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Apollo 7, the first manned Apollo mission, gave the Apollo CSM a workout in Earth orbit as the first steps in the verification of the lunar hardware. For 11 days the crew fought colds while they put the Apollo spacecraft through a workout, establishing confidence in the machine what would lead directly to the bold decision to send Apollo 8 to the moon just 2 months later.

This 2-DVD collection continues the Spacecraft Films tradition of providing you access to the greatest moments in the history of U.S. Space Exploration. You'll see the first live television transmissions from the Apollo spacecraft, experience the preparation and launch of the Saturn IB which boosted the astronauts into orbit, and experience this often forgotten mission as never before.

DISC 1 -

ALTITUDE CHAMBER - Footage from altitude chamber runs in the Command Module.

CDDT - Footage from the countdown demonstration test. Audio from interview with Don Eisele.

PRELAUNCH ALERT - Footage of pad work. Audio from pre-launch and post-launch press conferences with flight management.

LAUNCH DAY - Suitup, transfer to pad, ingress. Audio from pre-flight interview with Walt Cunningham.

LAUNCH - Multi-angle launch footage.

DISC 2 -

All 7 Television Transmissions

ABOARD APOLLO VII - Onboard 16mm footage. Audio from post-flight press conference with NASA management.

RECOVERY - October 22nd, 1968 in the Atlantic Ocean.

From the Contributor

From the director: The Spacecraft Films series was designed to provide unedited material on U.S. Space History. They were produced specifically to provide rare material not available elsewhere without the filter of media commentary. As much as possible, Spacecraft Films returned to the original film to create new digital transfers of the material.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Wally Schirra, Donn Eisele, Walt Cunningham
  • Directors: Mark Gray
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Collector's Edition, Color, Full Screen, Original recording remastered, Restored, Special Edition, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Spacecraft Film
  • DVD Release Date: February 1, 2005
  • Run Time: 260 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007DBB4Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #273,189 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. O. Fortuna on April 5, 2005
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My reasons for giving it 4 stars are:

* I was disappointed with the material on the Saturn IB presented in this DVD. Spacecraft Films could have introduced some pictures of the rocket being assembled in the launch pad. That material is very difficult to find, as opposed to assembling a Saturn V (say).

* There is a long sequence focusing on Glynn Lunney in Mission Control during the flight. The audio is of an interview, thus unrelated to the sequence. You have no clue what the flight controllers are doing, or why you are watching them doing whatever they are doing. This makes the sequence rather uninteresting.

* The multi-angle Saturn IB launch. The angles become available almost at rocket ignition, so you have to be very quick to switch angles. It is a pitty that Spacecraft films did not start the multiangle at T-1 min (say), to give the viewer time to enjoy the final seconds of the countdown. The tracking and staging of the rocket are good, though.

I have many of Spacecraft films' DVDs, including the excellent Apollo 13 and Apollo 11, and the two Saturn DVDs. Therefore I was disappointed when I saw the Apollo 7 DVD, specially because of the lack of potentially interesting material (e.g. stacking of the rocket stages, launch).

Armando
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Patrick S. Tharp on March 6, 2005
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This was a very important mission, that tested the Apollo CSM block II spacecraft. The block II design was a redesign-after the Apollo 1 fire that killed Grissom, White, and Chaffee just 21 months prior to the launch of Apollo 7. The mission was a complete success, and encouraged NASA to make a bold leap forward-to lunar orbit with Apollo 8.

The footage of preparation, launch, and the mission is just spectacular. This is the best look at a Saturn 1B launch you will ever get(multi-angle). If you've ever taken Kennedy Space Center's "Then and Now Tour", and been to Pad 34, you will really want this DVD set. It is among my favorites, and I just got it yesterday!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Claas Olthoff on March 17, 2006
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I was really excited when I first saw these DVDs on the web. As an admitting space geek I wanted to have all of the Apollo DVDs, of course. So I thought starting off with the first DVD was smart. Well, I was wrong. I thought you would actally hear the matching air-to-ground communications on every part, but except for the launch sequence and the TV-transmissions all you hear is audio from pre- or postflight press conferences and interviews. I'm not saying, that the audio is bad or not interesting, and the video you see is awesome, but I'd rather watch the video and hear the real audio from the flight, air-to-ground com. or onboard voice recorder and not press conference material.

I just hope that the following DVD's have matching audio and video and in total more material.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Keith Mirenberg on May 8, 2009
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Apollo 7: Shakedown Cruise - rates four out of five stars for this DVD box set by Spacecraft Films. Although the editing of this feature left a little to be desired they still deliver much rare restored footage of our first successful manned Apollo mission. I personally enjoyed all the film source material and only felt that the B&W TV material was far too grainy to be of much use except for those interested in having their own video record.

Although stationed at the Boeing Atlantic Test Center (BATC) at KSC during 1968 and 1969, I had nothing to do personally with the Apollo 7 launch (I was assigned to the Saturn V / Apollo 8 at LC 39 vs LC 34) as a newly recruited young engineer at Boeing. I remember reporting for work on the morning of Apollo 7 and grumbling that Wally was being launched today and we were going to have to miss it. My boss turned to me and said with a wink "Go to the VAB by whatever path you choose and pull the temperature strip charts for the most recent Saturn V CDDT and reduce this thermal data for me". I looked at the clock, grabbed my shiny new hard hat and quickly drove to LC 34.

That is how my first boss (Glen Thompson) enabled me to get a front row seat to see Wally's historic ride into space aboard Apollo 7. I managed to get my work done and brought the reduced Saturn V CDDT data to Glen. Upon my arrival he said, "Gee what kept you?" I replied "KSC traffic" and then thanked him for the "assignment".
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This two disc DVD of the Apollo 7 flight was an excellent addition to my collection. Since this was the first manned flight of the Apollo after the launch pad fire of the first Apollo flight, it was one that had some important first. The first disc of this 2 DVD set has some interior video on the first DVD that is pretty rough/grainy. The second DVD disc, though, has a lot of footage of interior video that is really high quality. This flight used the Block I Primary Guidance and Navigation System with the Block II Command Module. There had been a lot of testing and training with this hardware configuration so that there would not be any surprises during the actual flight. Because of the accelerated schedule to make the vehicle safe from fire hazards, the crew actually visited one of the test labs that was doing developmental testing with actual flight hardware. The crew had trained on the simulators of the command module. They also wanted to see how the actual hardware felt and reacted to their commands and control functions. Since this was the only Apollo flight that this crew flew on and one that I had participated in testing and talking to the crew, this DVD is very important to me.
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