I’ve always had more than a soft spot for Peter Jackson’s early low budget work, from the gore-laden Braindead which is perhaps the pinnacle of practical gruesome effects, to the sensitive, beautifully acted Heavenly Creatures. So I’m very excited to hear that Jackson is himself restoring his first four films in 4K and intends to finally bring them out on Blu-ray with extensive, unseen special features. As Jackson said to ‘THR’:
“I’ve done some tests on Braindead, where we took the 16mm negative and put it through our restoration pipeline – and shit, it looks fantastic! 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! 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 of them. And I’ve always had video diaries being shot. 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 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.”
I can’t wait! And that’s not all. Jackson also told ‘THR’ that he may, just may, return to his early days.
“Oh, I’m very happy to be disgusting again if the right project comes along. It would be interesting to see how disgusting [co-writer Fran Walsh] and I could be in our older age compared to our younger years because we’ve learned a few things since then. We know a little bit more about the world than we did then, so maybe our levels of disgusting could go into whole new places!”
Come on Peter, leave the big budget, family friendly stuff for a bit and show us how disgusting you can now be!