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Capricorn One [DVD]

Elliott Gould , James Brolin , Peter Hyams    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Elliott Gould, James Brolin, Brenda Vaccaro, Sam Waterston, O.J. Simpson
  • Directors: Peter Hyams
  • Writers: Peter Hyams
  • Producers: Michael I. Rachmil, Paul Lazarus III
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Itc
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Mar 2004
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004I9OG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,653 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Thanks to repeated showings on cable television and home video, this speculative thriller has built quite a loyal following since its release in 1978. The provocative "what if?" scenario still packs a punch, even if it is not always believable. James Brolin, Sam Waterston and O J Simpson star as three astronauts who agree to spare the government embarrassment by faking their historic landing on Mars after their spacecraft is determined to be unsafe for blastoff. When a scheming mission controller (Hal Holbrook) plots to kill the astronauts in a staged capsule fire, the trio embarks on a dangerous mission to expose the truth. Elliott Gould costars as the journalist determined to crack the conspiracy, and director Peter Hyams turns up the tension with an exciting chase sequence involving Telly Savalas as an eccentric barnstormer who comes to Gould's aid in his attempt rescue the hoax mission's sole survivor. --Jeff Shannon

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The capsule of the first manned flight to Mars burns up on re-entry into Earth's atmosphere but all is not as it seems. A reporter discovers that NASA faked the whole flight and landing with the crew in the desert, for the benefit of television. Only the astronauts can tell the world the true story, but the government wants them dead.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Back in the seventies 'conspiracy' was all the rage: 3 Days of the Condor; All the President's Men;
The Parallax View; Night Moves; The Domino Principle; The Conversation... to name a few.
(today, of course, you'd do it in broad daylight, assuming you're 'too big to fail'...)
This is a fine (and entertaining!) example of how 70s film dramatized the self-doubt
of a nation and its people's growing mistrust towards their authorities.

Very solid picture. Original aspect ratio.
Recommended! (BD cover data "4:3" = incorrect)

Film: 7,5/10
Picture quality 8/10
Aspect ratio: 2,35:1 orig. (= 16x9 letterbox)
Run time (24 fps): 2:03'09''
Chpt.: 12
Audio: Engl.
ST: Engl. o/-
Region free
Bonus: -
Studio: itv
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My First itv Blu-Ray DVD 22 Dec 2007
Don't be put off by the label on the back of the box which says it is in 4:3 aspect with mono sound.
Actually it is in original 2.35:1 with Dolby Digital 2/0 stereo sound and the video is in MPEG-2.

Picture and sound quality is pretty good for a film of its vintage and budget.

Action sequences of the reporters (Elliott Gould) out of control car and Telly Savalas with his crop spraying plane still look good and are exciting to watch.

Disc has no extras or alternate soundtrack but has subtitles should they be required.

Feature runs for 123 minutes.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The flight that never got off the ground 20 Nov 2006
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Capricorn One is a film that seems to have fallen out of favor over the years but it still holds up as one of the best 70s conspiracy thrillers even if it spends more time as a chase movie than it does on the nuts and bolts of exactly how to fake a space mission from a TV studio in Texas. The chronology also gets a little awkward in the second half as Elliot Gould's cynical reporter uncovers NASA's little game and suddenly finds his brakes tampered with and the feds planting drugs on him for his troubles - you can't help feeling that his suspicions should have been aroused a lot earlier to stop him putting the pieces together a little too quickly and conveniently while at the same time the three astronauts who are only co-operating because their families have been threatened (since O.J. is on the crew it must have been a 2-1 majority decision) and suddenly find themselves excess to requirements spend far too much time on the run in the desert. Not that the interest falters, especially as James Brolin has an increasingly tough time of it, finding himself a playground for scorpions and rattlesnakes while chased by the two most malevolent looking helicopters in screen history that become vividly vulture-like characters of their own. It's extraordinarily well directed by Peter Hyams with a remarkably strong visual sense he's long lost since becoming his own cinematographer and some superb crosscutting, and Jerry Goldsmith's superb driving score is among his very best.

