Peter Jackson reconstructs history in the 'They Shall Not Grow Old' trailer

In the player above, you can take a look at an astonishing new documentary from Academy Award winner Peter Jackson. “They Shall Not Grow Old” restores century old celluloid, bringing World War I footage to life in color and 3D. The experience is headed to US movie theaters for two nights only via Fathom Events. You can see it on on Monday, December 17, with an encore presentation on Thursday, December 27.


“They Shall Not Grow Old” offers an extraordinary look at the soldiers and events of the Great War, using film footage captured at the time, now presented as the world has never seen. By utilizing state-of-the-art restoration, colorization and 3D technologies, and pulling from 600 hours of BBC archival interviews, Jackson puts forth an intensely gripping, immersive and authentic experience through the eyes and voices of the British soldiers who lived it.

“With this being the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, I can’t imagine a more appropriate time to honor the courage of the soldiers who fought in WWI – what was then ‘the war to end all wars’ – many of whom made the ultimate sacrifice,” says Jeff Goldstein, President of Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures. “Peter has made history come alive through the medium of film, and we are so pleased to be a part of bringing his vision to today’s audiences.”

Jackson recorded a special introduction to the film — which he has called his most personal — offering his perspective on why the film is important for audiences, who have never experienced WWI footage as anything but grainy black & white and silent. Jackson opens a window to the past in a way that has never been seen or heard before, noting, “Restoration is a humanizing process.” The screening will be immediately followed by special content offering firsthand insights into what went into this groundbreaking feat of research, filmmaking and storytelling.

Silas Lesnick is the Senior Editor of Moviebill. He has been covering entertainment news out of Los Angeles for more than a decade. You can reach him via e-mail or on Twitter.