02 December 2018

"They Shall Not Grow Old" - updated

I generally do not enjoy war movies, but this one looks awesome.
They Shall Not Grow Old is a 2018 British documentary film directed and co-produced by Peter Jackson. The film was created using original footage of World War I from the Imperial War Museums' archives, most of it previously unseen, alongside audio from BBC and IWM interviews of British servicemen who fought in the conflict. Most of the footage has been colourised and transformed with modern production techniques, with the addition of sound effects and voice acting to be more evocative and feel closer to the soldiers' actual experiences.
And here's a "making of" interview with Peter Jackson:

Reposted from two weeks ago to note that screenings are now scheduled for selected theaters in the United States on two days in December.   Use this link for information.  It's coming to my city - Yay! - but online ticketing hasn't started yet.  I note the only showings in Madison are in 3D.

Warning:  After about a week of clicking on the link above and getting a message that "online ticketing is being set up for this movie," I finally went to the local theater's website and found that about 50 of the 60 seats in the small theater were already sold out, and the only ones left available were for the front row for this 3D movie.   I got tickets, but at the least-optimal location in the theater.

I recommend using the link above to find which theater(s) in your area are hosting the movie, then going to your theater's website to do the ticketing.


  1. The question is how to watch in in the US. it's only available on the BBC iPlayer and they restrict that to UK IP address locals.

    1. I've been wondering about that. It's not on Netflix or in our local library.

    2. I have read there's supposed to be a theatrical release in North America this fall. Haven't found any solid info about that, though.

  2. that is some really amazing 'we'll do it in post'! there is none of herky jerky that is so evident, and so annoying, when films made back then are screened now.


  3. I am overcome by gratitude and sadness. These men actually live, in the same way as soldiers in film shot at Anzio, Chosin Reservoir, and Khe Sanh. Peter Jackson has created a new artifact, taking film shot 100+ years ago and giving it heart-rending immediacy. My God, I hope this is released in the U.S.

  4. Those five short words "They shall not grow old" bring tears to my eyes. I am incensed to learn recently about the thousands of Australian soldiers ordered by officers in their tents to attack both German and Turkish positions held by a mere handful of machine guns. Thousands died for nothing.
    It's similar in all wars.

  5. It's amazing how the lip-readers figured out what they were saying so sound could be added. It's going to be shown in regular and 3D at three theaters in the Philly/Wilmington suburbs Dec 17th and 27th.

  6. I did purchase tickets in Kansas City; you should try again.


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