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on 1 June 2006
We all know how good this film is. But what you may not know is how good the bonus material is. There are interviews with the real astronauts and recording of the actual radio transmitions from Apollo 13. Many of these were used to help with the script.

The film - 5 Stars

The extras - 5 Stars
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on 14 July 2010
Once again , my review is about the Blu-Ray and not the film its self..
I was a little duboius at fist as this film has allot of old NASA film stock cut into the film and mixing that with moden filmstock would give obvoius drawbacks when creating a perfect 1080 P picture that runs smoothly.
That said , I ate my words because this transfur is indeed close to perfection..
The resolution has been sharpend to a tee and the the colour looks vibrant catching the time period of the 1960's Eastman colour used in almost all moives and polaroids of that time.
The space effects now look sharper and REAL , with deeper backs and moon shots better than any genuine image taken through-out the late 1960's and early 70's.
Allot of work has gone into improoving the final print and it works.
The sound also is crisp with the now standard DTS HD master , then given the 5.1 domestic finshing to set your frontroom wall shaking during "blast off"..!

But for me the detail in costume and prop's always gives me the most pleasure , the fabrics weave can be seen in the sweaters ,and even the time can be clearly seen on all of the lovely OMEGA watch's worn by the crew and NASA staff.
I great movie improoved to a FANTASTIC movie , worth the money and the 1080 treatmant !!
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on 28 February 2006
Considering every living being in the civilised world knows how this ends, Ron Howard has done a masterful job in maintaining suspense through to the end. Although some of the dialog is a bit jingoistic, the film really portrays the Herculean efforts that were made by the 'Tiger Team', led by Gene Kranz (brilliantly played by Ed Harris) and other unsung heroes (although Kranz and others received the Presidential Medal of Freedom for their efforts). It also tells of the pressure felt by the three astronauts during their ordeal, a quarter of a million miles from home. All in all an engrossing depiction of one of the most momentous events of space exploration. If you want drama, buy this and enjoy. If you want the solid facts then read the book “Lost Moon” (now published as “Apollo 13”) by someone who was there, Jim Lovell, Commander Apollo 13, co-written by Jeffrey Kluger.
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on 9 May 2015
Although there have been several 'Anniversary' Editions of this classic movie over the years, this 20th Anniversary Bluray release boasts a newly restored and remastered presentation using the original 35mm camera film elements scanned at 4K resolution - the results are truly stunning, with vastly improved colours, depth of field and image clarity which pretty much renders all previous versions obsolete in comparison, so if you're asking yourself 'is this really worth buying to replace the one I already have?'...the answer is Yes, without a shadow of a doubt, it is indeed....
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on 19 January 2004
This is one of my favourite movies! Starring Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon and an all star cast. It has been less than a year since man first walked on the moon, but as far as the american public were concerned, Apollo 13 was just another 'routine' space flight. Until these words peirced the imense void of space: 'Houston we have a problem'. stranded 205,000 miles from Earth in a crippled Spacecraft astronauts Jim Lovell (Hanks) Fred Haise (Paxton) and Jack Swigert (Bacon) fight a desperate battle to survive. Flight director Gene Kranz (Ed Harris) and a heroic ground crew race againt time-and the odds- to bring the 3 men home. It's a breathtaking adventure that tells a story of courage, faith, and ingenuity thats all the more remarkable becuse it is true! The special effects are pretty darn cool. I can't believe that none of the footage of the liftoff is completely original. If you want to demonstrate the power of your home system, this is the chapter for you. Its got amazing sound and visuals. I also love the fact that in the interior spacecraft scenes they are actually floating around in there, and not held up by wires (They did this using a KC-135 weightless environment aircraft). It definitely adds more credibility to this film. The movie is overall fantastic accomopainied by great music from James Horner(who did Titanic and the Perfect Storm). In my opinion, anyone who likes great movies or who is interested in space flight or adventure SHOULD BUY THIS MOVIE!!!!!!!!!! You won't regret it!
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on 1 September 2009
APOLLO 13 is one of those films you either love or hate, and how you respond to it seems to depend on how important you feel that the story of humanity's quest to reach out into space actually is. However, as a fictionalized account of a true story about trying to survive against all the odds there's precious little to beat it.

