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Apollo 13 (Widescreen 2-Disc Anniversary Edition) (1995)

Tom Hanks , Ed Harris , Ron Howard  |  PG |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (702 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tom Hanks, Ed Harris, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, Gary Sinise
  • Directors: Ron Howard
  • Writers: Jr. William Broyles, Al Reinert
  • Producers: Brian Grazer
  • Format: AC-3, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: March 29, 2005
  • Run Time: 256 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (702 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0783219695
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,792 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Apollo 13 (Widescreen 2-Disc Anniversary 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
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Conquering Space: The Moon and Beyond
  • Lucky 13: The Astronauts' Story

  • Editorial Reviews

    Additional Features

    There are two versions of the 1995 space adventure on this 10th anniversary DVD set, but it's not what you think. The IMAX edition that played in theaters in 2002 is shorter than the original cut, so there is no new footage. The first major Hollywood film to be reprocessed for viewing on these massive screens, Apollo 13 was shortened by 24 minutes so it could be loaded onto the gigantic reels in the IMAX theaters. The new cut delivers a mostly space-centered film; much of the domestic scenes (featuring Kathleen Quinlan's Oscar-nominated performance) are gone, which may help young space cadets get into the film. The IMAX print is also less wide than the theatrical version (1.66:1 versus 2.35:1) and delivers a DTS soundtrack not found on the theatrical version. Both prints are remastered and look grand. The main features from the initial DVD are intact (the making-of feature and two commentary tracks). The new extras aren't as good: a Dateline segment from 1995 lays down the basic facts of the moon, and a 2003 documentary Conquering Space takes a grand tour of space travel in 45 minutes. --Doug Thomas

    Product Description

    Nominated for nine Academy Awards , including Best Picture, Apollo 13 is now available in an incredible 2 -Disc Anniversary Edition with never-before-seen bonus materials. Produced by Academy Award winner Brian Grazer and directed by Oscar winner Ron Howard, Apollo 13 stars Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, Gary Sinise and Ed Harris in the inspiring and riveting story of the real-life space flight that gripped a nation and changed the world.

    Customer Reviews

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    111 of 120 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy anything but the Special Edition DVD February 5, 2000
    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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    133 of 146 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A fine release with a few wrinkles April 15, 2010
    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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    70 of 76 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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    98 of 115 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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    4.0 out of 5 stars Great true account of the Apollo 13 mission . Very exciting and at...
    Great documentary of the space mission that almost got lost in space.
    Published 8 hours ago by Dan Hawks
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie for the whole family!!
    Great movie for the whole family!!
    Published 15 hours ago by JB
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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    Published 16 hours ago by T. Casavant
    3.0 out of 5 stars I wish this version didn't have captions at the bottom ...
    I wish this version didn't have captions at the bottom of the screen. If you don't want to read during the movie or be distracted by the words, get a different version.
    Published 17 hours ago by Jerry Schubert
    5.0 out of 5 stars Arrived on time
    Very pleased.
    Published 1 day ago by s.lynn
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great movie and good historical review
    Published 3 days ago by Erin Madden
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie plus brings back memories of the late 60's ...
    Great movie plus brings back memories of the late 60's and early 70's. If you are a fan of the Apollo missions there is good actual footage shown. Quality of video is very good.
    Published 5 days ago by C3jim
    4.0 out of 5 stars The movie is one of my favorites, but Amazon ...
    The movie is one of my favorites, but Amazon streaming is patchy, with frequent buffering and hiccups. Very frustrating. Read more
    Published 5 days ago by Sue Johnson
    5.0 out of 5 stars As Good Today As It Was 19 Years Ago
    I watched this again for the first time in many years, and I still liked it as much this time as I did when I last saw it over a decade ago. Read more
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