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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My First itv Blu-Ray DVD
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...
Published on 22 Dec 2007 by IM35461

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60 of 68 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Transfer - but the cleanup in the digital realm was partly poorly executed
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...
Published on 24 Feb 2008 by T. Kaiser


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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My First itv Blu-Ray DVD, 22 Dec 2007
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IM35461 "IM35461" (East Sussex United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Capricorn One [Blu-ray] (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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best this film will ever look...., 19 May 2013
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this may have been a widecreen motion picture but the funding and production was TV-based, hence limitation in quality are obvious at time and a feature of the way it was made. The film was always a curious one. Fantastic acting, curious casting and most oddly expensive filming in one scene followed by ultra low budget scenes in the next. The digital restoration is almost none existent. They have simply used the best master reels available and the result is incredible. HD capture of the original photography is superb in most scenes. The desert scenes are glorious. The studio scence less so but still good. The only real let downs visually are the panned-away studio scences without focus like the locked meeting room at the air-base. Sound is good for this film, not remixed but why would you. This is a classic film and this is giant leap from DVD but do not expect a digitally clean movie, there are original camera artifacts galore but I LOVE the end product.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Mission-to-Mars-misfire will not be televised..., 30 Aug 2011
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-> 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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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The flight that never got off the ground, 20 Nov 2006
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Capricorn One [DVD] [1979] (DVD)
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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60 of 68 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Transfer - but the cleanup in the digital realm was partly poorly executed, 24 Feb 2008
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T. Kaiser - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Capricorn One [Blu-ray] (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). Regardless whether older film or new, the (very high) standard should be challenge and clearly defined goal. After all, it is called High Definition for a good reason. All cleanup / restoration work is much harder - and more expensive. But better a more expensive Blu-ray with a properly made transfer and mastering then a discounted disc with a mediocre or - heaven forbid - a butcher's job.

The check I made was done via a profesionally calibrated and maintained SONY VW-VPL100 True-HD 1920x1080 Projector/on a 3,10m professional DaVision Screen/sound via ONKYO TX-NR905.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Daft idea, great movie!, 11 Mar 2002
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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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic, 12 Nov 2005
This review is from: Capricorn One [DVD] [1979] (DVD)
Thrilling plot, acted out in a way that isn't too dated given its age; with a great cast and twists and turns around every corner. I originally bought this for nostalgic reasons (in the early days of Betamax, it was one of the few videos that we were able to borrow and we watched it over and over); but the film lives up to those early memories.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Poor sound, 11 May 2013
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P. Bessant (Portsmouth UK) - See all my reviews
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My copy carries the 'ITV DVD' logo on the top left corner of the front case (even though its blu ray!). The picture is superb but the sound quality on certain scenes is extremely bad, most noticeably during the astronauts being told that they aren't going to Mars. I have a £1000 hi-fi surround system and this is the only disc I've had problems with. It's still a brilliant film though
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real classic in many respects. You should not miss this film., 7 May 2013
This review is from: Capricorn One [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Capricorn One is a really classic film. It is so simple.

It is like a really simple formula, really, really simple that has been so finely honed to perfection in simple story telling, as a gripping thriller with exiciting scenes and in terms of greatly effecting cinematography. The acting is so well carried off, fitting in perfectly with the so finely honed, most simple formula idea. Within that, each actor shines so well at least in the very effective constraints of the formula. Here is one of the best classics of storyboard, script and editing together. That this happens fortunately to combine with classic acting, action and human importance of the theme makes for one of the greatest moments in cinema.

While some actors are given writing which enables them to amazingly excel, making some of the finest performances on film - Hal Holbrook, Karen Black and Elliot Gould particularly. The other starring roles are very well to excellently played, whether in desert outdoors or studio, and even small parts are at least finely achieved, Robert Walden - to really great, Elliot Gould's character's female journalist companion. Such is the quality that even cameos are so well done, such as when Gould's character tries to find his friend played by Walden and comes across an unknown lady in an appartment he is looking around.

