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From the Earth to the Moon (Tom Hanks HBO Signature Edition) [DVD] [2006]

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  • Directors: Tom Hanks
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, German, Portuguese, Czech, Romanian, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Arabic, Hebrew, Finnish, Greek
  • Dubbed: German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Mar. 2006
  • Run Time: 720 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CQ97OC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,336 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Tom Hanks, Imagine Entertainment and HBO present From the Earth to the Moon, the dramatic story of the unforgettable Apollo missions and their heroic astronauts, from President John F. Kennedy's historic speech, through the first manned expeditions into space, to the defining moment of the space program - putting a man on the moon. "One small step for man... one giant leap for mankind." Powerfully told as never before though the unforgettable performances of Cary Elwes, Sally Field, Chris Isaak and many more, these are the stories of the men, women and children who lived, breathed and manufactured from the power of human will one of the greatest achievements in the history of mankind.

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Originally broadcast in April and May of 1998, the epic mini-series From the Earth to the Moon was American cable station HBO's most expensive production to date, with a budget of $68 million. Hosted by executive producer Tom Hanks, the mini-series tackles the daunting challenge of chronicling the entire history of NASA's Apollo space programme from 1961 to 1972. For the most part, it's a rousing success. Some passages are flatly chronological, awkwardly wedging an abundance of factual detail into a routine dramatic structure, but each episode is devoted to a crucial aspect of the Apollo programme. The cumulative effect is a deep and thorough appreciation of NASA's monumental achievement. With the help of a superlative cast, consistent writing, and a stable of talented directors, Hanks has shared his infectious enthusiasm for space exploration and the inspiring power of conquering the final frontier.

NASA's complete participation in the production lends to its total authenticity, right down to the use of NASA equipment, launch locations and even spacecraft. The re-creation of the lunar landscape is almost as impressive as the real thing and is further enhanced by the use of helium balloons to lighten the actors playing moon-walking astronauts. With a fictional, Walter Cronkite-like TV reporter (Lane Smith) serving as the dramatic link for all 12 episodes, this ambitious production may not be a great work of art. But as a generous and definitive example of non-fiction drama, it's full of the same kind of awe, inspiration and humanity that led to "one giant leap" in the all-too-short history of 20th-century space exploration. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The series follows NASA during the Apollo moon-landing programme; each episode focuses on a different aspect, designing the spacecraft, training and the missions themselves. There is also an episode that focuses on the wives of the astronauts, which I thought, was a good idea.

The missions are all well done in the same quality as Apollo 13 movie.

Apollo 12 is my favourite in the "Is that all there is" episode but all are very good.

The extra DVD is good with the documentary of the making of the series although I would have liked it to be longer.

In short, if you liked Apollo 13 you will like this.
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When I was in the first grade in Orlando, Florida our class would go outside to watch the Mercury flights take off from Cape Canaveral, so the American space program made a big impression on me as a child. Of course, now I have a daughter who is surprised to learn that human beings have walked on the moon while I remember "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C." being interrupted by a news bulletin about the fatal fire that killed the crew of Apollo 1. My father was stationed in Japan for most of the Apollo flights, so except for Apollo 11 we did not get to see a lot of what everybody saw back home. Consequently, for me "From the Earth to the Moon" is a combination of vague memories and new information.
Having also watched "Band of Brothers," the other HBO documentary in which Tom Hanks had a significant hand, I am struck by how these two mini-series have essentially redefined the term more towards its original meaning. Unlike landmark mini-series such as "Shogun" and "Winds of War," where each episode picks up the main characters pretty much where they were left at the end of the previous episode, "From the Earth to the Moon" and "Band of Brothers" clearly offer up distinct episodes in telling the story of the Apollo space program. The only constant characters are really Eugene Cernan (Daniel Hugh Kelly), the one Mercury astronauts who never got to fly and ended up heading the program, and the fictional television anchorman Emmett Seaborn (Lane Smith), who represents an amalgam of all the newscasters who were big boosters of the space program.
Most of the episodes focus on a specific Apollo flight, but there are also episodes on different topics, like the development of the lunar module.
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This was a truly superb series made at the same time as Tom Hanks was involved in making "Apollo 13" and uses the same directorial team. It even uses some of the sets. Having said that it also recreates the period of the early days of the space race in great detail, right down to the feelings at the time. Each episode uses a different style and approach from the others which keeps the interest and tells the story from many different viewpoints by the participants at the time.

For space history buffs it's a must in your collection.

I think it's time we went back to the Moon.
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To my knowledge, this fantastic series was only shown once on British TV, and tucked away in a lunchtime slot on Saturdays. A shame, as From the Earth to the Moon really made the Apollo era come alive in a way that a straightforward documentary could not. Each episode - fronted by Tom Hanks - takes a different view on one aspect of the Apollo missions, and all of them are compelling viewing. Faultless, big-budget production values make this an attractive series to watch. A welcome release on DVD that won't disappoint.
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I have both the NTSC and PAL (ie this set) versions of this series. The content is superb as described in the other reviews but I take issue with the review that describes the region-2 set as 'widescreen'. Well yes it is in the sense that it's a 16x9 aspect ratio image BUT comparison with the NTSC 4:3 version reveals that this has been achieved by chopping the top and bottom of the frame off! In other words it's a nasty and resolution losing kludge. There was useful visual content in the bits that are now missing because the director framed the images for 4:3 not 16:9. I was very annoyed by this when my region2 set arrived and I've never played it beyond a quick test as a consequence. Get the R1 set if you want the real series.
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For some unknown reason Amazon do not point out

that this box set is the ' Widescreen ' version.

I believe the original release was '4:3 ratio '

but this version is ' 16:9 (1.78:1) '

which I would imagine most people would prefer.

It is a very Up market Classy looking box set

using the ' Digipak® ' system which at least prevents

dvd's from rattling lose in postage.

If you are into the Apollo missions then this is a must buy product.

Stunning images will blow you away
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Only shown once when it was the 30th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing on the moon. This is a wonderfully detailed look at the era, going behind the scenes at the triumphs and the tragedies of the pre & apollo years.

This was an amazing time for those who were young enough to remember it. There was a special feeling of hope, optimism and the spirit of adventure. People born after this era just don't understand the awe and wonder of the event and even more unbelievably there are a lot of Conspiracy theorist wackos out there who think it was a hoax and done in a studio.

This wonderful short series takes you through the pre Apollo era with the Freedom and gemini flights and the men who flew them. This DVD set of 12 one hour episodes brings that spirit of the time alive again. The series covers other aspects of the Apollo moon missions including NASA's relationship with the media, the effects and pressures on the wives of the astronauts and quite a detailed look at technical aspects and things that went wrong like the Apollo 1 fire and Apollo 13 near disaster. These fit in well with the overall story, but there is humour in these programs as well. Some of the episodes aren't as strong as others but it is done accurately and lovingly by people who cared about this special time and also portrays the lack of interest which crept in after the hiatus of the unlucky apollo 13 mission.

Sadly there is little input or telling of the Russian space program and a lack of input about the development of the huge Saturn 5 rocket with Werner Von Braun, both of which would have made this more interesting. The extras aren't all that interesting. There is a 30 minute documentary about the making of the show with interviews with the actors and Tom Hanks. The other extras are just a couple of pages of reading material which is poorly put together covering a history of the moon and famous astronomers. Highly recommended nonetheless.
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