The semi-documentary style is a really effective way to tell the story and as such gives a lot of technical insight into the fascinating story of America's quest to put men on the moon. The attention to detail in the production design is phenomenal with both mission control and the spacecraft hardware being recreated in loving detail. Sadly, such meticulous attention to detail cannot extend to some of the finer points of the script because the nature of telling a five day story in just over two hours means that the scriptwriters by necessity have to play around a little with - and add "drama" to - the actual events and personalities involved. Whether such a compelling story needs drama adding to it is debateable, but I suppose that that's just part of the art of moviemaking. In-flight disagreements, dream sequences and the fact that a number of outstanding members of the NASA staff are compressed into fewer characters, are all examples of liberties made to make the story more "cinematic", but despite that, all the essentials of what remains a truly human story despite all the technology are still there and you are left with a vivid and lasting impression of what happened during what many consider to be NASA's "finest hour". Ron Howard proves, once again to be a master at manipulating the emotions as you are carried along with the plight of these brave men, their families and their support staff and you'd have to have a heart of stone not to be moved by the ending.

This "special edition" includes 2 commentaries. Ron Howard gives you the Director's opinions from the point of view of a film production on the first and the second is from the perspective of the astronaut played by Tom Hanks in the film, Jim Lovell and his wife Marilyn which adds a much more "real world" perspective on the proceedings. The documentary package on disc 2 is excellent with a 58 minute piece on the real flight of Apollo 13, a 48 minute NASA piece looking at a wider history of spaceflight, and a 12 minute US television piece about the mission including short interviews with some of those involved.
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on 6 March 2016
Beautiful Blu Ray transfer with some great music and effects and above all a high sense of realism with the space equipment of the 60s and all those NASA men (sorry ladies).

The Blu ray picture ratio is 2.35:1, the audio is DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 & the resolution is 1080p.

Tom Hanks plays our main protagonist an American on his last mission which will be to land on the moon. We follow his early training and the last minute decision to change a crew member. The mission turns out to be one the public are not all that interested in until things start going wrong. The film favours CGI over models allowing it to show off a more turbulent form of flight. The 20th anniversary edition Blu ray is the best one to buy. The film successfully translates the isolation of the 3 astronauts in there tiny pod thousands of miles from the home which is contrasted with the spacious locations back on earth. One thing after another goes wrong, co2 loss of heat, explosions, loss of oxygen, loss of power. In the end the film boils down to simple themes of disaster and the sheer will to survive and those who used their ingenuity to assist prevail throughout the film, there's also a nice closing monologue. The film splits between 3 main locations, the shuttle, the NASA base and the homes of the families as they struggle to keep up a brave face as they watch their men in peril. Tom Hanks as ever was excellent in his role, you forget you're watching an actor when he's in the scene.

The only complaint I'd make would be there were probably a few too many US flags unnecessarily put into various scenes and also some of the CGI may look a bit dated considering this film is now 21 years old as of 2016.

