I’m both delighted and eager to announce that Peter Jackson’s First World War documentary, They Shall Not Grow Old, is available now on digital download and comes to Blu-ray and DVD from 10th December, from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
We were lucky enough to see it, click here to read our 5-star review, when it screened across the UK, and both the Blu-ray and DVD releases will feature that special 30-minute Q&A with Peter Jackson which added an even more unique edge to the evening. They Shall Not Grow Old premiered to critical acclaim at the London Film Festival on 16th October and then played nationwide in cinemas with those aforementioned November screenings.
Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War Centenary, and Imperial War Museums, the important film was created exclusively with original footage from Imperial War Museums’ film and audio archive and audio from BBC archives. Marking the centenary of the First World War, the internationally renowned director Peter Jackson uses the voices of the veterans, combined with original archival footage, to bring to life the reality of war on the front line for a whole new generation. Footage has been colourised and transformed with modern production techniques to present never before seen detail.
Jackson had this to say:
“I wanted to reach through the fog of time and pull these men into the modern world, so they can regain their humanity once more – rather than be seen only as Charlie Chaplin-type figures in the vintage archive film. By using our computing power to erase the technical limitations of 100-year-old cinema, we can see and hear the Great War as they experienced it.”
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If you wanted to watch it now, it’s available on Amazon Prime. Sign up or head there here: www.amazon.co.uk/TryPrimeFree