Thriller 3D Adds Shocking Surprise to Michael Jackson Classic

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Michael Jackson’s Thriller 3D, long rumored and highly anticipated by fans, will make its world premiere at the 74th Venice Film Festival 2017, announced the Estate of Michael Jackson today. Creating Michael Jackson’s Thriller 3D, the original iconic short film, directed by John Landis and written by Landis and Michael Jackson, was not reedited or recut in any way. Rather 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.

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. In making the announcement, John Landis had this to say in a statement, hinting at quite the surprise for fans.

“I am so happy to have had the chance not only to restore but enhance Michael Jackson’s Thriller! We took full advantage of the remarkable advances in technology to add new dimensions to both the visual and the audio bringing it to a whole new level. Even though Thriller was shot traditionally, I was able to use the 3-D creatively. Let me just warn you, there is a rather shocking surprise in there!”

From the beginning Michael Jackson and John Landis set out to produce Thriller with the aesthetics of a feature film. Michael was a fan of An American Werewolf In London, and called Landis to collaborate on the project. Academy Award-winning make-up artist Rick Baker was brought in for the elaborate prosthetic transformation of Michael and the cast. Michael Peters collaborated with Michael on the choreography. John Branca, Michael’s attorney at the time and now the co-executor of his Estate with John McClain, worked out a deal with MTV and Showtime for a first of its kind “making of” documentary, Making of Michael Jackson’s Thriller, to offset the cost of making the short film. Here’s what John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson, said in their statement.

“Michael Jackson made Thriller a rich theatrical experience: fun, funny, scary and wildly entertaining. No one before or since has made anything like it. Michael Jackson’s Thriller 3D is a modern day technical enhancement of his and John Landis’ original vision, and I think fans will love it.”

Thriller premiered at the AVCO Theatre in Los Angeles in 1983, and it sold out every night for three weeks. No other music film generated such excitement and has such a hold on our attention, such that more than three decades later, we all share it as a collective memory and it remains the only music video to be inducted into the elite National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. It is fitting that Michael Jackson’s Thriller 3D and Making of Michael Jackson’s Thrillerwill premiere at the prestigious Venice Film Festival, the oldest film festival in the world. The Making of Michael Jackson’s Thriller was available on VHS from 1983-1990, and has never been available for purchase in any format since then. Its screening in Venice will mark the first time that the award-winning documentary has ever been shown in a theater. The following provided services for the creation of Michael Jackson’s Thriller 3D: 2D Film Restoration by Deluxe Lab, 3D Film Conversion by Legend3D and Audio Work by NBCUniversal Studio Post Feature Sound and Humberto Gatica and Martin Nessi. Fans can learn more about Michael Jackson’s Thriller 3D at MJThriller.net.

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Nina
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There is only one thing in the world that can shock me and they are not special effects…but I lost hope

Nina
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Thank you. I don’t want to lose hope and that’s why I’m here. But I don’t want to be blind and naive. I can explain most of the points from “The Weird List”… and it’s horrible… But so long as I can’t explain absolutely everything in this hoax, I’m beLIEver.”If you’ve eliminated all other possibilities whatever remains must be the truth” – Sherlock Holmes

Moonwalker500
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I wonder what the surprise is.

Nina
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That’s why I’m here.“That’s still the best piece of evidence.”For me the best piece of evidence is Beverly Hills Hotel (GPS error or something? It’s Impossible) and  reaction (or rather lack of reaction) Katherine and… her lies (Yes, she can lie! For example She lied about double of Michael on o2 Arena, It was He, not double). This finally convinced me.Ok. He is alive… so I can’t understand Paris. Alcohol, drugs… She smokes, she wanted to kill herself. It’s obvious that she doesn’t live with her father…“How do you explain the death certificate? You’re right, it’s difficult to explain, but… Read more »
Moonwalker500
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tbh I think Jermaine Janet and LaToya’s slip ups when they talk about Michael are the oddest thing and biggest clues. I can’t really explain Paris’ whole situation but you know even kids with good parents can rebel and harm themselves and Michael may not even be with his kids all of the time. Joe Jackson’s odd tweets about Michael being alive was also strange, I also thought that the new recording of “Will you be there” sounded more like Michael himself was talking at the same time rather than it being some variant of the record that for some… Read more »
RK
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The ambulance picture was the first thing that I couldn’t get past post 25th of June. O2 announcement was my first ‘what the’ moment The ambo photo was on every news stand and magazine cover. I had no inclination of a death hoax back then, but I remember the news coverage saying that Michael was unrecognizable to the attending paramedics. It was reported that they thought it was an older Asian man who was bald, and then we have that miraculous picture from Ben Evanstead [I think…it was so long ago now] and it shows a young MJ. My question… Read more »
Nina
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Souza: “The Beverly Hills Hotel cell tower was actually debunked so that’s certainly not evidence of a hoax.”What? When? Do you want to tell me that this picture is fake? >> https://ibb.co/iBv4uvMoonwalker500: “tbh I think Jermaine Janet and LaToya’s slip ups when they talk about Michael are the oddest thing and biggest clues.”These mistakes are not accidental. I’m sure. But why? 1) For signs: There are no signs. It’s an illusion. Why? Jack Crooner… he tried to convince us that Michael is dead. Why? For what?2) For rumors and money: tbh… I wouldn’t be surprised…“Joe Jackson’s odd tweets about Michael… Read more »
Moonwalker500
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Posted by: NinaSouza: “The Beverly Hills Hotel cell tower was actually debunked so that’s certainly not evidence of a hoax.”What? When? Do you want to tell me that this picture is fake? >> https://ibb.co/iBv4uvMoonwalker500: “tbh I think Jermaine Janet and LaToya’s slip ups when they talk about Michael are the oddest thing and biggest clues.”These mistakes are not accidental. I’m sure. But why? 1) For signs: There are no signs. It’s an illusion. Why? Jack Crooner… he tried to convince us that Michael is dead. Why? For what?2) For rumors and money: tbh… I wouldn’t be surprised…“Joe Jackson’s odd tweets… Read more »
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