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Old 21st February 2019, 03:46 PM   #81
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Originally Posted by SuburbanTurkey View Post
Saw it here in the US when it was screened again on a special one night only release. I found it very affecting. I have seen WWI footage in the past, but the quality issues, especially the frame rate issues, made it seem unreal. The corrected and restored footage was really something special.

I stuck around after the credits for Jackson's "making of" video that explain some of the technical work done. Seems that they have lots and lots of footage that they restored, but ultimately didn't use in order to keep the scope of the film focused (which seems a wise decision). I would hope that it is included in a home release.

To my American ear, some of the voices were a bit hard to make sense of. Given that many of them were elderly when recorded, and some had quite thick accents, this is to be expected. I imagine a brit wouldn't have this problem. If it were watching at home, I would probably opt for subtitles at some points.

I thought Jackson's solution to having no footage of actual intense hand-to-hand fighting pretty good, considering the lack of better options.
For what it's worth, I'm American and didn't have any trouble understanding what anyone was saying.

What are you referring to when you mention his solution to having no footage of actual fighting? I agree that there was no footage, but am unclear as to what you mean by his solution.
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What are you referring to when you mention his solution to having no footage of actual fighting? I agree that there was no footage, but am unclear as to what you mean by his solution.
He's referring to an all-out attack across no-man's-land. The closest footage available is of a small raid setting out. What Mr. Jackson used instead was selected period drawings to show a battle; he discusses this in the making-of mini-documentary shown after the credits.
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