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Apollo 13 - Collector's Edition (1995)

Tom Hanks , Ed Harris , Ron Howard  |  PG |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (764 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Tom Hanks, Ed Harris, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, Gary Sinise
  • Directors: Ron Howard
  • Writers: Jr. William Broyles, Al Reinert
  • Producers: Brian Grazer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Collector's Edition, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: August 22, 2006
  • Run Time: 140 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (764 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0783225733
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,715 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Apollo 13 - Collector's Edition" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Lost Moon: The Triumph of Apollo 13
  • Feature Commentary with Director Ron Howard
  • Feature Commentary with Jim and Marilyn Lovell
  • Production Notes
  • Cast and Filmmakers
  • Theatrical Trailer

  • Editorial Reviews

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    NASA's worst nightmare turned into one of the space agency's most heroic moments in 1970, when the Apollo 13 crew was forced to hobble home in a disabled capsule after an explosion seriously damaged the moon-bound spacecraft. Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, and Bill Paxton play (respectively) astronauts Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert, and Fred Haise in director Ron Howard's intense, painstakingly authentic docudrama. The Apollo 13 crew and Houston-based mission controllers race against time and heavy odds to return the damaged spacecraft safely to Earth from a distance of 205,500 miles. Using state-of-the-art special effects and ingenious filmmaking techniques, Howard and his stellar cast and crew build nail-biting tension while maintaining close fidelity to the facts. The result is a fitting tribute to the Apollo 13 mission and one of the biggest box-office hits of 1995. --Jeff Shannon

    Product Description

    It had been less that a year since man first walked on the moon, but as far as the American public was concerned, Apollo 13 was just another "routine" space flight - until these words pierced the immense void of space: "Houston, we have a problem." Ron Howard directs Academy Award winner Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise and Ed Harris in a riveting suspense-thriller from Imagine Entertainment. 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. Meanwhile, at Mission Control, astronaut Ken Mattingly (Sinise), flight director Gene Kranz (Harris) and a heroic ground crew race against time - and odds - to bring them home. It's a breathtaking adventure that tells a story of courage, faith and ingenuity that is all the more remarkable because it is true!

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    116 of 126 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy anything but the Special Edition DVD February 5, 2000
    Format:DVD
    Others have remarked well enough on the virtues of _Apollo 13_ as a film. What makes the Special Edition DVD worth its purchase price, however, are the tons of extras that you get. The story of the making of _Apollo 13_ is at least as interesting, if nowhere near as harrowing, as the actual moonshot itself, and this DVD gives you hours of material to walk you through that process.
    Anyone who's interested in filmmaking will be riveted by both the Ron Howard running film commentary and the hour-long "Making of" documentary. Perhaps even more intriguing is the Marilyn and Jim Lovell audio track, in which you get to hear how Lovell feels about Howard and Hanks made his movie. This is made all the more interesting and informative for the filmmaking student in that _Apollo 13_ wasn't just the retelling of Lovell's real-life experience, it's also the film version of his book. Getting his perspective both as narrative object and storyteller is fascinating, as are Marilyn's observations on Kathleen Quinlan's Academy-nominated performance.
    Combine all this with the superb technical brilliance of the encoding here, and you've got a DVD that's entirely worth the surprisingly modest price.
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    135 of 148 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A fine release with a few wrinkles April 15, 2010
    Format:Blu-ray
    First off, this is easily a five-star film. It's handsome, taut, and thoroughly engaging.

    For picture and audio quality, this Blu-ray is obviously superior to prior releases. There is moderate film grain to the transfer, giving it a natural feel. The special effects (i.e. the launch sequence) receive the greatest benefit and the clearest visuals, but on the whole the film is beautifully rendered and, for these benefits, the Blu-ray is worth picking up.