Telly Savalas provides some welcome relief in a less serious role, just as the plot and script veer off more into the kind of pulpish, science fiction ending. Yet the seriousness remains at the same time - it's a good idea for the topic where it is even relevant to show the theme in such a way as it is about certain elements of life being so divorced from the kind of everyday normality that most people would recognise. I'm certainly not criticising the ending, it's what the film does. And to me it seems much better than if it were to be getting bogged down in trying to make the film which is something so simple and starkly immensely meaningful into something that tries to be more believable in conclusion.

It's a really serious subject - the film knows that - and maintains it through excellent, gripping entertainment all the way to the end.

When I say it's a really serious subject I'm not actually saying I concur with the conspiracy theories that there was never any real moon expedition, landing, other space trips and so on. It just happens that this is a particular story - in the prevalent time of excellent, very relevant conspiracy theory cinema (3 Days of the Condor, Outland, Chinatown, The China Syndrome etc.) which so well uses a subject to present the government, illuminati conspiracy theme. It does it excellently.

At a time when some of the most fundamental parts of old conspiracy theory movies can even be found to have come true or have been true all along (eg. 3 Days of the Condor and the USA in Asia in the first decade of this century, particularly Iraq), the illuminati conspiracy film can be one of the most relevant and important styles of artistic expression today.

*** SPOILER PARAGRAPH *** - Hal Holbrook's terrifying speech after terrifying speech of lies is just the most exemplary example of this in cinema and can only be in the top ten achievements of cinema ever. It brings this move into one of the finest acheivements in modern cinema.

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Blu-ray quality: Yes, it's very good. Some people might expect better for full HD, but its' very good quality and much better than I've ever seen the film in before (I've seen it numerous times as I was growing up before the days of flat screen and digital TV). Very satisfying and there is no sense of the (very nice) visual experience detracting from the visual story, which I feel could have been the case in a different render, and can be the case in some HD films. Yes - I think if you feel the quality here is disappointing, you don't really relate to the life of the film well.

Some people are saying their disc is in 4:3, which I didn't find - I watched in widescreen. It's one of the narrower panavision widescreen formats which are to be found in mainstream cinema, and great to watch in that. I know that when this film was screened on TV in the 1980s, for example, it was in 4:3 and it's very difficult to see how they made a tall 4:3 after you've seen this narrow widescreen original version.

Certainly, it's a disc to have. Mine was rented, but I want to buy a copy as soon as I can.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good seventies film. Too bad for the final slow motion sequence, 14 Sep 2014
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Elleppi (Rome, Italy) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Capricorn One [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
This is maybe hyams' best film. He's always been a good director, and you can tell by this title how working in the Seventies was beneficial to many people in the cinema industry. Hyams would never be so in shape as in capricorn one, helped by a good script and an excellent idea that doesn't just hint at monnlanding conspiracy theory, but also reflect the sense of disbelief toward institutions of that era. It's a very well directed film, both in the action and in the dialogue scenes. i love the way the photography, the acting, the camera, the editing and the sound contribute in giving you the exact atmosphere of a scene and a situation, without overdoing: usually it's a long shot, filled with silence and pauses, slow camera movement, always keeping the character and thr setting in the middle of the scene. Often sottracting detailes instead of piling them up in a exagerated concentration of infos like they started doing in the cinema from the following decades (the eighthies) and even more later on. Now it's unconceivable not to cut every 2 seconds, resulting in a total loss of sense and comcentration of the viewer, who is constantly defocused from what's going on. Still, the action sequences are adrenalinic and very well crafted, so the movie is very well balanced: fast when it must, slow and suspended when it needs to let you live with the characters and their dilemma. Just one flaw: the ending. It's obiously a producer's cut, because it's not comsistent with the rest of the movie, and you can tell it by the awful slow motion: when it's not fluid but jittering like in that sequence, it means that the director didn't shoot it to slow it down in post production (and it makes sense, because that clip doesn't belong to the kind of mood you felt throughtout the story). So, when I saw it, I could hear the producer saying: " well, won't you end the movie so low key, silently and without emphasis?! Stress it up, give it some good effect, make it look amd sound glorious: the audience must understand everything ended up fine". That scene was probably the beginning of the end of an era.
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