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Peter Jackson Restoring His Early Horror Movies for Stunning 4K Box Set

Mortal Engines, the latest film by Peter Jackson, hits theaters this Friday. The futuristic, steam-punk action-fest looks similar in scope to both the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit franchises in terms of fantastic worldbuilding. It’s easy to forget that Jackson cut his teeth on horror movies—some of the goriest, sleeziest b-movies ever unleashed into the zeitgeist.

Jackson recently announced that, since he owns the rights to his first four films, he’s going to restore them using the same digital technologies utilized in his most recent films. Here’s what he told THR:

“I’ve decided to go back and do this to my old films — the first four I made, which I own but never rereleased,” Jackson tells THR. “I’ve done some tests onBraindead [his third film, from 1992, also known as Dead Alive and now widely regarded as a classic of the zombie genre], where we took the 16mm negative and put it through our World War I restoration pipeline — and shit, it looks fantastic!”

Look for Bad Taste, Dead Alive, Meet the Feebles, and Heavenly Creatures to be re-released as a box-set in 2019, all brilliantly restored.

“I’m pretty keen to actually just get them back out there again,” [Jackson] says.”That’s sort of my plan for now: to do a nice little box set — the early years! The naughty years!”

We don’t have a target release date for this ambitious project, but we’ll keep you posted as details emerge. Stay tuned!

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Written by Josh Millican

Josh Millican is the Editor in Chief at Dread Central.

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