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Peter Jackson confirms his first four films are being restored to 4K quality with previously unseen footage


Director Peter Jackson has revealed plans to restore his early work to 4K high definition quality. 

The films, which will also come equipped with previously unseen bonus material, include 1987s Bad Taste, 1989 film Meet the Feebles, 1992s Braindead (also known as Dead Alive) and Heavenly Creatures from 1994. 

Jackson, undoubtedly best known for his work as the director, writer, and producer of the Lord of the Rings trilogy offers an insight into his early ‘splatter’ film and horror desires with parts of his early work. 

“I’ve done some tests on Braindead (aka Dead Alive), where we took the 16mm negative and put it through our restoration pipeline — and shit, it looks fantastic!” Jackson just told THR. “I’m pretty keen to actually just get them back out there again. That’s sort of my plan for now: to do a nice little box set — the early years! The naughty years!”

Jackson also revealed that the audio will be restored along with the visuals, a project that has been passed on to the WETA Digital VFX team. 

“The mixes on those films were pretty much all stereo in those days, so we’re going to get the old soundtracks out and do a 5.1 mix,” Jackson added. 

On top of the news that Jackson plans to update the visual appearance of his work, it has emerged that he also intends to include previously unseen clips to accompany a complete box set. 

“I’ve always had video diaries being shot,” he said. “So I’ve got about an hour or two of us shooting Bad Taste, seven or eight hours of us shooting Meet the Feebles, 50 to 60 hours of us filming Braindead, and at least 70 hours of us doing Heavenly Creatures. And it’s not just people talking to the camera. It’s actually a guy on the set filming us making the film. So there’s some pretty interesting stuff there and none of it has ever been out.”