They Shall Not Grow Old

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Employing state-of-the-art technology to transform audio and moving image archive footage more than a century old, Peter Jackson brings to life the people who can best tell the story of World War I: the men who were there. Driven by a personal interest in the conflict, Jackson sets out to explore the day-to-day experience of its combatants.


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. A documentary about World War I with never-before-seen footage to commemorate the centennial of Armistice Day, and the end of the war.. They Shall Not Grow Old Wiki


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westconf
Beautifully done about a not so beautiful time  westconf  5 star

Jackson is to be highly commended on this film. It was beuatifully done... about a time in hisroty that was not so beautiful... I know it took painstaking hours and time to put it all together. A masterpiece, IMHO. Thanks for you time and energy on this film..Peter Jackson.

karmey57
Needs more narrative  karmey57  4 star

I wanted to give this movie five stars, but I'd have liked to see more shaping of the material into a distinct narrative, a la Ken Burns. As it was, it was unbroken footage and quotes from beginning to end with little to distinguish the opening battles from the Armistice. But the effects were first rate. When the movie switches from 100-year-old B&W to restored color, it's as rich and dramatic as Dorothy opening the front door of her farmhouse on the Land of Oz.

nyctelecaster
I wish this film could be shown in every school in America  nyctelecaster  5 star

Peter Jacksons WWI documentary They Shall Not Grow Old pays homage to the resilience of soldiers in WWI while showing the absolute horror of war. The restored footage is breathtaking. This along with the actual WWI soldiers narrating their experiences feels very personal, moving and current. Unfortunately, the theatrical run was limited, but I stuck around for the "special features" at the end... fascinating! I wish this film could be shown in every school in America.

Serious the Kat..
Worth it for history..  Serious the Kat..  5 star

This documentary puts the reality of World War 1 into perspective, while adding the humanity and inhumanity of war. Today's generation may complain about the inconvenience of peaceful living. The color brings the soldiers back through time after over 100 years and with eye opening realism. Americans may be dismayed. America did not join the war until 1918. The British, French, Canadians, ANZAC, and allied soldiers were in this from the beginnings. The cost was enormous, but memory lives on.. Forever..

FurdTerguson
Excellent  FurdTerguson  5 star

Excellent x Excellent = Excellent

politicaljules
Needs more warning it may cause irrepairable emotional distress  politicaljules  1 star

Do not under any circumstances watch this movie. It is mentally disturbing and the amount of human death images shown with horribly precise descriptions literally made me nauseous and I am not getting over it for a very long time. The distress from this movie had me running to the bathroom to throw up. I was a Registered Nurse with 20 years experience in the Operating Room. I have never seen as much death and gore as I saw in the 45 minutes of that movie before we had to shut it off. There is no warning in the preview or in the description of what the movie was going to be like. I have a 16 year old son who is a WW1 buff and a husband who is a military veteran. They are both in complete shock of the horror displayed in our own living room. The disgusting gore and death images are worse than any horror movie you will ever see in your lifetime. I did not think Apple could get any worse than the Death of Stalin. This movie proves otherwise. There nees to be reprercussions for the horror that Apple TV is going to cause anyone who tries to watch this movie. It is NOT what the preview portrays. Going to take something to cut the anxiety I am feeling right now as a result of watching this movie.

gatormac
Brought to Life  gatormac  5 star

This is not simply a matter of adding color to old black and white, as has been done before, and which really doesn't do much to improve the "real life" aspect old video footage. What is done here makes old black and whites come to life. At times it almost feels like you are there. The people look real. I don't know anything about the technical aspects other than to say it must have been a trul holistic approach using every technical improvement method avaibable- adding color to a level of detail unimaginable, slowing the footage down, shadow, etc. I watches this with high school students and after they told me they thought it was a reenactment with actors. I had to explain to them that it was real WWI footage. Increadible.

edcentric
Worth it to buy it on iTunes for the iTunes Extras!  edcentric  5 star

The Peter Jackson commentary on how they created this documentary was alone worth the price of admission at the theaters. You can tell that this project was a labor of love for him and how important it was to get all of the details right for a modern day audience.

Money $teve
Finally...The War Done Properly  Money $teve  5 star

I am a First World War aficionado so I’ve read every Book and seen every Film and Documentary. This is the best single documentary Film on the War that’s ever been made. It ignores many aspects of the war in order to focus exclusively on how an average young man in Britain experienced the war from start to finish as he... reacted to the assassination reacted to the declaration of war chose whether to enlist went through boot camp shipped out to France experienced action and slow periods with his combat team finally enjoyed the ceasefire reintegrated with post-war society This uses exclusively real footage from the period. It’s best single innovation is the use of modern CGI techniques magically to bring the old footage to life in modern color and clarity with real sound recovered from the original footage. The results are truly impossible to believe. If you love reading or seeing how soldiers experienced war then this is not to be missed. I watched it three times in the theatre. If you enjoyed this film, also check out: - Johnathan Lewis & Hew Strachan’s 2004/2015 10-part series, “The First World War.” - BBC’s 1964 masterpiece 26-part series, “The Great War.” Neither is available on iTunes (shame, Apple) but is often available on YouTube and DVD.

Robbie4nin
A masterpiece in the vein of Ken Burns documentary  Robbie4nin  5 star

This movie really kicks off into beautiful color film 25 minutes or so into the film and it is so immersive that you forget you’re watching a documentary because it comes to life with the amazing film mastering making this 100+ year old film look like it was shot today. It just absorbs you into the claustrophobic feeling the men describe of being in trenches and is masterfully pieced together by Peter Jackson! I hope he makes more documentaries because he’s found another talented outlet for his creativity. This is up there with the great Ken Burns documentaries that come to life on the tv.

JonesyTHFC
Everyone should see!  JonesyTHFC  5 star

I saw They Shall Not Grow Old in the cinema and I did not want it to end. In fact I would have watched it over again immediately after I could have. Peter Jackson and or his team must win an Oscar(s) for this fantastic work. This is not a story about the Great War in my opinion but more of a soldiers story. I’d give this 10/10 only because I can’t score it 11! I hear that in the UK all high schools will be supplied a copy. The story of the Great War and the hero’s that took part needs to be told and never forgotten. You will not be disappointed. Thank you Peter Jackson.


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