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Old 17-11-2018, 12:09   #1
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They Shall Not Grow Old - Peter Jackson's WWI film - on iPlayer until Sunday night

This was on TV last Sunday for the WW1 Centenary. It's on iPlayer but only for a short time, expiring tomorrow night at 11.05pm, so I thought I'd start a thread as it's well worth watching.

Technically it's very impressive and interesting, with the colourisation and restoration really very impressive overall (there's a few odd looking parts, mainly faces). The images and stories told (using interview audio with soldiers) are quite eye opening as well.

One story really choked me up. Spoilered below:

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It's a stunning piece of work. The bit where it changes from grainy black & white to full colour was properly jaw-dropping. If you're even remotely interested in the subject matter, I can't recommend it highly enough.

I found it heartbreaking & harrowing, but also quite inspiring & surprisingly funny in places.

BBC4 did an episode of What Do Artists Do All Day? on the making of it which is also still on the iplayer:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0brzngq
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Personally I would have stopped at cleaning it up and adding the sound. The color looks awful TBH. Stuff we know the color of i.e. grass, sky and buildings looks fine but the rest looks wrong and is distracting.

What I couldn't tell from the trailers is if they have fixed the speedup that you see in so many old films.
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They did. The making of aprout linked to goes into it all (and Peter Jackson's WWI obsession!).
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Watched this the other night and it was very impressive. The correction of speed and colourisation really helped make the pictures more immediate. Sure, the strange blurriness in some of the faces was a little distracting in some scenes, but for the most part it really drew you in.
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I thought this was stunning. The restoration is just wonderful and brings things to life in a new way. The colourisation is a nice touch, but mostly it's fixing up the jerky frame rates that makes the biggest different. Certainly there are lots of moments where it looks overly fake and unnaturally smoothed out, but it's not a massive issue.

One thing I didn't like was the dubbing of voices. That took me right out of things every time and it felt way too theatrical for me.
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It was pretty amazing I thought. Didn't know so much went into it - including adding frames to archive footage until I saw the Kermode interview.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdY-1u-rk_M

The whole war was just a dreadful waste of time.
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One thing I didn't like was the dubbing of voices. That took me right out of things every time and it felt way too theatrical for me.
I thought the audio was almost as effective as the colour in bringing the footage to life. It may have all been newly recorded but I thought it was superbly done and never felt artificial.
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