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Apollo 14: To Fra Mauro

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In early 1971 the fourth manned lunar mission (third to land) and the first U.S. manned mission since the Apollo 13 near-disaster set down on the moon for the exploration of the Fra Mauro region. Al Shepard and Ed Mitchell explored the moon over two EVAs, including a frustrated search to look into Cone crater. Overhead Stu Roosa orbited, photographing sites for the voyages to come. This 5 DVD set contains the complete television and onboard film from the mission, including rare footage of preparation and training, multi-angle views of launch, recovery and more. Over 15 hours of material make this the most comprehensive record ever of this incredible voyage to the moon.

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Spacecraft Films was created to provide access to the material documenting America's proud legacy in space. The sets contain the most comprehensive material available, and include rare footage and audio from many sources. In addition, we belive in adding value back to the archive, and make new digital transfers of film material, always leaving a digital copy with the holding agency for preservation. This unique commitment to the subject brings you the definitive editions of mankind's greatest explorations.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Ed Mitchell, Stu Roosa, and the thousands who worked on Apollo. Al Shepard
  • Directors: Mark Gray
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Spacecraft Films
  • DVD Release Date: August 29, 2006
  • Run Time: 900 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HOJ3I4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,643 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Laurenc SVITOK on September 17, 2006
Apollo 14 just recently released is closing the Apollo missions coverage set by Spacecraftfilms. There will be of course still Apollo 11 in new - different - format and Apollo 1 coming, but with Apollo 14 you have now every Apollo mission documented. I own the older 2-disc set and you simly cannot compare this new one to the previous, neither in completeness nor in quality. It is very well done, logically - as usual with Spacecraftfilms - sequenced, accompanying brochure is an excellent guide with chapters marked so that you can orient yourself very well.
You find here everything you expect from the set like this and more.
There is training and equipment tests, spacecraft assembly, roll-out and pad operations. Watching the crawler transporter with the majestic Saturn V move from VAB to the launch pad evokes both historical sentiment and hope for future in the same time - we all look forward to see the new generation Ares launchers in the same activity soon. You can see the famous helmet versus walking cane gifts exchange between Al Shepard and Pad "Fuhrer" Gunther Wendt in the white room just before entering the spacecraft. Launch itself is covered nicely despite the low clouds and of course there is a long section devoted to the CSM / LM docking problem during the Transposition and Docking maneuver with enthusiastic announcement achieving the hard dock after a very substantial delay.
Onboards are excellent, both DAC and TV. EVAs are covered in the full length by TV and 16mm DAC where available.
Actually, this mission footage contains one unique sequence not covered anywhere else - you can see an astronaut (Ed Mitchell) climbing down from LM recorded on the 16 mm film FROM THE SURFACE ( footages taken from the LM window are of course available with some other missions).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Apollo Junkie on September 17, 2006
First, the obvious. This is the most complete and cleanest (the only digitally remastered) version of the Apollo 14 mission available. It has everything any space enthusiast would want and more. I won't go into the contents, you can see that for yourself. But rest assured, if it happened, you'll see it. This and all the Spacecraft Films products contain just the imagery and the air to ground audio, not the commentary of the brilliant yet useless minds of people like Walter Conkrite and Jules Bergman, who's only job at the time was to overstate the obvious. I found the most beneficial way to enjoy these videos is to follow along with the transcript from the Apollo Lunar Surface Journal site. It's not hard at all. Just get on the appropriate page and search on a particular phrase you hear on the DVD. The Journal site contains complete transcript of the air to ground conversations of each Apollo mission as well as commentary from the astronauts who were there. You can read what they're saying while gaining valuable insight, which is especially helpful when it's hard to make out the what they're saying.

While this DVD set is a priceless treasure, it does have a few flaws. Some of which are beyond the control of Spacecraft Films or anyone else who wasn't at mission control during those early days of February, 1971. My first complaint has to do with the quality of the original video itself. At the beginning of the lunar EVA, the picture quality is as good as any Apollo lunar television transmission. The picture is relatively clear and in good focus. It is not washed out and shows enough detail to make me wish I was there.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dsinned on October 11, 2006
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I just got this long awaited set and have not yet completed watching all five discs, so this is just a preliminary review.

Like the last reviewer, I too am an Apollo Junkie. I concur with that reviewers comments, and his fitting review title (Historical treasure, production nightmare"), but I cannot be nearly as accepting of the way Spacecraft Films chose to (not) edit the audio and video sequences in this DVD set.

Unfortunately, there is a lot of video footage with a "substitute" sound track where what is shown in the video does not match. In fact, the video and audio are from entirely different parts of the mission, and thus completely out of sequence. I suppose it is possible (although unlikely) some of NASA's original coverage of Apollo 14 did not have TV film and audio recorded together, such as an audio tape recording without motion pictures, and vice versa.

For example, at the beginning of Disc 1, there are a series of pre-mission press conferences and interviews with the Astronauts where you "hear" the Q&A session but what is shown at the same time in the video is a totally different aspect of the mission itself. This detracts from the continuity of the DVD because it is distracting to view one without the other.

I suppose "seeing" the Astronauts going through pre-mission training exercises (on the ground), while listening to a Voice of America interviewers Q&A session, is a good way to economize on DVD disc space. Frankly, I would rather see AND hear what I am watching and listening to at the same time, and of the same event, exactly as it happened in the original recording.
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