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  • Actors: Tom Hanks, Nick Searcy, Lane Smith, David Andrews, Daniel Hugh Kelly
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Wmv
  • VHS Release Date: 5 July 1999
  • Run Time: 720 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CZ34
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 487,519 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Made to commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of man's first steps onto the moon's surface, this five-volume box set contains reconstructions of the American space dream, chronicling the events of each of the Apollo missions. Tom Hanks (who also directs and writes one of the ten episodes), Sally Field, Cary Elwes and Kevin Pollak star.

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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

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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Ty-Fry-Typhoon on 31 Jan. 2007
Format: DVD
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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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 5 July 2004
Format: DVD
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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By R. Shipp on 24 July 2007
Format: DVD
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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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Jl Adcock TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 July 2006
Format: DVD
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "dangermouse19692" on 29 Jan. 2006
Format: DVD
Tom Hanks and the Apollo13 production team have re-united only three years after the the film was released to give us yet another insight into the workings of NASA and it's glorious days from the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missions. If I was to give anybody one piece of advice on how to view this, then treat each episode individually rather than the series in it's entirity.
I loved how the producers had considered the many people whom made the missions take off from the ground in the first place and the importance of the work that they carried out, my favourite episode had to be 'Spider'- this was based on the design and build of the LEM, or Lunar Module by the company Grunmann and it's project overseer Tom Kelly. The work and result of it was very well documented.
The only downside was that I felt the Russian Space programme could have been featured a lot more than it did, and it leads me to think that the series glorifies NASA a little too much (albeit unintentionally).
Putting that aside, I feel that this is a must for anyone who has an interest in the space programmes, it is very enlightning and educational as you get to feel what went on behind the scenes and get to share the agony and estacies of the failures and successes that made the technological progresses advance so greatly within a relatively short space of time.
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56 of 60 people found the following review helpful By P. White on 18 Mar. 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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