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For All Mankind [Masters of Cinema [DVD]

Jim Lovell , Russell Schweickart , Al Reinert    Exempt   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jim Lovell, Russell Schweickart, Eugene Cernan, Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong
  • Directors: Al Reinert
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Eureka Entertainment LTD
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Aug 2012
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002HGZU1E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,799 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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SYNOPSIS: During the Apollo lunar missions from 1968 to 1972, those on-board were given 16mm cameras and told to film anything and everything they could, in space, in orbit, and on the surface of the moon itself. Two decades later, filmmaker Al Reinert went into the NASA vaults to create this extraordinary compendium of their journeys and experiences.

Assembled from hundreds of hours of the astronauts own footage, with a soundtrack made up of their memories and a specially composed score by Brian Eno, the film takes the form of one journey to the moon and back again, building with elegant simplicity and exquisite construction to create an overwhelming vision of human endeavour and miraculous experience.

At once intimate and awe-inspiring, For All Mankind is a genuinely mesmerising firsthand document of one of the high points of the 20th century. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present this beautiful high-definition restoration of the film in a comprehensive, director-approved edition.

DVD EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES:
  • A high- definition transfer, supervised by director Al Reinert
  • Audio commentary featuring Al Reinert and Eugene A. Cernan
  • An Accidental Gift: The Making of For All Mankind documentary
  • A gallery of Alan Bean s artwork, inspired by his life as an astronaut
  • NASA Sound Archive and lift-off footage
  • Optional on- screen identification of astronauts and mission specialists
  • Optional English subtitles (SDH) for the hearing impaired
  • A full- colour booklet featuring essays, rare stills, interviews, and more.

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For All Mankind


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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For all Mankind 21 July 2009
Format:DVD
I find this compelling. It preserves and communicates all the feelings and emotions of the astronauts on the hazardous Apollo missions better than any other film has. They tell the story, as it happens, through their own "home video" taken throughout all the Apollo missions. It's an irony that we've become so familiar with the jerky, spontaneous style of home recording recently- a result of You Tube, mobile phones and films like Cloverfield. This film made use of the intimacy of this style long before any of those were around.

I first saw this documentary film when it was screened on the BBC around the time of the 20th anniversary of the moon landings in 1989. I recorded it on videotape and watched it over and over again throughout my late teenage years. Unfortunately, my life moved on and the VHS format became obsolete. By the time I finished university, my parents had thrown it away. So, now I'm reserving a DVD copy and expect to be hooked all over again.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Outstanding Document 21 Nov 2009
Format:Blu-ray
Having seen a larger number of documentaries and series on the moon landings , this is by far the best. The primary reason being the rare footage , the perfect quality of picture and sound, the music by Bryan Eno fits simply perfectly. When Eagle 1 ( of the Apollo 11 mission) leaves the moon surface the only background sound is 'Ascent ' by Bryan Eno, these 2 minutes or so is probably the climax of the approach this dvd has : less narrative and more music, footage taken from the astronauts not previously seen in other documentaries. In my opinion for this scene only its worth having this dvd. Apart from this scene, other footage is breathtaking and I recommend this dvd to anyone who has an interest to mankind's greatest achievement to date perhaps
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The closest you'll get to being there 10 Jan 2010
By Daddsy
Format:Blu-ray
I've been looking for a copy of this ever since I dumped my old VCR - along with an old VHS recording - and figured I'd take a punt on the Blu-Ray version as it wasn't much more than the standard DVD.

Having seen some other supposed HD documentaries covering this period I wasn't holding out much hope for more than a cleaned up video transfer but Criterion have done a stunning job here - this has to be the best quality I have seen of the Apollo era. Obviously there is some low quality footage - in particular from some of the on-board handheld cameras & TV transmissions but for the most part everything else is superb (presumably much coming from the 16mm scientific camera's that most missions carried).

For All Mankind presents the Apollo story in a unique way - bringing together clips from all the missions to combine and tell the story in the form of a single trip to the moon and back. Accompanied by occasional inciteful quotes from the Astronauts involved and underscored by Brian Eno's wonderfully atmospheric soundtrack this is a 79 minute journey that you really feel you are accompanying those 24 fortunate men on.

