Peter Jackson is Releasing 4K Versions of Bad Taste and Dead Alive

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Lionsgate Entertainment

​It might shock some fans of The Lord of the Rings and King Kong, but ​three-time Oscar winner Peter Jackson wasn't always known for big-budget, high-concept genre films. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the knighted New Zealand director was known for making schlocky exploitation films that crept through the underground grindhouse scene.

His biggest hits from this period of his career were 1987's Bad Taste, a crude and brutal dark comedy about aliens using humans as ingredients for meals at their fast food chains, and 1992's Dead Alive, a slapstick horror movie about a tyrannical matriarch slowly turning into a zombified, decrepit cannibal.

Both films are pretty much comedy classics from the school of film that ​Jackson once shared with the likes of David Cronenberg, John Carpenter, and George Romero, which inspired modern directors like James Gunn, Eli Roth, and Sam Raimi. Unfortunately, having been filmed in the '80s and '90s on shoestring budgets, the movies were shot, edited, and screened on subpar celluloid.

However, ​Jacksonwho is a vocal film preservation advocate—has announced that he is working on converting his previous films to 4K quality. "Anything from those films that is available is, like, 1990s Telecine things, which is the best that we had … compared to now, they look bloody awful," Jackson explained on ​The Empire Film Podcast.

"I just haven’t re-released them because, if I do, I want them to look really good," Jackson explained. "We’ve actually done some experiments. They look bloody fantastic. They look like they’re shot on 35mm."

Jackson didn't say specifically when these re-releases could be expected, but the near future seems like a good bet.

Peter Dinklage Can't Say Benevolent in This Game of Thrones Blooper Reel

Helen Sloan, HBO
Helen Sloan, HBO

There are many adjectives one might use to describe HBO's Game of Thrones. While hilarious isn't usually one of them (though the series certainly has its moments of levity), that's the best way to describe the Game of Thrones blooper reel below, in which some of your favorite throne-seekers momentarily break character—and Peter Dinklage has a problem pronouncing the word benevolent. (Warning: profanity ahead!)

Ralph Fiennes Almost Turned Down Voldemort Role in Harry Potter Movies

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Ralph Fiennes has earned Oscar nominations for Schindler's List and The English Patient, but his best-known role might be his performance as He Who Must Not Be Named, otherwise known as Voldemort, in the Harry Potter film series. While the movies introduced Fiennes and his work to a new generation of moviegoers, he recently revealed that he almost said no to the project altogether.

We first saw Fiennes as Voldemort in the fourth film in the series, 2005's Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and he continued to play the Dark Lord of the Harry Potter universe until the series' conclusion in 2011.

Though fans would argue that it was the role Fiennes was born to play, saying "yes" was not an immediate decision for the celebrated actor.

"The truth is I was actually ignorant about the films and the books," the actor recently admitted while appearing on The Jonathan Ross Show when asked about his relationship to the Potterverse prior to taking on the role. "I was approached by the production. Mike Newell was directing the film that they wanted me to be in ... the first time Voldemort was going to appear physically."

"Out of ignorance I just sort of thought, this isn’t for me," Fiennes continued. "Quite stupidly I resisted, I was hesitant. I think the clincher was that my sister Martha—who has three children who were then probably about 12, 10, and 8—said, 'What do you mean? You’ve got to do it!' So then I rewound my thinking."

Potterheads everywhere owe a debt of gratitude to Fiennes's sister—and her kids.

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