Before he went big with the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Peter Jackson made some pretty cool horror flicks – and the superb Heavenly Creatures. But they’ve been rather hard to track down ever since.
This is set to change, as Jackson is planning to use the digital wizardry employed for his recent WWI doco They Shall Not Grow Old to bring the four flicks back to glorious 4K life.
His debut, the crazy low-budget Bad Taste, the naughty puppet fuelled Meet the Feebles, Braindead (AKA Dead Alive) and Oscar-nominated Heavenly Creatures – the screen debut of one Kate Winslet – are all set to get the treatment, with not only the video restored to today’s tech standards, but also the original stereo audio given a 5.1 (what, no Atmos?!) sprucing up.
“I’m pretty keen to actually just get them back out there again,” Jackson told THR. “That’s sort of my plan for now, to do a nice little box set – the early years. The naughty years!”
If the prospect of having three splatter classics and a brilliant piece of psychological crime drama back on our screens like they were made yesterday isn’t exciting enough, Jackson also apparently has a treasure trove of hours and hours of on-set footage from all four films to plunder for bonus material.
Hopefully this may also lead to The Frighteners, which isn’t owned by Jackson, getting similar loving restoration treatment.