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Michael Jackson’s Thriller 3D to premiere at Venice Film Festival


Optimum Productions©Get ready for a chiller, thriller night…in three dimensions.

Michael Jackson’s iconic 1983 video for “Thriller” has been transferred to 3D, under the eye of the video’s director and co-writer, John Landis.  In a statement, Landis says, “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.”   

He adds, “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 3D version of the groundbreaking video — the only video to be included in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress — will have its premiere at the 74th annual Venice Film Festival, which runs from September 1 to September 10 in Venice, Italy.

In addition to the video, a documentary titled Making of Michael Jackson’s Thriller, which was created at the same time as the original video, will also screen at the festival. It was was available on VHS from 1983 to 1990, but has been out of print since then. It’s never been shown in a theater before.

If you’re not familiar, “Thriller” — which featured cutting-edge monster makeup and special effects — stars Michael as a high school kid who tells his date that he’s “not like other guys”…because he’s a werewolf.  The zombie dance moves from the video have since become part of pop culture.

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