Peter Jackson is beloved by moviegoers for bringing J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth to life in “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies, and the Oscar winner is up to his usual ambitious tricks in his latest project, the World War I documentary “They Shall Not Grow Old.”
Jackson utilized modern production techniques to restore and colorize nearly 100 hours of original WWI footage from Great Britain’s Imperial War Museum.
“The First World War, for good or for worse, is defined in people’s imaginations by the film that is always used in all the documentaries, and it looks bloody awful, for obvious reasons,” Jackson told ITV News. “There were technical limitations and also a hundred years of age – of shrinkage and duplication and starches. I think it’s the best gift I can give at the moment, as well as this movie, to restore footage.”
The film utilizes 90 minutes of footage from the overall total that Jackson restored. The footage has been colorized and even converted to 3D for the movie’s upcoming theatrical release.
“They Shall Not Grow Old” will have its world premiere on October 16 at the BFI London Film Festival.
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