    I do concur, however, that this disc has some slight issues. It takes too long to load -- I timed it at roughly two minutes on my slim PS3. This is mildly annoying but comparable to other Universal and Disney releases. I was more annoyed that after waiting for the BD-Java to load, selecting "English," waiting for more loading, waiting for the menu to animate, and selecting the film that I was treated to a "social BLU" splash page asking me if I wanted my Facebook status updated. What aggravated me was that this admittedly brief interruption occurred after I had already selected to play the film, and it would seem that it will occur every time I choose to do so; it was an unwanted and, in my opinion, rather lame attempt to add "interactivity," if having your Blu-ray player post that you're watching a film on your Facebook wall can be considered as such. I would rather that this option could be turned off BEFORE I select to watch the film, and that this setting could be saved. Additionally, advertisements for other Universal products pop-up in the background of the menus, presumably for "shopping convenience" but really an irritating marketing gimmick. These so-called bonuses serve to make the general experience of navigating this disc feel very clunky.
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    71 of 77 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie, good extras, nice price May 16, 2004
    Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
    "Failure is not an option!". So says mission-control director Gene Kranz, played by Ed Harris, as mission control devises a way to get the astronauts safely home. Although initially viewed as a disaster (explosion in spacecraft which forces cancellation the the moon-landing mission), in reality it is a story of success due to resourcefulness. The astronauts must return to earth and splash down safely with only enough electrical power to run a coffee pot.
    Probably the best of director Ron Howard's movies, it is well acted by stars Tom Hanks (as Jim Lovell), Kevin Bacon (Jack Swigert), and Bill Paxton (Fred Haise) as the three space-bound astronauts, Gary Sinise (mission-bumped astronaut Ken Mattingly), Ed Harris (mission control Gene Kranz), and Kathleen Quinlan (Marilyn Lovell). The movie was nominated for 9 Oscars including best picture, writing, supporting actor (Harris), supporting actress (Quinlan), music, and visual effects, and won for editing and for sound.
    There are a lot of special effects thoughout the movie, including the entirely-recreated lift-off sequence from a bird's-eye viewpoint. The weightlessness scenes were achieved by filming in a KC-135 airplane that did a series of parabolic climbs and dives, allowing about 25 seconds of filming at a time.
    An exciting 220 minute movie about one of the most-watched successful rescues in history, the DVD contains a good "making of" documentary, a commentary by director Ron Howard, and another by Jim and Marilyn Lovell. "Bill Paxton's home movies" were never located, and the "comparison with NASA footage" and the "extensive exploration of special effects" were brief parts of the "making of", not separate items.
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    104 of 122 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Great movie. Horrible Blu-Ray. December 3, 2011
    Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
    This disc is the most anti-consumer user-hostile Blu-Ray (or DVD, for that matter) I have ever encountered. People should not have to skip through not 1, not 2, not 3 but FOUR(!!) previews to watch the movie they paid for. Not only that, but by the time you get to the main menu you'll be treated to - you guessed it - MORE ADVERTISING!!! What makes a bad situation even worse is all the other crap that you have to wade through to get to the movie. Here's what happens after you load the disc into your player:

    *Progress (loading) indicator (For BD Live?)
    *Animated Universal Pictures logo
    *Notification that your player is "Loading a fresh preview from the internet"
    *Preview 1
    *Preview 2
    *Preview 3
    *Preview 4
    *Menu asking you to select your language
    *FBI Anti-piracy warning
    *Disclaimer: "The views and opinions expressed in the interviews and/or commentaries are solely of the individuals..."
    *MPAA rating
    *Disclaimer: "Availability of network-related features subject to change..."
    *Animated BD logo
    *Apollo 13 Main menu (displaying ads for other Universal BD movies, the "ticker")

    This is the kind of consumer-hostile design which turns people to download movies from the internet. When I load a movie into my player, I want to be taken directly to the main menu with a minimum of fuss. I paid for convenience and I didn't get it. Had I known this disc was authored this way, I would not have purchased it. Help discourage this kind of behavior by NOT purchasing this disc.
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    Apollo 13 on Blu-ray, finally
    I have a PS3 fat version. Load times were not an issue here. From the time I put the disk in, the menu was up in less then 2 min. I really liked the fact there were no forced trailers to watch. The audio is worth a purchase. Master DTS is dreamy on this movie.
    Apr 16, 2010 by Michael J. Monson |  See all 31 posts
    Basic question
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    Jun 2, 2006 by Gm |  See all 3 posts
    Difference Between 2 disc or widescreen collectors edition?
    I was wondering the same thing. What I did hear was that the 2 disc version has deleted scenes, ie. Tom Hanks switching seats with Kevin Bacon upon re-entry, which makes me lean toward the later edition.
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