- Actors: Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins
- Directors: Theo Kamecke
- Format: PAL, Surround Sound
- Language: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 2
- Classification: Exempt
- Studio: The Attic Room Ltd
- DVD Release Date: 21 Jun. 2009
- Run Time: 107 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B002D2VYRG
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,624 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Moonwalk One - The Director's Cut [DVD]
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Moonwalk One. Kamecke's film could be placed in a time capsule and removed some time in the distant future as an exact record of our feelings at the time. So said Kathleen Carroll of the New York Daily News in 1972. NASA commissioned director Theo Kamecke to make the documentary only six weeks before Apollo 11 s flight to the Moon in July 1969. But instead of a simple documentary film, what transpired was a philosophical and poetic record of Man s first attempt to walk on another world. Opening dramatically with another of mankind s great achievements Stonehenge the film puts the triumph of the Moon shot into its proper historical context. Filmed across the World as the mission unfolded, Moonwalk One uniquely captured the essence of Apollo 11 in a way that subsequent documentaries could only mimic. Combined with Charles Morrow s breathtaking, avant-garde score and Laurence Luckinbill s inspiring narration this is a classic film for all time and makes for fascinating viewing today from the perspective of the early 21st Century. As Joseph Gelmis of the New York daily Newsday declared in 1969; Moonwalk One deserves to be a companion piece to Stanley Kubrik s masterwork 2001: A Space Odyssey . The Restoration. Working closely with Theo, the producers have re-mastered his documentary classic for future generations to enjoy. Combining the only existing full-length 35mm print with recently restored NASA film shot by the astronauts themselves, they have created a vibrant new High Definition digital master of the movie. Together with a director s commentary, a host of extra features and a new 5.1 sound track, this is indeed the ultimate time capsule , recording the last year of the 1960s and the historic flight of Apollo 11.
Theo Kamecke who directed the documentary MOONWALK ONE, said his intention was not merely to assemble a truly historical view of our species first attempt to touch another planet, but also to present a portrait of place and time and culture in which it happened. That s exactly what MOONWALK ONE is. Beginning 3000 years ago at Stonehenge, believed to be man s first observatory, the film leaps to Cape Kennedy getting ready for the moon launch. It is this kind of immense conceptual sweep that sets MOONWALK ONE far above all the other dozens of documentaries made on the subject and within that broad historical framework there is an extraordinary sense of fine detail. Indian peasants serenely looking at the dawn of the morning of the launch, there s some original ultra-slow motion film of the launch itself that turns the fiery blast into exquisitely beautiful abstractions. The awe reflected in the faces of he people in the trailer park at Cape Kennedy as they crane up to watch the fading rocket, and the documentary overwhelmingly captures the sense of paradox by contrasting all banal vulgarity that surrounded the noble impulse may have been mankind s first truly religious act. The commentary is sparse and simple. This is the first documentary worthy of the immensity of the moon launch itself and the first to take a truly global view and capture a sense of nostalgia for the planet we began to love only as we left it. The first to perceive the fusing of myth and history and science. Kevin Saunders ABC TV News November 1972 --Kevin Saunders, ABC TV News, November 1972See all Product Description
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I thought I has seen and read most things regarding that historic mission but this really is different. Thought provoking and reflective it is indeed a unique record of a unique time. A time when at least some of the world fell in love with the idea of going to another world.
The film has been restored as much as possible but in places it still shows it's age with scratches and weak colour but not enough to spoil it in my opinion. There is a smattering of humour along the way (Flash Gordon anyone?) but mostly it's about what human beings are capable of and the minimal narration allows you to think about that as you watch. It does not focus too much on the individuals concerned and it tries to contrast it all against the lives of ordinary people whilst acknowledging that we are ultimately all the same species.
Yes, all the usual footage you would expect is there, the launch (extended and from angles, I personally had never seen), mission control, the journey there and home again and of course that "small step", but there is lots more.
The people that gathered at the Cape that day, not just the special guests but the public too and footage from around the world as and when it happened. Contrast also comes from pictures of the war in Vietnam, sporting events, politics and other news items of the day. We are also reminded that for many, many poeple, it was "just another day" and that they may not have even been aware of what was happening.
The film is presented in widescreen and full screen options with a choice of stereo or surround sound plus directors commentary. A rather nice interview with the director on the film and it's restoration plus behind the scenes and NASA photo galleries are also included.
For a different perspective on Apollo 11 and a record so "of it's time" then I can highly recommend you give this documentary a try.
This is documentary making of the highest calibre,directed with inspired imagination.
Original footage included in other documentaries of the Apollo 11 missiion, seem to be drawn from here, since Moonwalk One has these scenes (and more)with those few extra seconds either side of a cut that you've never seen before!
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What a nostalgic film, I followed the entire race into space and still do, this film captures the excitement of those days, I had never heard of it until I bought it glad I did.Published 10 months ago by greenback
Great footage, a must for any space exploration (and not only) fan!Published 20 months ago by Daniel Avram
I won't review the movie itself, other than to give it five stars. Just be aware that the product details list this DVD as Region 2, PAL. It is in fact Region 0, NTSC. Read morePublished on 21 Feb. 2013 by Dr. Zoidberg
The is an excellent DVD, it gives you a real idea of what went on behind the scenes of this monumental event. Even though they where 40 years ago the excitment is still palpable.Published on 11 Sept. 2009 by D. R. Shaw-case