Peter Jackson's Colorized WWI Film 'They Shall Not Grow Old' Trailer

September 28, 2018
Source: YouTube

They Shall Not Grow Old Trailer

Get your first look at the new Peter Jackson movie! They Shall Not Grow Old is a feature documentary made by Peter Jackson and co-directed by Paul Wheatcroft. It's premiering at the London Film Festival next month, and then will open in cinemas in both 2D & 3D. The film features footage from World War I, known as "The Great War", that has been cleaned up, digitized, and colorized to look like it's modern footage from today. "Reaching into the mists of time, Jackson aims to give these men voices, investigate the hopes and fears of the veterans, the humility and humanity that represented a generation changed forever by a global war." Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and Imperial War Museums in association with the BBC. The initial premiere in October will include a Q&A with Peter Jackson, hosted by Mark Kermode, that will be broadcast to all the cinemas around the UK. This is just more of an introductory teaser than a real trailer. Take a look.

Here's the first trailer (+ poster) for Peter Jackson's They Shall Not Grow Old, from Twitter/YouTube:

They Shall Not Grow Old Movie

On the centenary of the end of First World War, Peter Jackson presents They Shall Not Grow Old. Using state of the art technology to restore original archival footage which is more than 100-years old, Jackson brings to life the people who can best tell this story: the men who were there. Driven by a personal interest in the First World War, Jackson set out to bring to life the day-to-day experience of its soldiers. After months immersed in the BBC and Imperial War Museums’ archives, narratives and strategies on how to tell this story began to emerge for Jackson. Using the voices of the men involved, the film explores the reality of war on the front line; their attitudes to the conflict; how they ate; slept and formed friendships, as well what their lives were like away from the trenches during their periods of downtime. They Shall Not Grow Old is directed by Kiwi filmmaker Peter Jackson and Paul Wheatcroft. The film will premiere in the UK first for one night on October 16th this fall. For info & tickets, visit the official website. Interested?

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That footage looks amazing

alex on Sep 28, 2018


I like the concept however I don't think adding color is necessary. Restoring the original black and white images would have been enough and likely more evocative than a modern colorization.

Robert Palmar on Sep 28, 2018


I think they did both... Restored the original footage and then colorized it. Honestly, the color makes all the difference. I've stared at old B&W photos forever, but nothing makes them feel more real than actually adding color.

Alex Billington on Sep 28, 2018


Yes, they did do a restoration. We won't get to see what the black and white restoration looks like though. Comparing the new restored colorization to an unrestored black and white is not a fair judge of what is more effective. I would recommend, at least for a blu-ray release, having the black and white restoration included.

Robert Palmar on Sep 28, 2018


While there may be artistic reasons for retaining Black and White, the adding of colour, and the sheer realism of the images produced from original footage, gives a sense of connection for modern audiences. It turns WW1 from a history lesson to something that happened to real people, and connects us to the past in ways that we had not considered. When we see footage of real men marching to battle, depicted so well, we are encouraged to think of the Great War at a human level.

MAWG on Sep 28, 2018


Not gonna lie, this looks pretty good . It's as if Sgt. York and Gone with the Wind got together and made a baby. Kudos monsieur Jackson, and other chap. Wish they were showing this stateside.

Sergio on Sep 28, 2018


This looks incredible. History brought to vivid life through color.

THE_RAW_ on Sep 28, 2018


I hope this plays in my home town, and as it is Peter Jackson's home town too, I have high hopes.

MAWG on Sep 28, 2018


HOLY FUCKING SHIT, very cool!!

Jorrell Mcdaniel on Sep 28, 2018


Touché Mr. Jacskon, but you will not have us fooled again, you trickster! We still have Forgotten silver fresh in mind! J'Accuse…!

ErrorSapiens on Sep 28, 2018


This does look amazing. Anyone interested this, might also enjoy these documentaries on youtube if you haven't seen them already. A series on archival footage restored and colour added. I'm not sure the colourization was totally necessary, but damned if this footage doesn't look great: It's not quite to the high standard of Peter Jackson's work, but stunning nonetheless.

Charles Knowlton on Sep 28, 2018


History on film and film in history. A loop hidden in someone's pocket for everyone to enjoy when there's nothing to enjoy ....

shiboleth on Sep 29, 2018


«Great» as in «big», numbnuts

Sigurd Mjelve on Sep 29, 2018


You ask a lot of questions but don't seem to be open to understand why this is important. The colorization might not help ground the reality enough for you, but every single person you see, every rifle, every cannon, is real. Since you have no education on the 'great war', then this seems to be a perfect opportunity for you to listen and watch, as you seem to be filled with questions. So on top of the research I'm sure you'll do, you'll also have this film which helps modernize this nearly 100 year ago footage, bringing us a little closer to that time period and understanding what the people went through. Enjoy.

Nick Sears on Oct 1, 2018


Then why are you wasting your time on this page?? lol

Nick Sears on Oct 1, 2018


When is They Shall Not Grow Old going to be shown in the U.S.?

emjaagaard on Oct 11, 2018

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