If you are looking for a documentary with in depth narration then look elsewhere you won't find what you are looking for here - there are countless formal documentaries out there (try NASA's Greatest Missions as a start).
For All Mankind is something else - a grand story told as such - and that's what makes it so special.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece 23 Aug 2012
By Gregory
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This is a spectacular documentary film. Chronicling the events that occurred during the Apollo missions. Showcasing the greatest achievement that man has ever undertaken, landing on the surface of another world. It is accompanied by the brilliant work of ambient artist Brian Eno (formerly of Roxy Music), creating soundscapes that make you feel as you're floating in space with the astronauts. If you're looking to understand, or you already understand, just why the Apollo missions were so important for humanity. Then I advise you watch this. If you're a moon landing conspiracist or against the NASA budget. Then I would advise something more to your taste- such as Ancient Aliens or recordings of most Republican TV show hosts.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Over the years I have watched and owned many of the various DVD, and now all the Blu Ray, releases of documentaries on Space Exploration and this really is a phenomenal docu/film. As has been stated by other Amazon buyers, the NASA's Greatest Missions boxset on Blu Ray is a superb record of NASA's achievements but, apart from some of the shuttle footage, it doesn't really benefit from the Blu Ray format: For All Mankind is a totally different story! The quality is truly breathtaking. Having wanted the Criterion region A version since release I was thrilled to see the same version being released in the UK by Masters of Cinema. The film footage has been scanned from the, unfrozen, original NASA film archives with eye-popping clarity. This coupled with the candid interview dialogue track from 20 of the 24 Apollo Astronauts has created a cinematic tour de force. If you are at all interested in Space Exploration this is by far the most accessible and visually stunning of any Blu Ray or DVD release you can buy on the subject.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For All Mankind [Masters of Cinema Version] 12 May 2011
Format:DVD
I first saw this documentary when it was aired on the BBC in 1989. I found it visually and audibly stunning. Luckily, I videoed it at the time and was able to enjoy this masterpiece time and time again.

However, in time VHS gave way to DVD and I was no longer able to enjoy it. Recently, I was delighted to buy the Masters of Cinema DVD version and eagerly sat down to watch it at home.

Sadly, I was hugely disappointed, as for some reason, parts of the music backing have been changed from the original.

If you were to watch this documentary for the first time, this change would not be a problem, because the film is still compelling, in my opinion. However, if like me, you had grown used to the version aired in 1989, you might be as disappointed as me.

For me, the music tied in beautifully with the visuals and I want that version again. Also, on many occasions, when the original music is used the volume is very much lower, so that it is a barely audible background.

Very, very disappointed. If anyone knows of a DVD with the original broadcast soundtrack, please let me know.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Must get for me
As a space buff this was a no brainer..buy with confidence..
Published 1 month ago by tony
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
A wonderful record of a huge achievement in its time. They landed this thing on the moon with the aid of a computer with less power that your average smart phone. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. J. G. C. Sansbury
5.0 out of 5 stars Wanted a copy of this film for years
I first watched this film on TV a few years ago & have wanted to own a copy since then. A brilliant record of mankind's greatest achievement so far filmed by those who were... Read more
Published 4 months ago by MickW
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for any Apollo Geek! really wonderful.
There is a lot of footage i have seen before but this is made from original prints of the film rather than the mass produced media copies from the 60's. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr. S. A. Gosling
5.0 out of 5 stars Found again after many years.
I had this preserved on an old VHS tape recording for many years and was quite pleased to be able to find this on a BD version. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Paul joe90
5.0 out of 5 stars For all mankind
The apollo era the best years no shuttle which is good this film for all mankind is outstanding. Highly reccomended.

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Published 6 months ago by wayne
5.0 out of 5 stars for all mankind dvd
This film wonderful if you are interested in the moon landings.Having owned this movie on vhs and wearing the tape out it is great to be able to enjoy again on dvd fully restored... Read more
Published 6 months ago by simon.r
5.0 out of 5 stars We came in peace
I find the Apollo program fascinating, and this DVD is an excellent way to get an insight into what our exploration of the Moon meant to the people who went there. Read more
Published 12 months ago by J. Brooks
5.0 out of 5 stars What a trip
This is wonderfully put together. The quality of the blu-ray edition lets you feel the proximity of all the history recorded by these amazing, brave adventurers. Read more
Published 15 months ago by T. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars For all Mankind
A brilliant documentary, connecting you well with the different Moon missions. It is dubbed, so some sentences you hear with the footage are not correct. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Mr. Simon Lewis
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