How Peter Jackson 'Brought To Life' WW1 Footage For His New Film

Submitted by: LordJim 4 weeks ago in Entertainment Tech

One-hundred-year-old footage looks like it was shot yesterday.

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Male 2,737
This is tremendous and needed, there is so much historical film that could be restored like this, it would help to show history and its true effect that it has had on our modern times.  The younger generation that is all in to photos and video it would help to bring the past to them and make it more real. 
  I have always been a proponent of colorizing, (I think this is the first time I have seen it corrected for speed though) I realize that some movies are best shown in the original black and white, but most are just movies in black and white and colorizing them would only help their appeal. We have always seen in color.
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Male 9,133

 The General 

“Good-morning, good-morning!” the General said
When we met him last week on our way to the line.
Now the soldiers he smiled at are most of 'em dead,
And we're cursing his staff for incompetent swine.
“He's a cheery old card,” grunted Harry to Jack
As they slogged up to Arras with rifle and pack.

But he did for them both by his plan of attack.


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Male 2,737
LordJim Very moving. Two of my favorite poems are, Flanders Fields and Charge of the Light Brigade. Two poems about war with completely different feelings.
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Male 1,778
casaledana Flanders Fields is actually both sides of the coin.  It was written at the end of the period of "war is glory".  It marked the start of the change in public thinking about war.  Half of FF is the "glorious war" and the other half is "war is hell on earth".
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Male 1,778
I will find this, when it is released, It'll be worth every penny.
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Male 9,133
punko Just got a ticket. It's showing at my local cinema tomorrow.
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Male 1,778
LordJim you lucky, lucky bastard.
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Male 9,133
punko Just got back, it was very intense but oddly calm. It was the BFI premier streamed to about 250 cinemas with a live Q&A with Jackson at the end. 

Technically it was ground-breaking but what struck me most was the lack of animosity on both sides. In the heat of battle trying to surrender might be problematic but afterwards German prisoners and British troops sprawled on the grass together, sharing cigarettes and joking. Medics on both sides helped the wounded on both sides. British troops spoke warmly of Bavarians and Saxons as being decent chaps; less keen on the Prussians.

Very moving. Both my grandfathers survived the Western Front, never talked about it.
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Male 45,208
The War to End All Wars doesn't get as much attention in the US.
We weren't affected as badly as europe. England lost a generation.
I read somewhere 9 out of 10 girls didn't marry for lack of men to marry.
I guess that's why old movies always have an old maiden aunt in them. Everybody had one in the family
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Male 9,133
Gerry1of1 Spot of local history; there's a town near me which, back in 1914 had maybe 90 households, 3,500 people and a shopping street. It's much bigger now.

When war broke out every health guy between 17 and 25 signed up, 211 of them. The joined the local regiment, were in a "chums" brigade.  They were in France for two weeks, went to the Somme, died in less than twenty minutes. That's not the story.

A few days later the telegrams arrived at the local post office. One was for the postman, telling him his son had died. He then delivered the other 210. Duty. There is still a plaque in the local post office.
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Male 45,208
I love these restored videos. And the colourizing now that it's good quality. 
The 80s colourization was terrible.
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Male 9,197
Great video. WW1 has always been emotionally inaccessible for me, and this video makes me realize that's largely because of the lack of images, still and moving, relative to WW2. As Jackson states, this processed footage transforms the people from being Charlie Chaplin-esque jerky figures to human beings.
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