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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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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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