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For All Mankind [Masters of Cinema Version]
on 12 May 2011
I first saw this documentary when it was aired on the BBC in 1989. I found it visually and audibly stunning. Luckily, I videoed it at the time and was able to enjoy this masterpiece time and time again.
However, in time VHS gave way to DVD and I was no longer able to enjoy it. Recently, I was delighted to buy the Masters of Cinema DVD version and eagerly sat down to watch it at home.
Sadly, I was hugely disappointed, as for some reason, parts of the music backing have been changed from the original.
If you were to watch this documentary for the first time, this change would not be a problem, because the film is still compelling, in my opinion. However, if like me, you had grown used to the version aired in 1989, you might be as disappointed as me.
For me, the music tied in beautifully with the visuals and I want that version again. Also, on many occasions, when the original music is used the volume is very much lower, so that it is a barely audible background.
Very, very disappointed. If anyone knows of a DVD with the original broadcast soundtrack, please let me know.