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Steve Pyke's Moonbug: Apollo Astronauts and Their Journeys in Space and to the Moon [DVD]

Matt Johnson (The The) Soundtrack: , Buzz Aldrin , Nichola Bruce    Exempt   DVD
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  • Actors: Matt Johnson (The The) Soundtrack:, Buzz Aldrin, Walter Cunningham, Wally Schirra, Frank Borman
  • Directors: Nichola Bruce
  • Format: Dolby, HiFi Sound, PAL, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Good Guys Media
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Feb 2013
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AY2DFMO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,453 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Bitten by the 'Moonbug', photographer Steve Pyke sets out on a journey across America in his search to meet and photograph the Apollo space pioneers. A journey in which he was to meet the adventurers, risk takers and dreamers who were behind one of the most historic endeavours of our time.

Moonbug explores the experiences of the science-fiction dream come true with the astronauts who made the bold step. From living rooms and moonscape deserts, to Cape Canaveral, Steve captures these pioneers in frank, revealing portraits, while unraveling their very personal and divergent memories. Pyke shares intimate moments with his subjects and their frank accounts of the risk-taking, monumental journey. Moonbug is as much an exploration of memory and perception and the documentation of time as it is space.

The engaging, articulate astronauts offer philosophical insights into the motivations behind their participation and the bigger picture: how we understand and perceive the universe, where we fit in among these 'signposts of history' and the vulnerability of our lonely planet.

With rare archive footage and an original score by Matt Johnson and The The, Moonbug is both a photographic road trip and an exploration of how photographs become signposts for history.

Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Houston International Film Festival.

DVD Extras:

    Discovery Launch footage 29th October 1998 (6 mins)
    Don Arabian (Apollo Engineer) in conversation with Steve Pyke (6 mins)

Review

It is a rare and wonderful experience to visit with the men who went to the moon. Steve Pyke has done it and thanks to Nichola Bruce's compelling film Moonbug everyone else can come along --Andrew Chaikin, author of 'A Man on the Moon'

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AN AMAZING JOURNEY... 1 Mar 2013
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I've been an admirer of Steve Pyke's photography for a while and thought that this would be a great chance to see him at work. This is a very well put together film, showing not only how a photographer works with his subjects and creates his art, but also how he probes their minds and thoughts. Listening to the astronauts relive their intimate and personal accounts of their pioneering travel, Pyke takes them from the comfort of their own homes back into deepest, darkest space. It's easy to understand how their perception of the universe is changed by their experiences and how they gained a new view of our tiny planet and its place in the grand scheme of things from high above! This is a compelling watch for both fans of space and photography - I would highly recommend it. (Not sure how or why the previous reviewer only gave it 2 stars!)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring stuff 7 Mar 2013
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Really enjoyed this film - I've been a fan of Pyke's work since reading philosophy at university and coming across his portraits of philosophers. It's fantastic to see how those images are made and how those big projects come together, I loved Laura Wilson's book "Avedon at work in the American West" for similar reasons. Highly recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Watched once !. 7 May 2013
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I love space and science documentaries, but I have to say this did not really hold my attention. The soundtrack by TheThe does help, and as an idea for a film, it is marvellous, but the audio is poor. Such an epic idea, travelling across the US, convincing Apollo crew members/engineers, to talk and pose for pictures. Good for a historical perspective on the missions.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Just curious 24 Feb 2013
By Carlos
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The video shows an account on the photographer's journey in the States, taking pictures of the astronauts and some of the people most involved in Mercury, Geminy and Apollo missions. Just curious.
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Amazon.com: 3.0 out of 5 stars  2 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A unique and intimate film 26 Nov 2013
By clarity - Published on Amazon.com
I've been an admirer of Steve Pyke's photography for a while and thought that this would be a great chance to see him at work. This is a very well put together film, showing not only how a photographer works with his subjects and creates his art, but also how he probes their minds and thoughts.

Listening to the astronauts relive their very personal accounts of their pioneering travel, Pyke takes them from the comfort of their own homes back into deepest, darkest space. I certainly wouldn't class the filming as low grade, it's shot in a very intimate way and I think the conversations with the astronauts are much more candid because of it, instead of the more formal interviews with a full film crew standing around.

It's easy to understand how their perception of the universe is changed by their experiences and how they gained a new view of our tiny planet and its place in the grand scheme of things from high above! This is a compelling watch for both fans of space and photography - I would highly recommend it.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars really low grade video... way over priced 9 Oct 2013
By Richardson - Published on Amazon.com
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This is really a friend with a cam corder documenting a still photographers search of astronauts to make portraits of and its really amateurish all around. I had great hopes but it is very hard to watch and really poor quality... no excuse these days for such.
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