Peter Jackson’s 4k Fixes
Peter Jackson sat down for a small featurette to discuss taking The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit into 4k. Here’s the big takeaway… in his words:
It was interesting going back and revisiting these films, because I realized how inconsistent they were, and that’s really due to the way in which ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy was shot first, about 20 years ago. ‘The Lord of the Rings’ was shot on 35mm. The color timing was done in an old-fashioned photo mechanical way for the first ‘Lord of the Rings’ movie, then we switched to digital color timing for the 35mm for the next two. Being able to tweak individual colors we just couldn’t do 20 years ago, so it’s fun having all the toys now. We didn’t have all this stuff to play with in the old days.
He also assures us that (unlike, say, uh, hm, George Lucas), he left the effects as-is, and only fixed imperfections in The Lord of the Rings that could now be easily observed in 4k. Watch the video below, and click the 4K covers if you want to watch them soon!