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  • Actors: James Burke, Sir Patrick Moore
  • Directors: Paul Vanezis
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: June 30, 2009
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001O4C6K8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,767 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Relive the excitement and awe of the first moon landing

Unearthing rare archival footage from the BBC, this two-hour documentary compiles the sights, sounds, and electrifying drama of humanity’s first footsteps on the moon. Astronomer Sir Patrick Moore and veteran newsmen cover events as they happened from the launchpad in Cape Kennedy, mission control in Houston, and the BBC desk in London.

Follow Apollo 11 astronauts from their preflight breakfast on July 16, 1969, to their splashdown in the Pacific eight days later. Share the suspense of countdown, the thunder of blastoff, the epic 218,096-mile flight--and, of course, Neil Armstrong’s "one giant leap for mankind." Interspersed with this live coverage, BBC reporter James Burke provides helpful--and sometimes hilarious--demonstrations of spaceflight technology, including donning a space suit, touring the Apollo capsule, and experiencing zero gravity.

Now, relive what has been called "the greatest media event of all time," delivered in the BBC’s inimitable style.


Review: A+ -- Shakefire

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You will never tire of watching them.
Robert Coutts
It is exciting, fun, and almost as suspenseful, to again watch the coverage, as it was 40 years ago.
Harold Wolf
Overall a worthy addition to any Apollo or NASA fans collections.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on May 25, 2009
This DVD is a nostalgic retro-space event for those of an age to remember the moment. It sticks, like Kennedy's assassination, and the 9-11 terrorist attack. Take quick advantage of ordering this DVD and have it on-hand for the 40th anniversary of the moon walk.

The BBC put together this special, largely made up of actual footage of the mission's days from July, 1969. Houston space command video was sent around the world, so the US views are included. What's also added is the British coverage, the BBC presentation, of what they referred to as the height of American technology. Thus, THE BEST OF BOTH WORLD, both sides of the Atlantic.

The BBC coverage begins where the US TV network coverage started, at lift off, July 16, 1969. It carries on to the 20th when "The Eagle has landed" and to the Eastern Daylight Saving time, almost at midnight, for "That's one small step...". For the first 2 1/2 hours of Monday the 21st, Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong walked the moon (Mike Collins orbited the moon in the command module). The significant footage is on this DVD, including film from the Lunar Module (LM) camera that was not viewable live back in 1969. The special ends with splashdown on the 24th, but little of that part of the mission, after the moon walk, is included in this DVD.

It is exciting, fun, and almost as suspenseful, to again watch the coverage, as it was 40 years ago. Better for this reviewer, because at the time I was a poor college student without color TV. It brings back the pride and astonishment of the early activity at Cape Kennedy (now reverted back to the original name of Cape Canaveral) and Houston Mission Control.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Kresal on July 15, 2009
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On this side of the Atlantic we are well acquainted with the news coverage of the Apollo 11 Moon landing which occurred nearly forty years ago now in the form of the Walter Cronkite coverage for example. But how did others around the world view that amazing feat? Well here's a chance to do just that. This DVD which originally aired in the UK in 2006 as part of the famed and long running science fact series The Sky At Night, from the perspective of the coverage of UK's famed BBC. It is an intriguing and even captivating documentary experience to say the least.

Perhaps the most impressive thing about the documentary is the BBC footage itself. Due to a BBC policy of the 1960's and 1970's the BBC regularly destroyed or wiped footage it saw as unnecessary (including much of the 1960's episodes of Doctor Who for example) in order to save valuable storage space. As a result of that policy sadly destroyed materials included virtually all of the BBC's twenty-seven plus hour coverage of Apollo 11 for reasons that boggle the mind. Thankfully audio recordings were taken by average people of that coverage and it is those recording when coupled with the original live TV transmissions saved for posterity on this side of the Atlantic and filmed clips inserted into the live coverage that make up the bulk of the 1969 footage used here. The reconstructions of the coverage are an amazing feat and while it might not be the coverage in exactly its original form it is still fascinating viewing and listening due to its alternate perspective.

The alternate perspective's biggest highlight, outside of the reconstructed BBC footage, is BBC reporter James Burke's filmed segments which makes up the bulk of surviving material.
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I have seen most of the Apollo 11 documentaries made in the last several decades, but, amazingly, "Apollo 11 A Night To Remember" unearths some archival material (mostly from the BBC) that I had not seen before. It is a charming production, even though it's not particularly elaborate. I think of this as the British perspective on Apollo, and personally far prefer it to the Walter Cronkite-intensive material most commonly seen in the US.

The special is hosted by noted British astronomer Sir Patrick Moore, who was early to arrive in the business of covering the lunar program, and features commentary by the great James Burke, who is always interesting, and is better at explaining complex things in simple terms than most anyone. I must admit that the modern footage of Moore (complete with a very aristocratic monocle) is a bit jarring in the way it's edited in to the final product, nonetheless, his observations are spot on.

There is a lot of black and white footage in the film, much of it grainy, but that's obviously a problem with the source material. My favorite segments in the documentary by far were of James Burke demonstrating various things. His ride in the zero-G "Vomit Comet" is amusing, but his tours of the Command Module and his explanation of the EVA suit, including modeling it and doffing it for the camera make a very complex piece of equipment much more readily understood than reading about it and looking at diagrams.
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