I think it also had sort of a limited time for seeing it in the theaters. I sent my daughter in college some money for her and a friend to go see it. My son wasn’t too interested in it until he found out the producer of “Lord of the Rings” produced it. My son said his favorite part was at the end of the film when they are explaining how they did all the technical aspects. (That was my favorite too - simply amazing!)
The amount of detail the producer went into. Some commandeer is giving a speech to his troops. (The original film is all silent).
One example recalling from memory:
“So we knew from the patches that they are the 4th regiment from Scotland. So I went to the 4th Regiment archives and figured the speech must have been given in the spring of 1916. All the stuff is there by date. I’m going through and find a piece of paper about the size of what is in the commander’s hand.
So I read it aloud into my phone, and send it to the crew. They track it with the film and think it might be a match. The following day they get a Scot to read it with his accent - and it’s a match. So that piece of paper in the film is the same one I found in the archives. The Scot also does the reading in the film so we have the right accent.”
It was that level of detail throughout the film.
“They allowed us to record at the artillery training grounds in New Zealand. We had our sound equipment sitting on various hills and would record the sounds of the artilary passing overhead during their training exercises.”
Wow. A lot of work, and it’s real stuff, not packed with CG.