The extras package on Network's DVD is better than any previous edition - the full trailer (but not the better teaser trailer on the R1 disc), a 6-minute vintage making-of short and 40-minutes of raw production footage with sound - but not outstanding. However, it does feature an excellent new 2.35:1 transfer that greatly improves on all previous versions.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Daft idea, great movie! 11 Mar 2002
Format:VHS Tape
The rocket is on the launch pad. The astronauts have just strapped themselves in. Suddenly there is a tap on the window and the three men (James Brolin, Sam Waterston and O.J. Simpson) have become pawns in one of the most improbable conspiracies ever invented. Ushered out of the space capsule and flown to a remote military base in the desert, they are forced against their will to co-operate in a desperate plan to fake the first manned mission to Mars. The motive: Congress is looking for an excuse to cut NASA's funding, and an aborted mission, caused by the last-minute discovery of a faulty life-support system, would be all the excuse they need. So the mission must go ahead, or appear to go ahead, at all costs. All goes well until the capsule's heat shield disintegrates on re-entry to Earth and the capsule burns up in the atmosphere, leaving millions of people with the idea that the astronauts are dead. NASA cannot afford to have them around anymore....
Sounds silly eh? Well, essentially it is, but director Peter Hyams takes this silly idea and runs with it with such flair and energy that, disbelief suspended, the audience is taken on one of the most entertaining journeys of the 70s. Everything works together so well: the sardonically witty dialogue, the arresting visuals, the exhilarating stunts, all linked by Jerry Goldsmith's brilliantly atmospheric music. Never mind that the plot is full of holes, this is a film to watch again and again.
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58 of 65 people found the following review helpful
As the other buyer indicated, the cover is misleading to say the least:
First, the film runs 123 Min 07 sec @ 23.98p[sf] 1080, so everything is just fine and complete.
Second, the film is presented in the Panavision ratio of 2.35:1; and while the frame may not be 100% perfectly framed, it is almost as good.
Third, the sound is well recorded from the Mag tracks (17.5mm) and well layed back. It could have been improved in balancing the dynamic range, but, the result is to most I guess very much acceptable.

So, why merely 3 out of 5 ? Well, actually only 2.5 of 5; the materials were cleaned partly as digital files (either tiff, targa, cineon or dpx) in hardware or software based tools; but the people who did this made several, partly severe errors. In numerous sequences the individual frames were moved several pixels in different directions, apparently in an effort to stabilize the picture. The result is that the letterbox is moving partly very noticeably not only in subpixel but up to 10 pixels at the top, bottom an on the right (inward)[see astronauts dialogue post plane crashlanding]; some scenes have lost detail and sharpness because of this.

The thing is: it was not even necessary - from older masters that were not cleaned it is very plain that no significant damage is evident on the 35mm element. There is camera movement, though; but who in their right mind would stabilize a handheld camera in a classic film ?

Also, I detected artifacts at the top letterbox in another sequence, most likely stemming from an automatic cleanup tool [arrival of Elliot Gould with Karen Black in red sportscar at her house]. The main reason why I gave this low rating is that all this could and SHOULD have been detected during the QC (quality control/check).
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dvd capricorn one
Great film arrived on time but the quality of the sound on this film was very bad indeed ! Low and then high and then low again
Published 2 months ago by brian jardine
5.0 out of 5 stars Fact or fiction
The DVD Capricorn One is exceptional, I'd recommend it to everyone over 15, makes you wonder about all space flights.
Published 2 months ago by P CA Kinnon
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking and highly possible!
This Lew Grade film is one of the greatest conspiracy films ever made,one definite flaw is the extremely unlikely possibility of the first 2 crewmen to be located by the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by bob burns
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent film - suspense from start to finish. Any conspiracy theorists about the moon landings will certainly love this film.
Published 3 months ago by John Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars great
This is a great film to add to your collection of dvd's. We bought this and have watched it a few times. I would highly recommend it to you.
Published 3 months ago by MERLIN
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I can't rate this as I have been unable to view it. Despite being charged for both the HD version AND the standard version at the same time, I have been unable to access this film... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Julie Finn
3.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for the movie 3 overall
This is a great movie. Its a mystery, a thriller and a good tale with well drawn characters. There is humour, action and adventure. Read more
Published 4 months ago by M. Hevingham
4.0 out of 5 stars not dated at all
First class delivery and superb blu ray transfer sound fine as well. This is a good thriller and ending to fit the tension. Would recommend this to all buffs out there.
Published 4 months ago by Flicky Ricky
5.0 out of 5 stars Retro
Really great film, a classic i'd remembered fondly and is just as good as i'd remembered. Love that 70's feel.
Published 6 months ago by dr p
5.0 out of 5 stars A good DVD
I bought this as a little bit of nostalga, a good story. This arrived well packaged and in record time. I am very pleased with it, will order further DVDs
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