They Shall Not Grow Old 1418 Now

  Quickbeam 19:18 09 Oct 2018

I just booked tickets for this showing next Tuesday 16th, one night only nationally.

They Shall Not Grow Old It was featured on the news and will be on BBC1 soon and distributed to all schools to commemorate the centenary. But the one off showing on a big screen appeals to me.

  Aitchbee 22:46 09 Oct 2018

Yeah, horrible histories never go away.

click here

  Aitchbee 22:59 09 Oct 2018

... and to be brutally frank there's always someone ready to cash-in on the spoils [of war].

  Quickbeam 23:11 09 Oct 2018

I really don't think Jackson is doing this as a cashing in exercise...

  Quickbeam 06:42 17 Oct 2018

I can't recommend seeing this enough to anyone once it's aired on BBC. It put a totally new and personal slant the men involved.

Top marks to Jackson in bringing out the personalities of the front line troops of what always seems a drab war on the original film stock.

  rdave13 07:31 17 Oct 2018

Having growing up in the black and white to colour TV era and watching documentaries such as The World at War series and the like, what I've seen of the trailers, certainly makes history seem more like yesterday rather than yesteryear. Brings the understanding of the horrors of war much closer to the heart in my opinion.

  Quickbeam 18:36 17 Oct 2018

Listening to the live Q&A after the showing, it turns out that there is about 100 hours of unused B&W footage that's been cleaned up and digitised, but not colourised. In Jackson's own words, he looks forward to higher quality WW1 documentaries being made with it.

  Aitchbee 20:18 17 Oct 2018

Jackson's morbid fascination for state-of-the-art film improvements are breathtakingly OTT and will never help to properly convey the psychological horrors [harm] endured by the soldiers, AKA cannon-fodder.

  Quickbeam 06:38 18 Oct 2018

Watch it first.

  Quickbeam 07:00 18 Oct 2018

The technical restoration consisted of scratch restoration, exposure correction, jiggle correction (that's apparently caused by the sprocket holes shrinking). CGI is used to create extra frames to raise the viewing rate from 12fps to the standard smooth flowing24fps, then it gets colourised. Yes, that's all very technically and extensive, but doesn't in anyway detract, but greatly enhances the original intent.

In his words, they've now developed the technology for all archives around the world to use, he'd like to see the 1900 onwards historic archives start to restore old street scenes etc.

Anyway, it works, trust me...

  Aitchbee 20:38 18 Oct 2018

Quickbeam, I'll look out for it even although I don't watch TV much.

You may well be right.

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