The great project of Peter Jackson’s life has been his adaptation of the work of J.R.R. Tolkien through no less than six blockbusters, released between 2001 and 2014. The premiere of The Fellowship of the Ring will soon pass two decades of nothing, and Jackson has been assaulted by the George Lucas syndrome when evaluating his work and reflect on how the passage of time has affected you. However, and fortunately for those who fear a new CGI retouch of the original Star Wars trilogy, it seems that the New Zealand director intends a somewhat more discreet facelift.
In the US, a new ‘Middle Earth Collection’ has recently been marketed on both Blu-Ray and digital, and this is the product of Jackson’s concern once he has warned that there are certain visual inconsistencies between the six films that make up this monumental saga. Above all, as he reveals in a video promoting the launch of the saga in 4K, among the three films that make up The Lord of the Rings: the aforementioned Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King. Jackson shot all three films practically at the same time and obtained great success both with the public and critics (winning several Oscars) for it, but he is convinced that its unitary aspect can be greatly improved.
“It was interesting to review these films because I realized how inconsistent they are, and it is largely due to the fact that the Lord of the Rings trilogy was shot about 20 years ago,” explains the filmmaker. “It’s always intrusive to make something that’s been shot for so long feel consistent. Even though there are six films, they have no cohesion between them at the time they were shot… and it’s great to be able to make all of them appear to have been shot at the same time ”. Jackson has fixed the edition, especially, in The Fellowship of the Ring, whose bill is the one that is the most distant from the rest of the saga.
“The Lord of the Rings was shot at 35 millimeters. The color was done mechanically and aged for the first film, and then we switched to digital for the next two. Changing this color palette was impossible twenty years ago, so these toys are fun to have now. Before we didn’t have these things ”, continues the director. The idea, apparently, is that the first saga builds an aesthetic bridge with An Unexpected Journey, The Desolation of Smaug and The Battle of the Five Armies, where the use of digital was even more pronounced and gave rise to a very different chromatic finish. . The finish that, apparently, the saga will now wear in its entirety. Like it or not.