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The Dish [2001]

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4.7 out of 5 stars 65 customer reviews
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  • Actors: Sam Neill, Billy Mitchell (II), Rosalind Hammond, Christopher-Robin Street, Luke Keltie
  • Directors: Rob Sitch
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Warner
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Nov. 2001
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 65 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00005BJCB
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,963 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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DVD Special Features:
Director's commentary.
Production commentary.
NASA archive footage.
Sam Neill interview (UK exclusive).
Archival commentary.
Storyboards.
The Dish on The Dish featurette.
Cast and crew biographies.
Radio spot.
Key dates in early human space flight.
Apollo 11 diary.
Theatrical trailer.
"The hidden dish".
TV spots.
Interactive menus.
Scene access.
1.85:1 widescreen.
Languages: English Dolby Digital 5.1.
Subtitles: English, English for the hearing impaired.

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When released in 2000, The Dish achieved the highest opening gross in its native Australia, a testament to the country's pride in its home-grown movies. Concentrating on that legendary day in July 1969 when Neil Armstrong set foot on the Moon The Dish looks at the small but crucial role of the Parkes satellite receiver, without which the world would never have seen the historic landing. Sam Neill is the pipe-smoking "Dish Master" Cliff, whose team includes Dish mover "Mitch", distractedly love-struck electronics nerd Glenn and NASA representative Al.

The Dish could have played the plot premise as a documentary or with a dramatic edge, but chooses instead to present the story at a leisurely comedic pace which oozes charm. The excited little community offers a snapshot of a fondly remembered past full of the idealism of the 1960s. Populated by warm-hearted souls, it's easy to forgive the town band welcoming a US Ambassador with the "Hawaii 5-0" theme instead of the National Anthem. The Dish may not have the sense of danger of Apollo 13, or the dazzling FX of something like Armageddon, but it does have rounded, enjoyable characterisation and a truthful, warming atmosphere, making it easily one of the most enjoyable films inspired by the "space race". --Paul Tonks

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