'Michael Jackson's Thriller 3D' Gets Venice Premiere

Lawrence Kim
August 8, 2017

John Branca, co-executor of the estate of Michael Jackson, describes the restored and enhanced Thriller as "authentic, visceral and still impactful".

After last month's exciting announcement about "Thriller 3D" coming to the Venice Film Festival this year, John Landis, the original director of "Thriller" (and "Black or White"), has spoken about his excitement and the process he went through to restore the original 1983 groundbreaking short film.

But Michael Jackson's evergreen track and video, Thriller, is set to get a lease of new life, as it goes 3D at an upcoming global film festival. "Let me just warn you, there is a rather shocking surprise in there!" He also co-wrote the script with Jackson, who had been intrigued by the title character's metamorphosis in Landis' 1981 film An American Werewolf in London.

To complement the enhanced visuals, all of the audio, including Michael's music, Elmer Bernstein's score and the sound effects, has also been updated to 5.7, 7.1 and Atmos standards in order to create the highest quality audio and visual experience for in theater viewing which is how Michael and Landis intended the film to be enjoyed. Academy Award-winning make-up artist Rick Baker was brought in for the elaborate prosthetic transformation of Michael and the cast.

John Branco, the co-executor of Michael Jackson's estate, added: "Michael was going to use 3D elements on the This Is It tour, so this is something Michael would have done". Michael self-funded the "Thriller" video and made the making of as a way to get back the money he had put in.

Thriller is widely considered to be one of the greatest music videos ever made, and remains the only one that has been inducted into the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. The original project was only available on VHS between 1983-1990 and has not been shown in any other format since.

The three-dimensional version was conceived for the tour "This is it", of the King of Pop, a tour of 50 concerts from July 2009 until March 2010 cancelled after the death of Michael Jackson, a pair of weeks before it was slated to begin.

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