Godzilla wrote:Tonight at 9pm The Horror Channel is showing Peter Jackson's - The Frighteners. It stars Michael J Fox and is bloody wonderful. Also digital effects are by Weta.
Absolutely love 'The Frightners'. It was a nice mix-up of old Peter Jackson and the big budget Pete that was yet to come. Also loved that he cast Jeffrey Combs in a film of this scale
I really wish he'd go back and do a another film like Braindead or this as his dark humour and horror is great. I did enjoy the 'They Shall Not Grow Old' documentary and looking forward to his Beatles one. Probably his best use of Weta for a while.
According to the internet Peter Jackson has the 4k prints of all of his old stuff and is currently restoring them for a boxset. Probably Arrow UK sort of release. I'd pay silly money for brain dead, meet the feebles and bad taste in 4k. Especially Brain Dead, it would look spectacular.
That's great news, hadn't read that! Having his early films remastered in a boxset with lots of extras (fingers crossed) would be pretty fantastic and a day 1 purchase for me.
Amazing how different a film can look, this actually looks like a very watchable DC movie. I loved Man of Steel, enjoyed the directors cut of BVS and this will hopefully be a nice end to a strong trilogy.
I'd also like it to do well as it will hopefully further cement Josh Whedon's reputation as a terrible director and human.
Some frequent questions I've seen coming up is what's different with this version to the 2017 version of Justice League.
Zack Snyder shot 5 hours of assembly footage during principle photography in 2016. From that, he edited it to 214 mins(3.5 hours) and was happy to call it his director's cut. From this, he was happy to edit it down to 3 hours for the theatrical cut, and release the 3.5 hour directors cut in Blu-ray.
But WB wanted Zack Snyder to cut it to 2 hours for the theatrical cut. Which is unbelievable, since cutting 1.5 hours from a 3.5 hour movie would make it extremely unwatchable and make absolutely no sense. Snyder tried his best to negotiate with WB to release a longer cut, even made a 2.5 hour cut, which was extremely compromised and makes no sense, but WB wasn't happy. This was when Snyder suffered a family tragedy and lost the will to fight with WB for the longer cut.
He stepped down and WB(Geoff Johns) used this opportunity to hire Joss Whedon, and use the 2 months of reshoots to reshoot almost the entire film. He wrote 88 pages of reshoots, which translates to almost 90 mins of the final movie.
The original cinematographer, Fabian Wagner, and later Snyder confirmed that only 30 mins of the theatrical cut of Justice League had shots by Zack Snyder, and even those were heavily edited. The rest were shot by Joss Whedon.
So Zack Snyder's Justice League releasing next month, which is 4 hours, will contain at minimum 3.5 hours of footage we never saw.
The only new idea is the 4 mins of new footage he shot recently with Jared Leto and Joe Mangeniello, which he added since he wanted this universe's Batman and Joker meet at least once. Other than that, it's all shot in 2016.
Whole thing is still bizarre, the film still looks the same as I remember it in that trailer tbh but it's apparently completely different?
The fanboyism for Snyder is the weird part. I get being a fan of particular directors but he really seems to attract a certain type.
I'm sure I read something a while back stating the so called Snyder Cut, the one people were clamouring for before this new ones was announced, was never a real thing. Films are pretty much constantly in flux until release and the idea that Snyder cut the whole film *before* reshoots doesn't make sense. There were also fairly credible rumours that he was removed from the film prior to his daughter's death as the dailies were...bad.
Dawn of the Dead uncut is his best film. The original DOTD (1978) is my favourite film of all time but the remake has some great gore and some brave choices, slightly ruined by the shots in the end credits though.
Apart from that he has made a lot of strange films which are better in trailer form, 300 (deeply racist but ok to look at) , Sucker Punch (deeply sexist but ok to look at).
I'm interested in his new zombie film which is released this year on Netflix.
I knlw everyone hated the original Leto DAMAGED joker but this new version looks even worse like he's trying to cosplay as the Joaquin phoenix joker on a budget and hey better make everyone cringe by having We live in a society be a trailer zinger.