Back in the day, music videos existed on MTV and the premiere of anything by a popular act was treated like a special event on the channel. The very first hyped-up, World Premiere video ever shown on MTV was on December 2, 1983. That video was Michael Jackson’s epic “Thriller,” which has over 530 million YouTube views and sold more than nine million copies.
But since you’re on the number one Michael Jackson fan site on the internet, you already knew that.
What you may also know is that “Thriller” was directed by John Landis, had narration by Vincent Price, and was attached to a theatrical re-release of Walt Disney’s Fantasia in order to compete for an Academy Award. Although it did not win an Oscar, the video had a profound and long-standing effect on the scope and expense of future music videos while cementing Jackson’s status as the King of Pop in a new era of self-promotion and creativity. It also scared the crap out of tons of kids who probably shouldn’t have been watching late at night, but my parents weren’t that strict about what I watched anyway.
As a celebration of what would have been Jackson’s 60th birthday today, IMAX and his estate announced that the epic granddaddy of all music videos was being remastered and prepared for showing in theaters again. The nearly fourteen-minute masterpiece will run for one week only in front of the movie The House with a Clock in Its Walls.
In creating Michael Jackson’s Thriller 3D, which had its world premiere at the 74th Venice Film Festival, the original iconic short film, directed by John Landis and written by Landis and Michael Jackson, was not reedited or recut in any way. Optimum Productions brought Landis in and together they supervised an elaborate and labor-intensive process that began with the original 35mm film negative from Michael’s archives and resulted in a 3D conversion of the acclaimed film using the latest available technology. Additionally, all of the audio, including Michael’s music, Elmer Bernstein’s score and sound effects, were adapted to 5.7, 7.1 and Atmos standards in order to create the highest quality audio experience for in theater viewing. -via Collider
To say that I am excited is an understatement. I will legitimately pay money to see it in the theater in 3D and then possibly stay for the feature film. “Thriller” was such an iconic point in pop culture and my own childhood, I’ll happily pay for that brief moment of nostalgia to fill my eyes and ears.
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