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Capricorn One [DVD] 
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The capsule of the first manned flight to Mars burns up on re-entry into Earth's atmosphere but all is not as it seems. A reporter discovers that NASA faked the whole flight and landing with the crew in the desert, for the benefit of television. Only the astronauts can tell the world the true story, but the government wants them dead.
Thanks to repeated showings on cable television and home video, this speculative thriller has built quite a loyal following since its release in 1978. The provocative "what if?" scenario still packs a punch, even if it is not always believable. James Brolin, Sam Waterston and O J Simpson star as three astronauts who agree to spare the government embarrassment by faking their historic landing on Mars after their spacecraft is determined to be unsafe for blastoff. When a scheming mission controller (Hal Holbrook) plots to kill the astronauts in a staged capsule fire, the trio embarks on a dangerous mission to expose the truth. Elliott Gould costars as the journalist determined to crack the conspiracy, and director Peter Hyams turns up the tension with an exciting chase sequence involving Telly Savalas as an eccentric barnstormer who comes to Gould's aid in his attempt rescue the hoax mission's sole survivor. --Jeff Shannon -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
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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.
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).Read more ›
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)
Picture quality 8/10
Aspect ratio: 2,35:1 orig. (= 16x9 letterbox)
Run time (24 fps): 2:03'09''
ST: Engl. o/-
If you're interested in government conspiracy and investigative thrillers, I highly recommend this movie. While it's a little dated, it remains an entertaining film. And on Blu-ray, it's as good of a picture as the film is ever going to be.
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A classic of the 70s but to be honest, not as good as I remembered. A good concept but some aspects a bit dated and slow. Ripe for a remake I think.Published 28 days ago by Mikell
Very good, great watching the film again. Doesn't lose any of the drama or suspense after all these yearsPublished 1 month ago by susan kent
Love this movie watch it just to see oj Simpson in his prime some big young stars in thisPublished 1 month ago by marie guest
Amazing story, makes you realise how politics can lead to major deceptions "for the common good", corruption in high places, expensive mistakes, and conspiracy theories... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Briony Holyoake
Good service from Amazon ! And a fantastic film that gets you thinking !!!! Love itPublished 3 months ago by Jim