They Shall Not Grow Old (Blu-ray)
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|Contributor||Not Specified, Peter Jackson|
|Runtime||1 hour and 39 minutes|
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They Shall Not Grow Old
Employing state-of-the-art technology to transform audio and moving image archive footage more than a century old, Peter Jackson brings to life the people who can best tell the story of World War I: The men who were there. Driven by a personal interest in the conflict, Jackson sets out to explore the day-to-day experience of its combatants.
Employing state-of-the-art technology to transform audio and moving image archive footage more than a century old, Peter Jackson brings to life the people who can best tell the story of World War I: the men who were there. Driven by a personal interest in the conflict, Jackson sets out to explore the day-to-day experience of its combatants.
- Language : English
- Product dimensions : 1 x 1.4 x 17.1 cm; 80 Grams
- Item Model Number : R-126795-8
- Director : Peter Jackson
- Media Format : DVD
- Run time : 1 hour and 39 minutes
- Release date : 15 May 2019
- Actors : Not Specified
- Language : English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1)
- Studio : Warner Home Video
- ASIN : B07NBP8JTS
- Country of origin : Australia
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As to the documentary itself, it is a set of voice-overs by actual World War I British veterans as we view the battlefield of what was then known as the "Great War" and the "War to end all wars." Obviously the latter ended up being a hopeless case of wishful thinking, but until the 20th century the world had never seen combat operations on this scale.
If you happen to think that starting more wars is a good idea, I would highly recommend you watch this film as it shows war in all of its raw, unvarnished horror. The viewer gets up close & personal with mortar fire, artillery fire, chemical warfare, flame throwers, tanks & all of the other hideous instruments of war used a century ago.
While there are occasions when we have no choice but to engage with other countries to defend ourselves, this present film is a cautionary tale that it's never a good idea to be in a rush to open the gates of war. Once they're open, it is quite a rigmarole to get them shut again.
The content of the film is even more remarkable. Culled from more than 600 hours of existing film of WWI, the work focuses on & reconstructs the immediate experience of the British soldier on the front lines & trenches of WWI. You are there with him & he is a solid living flesh-&-blood human being living on the razor edge of life & death. Many of the soldiers captured on film likely were killed in combat in no-man's land minutes or hours after. Some of the images are graphic & disturbing, but reflect the realities of war, so this film is neither for small children nor the faint-hearted.
As a retired military service member with an interest in military history, I consider this blu-ray to be essential to my video collection. Highly recommended