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This review is from: Discovery Channel - NASA's Greatest Missions [4 DVD] (DVD)
This is a great Discovery Channel documentary series from 2008 on the American space program.
With a running time of almost 9 hours, you get loads of footage and information about the main NASA missions from the last 50 years. Each disc contains two, one-hour long episodes covering a different set of missions and developments and some bonus footage.
Original footage from the space program is interlaced with present-day interviews from Astronauts including: Glenn, Young, Carpenter, Borman, Armstrong, Aldrin, Collins, Cernan, Duke etc. In their absence, other Astronaut's achievements are discussed by their surviving colleagues and wives. Other key NASA personnel are also interviewed including legendary flight director Gene Kranz.
Aside from some understandably grainy archive footage of early mission control films, picture quality is very good and frequently excellent. For instance, the first spacewalk by Ed White which is astounding, or the first ever Gemini rendezvous which I'd never seen before.
I did read a critical review of the soundtrack and narration of the films, but I thought it was generally quite good. Narration is by American actor Gary Sinise and for the most part the orchestrated soundtrack helps the documentary move along building tension and drama.
It's worth considering this series if you're interested in the history of the space program and I found it vastly more entertaining than any recent release at the cinema; there are no actors or computer graphics in these films and the spaceships are real too...
Summary of Disc contents:
Episode 1. Ordinary Supermen (the first seven)
Episode 2. Friends & Rivals (Mercury & Gemini missions)
Episode 3. Landing the Eagle (Apollo missions)
Episode 4. The Explorers (Apollo 13)
Episode 5. The Shuttle (development, testing, tragedies)
Episode 6. A Home in space (International Space Station & Hubble)
Disc Four Bonus Disc/Original NASA films.
Friendship 7: John Glenn
Proud Conquest: Gemini 6 & 7
Apollo 8 Debrief
The Flight of Apollo 11