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Capricorn One [DVD] [1979]

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  • Actors: Elliott Gould, James Brolin, Brenda Vaccaro, Sam Waterston, O.J. Simpson
  • Directors: Peter Hyams
  • Writers: Peter Hyams
  • Producers: Michael I. Rachmil, Paul Lazarus III
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Nov. 2005
  • Run Time: 203 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AGK11W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,002 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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.

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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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Format: Blu-ray
this may have been a widecreen motion picture but the funding and production was TV-based, hence limitation in quality are obvious at time and a feature of the way it was made. The film was always a curious one. Fantastic acting, curious casting and most oddly expensive filming in one scene followed by ultra low budget scenes in the next. The digital restoration is almost none existent. They have simply used the best master reels available and the result is incredible. HD capture of the original photography is superb in most scenes. The desert scenes are glorious. The studio scence less so but still good. The only real let downs visually are the panned-away studio scences without focus like the locked meeting room at the air-base. Sound is good for this film, not remixed but why would you. This is a classic film and this is giant leap from DVD but do not expect a digitally clean movie, there are original camera artifacts galore but I LOVE the end product.
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Don't be put off by the label on the back of the box which says it is in 4:3 aspect with mono sound.
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.
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As the other buyer indicated, the cover is misleading to say the least:
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).
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-> BLU RAY

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)

Film: 7,5/10
Picture quality 8/10
Aspect ratio: 2,35:1 orig. (= 16x9 letterbox)
Run time (24 fps): 2:03'09''
Chpt.: 12
Audio: Engl.
ST: Engl. o/-
Region free
Bonus: -
Studio: itv
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My copy carries the 'ITV DVD' logo on the top left corner of the front case (even though its blu ray!). The picture is superb but the sound quality on certain scenes is extremely bad, most noticeably during the astronauts being told that they aren't going to Mars. I have a £1000 hi-fi surround system and this is the only disc I've had problems with. It's still a brilliant film though
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By S P Mead TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 July 2016
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This is an interesting film, with an intriguing storyline. In many ways, "Capricorn One" an ensemble piece - and, considering how it's a relatively low-budget movie, it's become something of a 1970's classic. This film has had a lasting legacy, and is a popular reason behind the belief that the Moon landing was a hoax - which is an unusual claim to fame. The plot concerns a ruling elite at NASA deciding, at last minute, to 'fake' the first human journey to the planet Mars. The astronauts knew nothing of this, and fully intended to make the trip, but find themselves being forced to comply. And so the entire mission is fabricated - filmed in a remote studio, and made to look realistic. Unfortunately for the astronauts, they are the 'weakest link' in the whole thing - so NASA decides to fake their deaths (on re-entry into Earth's atmosphere). Knowing they're dead men, the astronauts escape - and try to make it to a civilised areas ... Meanwhile, an investigative journalist has figured out that something is amiss - and he decides to seek out the missing astronauts. The question is, will anyone who knows the truth survive long enough to reveal it to the world?

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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