My nephew was born the same day the Two Towers came out in theatres. It was a great day. I was hyped to see Legolas skate down a set of stairs on a shield while taking out a couple Uruk hai. Last week I celebrated that same nephew’s 18th birthday. Time has been pretty good to him, but not so much for Lord of the Rings and I.
Peter Jackson seems to agree, after watching the original trilogy back to back with The Hobbit. “I realised how inconsistent they were,” Jackson said in a behind the scenes clip. “It’s great to have all the films looking like they were shot at the same time.”
“They now feel like they’re one big long movie telling the same story looking and sounding the same,” he continued.
Now I know you and I are both thinking the same thing “Oh no, he’s going to do a George Lucas and mess it all up.” Although it seems that Jackson isn’t going to be adding too much extra trash to these holy texts. Touch ups are only kept to shots that didn’t hold up to the 4k resolution.
“The imperfections of the visual effects started to show. Visual effects technology has advanced a lot over the years, and when they become ultra crisp in the 4K process, some of the clips weren’t holding up so well. So we got the opportunity to go back and remove and paint out any imperfections,” Jackson said. “I should make it clear we didn’t upgrade or enhance any of the effects shots. They’re exactly the same as you’re used to seeing them, but they do look as if they were done today rather than 20 years ago.”
Personally that assuages any fears. Perhaps this release is a good excuse to get the mates around again, and perhaps show that nephew I mentioned what he was missing out on when he was busy being born. If there’s one set of films that deserves to be beamed onto a wall for a proper theatre experience, it’s Lord of the Rings.