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excellent history of the apollo missions,
This review is from: From the Earth to the Moon (Tom Hanks HBO Signature Edition) [DVD]  (DVD)
Only shown once when it was the 30th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing on the moon. This is a wonderfully detailed look at the era, going behind the scenes at the triumphs and the tragedies of the pre & apollo years.
This was an amazing time for those who were young enough to remember it. There was a special feeling of hope, optimism and the spirit of adventure. People born after this era just don't understand the awe and wonder of the event and even more unbelievably there are a lot of Conspiracy theorist wackos out there who think it was a hoax and done in a studio.
This wonderful short series takes you through the pre Apollo era with the Freedom and gemini flights and the men who flew them. This DVD set of 12 one hour episodes brings that spirit of the time alive again. The series covers other aspects of the Apollo moon missions including NASA's relationship with the media, the effects and pressures on the wives of the astronauts and quite a detailed look at technical aspects and things that went wrong like the Apollo 1 fire and Apollo 13 near disaster. These fit in well with the overall story, but there is humour in these programs as well. Some of the episodes aren't as strong as others but it is done accurately and lovingly by people who cared about this special time and also portrays the lack of interest which crept in after the hiatus of the unlucky apollo 13 mission.
Sadly there is little input or telling of the Russian space program and a lack of input about the development of the huge Saturn 5 rocket with Werner Von Braun, both of which would have made this more interesting. The extras aren't all that interesting. There is a 30 minute documentary about the making of the show with interviews with the actors and Tom Hanks. The other extras are just a couple of pages of reading material which is poorly put together covering a history of the moon and famous astronomers. Highly recommended nonetheless.
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Initial post: 18 Feb 2012 12:14:13 GMT
Just a couple of things, and I do realise your review is 5 years old.
First thing is that the first programs were Mercury (not Freedom) and Gemini. Freedom 7 was Alan Shepard's Mercury spacecraft, with the other Mercury astronauts naming theirs. NASA subsequently ruled against naming spacecraft, which is why there are only numbers for Gemini. The practice was reintroduced though from Apollo 8 when both landing and command modules were named. I'm only waffling on about this for clarity.
The second point is that I don't think there was any intention to include the Russian program except within the context of the US program. Your point about the rocket development is an interesting one, and I'm sure there could have been other angles too, but in something as significant as this particular subject, where does one stop?
Hope you keep enjoying this terrific series.
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