Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
Edward Thomas, Roads

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Rave Reviews in for Peter Jackson's They Shall Not Grow Old

I spent all Tuesday morning responding to enthusiastic messages from my friends and editors who viewed Peter Jackson's new film They Shall Not Grow Old.  If you haven't heard it features colorized film footage of the British Tommies during the war, with a sound track—produced with the help of professional lip-readers, that allows viewers to listen in on the conversations of the troops.  Below are some Warner Brothers stills from the production.  It is only scheduled to show one more day around the States—27 December. Below the images you will find a link to a site where you can find theaters showing the movie.

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Late News Arriving:  Reader Courtland Jindra informs us that the Hollywood trade magazines are announcing that there will be a limited theatrical review of the film in January in three cities: Los Angeles, New York, and Washington,DC. Also, there is consideration of a broader release to follow.


  1. Make sure and stay for the commentary regarding how the film was made at the end of the performance. Jackson and team's efforts truly brought to life the soldiers from a century ago through their film-making/restoring technique.

  2. This sounds groundbreaking, both for the history of film and of WWI.

  3. Saw it on the 17th. Going back on the 27th. Distributed by Warner brother in the theaters. Probable (but not definite) Blu-ray distribution in the future.

  4. I first saw it here in the UK in the cinema and again on TV. I urge anyone who has not seen it to do so. It brings to the 21st century a viewing that is outstanding. The quality of the film is as if it has happened today and been beamed back from the battlefield by CNN or SKY. Oh yes and if it is included watch the interview with Jackson.

  5. Fantastic. What a treasure. Looking for the CD.

  6. Just so everyone knows...the 127th won't be the only time to see it in theaters.

    Warners will then open They Shall Not Grow Old in New York, Los Angeles and Washington, DC, on Jan. 11, with plans to expand to the top 25 markets on Feb. 1, Super Bowl weekend.

  7. I'm glad to read about the planned wider distribution. To see it was to see the War from a new viewpoint, one which gave it a reality and an immediacy not often found.

  8. Saw it on the 17th. Great job and it brings home the absurdity of war and the Great War in particular.