On the heels of the Michael Jackson Diamond Celebration and leading into the Halloween season, IMAX and the Estate of Michael Jackson are partnering to break new ground by digitally re-mastering Michael Jackson’s Thriller 3D into IMAX 3D for the first time ever. The exclusive engagement will run for one week only, beginning September 21, 2018, in domestic IMAX theatres (United States and Canada) – ahead of showings of Amblin’s The House with a Clock in Its Walls.
In creating Michael Jackson’s Thriller 3D, which had its world premiere at the 74th Venice Film Festival, the original iconic short film, directed by John Landis and written by Landis and Michael Jackson, was not reedited or recut in any way. Optimum Productions brought Landis in and together they supervised an elaborate and labor-intensive process that began with the original 35mm film negative from Michael’s archives and resulted in a 3D conversion of the acclaimed film using the latest available technology. Additionally, all of the audio, including Michael’s music, Elmer Bernstein’s score and sound effects, were adapted to 5.7, 7.1 and Atmos standards in order to create the highest quality audio experience for in theater viewing.
Michael Jackson’s Thriller 3D was then provided to IMAX to go through its proprietary digital re-mastering process (IMAX DMR), which optimizes the images and remixes the soundtrack for playback in IMAX theatres so fans can experience Michael Jackson’s Thriller to the fullest in IMAX.
The song “Thriller” is from the album Thriller, one of the biggest selling albums of all time, and is performed by Michael Jackson, with music and words by Rod Temperton. The film premiered at the AVCO Theatre in Los Angeles in 1983, and it sold out every night for three weeks. No other music film generated such excitement and has such a hold on our attention, such that more than three decades later, we all share it as a collective memory and it remains the only music video to be inducted into the elite National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.
In the tradition of Amblin classics where fantastical events occur in the most unexpected places, Jack Black and two-time Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett star in The House with a Clock in Its Walls, from Amblin. Based on the beloved children’s classic written by John Bellairs and illustrated by Edward Gorey, The House with a Clock in Its Walls is directed by master frightener Eli Roth.
“We’re excited moviegoers will be able to see the iconic Michael Jackson’s Thriller exclusively in larger-than-life IMAX, a truly special experience that audiences won’t want to miss alongside Amblin’s launch of Eli Roth’s fantastical The House with a Clock in Its Walls.” said Greg Foster, CEO of IMAX Entertainment and Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp.
“Michael loved to give his fans the latest and greatest in technology and entertainment experiences so a partnership with IMAX to bring THRILLER 3D to theaters made perfect sense. Fans are going to love this,” said John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson.