People often wonder how they guy who directed such films as Bad Taste and Dead Alive got handed the keys to make The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. I think the answer to that question lies in his 1994 film, Heavenly Creatures which Lionsgate will be releasing on Blu-ray December 13th.
Based on a true story, Creatures, directed by Peter Jackson and staring a very young (pre-Titanic) Kate Winslet and Melanie Lynskey (Away We Go), tells the story of the obsessive relationship between two teenage girls who create a very vivid fantasy world that leads to murder.
Oscar-nominated for Best Original Screenplay, Jackson proved that he had more to offer than amazing gore effects. The film garnered much critical acclaim and launched both Jackson and Winslet into the mainstream.
The Blu-ray release will be the uncut, “New Zealand” version of Heavenly Creatures, which runs nine minutes longer than the 99 minute international cut. No details have been announced as far as special features go, but it is probably safe to assume the film will be presented in its original aspect ratio of 2.39:1 along with at the very least, an original theatrical trailer.
On a personal note, this is my favorite Peter Jackson film.
Mike Noyes received his Masters Degree in Film from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco. A few of his short films can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/user/mikebnoyes. He reads tons of comics, watches even more movies and spends the rest of his free time writing.
He also co-wrote and directed the web series Confessions of a Superhero. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXeQnxi4V7h01va0V50R1IQ