The short film phenomenon that was the music video to Michael Jackson’s 1983 hit, “Thriller,” is set to debut in 3D at the upcoming 74th Venice Film Festival, Jackson’s estate announced on Monday morning. For music fans old enough to remember, the nearly 14-minute video starred Jackson, who kept the song’s horror-esque theme by making a post-date werewolf transformation with a killer leather jacket and some pretty iconic choreography to spare.
The video was initially directed by acclaimed Hollywood hotshot John Landis and cost $1 million to produce. It would go on to be considered a visual masterpiece, and helped propel Jackson even further onto an untouchable level of music superstardom.
The 3D version of the original video will be presented to audiences without being re-edited or re-cut in any way, and even saw Landis co-supervising the conversion process without any harm being done to the original 35mm film negative. The film’s score and audio elements have also been given a boost up to 5.7, 7.1 quality, so fans seeing the film will get the best musical experience in addition to the new visuals.
“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,” Landis said in a statement to go with Monday’s announcement. “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!”
The production company at the helm of the 3D conversion was Legend3D, who’s resume of work includes Metallica Through The Never, Man of Steel, all three Shrek films and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 to name a few.
The 74th running of the famous film festival in Venice, Italy will take place from Aug. 30 to Sept. 9 this year. The original music video for “Thriller” can be watched below.