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Countdown [DVD] [1968] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Format: DVD-Video
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0027BKC9E
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This early feature by Robert Altman (who had been doing strong work on TV for 10 years) is a mostly good, solid, well acted (especially by Robert Duvall and James Caan) story of behind the scenes politics among astronauts as the U.S. raced Russia to the moon.

It gets a little soapy at times, some of the politics and science seem a little cheated, and a few key incidents are too convenient or co-incidental. Production values, especially the special effects, are pretty weak. And Caan's astronaut is a little too open with his fears to be completely believed as a man in his position, at that time. The macho 'right stuff' idea was till very much in effect.

On the other hand it's impressive that in 1969 someone made a space movie focusing on complex emotions and human behavior, not technology. The climax is a bit `Hollywood', although at least a little more bittersweet than usual, if predictable (and a cheat). The small roles are well cast and played. Not recognizably an Altman film, but shows real talent, and is definitely worth seeing, especially if you're interested in the arc of Altman's career.

I'm very glad Warners is making some of these catalogue titles available, and the transfer was of nice quality, although the prices are unfortunately high for medium profile older films. I'll get them, since I'm a film fan, but with these titles also generally not being for rent, most people will miss out on them entirely.
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By Les on 13 July 2013
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Excellent film and James shows us what those people had to do in the early days of flying to outer space
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92de3a74) out of 5 stars A Great Film - a Great DVD 11 Oct. 2009
By Gadget Freak - Published on Amazon.com
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Countdown has been a long time favourite of mine - and like Marooned or the BBC series Moonbase 3 - one of the few attempts to present a realistic portrayal not only of the actual mechanics of space flight, but its politics as well. I've waited for Countdown to appear on DVD for years, and finally thanks to the Warner Brothers Archive imprint, it has finally happened. The menus are basic but perfectly functional, and the quality of the amamorphic widescreen transfer is well up to standard. All I hope is that this is a sign of things to come and that other studios begin to offer other titles which are wanted but not in sufficient numbers to justify a full scale DVD realise to market.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92de3cc0) out of 5 stars Rated 5 for Fun! 25 May 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Seeing this movie as we are, far from era it was made in, makes for quite hokey fun for a few reasons. It's a great encapsulation of that era illustrating the fashions, modern architecture, modes of thinking, scientific fervor, (great cocktail parties!), and the roles of men and women at that time. In other words, everyone was young, smart, modern, knew their place in the world, and we were going to the moon! The script is kind of hard to follow at times, and the rivalry between the two main charactors gets kind of goofy in places, but the overlapping dialog in many of the conflicts makes the script at least seem earnest. The special effects are OK, but they forgot to film one part on the moon in slow-mo to make the gravity seem accurate--looks dopey. All in all, for those who like movies that are fictional time capsules of the Space Age, I believe you'll find this movie fun to watch.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92dee054) out of 5 stars Why isn't it on DVD? 20 Mar. 2009
By Leonard J. Warnock - Published on Amazon.com
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I think this movie is a precursor to several popular historical and realistic NASA based movies such as Apollo 13, The Right Stuff, and Marooned. It has the feel of the times in the 1960's during the build up to the first landing on the moon. The plot is somewhat dated and fictional but the interaction of the characters, the settings and locations, as well as the overall "feel" is realistic. It did come out in 1968 so it was made during the time when NASA was racing to meet President Kennedy's vision. The movie has some big names including Robert Altman the director, stars James Caan, and Robert Duvall. It also starred William Conrad, Barbara Baxley, and Ted Night and other familiar faces.

When is this coming out on DVD?
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92dee27c) out of 5 stars Solid, if not personal, early Altman 8 Aug. 2010
By K. Gordon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD-R Verified Purchase
This early feature by Robert Altman (who had been doing strong work on TV for 10 years) is a mostly good, solid, well acted (especially by Robert Duvall and James Caan) story of behind the scenes politics among astronauts as we raced Russia to the moon.

It gets a little soapy at times, some of the politics and science seem a little cheated, and a few key incidents are too convenient or co-incidental. Production values, especially the special effects, are pretty weak. And Caan's astronaut is a little too open with his fears to be completely believed as a man in his position, at that time. The macho 'right stuff' idea was till very much in effect.

On the other hand it's impressive that in 1969 someone made a space movie focusing on complex emotions and human behavior, not technology. The climax is a bit `Hollywood', although at least a little more bittersweet than usual, if predictable (and a cheat). The small roles are well cast and played. Not recognizably an Altman film, but shows real talent, and is definitely worth seeing, especially if you're interested in the arc of Altman's career.

I'm very glad Warners is making some of these catalogue titles available, and the transfer was of nice quality, although the prices are unfortunately high for medium profile older films. I'll get them, since I'm a film fan, but with these titles also generally not being for rent, most people will miss out on them entirely.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92de3a50) out of 5 stars Countdown has ended 19 Sept. 2009
By C. Chiesa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD-R Verified Purchase
Many thanks to Warner Brothers for releasing these older and perhaps obscure movies in limited or on-demand DVD-R releases. I now have several of these films now which would otherwise not have been released. As someone who has been a video junkie since the late 70's and spent a small fortune on the pursuit of higher and higher quality copies of film and television materials, twenty or so dollars to purchase a near perfect quality dvd is one of the few modern miracles out there. For anybody sitting on the fence wondering about these relaeses, go for it! Thanks again!
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