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3.0 out of 5 stars For All Mankind [Masters of Cinema Version], 12 May 2011
This review is from: For All Mankind [Masters of Cinema [DVD] (DVD)
I first saw this documentary when it was aired on the BBC in 1989. I found it visually and audibly stunning. Luckily, I videoed it at the time and was able to enjoy this masterpiece time and time again.

However, in time VHS gave way to DVD and I was no longer able to enjoy it. Recently, I was delighted to buy the Masters of Cinema DVD version and eagerly sat down to watch it at home.

Sadly, I was hugely disappointed, as for some reason, parts of the music backing have been changed from the original.

If you were to watch this documentary for the first time, this change would not be a problem, because the film is still compelling, in my opinion. However, if like me, you had grown used to the version aired in 1989, you might be as disappointed as me.

For me, the music tied in beautifully with the visuals and I want that version again. Also, on many occasions, when the original music is used the volume is very much lower, so that it is a barely audible background.

Very, very disappointed. If anyone knows of a DVD with the original broadcast soundtrack, please let me know.
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Initial post: 11 Jun 2013 11:51:59 BDT
Thank you for that review . It alerts me to essential information regarding the soundtrack. I too have a VHS copy of a television broadcast and the original soundtrack by Brian Eno completes a fascinating piece of cinema .Now I know the numptys in charge have changed the soundtrack from the original saves me from wasting my money and being dissapointed.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jun 2013 12:59:13 BDT
alan sparkes says:
Glad to be of use. If I manage to track down a digital version of the original I shall let you know.
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