Capricorn One 1977

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Charles Brubaker is the astronaut leading NASA's first manned mission to Mars. Seconds before the launch, the entire team is pulled from the capsule and the rocket leaves earth unmanned much to Brubaker's anger. The head of the programme explains that the life support system was faulty and that NASA can't afford the publicity of a scratched mission.

Starring:
Elliott Gould, James Brolin
Runtime:
2 hours 3 minutes

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Capricorn One

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, Science Fiction
Director Peter Hyams
Starring Elliott Gould, James Brolin
Supporting actors Brenda Vaccaro, Sam Waterston, O.J. Simpson, Hal Holbrook, Karen Black, Telly Savalas, David Huddleston
Studio ITV
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By mickey_one on 30 Aug 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
-> BLU RAY

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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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful By IM35461 TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Dec 2007
Format: Blu-ray
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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 20 Nov 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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 By Crebocchio on 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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60 of 67 people found the following review helpful By T. Kaiser on 24 Feb 2008
Format: Blu-ray
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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