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    • Keenan Wells

      I just saw this last night! It was incredible.

      My best friend and I are very into WWI history so we saw the movie together. A few years ago (2014 I think?), we went on a 300 mile cycling tour of the WWI front lines through Belgium and France. We lugged our bikes across the Atlantic and saw firsthand some of the very landscapes they feature in the film.

      Below is my photo gallery from that trip (I took a lot of photos). Also below that is a photo of me just outside of the town of Cambrai, which was the location of one of the first, and largest tank battles ever fought. It was on the scale of D-Day in terms of personnel and casualties. They didn’t go into details during the film but I think they were talking about this battle when the tanks appeared.

      Seeing that movie really brought to life some of the landscapes we saw along that trip.

      (My bio in the link embed is out of date, ha!)

    • We saw it at the Century 16. I was impressed. Seeing the men move at natural speeds, and having the film colorized, definitely make them seem far more real than when you see the herky-jerky old footage. I know some film buffs hate that about it, but I thought it was very well done.I found Peter Jackson's explanation of how they made it quite interesting.

    • It was your husband who gave us the suggestion to go! I saw my WWI history buff friend today, who said he can't stop thinking about the film and wants to see it again. I agreed so we're going back.

      I love those reclining leather seats in Century 16.

    • My spouse and I went last night - The realism engendered by the correction of the film speeds, and the audio that matches people in the video was quite effective even though I know the film was shot without audio tracks. The realism of the terain between the lines was startling, and a bit spooky. The shells and the artillery were awe inspiring in a very bad way. The images of piles of rotting corpses in and around the trenches should remove anyones ideas of glory in war time.

      I enjoyed listening to Peter Jackson after the movie was over explaining some of what they did to create the movie, and the demonstrations of how important the film speed is to satisfactory viewing. Really a very great experience. Now I need to go back to London to see the Imperial War Museum.

      I liked seeing the tanks, but wished there was more footage of the air war too. I got the feeling that Peter Jackson would like to do more about WWI, maybe about the air war and the naval war.

      I know I have numerous ancestors who fought in the Union Army during the Civil War - my great grandfather's father, and my great grandmother's uncle were both in the Indiana Volunteers through Tennessee and Chattanooga and Chickamauga. Interestingly, I am not certain about my ancestors in uniform during WWI. I need to look into that.

    • Yes, the reclining seats, and being able to choose your seat in advance, definitely made movie-going a better experience. Have you been to the new theater over on San Antonio Road? Their seats are heated! Big plus for people like me who have been known to bring down blankets to the movies.

    • I haven't seen the movie yet, but I did watch this short clip and was blown away by their dedication to bring the old footage to life.

    • Chris MacAskill

      I have been to San Antonio but I didn't know the seats were heated! Love heated seats. But it may be why I sweated through Free Solo there. Or maybe it was Alex Honnold climbing without a rope.