- Actors: Yuri Gagarin, Sergei Korolev
- Directors: Christopher Riley
- Producers: Christopher Riley
- Format: Subtitled, Colour, Full length, Original recording remastered, Widescreen, Special Edition, DVD-Video, Digital Sound
- Language: Russian
- Subtitles: English
- Region: All Regions
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: The Attic Room
- Run Time: 105 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- ASIN: B007CHY54Q
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,252 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
First Orbit DVD (subtitled into 17 languages)
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April 12th 1961 - Yuri Gagarin is about to see what no other person has seen in the history of humanity - the Earth from space. In the next 108 minutes he'll see more than most people do in a lifetime. What sights await the first cosmonaut silently gliding over the world below? What will it be like to view the oceans and continents sailing by from such a height? In a unique collaboration with the European Space Agency, and the Expedition 26/ 27 crew of the International Space Station, First Orbit recreates a new HD view of what Gagarin first witnessed. Combined with the original voice recordings (subtitled into 17 languages) and an original score by composer Philip Sheppard, this spellbinding film captures a unique moment in our shared human history. DVD version subtitled into Russian, English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Czech, Polish, Hungarian, Romanian, Indonesian, Turkish, Bulgarian, Greek, Dutch, Portuguese and Mandarin. For the full 30 languages please consider buying the BluRay version.
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In real-time, what Gagarin saw is recreated - by a crew on board the International Space Station. That Station was positioned in the precise orbit taken by Gagarin, and it circumnavigated the Earth at a similar speed to the Vostok 1. From launch to landing, the 108 minute journey - of the 12th April 1961 - is re-told.
As a viewer, you get to see exactly what Gagarin saw. Coupled with this, Gagarin's communications are played - so you can hear what he said (and subtitles - in an array of languages - are provided).
This was history in the making. And this film beautifully recreates that pivotal moment. The film is accompanied by classical music, adding to the quality of the experience. On Blu-ray, the imagery is stunning.
While this is not a film that everyone will be interested in, it nonetheless captures the grandeur of that first orbit. For science nerds, I highly recommend this item.
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The background music is good.
This is the first I have ever heard what might be the full voice recordings with a transcript of the Gagarin flight, though basically he never says much. 'He's in good condition, can they (the ground) hear him? He can hear them; sometimes he cannot hear them. Hes looking out the window, its a great view, hes looking out the window again, its still a great view; or there are clouds, or the sky is black... he's in good condition, can they (the ground) hear him? He can hear them; sometimes he cannot hear them. Hes looking out the window, its a great view, or there are clouds, or the sky is black...' Repetitive.
The images and video I expected much more. There are lots of good pictures available of Gagarin prior to the flight in training and getting into the vehicle but almost none of the pictures are in this product. There is TV of Gagarin in flight, but nothing in this video. Even if they'd simply wanted to simulate the flight by getting images and video of the specific areas he flew over, there is plenty of that available; it is hard to know whether the scenes coincide with the actual terrain or the correct time of day during which he was flying . More information, especially if the scenery were coordinated,.might make it a bit more informative.. A few things are coordinated...he says he sees clouds, and some clouds call into view. The better video or still images (it is frequently hard to tell whether it is still imagery or not) are relatively recent from the ISS. But in general there is not a lot of scenery going by the window. They could have made some better selections to make the film a bit more interesting. Some of the scenes are a peculiar choice since they clearly show the International Space Station Cupola-the cupola has a center window with six surrounding windows. Vostok had only one or two small circular portholes; and the ISS solar panels-Vostok 1 had no solar panels. Apparently a lot of the video was taken by astronauts on the ISS. The end appears to be some kind of a reentry.
There is little about the landing except for some subtitles.
Somewhat interesting that the credits identify that little came from Russia.
IF the voice recordings are complete then it might be worthwhile for the space collector but note that the voice only seems to be on the first half of the flight and on the whole it seems pretty repetitive.