They Shall Not Grow Old

They Shall Not Grow Old

DVD - 2018
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Marking the centenary of the First World War, internationally renowned director Peter Jackson uses the voices of the veterans combined with original archival footage to bring to life the reality of war on the front line for a whole new generation. Footage has been colorized and transformed with modern production techniques to present never-before-seen detail.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Bros., [2018]
Edition: Widescreen (1.851).
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (99 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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chrisatwork Jun 04, 2020

Amazing and heartbreaking at the same time. Highly recommended.

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pl8
Jan 20, 2020

I had high expectations based entirely on the trailer. And when its good its very good. But overall its not terribly unique or insightful. But in the scenes where it "re-creates" old footage, its very good. If the entire film was just that, without any narration, it might have been great.

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Courier2003
Jan 07, 2020

Very well done to add color and have vets tell their story. What a horrible killing field of blood and guts. What a waste of human life and resources. I doubt if we will ever put and end to killing one another. Am grateful I served in the Navy during peace time in the 1950's

JCLBetM Dec 27, 2019

Wow. This was heartbreaking and raw and fascinating. So much care went into restoring this footage and bringing these men to life. Getting to hear actual veterans tell the story was remarkable, as well as the fact that Jackson actually recreated all the sound for the footage (including getting a lip reader to give the men their voices back). Definitely watch the "making of" documentary that explains Jackson's process.

ArapahoeChristineS Dec 22, 2019

Spectacular!! Peter Jackson (yes, that Peter Jackson!) restored and colored the film and hired lip readers who carefully discerned what was said by the soldiers, bringing to life old silent footage and telling the stories of the soldiers of First World War. It includes interviews from British soldiers who fought. Trench warfare was absolutely horrific, but I think it's important to see the devastating reality of war. I have watched it twice and appreciate Jacksons effort to not let these men and what they went through in service to their country be forgotten by time.

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mungobungo
Dec 11, 2019

Does a good job of making the First World War experience of British, Canadian and other Commonwealth soldiers very relatable, using their own words. The colourization doesn't start until a few minutes in, so be patient. It's worth it! The colourization brings distant, removed black and white footage to life. All of a sudden the subjects appear as real people, caught up in vivid horror. Be prepared to see the horror of the war. It's not pretty.

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wiredonjava
Dec 07, 2019

The footage was incredible, but it was so tragic, it made me wish I hadn't been born.

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david787
Dec 07, 2019

The first 20+ minutes are black & white, as are the last 5 or 10 minutes, as one would expect for WWI footage. In between there is one hour of pristine color footage with sound recording and all. I'm pretty sure Jackson somehow got his hands on a time machine and brought modern equipment with him. Of course, since such devices are still classified, they had to concoct a cover story about "restoring" footage. The use of a cover story also sidesteps the bigger ethical issue of not having just created a compelling reason for Archduke Ferdinand to avoid traveling to the Balkans. Anyway, the film brings to life and brilliantly tells the soldiers' story of WWI.

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duane767
Nov 18, 2019

Sad and poignant but essential viewing. The title of this movie first caught me as how these young soldiers would stay eternally young in our minds due to their sacrifice. On further thought perhaps it meant that those who never survived would never grow old. All told in the actual voices of those who lived through WW1 and with actual archival footage restored and 'updated' it opens our eyes to the War To End All Wars unlike any other documentary you may have seen.

If you think our soldiers now have it tough, you should see this movie. After the initial sequences, when the troops get to the front line, the movie switches from raw footage to restored shots in realistic color and sound. Perhaps the most difference, though, is in the speed, which is corrected to modern film speed (frames per second), and that smooths out the herky-jerky quality old silent film has. Grotesque injuries and death are depicted, along with the miserable conditions of living in the cold and mud of trenches with lice and rats your constant companions. Narration is provided by the voices of WWI veterans, recorded years ago by oral historians. If you don't have an ear for accents, you may want to turn the subtitles on. The sound mix is very effective in 5.1 channel surround. Rated R for horrific war images.
When Sherman said, "War is hell," this is what he was talking about.

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