Michael Jackson’s epic 14-minute short film Thriller will get the film festival treatment it deserves in Venice.A 3D version of the video will debut at the 74th annual Venice Film Festival August 30-September 9. Adapted as Michael Jackson’s Thriller 3D, the audio and visuals have been fully remastered and converted for three-dimensional display.
Reps for the project insist that director John Landis’ original edit will not be altered or recut in any way. Landis and Jackson collaborated on the script for the original video, which features a date gone horribly awry.
John Branca, co-executor of Jackson’s estate, describes the restored and enhanced Thriller as “authentic, visceral and still impactful. When you see it in a theater on the big screen with a theater-level sound system, it’s pretty unbelievable,” he adds. “Michael was going to use 3D elements on the This Is It Tour, so this is something Michael would have done. He would love this.”
“I am so happy to have had the chance not only to restore but enhance Michael Jackson’s Thriller,” Landis said. “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!”
In addition to screening the film at the Venice Film Festival, producers will present The Making of Michael Jackson’s Thriller, a documentary shot and released alongside the video in 1983. It will mark the first time that the award-winning documentary has been shown in a theater.
Thriller remains the only music video to be inducted into the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.