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The Frighteners SE (R2) in December

Universal Pictures Video have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of The Frighteners: Peter Jackson's Director's Cut (3-Disc Special Edition) for 26th December 2005 priced at £19.99. A mixture of horror and comedy, this was Peter Jackson’s first big budget Hollywood film, though not made in Hollywood and the Director’s Cut can now be seen in this three disc collection. Originally conceived as an episode for Tales From The Crypt, Robert Zemeckis (Back To The Future) loved the script so much he decided it had to be a movie in its own right. He even let Jackson make it in his beloved New Zealand.

Starring Micheal J. Fox (Back To The Future) as a not too straight ghostbuster. The Frighteners mixes real scary stuff with out and out comedy as Fox and his ghost helpers have to deal with a deadly serial killer that comes back from the grave to continue his killing spree. Fast, funny and totally original.

Peter Jackson's Director's Cut includes 12 minutes of extra footage and comes in a spectacular, extras heavy, three disc edition with commentary and special introduction by Peter Jackson. Also included is full-length, goodie filled documentary ‘The Making of the Frighteners’ featuring interviews with Michael J. Fox, Trini Alvarado, Dee Wallace Stone, Jake Busey and Chi McBride. This documentary also contains:

  • Outrageous Bloopers.
  • Lost Footage Found: The Gatekeeper , the Judge and other deleted scenes.
  • Ghost Stories: Jackson and actor Jim Frye share their actual, personal close encounters with ghosts.
  • Script Development: Jackson describes taking an idea from the treatment stage to a full shooting script.
  • Behind the scenes cast rehearsal
  • Extensive exploration of the spectacular special effects, motion control and blue screen techniques
  • Introduction to Jackson’s visual effects facility WETA
  • Close-up look at the use of miniatures
  • Storyboarding of key scenes, including the Slimeface and Blobman sequence, with commentary by Peter Jackson.
  • Interview with the composer Danny Elfman.

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