The realism and intensity that are injected throughout the film really murders modern films like Gravity where we're given the image of Sandra Bullock flying through space using a fire extinguisher.... Overall I couldn't recommend this enough.
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on 7 December 2003
Apollo 13, Ron Howard’s 1995 recreation of the star-crossed April 1970 manned mission to the moon, is a riveting and stirring film about courage and ingenuity in the face of great peril.
Starring Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise, Kathleen Quinlan, Xander Berkeley and Ed Harris, Apollo 13 begins with a flashback sequence set in January of 1967, when the three crew members of Apollo 1 died in a tragic launch pad accident. As Walter Cronkite does a voiceover, there is a quick segue to Houston July 1969, where veteran astronaut Jim Lovell (Hanks) is throwing a moon-landing party to watch Neil Armstrong be the first man on the moon. (According to the director’s commentary, this scene was written and shot to introduce the major characters of the drama and to give the viewer some idea of what life was like in the astronaut community during NASA’s Apollo heyday.)
After a tender moment with his wife Marilyn (Quinlan) and a scene at Cape Kennedy in which Lovell explains to a skeptical politician the necessity of continuing the manned moon landings at least up to Apollo 14 (a mission he is slated to command), fate intervenes. Al Shepard, the commander of Apollo 13, is grounded when an ear infection flares up, and Lovell and his crew, lunar module pilot Fred Haise (Paxton) and command module pilot Ken Mattingly (Sinise) are moved “up the slot” to take over.
For Marilyn, the news is a mixed blessing. On the one hand, she’s aware that this will be her husband’s final mission in space, so she’s proud and supportive. On the other hand, she has a bad feeling about this flight, and her anxiety comes to the fore in this exchange:
MARILYN: Thirteen. Why does it have to be Thirteen?
LOVELL: Because it comes after Twelve, hon.
Lovell might have been nonchalant about the mission’s “unlucky” number, but Apollo 13 was dogged by bad luck even before it lifted off the pad at 1313 hours on April 10, 1970. A few days before liftoff, command module pilot Mattingly was grounded when another astronaut came down with the measles (he’d never been exposed, so ground controllers were afraid he’d get sick in space). Lovell was forced to choose between flying with a replacement, Jack Swigert (Bacon) or holding out for Mattingly and being “bumped” off the flight altogether.
There were other little omens of ill luck involving Lovell’s Corvette and Marilyn’s wedding ring; critics later lambasted Howard for coming up with such “hokey” scenes, but according to Jim and Marilyn Lovell in their separate audio track, these events actually did occur.
Despite some minor errors in the details and a few things done intentionally for dramatic license, the depiction of an Apollo moon shot is about as accurate as a movie made for entertainment can be. Hanks and Quinlan even stayed with the Lovell’s to capture their characters’ qualities and motivations. Bacon and Paxton are wonderful as Lovell’s two crewmates, and Ed Harris portrays Flight Director Gene Krantz as a logical and determined engineer/administrator. Watching him go from grim realization that the mission has been jeopardized by an explosion (“We just lost the moon.”) to firm decisiveness (“We’ve never lost an American in spaceflight and we sure aren’t going to lose one on my watch. Failure is not an option.), one sees that the moon landings depended as much on the ground controllers and engineers in Houston as they did on the astronauts in the spacecraft.
With a stirring score by James Horner and top notch special effects, Apollo 13 is one of director Howard’s finest offerings. It is fast paced, incredibly well-written and acted, and it is a fine tribute to the men and women who worked for a decade to get us to the moon and back.
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on 15 November 2000
Apollo 13 tells the true story of a failed space mission which took place less than a year after Louis Armstrong touched down on the moon. Stranded 1000's of miles from home in a crippled spacecraft, Jim Lovell who is played brilliantly by Tom Hanks, Fred Haise (Bill Paxton) and Jack Swigert (Kevin Bacon) fight to keep alive.
Back on earth a heroic ground crew which includes astronaut Ken Mattingly and flight director Gene Kranz battle desperately against time and all the odds to bring their astronauts back to earth.
Famous for it's phrase, "Houston We Have A Problem" Apollo 13 has been excellently portrayed by director Ron Howard. It is an exciting film that tells a story of survival, faith and courage. Because the film is based on a true story the emotions and moods that are created are all the more effective. These range from despair and desperation all the way through to joy and relief. Apollo 13 is a feel good film and by the end you will find yourself willing the disabled spacecraft back to earth.
The quality of acting is very high but Tom Hanks particularly stands out. Apollo 13 compares very well to many of Hank's classic films, but credit has to go to director Ron Howard. As mentioned earlier he has transformed a real life event into a dramatic film that has so many twists and turns, it will leave you squirming in your seat.
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on 8 May 2015
This is definately pristine in both the visual and sound departments and there is also an 11 minute extra feature unique to this release ( strangely not noted on the reverse of the cover ) recorded for the 20th anniversary. To be frank however if you already have the previous bluray version, there is not a great deal here to warrant a further purchase. The film however remains a 5 star feature.
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