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WATCH: Lord of the Rings Director Peter Jackson Brings WW1 to ‘Life’ in Color Documentary

The latest project created by Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson is a stunning documentary on World War 1, which includes the addition of s ound and color over the original black and white silent footage.

They Shall Not Grow Old comes comes out in the UK on October 16 — the 100 year anniversary of WW1 ending — and was funded by the government, with Jackson directing the film for free.

“I wanted to simply give people a feeling as accurately as I could… to what it was like to be in that war and just what it was like from a human point of view,” Jackson said of the documentary.

He also noted that “every single frame was original film.”

“It’s a frame that hasn’t existed for the last 100 years but it’s still a frame that made up of the original frames,” the director added. “It’s not something made up by us. to try to bring the film to life.”

Earlier this year, Jackson explained his unorthodox approach to making the film:

“We’re making a film [that is] not the usual film you would expect on the First World War. We’re making a film that shows this incredible footage in which the faces of the men just jump out at you. It’s the people that come to life in this film.”

Watch above, via BBC.

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