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4.0 out of 5 stars Dig up your own copy of the time capsule!
A largely forgotten gem of a film but now released in time to coincide with the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11.
I thought I has seen and read most things regarding that historic mission but this really is different. Thought provoking and reflective it is indeed a unique record of a unique time. A time when at least some of the world fell in love with the idea of going...
Published on 28 July 2009 by Jimmy Stix

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3.0 out of 5 stars Moonwalk One - a film of its time
A somewhat overly-romanticised account of the first moon landing and something of a reflection of the Zeitgeist of the late 1960s and the documentary film making style of the time - i.e. at times somewhat obscure (if not even a little patronising) and with an irritating musical soundtrack (despite its many accolades). However, this should not detract from the film as an...
Published on 4 Sep 2009 by Mr. Graham J. Payne


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4.0 out of 5 stars Dig up your own copy of the time capsule!, 28 July 2009
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Jimmy Stix (Sheffield, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Moonwalk One - The Director's Cut [DVD] (DVD)
A largely forgotten gem of a film but now released in time to coincide with the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11.
I thought I has seen and read most things regarding that historic mission but this really is different. Thought provoking and reflective it is indeed a unique record of a unique time. A time when at least some of the world fell in love with the idea of going to another world.
The film has been restored as much as possible but in places it still shows it's age with scratches and weak colour but not enough to spoil it in my opinion. There is a smattering of humour along the way (Flash Gordon anyone?) but mostly it's about what human beings are capable of and the minimal narration allows you to think about that as you watch. It does not focus too much on the individuals concerned and it tries to contrast it all against the lives of ordinary people whilst acknowledging that we are ultimately all the same species.
Yes, all the usual footage you would expect is there, the launch (extended and from angles, I personally had never seen), mission control, the journey there and home again and of course that "small step", but there is lots more.
The people that gathered at the Cape that day, not just the special guests but the public too and footage from around the world as and when it happened. Contrast also comes from pictures of the war in Vietnam, sporting events, politics and other news items of the day. We are also reminded that for many, many poeple, it was "just another day" and that they may not have even been aware of what was happening.
The film is presented in widescreen and full screen options with a choice of stereo or surround sound plus directors commentary. A rather nice interview with the director on the film and it's restoration plus behind the scenes and NASA photo galleries are also included.
For a different perspective on Apollo 11 and a record so "of it's time" then I can highly recommend you give this documentary a try.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Moonwalk One, 13 Sep 2010
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As someone old enough to remember this actually happening, I found this film particularly interesting and nostalgic. Good authentic content and it really does reflect the atmosphere at the time of the landing. It is a must have for any enthusiast of the space race, especially for those born after it happened. A real piece of live history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Be transported back to the mood and times of 1969 and the historic event that was Apollo 11, 29 Aug 2009
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Richard Hamilton (Sydney, Australia) - See all my reviews
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Moonwalk One is the definitive visual and social record of the Apollo 11 mission. Without doubt a "must-see-classic", it explores the mood of the times through the avante garde style of an authentic sixties documentary.

Original footage included in other documentaries of the Apollo 11 missiion, seem to be drawn from here, since Moonwalk One has these scenes (and more)with those few extra seconds either side of a cut that you've never seen before!

Richard
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3.0 out of 5 stars Moonwalk One - a film of its time, 4 Sep 2009
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A somewhat overly-romanticised account of the first moon landing and something of a reflection of the Zeitgeist of the late 1960s and the documentary film making style of the time - i.e. at times somewhat obscure (if not even a little patronising) and with an irritating musical soundtrack (despite its many accolades). However, this should not detract from the film as an interesting window onto the era and as a fascinating historical record of man's first landing on the moon. Despite the criticisms, glad I bought it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Want to experience Space history ?, 31 Aug 2009
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J. Rumens (London UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Moonwalk One - The Director's Cut [DVD] (DVD)
This is a restoration of the original film presentation.
So if you have any interest in the Apollo missions or Space.
This DVD is one to add to your collection
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars moon magic, 10 Jan 2010
This review is from: Moonwalk One - The Director's Cut [DVD] (DVD)
This is so much more than a factual report of the first moon landing.Ladies sewing and assembling the space suits.Dreamlike images of the giant crawler caterpillar tracks moving the Saturn rocket to its launchpad. Lines of camper vans parked at Cape Canaveral.The liftoff reflected in sunglasses.The rows of mission control equipment filmed by a camera mounted on a wheelchair.Pictures of life aboard the Apollo capsule filmed by the astronauts,and the first images from the moon's surface.
This is documentary making of the highest calibre,directed with inspired imagination.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A curious take on the first moon landing, 29 Dec 2010
This review is from: Moonwalk One - The Director's Cut [DVD] (DVD)
Moonwalk One is a curious take on the first moon landing and is very much a film of its time. While modern documentaries are often 'people stories', about the emotions of the protagonists and provide exposes on politics and problems behind a public image, this film is rather impersonal and seems to be about seeing the moonwalk within different frames of reference (time, space, culture, the everyday etc.). As such, it's not a narrative, but all about images and textures juxtaposed with sound and a very interesting avant-garde sound track. This approach may be in line with the film making process of the time and the results are finely wrought and carefully produced (see the story boards in the extras). However, for my taste, I would have liked the cameramen to talk to people instead of having them represent 'Americans' or 'Africans'. One omission is seeing Werner Von Braun at the Saturn V launch, with the narrator saying it could be seen as the work of human beings over the past 2500 years. The film mentions Robert Goddard, inventor of the liquid fuelled rocket, but Von Braun is the big Nazi elephant in the room so doesn't even get a mention. He comes across as rather furtive, shifty even - the result is enigmatic. What it does capture well is the massive cooperation the effort required. Particularly fascinating are the space suits and the women describing their thoughts and fears if 'their' part of the suit failed (one of the times we do get to hear the people involved). The Apollo computer also gets a mention - apparently called 'disky'. The fact disky overloads and Armstrong has to pilot the LEM himself isn't mentioned. You get a sense of how short the first 'EVA' was. The bulky suits, urine collection and 'diaper' seem to show man reduced to an infant, forced to learn to walk again in an entirely new environment. I can see the film aimed for a sort of modern sublime and feeling of being redefined as a passenger on spaceship earth, but because of its contrived nature fails to convince. It's idealistic universalising ideas and faith in the 'direction' of history are very much old hat today - like manifest destiny they come across as being very American. A snapshot of a superpower as much of man on the moon then.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, but NTSC not PAL, 21 Feb 2013
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I won't review the movie itself, other than to give it five stars. Just be aware that the product details list this DVD as Region 2, PAL. It is in fact Region 0, NTSC. Region 0 shouldn't cause problems, but make sure your TV can handle NTSC colour system.
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4.0 out of 5 stars MoonWalkOne, 11 Sep 2009
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D. R. Shaw-case (england) - See all my reviews
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The is an excellent DVD, it gives you a real idea of what went on behind the scenes of this monumental event. Even though they where 40 years ago the excitment is still palpable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 31 Aug 2014
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very good
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