., who subsequently refunded the ticket prices to their customers.
How these issues will affect Avatar: The Way of Water’s performance at the box office remains to be seen. The film has so far fallen short of expectations at a high level worldwide and it did not reach number 1 in Japan itself either. The anime The First Slam Dunk is currently available there.
Quelle: Bloomberg (via Golem)