- Mon May 10, 2021 6:13 pm
I'd like to put in a word for Peter Jackson's "They shall not grow old".
I know there was a whole lot of technology applied to old footage, so not just colourisation.
A soundtrack was added, and a lot of judder smoothed out.
Like most of Jackson's work it would have been better at 2/3rds the running time.
What the colour did for me was humanised the faces.
You rarely make out the features beyond a walrus moustache in old B/W cine of the time.
For me, this has imposed a bit of a barrier to empathy with the subjects.
(I can empathise fine when reading a book, but those olf WW1 soldiers never looked as human as the colour shots form 'Nam).
I really noticed this with the slow panning shots across a line up of soldiers.
I was seeing faces and thinking "That's how Gus at work would look if he grew a 'tache".
"I wonder how old that lad really is, he's the spitting image of the shelf-stacker at Farmfoods".
And there ends my plea for "enhancement", when done well, in a few cases.