Space Race [DVD] 
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Docum-drama series from the BBC exploring the extraordinary race between the Russians and the Americans to put a man into space, and a man on the moon. Beginning in the aftermath of the Second World War, when Nazi rocket scientists were secretly bought up to help both countries develop their own rocket technology, the docu-drama follows the experiments, rivalries and risks that went into the programme that put the Soviet Sputnik craft into space, and that eventually put Neil Armstrong on the moon.
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So when I bought the DVD I was not really sure if I was going to receive a one or three disk set.
Anyway the DVD arrived and all four episodes are contained on one Disk.
The running time is 236 minutes and the picture quality is excellent.
We are all familiar with the Space Race from the American side of the fence
so really it does fill in the gaps from the Soviet side.
I am unsure where I was when it was first put out by the BBC but I do know this DVD will be watched time and time again.
There is no doubt that where this series excels is with the Soviet side of things. Presumably this came about as a result of the BBC's co-production with (amongst others) a Russian broadcaster, and easier access to previously secret material. However, there was a huge amount to fit into only four hours with the result that a lot of the landmarks are only briefly covered, or are even skipped completely.
The series has quite a Korolev bias, which whilst not too obvious in the first episode, takes hold and becomes evident as the series progresses. Not that I necessarily think that was a bad thing; this series covers old ground as far as the American side of the space race is concerned, but I found myself somewhat awestruck by Korolev's genius and vision.
I thought that the series was far too short to cover this subject in the detail that is justified. If you are going to tell this story, then do it well, and don't hold back by trying to save money. Tom Hanks tells the American story in twelve hours, whilst the BBC tried to do the whole thing from both perspectives in just four. Why not do it like the much acclaimed 'World at War' (26 episodes), probably the definitive WW2 story?
I thought the format was rather good. It is a drama documentary, so the historical events are acted, and the story is also narrated. The BBC have done a number of such programmes, and whilst not to everybody's taste, I quite like this method of storytelling.
Overall, I am glad to own this.Read more ›
This BBC tv series tells the story of the 'race' into space, by both the Russians and the Americans.
Of course, much of the material is put together by the series makers - but it is based on fact.
The visuals are excellent, and the drama is very real.
It's been quite a few years - 10? - since this was on tv, but I've watched it a couple of times in the past decade and always enjoyed it.
I suspect that if you're into this sort of docudrama, and a fan of the space race, you'll enjoy this. I did.
The sad fact is that the dreamers have lost, both politically and technologically. The will to, as James T. Kirk would have had it, go boldly where no one has gone before has vanished in a time of budget cuts and apparent technological brick walls, and may not reappear for many years. Neil Armstrong's "giant leap" was really more of a baby step, and will remain thus. von Braun and Korolev would not have approved.
All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable film.
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I don't post reviews regularly, but I want to express my opinion about the Space Race series. I saw this program on National Geographic in the US but the DVDs are not available in... Read morePublished 4 months ago by GUSTAVO
Of course, you will sometimes feel a particular angle about the Soviet Union, but I guess this is expected in a Western production. Read more
I have liked this Docudrama since I stumbled across it on youtube a year ago, covers the history of the arms race, spare race and the tensions between the USA and USSR well. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Samuel Wittwer
This TV mini-se3ries is the most accurate depiction of the Space Race I have seen.Published 22 months ago by Micheal O Doibhilin
What a load of crap are Amozan. They promise stuff three times over! But do not deliver anything! that's off the radar or not dork level stuff. Read morePublished on 18 Dec. 2011 by Jim Lewis
I bought this after reading other peoples views. It is really superb , have watched it at least 6 times now.
Great viewing .
I purchased this DVD as research material for a novel, not so much for the technical detail (which I accept is flawed in places) but for the "atmosphere" around the US and Russian... Read morePublished on 27 Jun. 2008 by John Joyce