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They Shall Not Grow Old (2018)

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A documentary about World War I with never-before-seen footage to commemorate the centennial of the end of the war.

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Peter Jackson
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Through ground breaking computer restoration technology, filmmaker Peter Jackson's team creates a moving real-to-life depiction of the WWI, as never seen before in restored, vivid colorizing & retiming of the film frames, in order to honor those who fought and more accurately depict this historical moment in world history. Written by Curtis Medina

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Rated R for disturbing war images | See all certifications »

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Official Facebook | Official Site

Country:

UK | New Zealand

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 2019 (USA) See more »

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They Shall Not Grow Old See more »

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Gross USA:

$17,918,648, 21 April 2019
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Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos

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1.85 : 1
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Grass and dirt proved to be the most challenging items to colorize. Some of the actual locations were identified, and Peter Jackson went there himself and shot thousands of photos to use as reference. See more »

Goofs

Several shots of tanks appear in the film, both Mark V (Mark Five) and Mark V* (Mark Five Star). They have been coloured green. In reality, tanks of these types were painted "a neutral brown colour". See the article by the British Tank Museum which states that. "Surrendering to the inevitable, towards the end of 1916 it was ordered that the tanks should be painted in a 'neutral brown colour' all over." The staff at the Museum told me they were surprised that the filmmakers didn't consult them. See more »

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Soldier: [waving at camera] Hi, mum.
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"Filmed on location on the Western Front, 1914 to 1918" See more »

Connections

Featured in Front Row: Episode #3.3 (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

The Bells of Hell Go Ting-a-Ling
Traditional Trench Song
Performed by Plan 9
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From a freelance colourising artist
11 November 2018 | by angus-lamontSee all my reviews

As this historically important anniversary draws to a close, I just want to say that my viewing of this film was that of utter amazement. As a photo colouriser/restorer, I was absolutely astonished at the work PJ's team put into this. The transition from the original film material, then to the stabilised and corrected FPS and then the full colour and sound was one of the most spectacular things I have ever seen on the screen. The colour is natural and really helps emphasise the grittiness of war and brings out hidden details that may have been missed in the B&W source. Usually I prefer film not to be tampered with, but as Jackson says, this is how the men saw it - in living colour. The addition of the voiceovers from the surviving soldiers themselves is a great choice and doesn't distract and flows along nicely with the visuals. Throughout I expressed various emotions of sadness and shock, but surprisingly a few laughs, particularly one shot showing a soldier banging a tune on another soldiers helmet as they march. I do wish I had seen this on the big screen and I imagine what I have said is enhanced 100x more with that type of viewing. A fitting tribute to the men that did and didn't come home and I hope it is recognised and picks up many awards.


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