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NASA's complete participation in the production lends to its total authenticity, right down to the use of NASA equipment, launch locations, and even spacecraft. The re-creation of the lunar landscape is almost as impressive as the real thing and is further enhanced by the use of helium balloons to lighten the actors playing moon-walking astronauts. (These and other backstage details are revealed in the "making of" featurette, along with a wealth of supplemental materials, on a bonus disc in the miniseries' DVD package.) With a fictional, Walter Cronkite-like TV reporter (Lane Smith) serving as the dramatic link for all 12 episodes, this ambitious production may not be a great work of art. But as a generous and definitive example of nonfiction drama, it's full of the same kind of awe, inspiration, and humanity that led to "one giant leap" in the all-too-short history of 20th-century space exploration. --Jeff Shannon
Best space program series and compliments movies like "the right stuff" and "Apollo 13" If you're into watching in some sort of chronological way, you can... Read morePublished 2 months ago by P. Phillips
I loved this when it first aired and I love it now. Tom Hanks does a wonderful job of reminding us why the space program is amazing.Published 2 months ago by Justin McNutt
Certainly, the accomplishments of the space program make Americans very proud. But a TV mini-series devoted to the subject didn't need endless flag-waving and a soundtrack that... Read morePublished 2 months ago by classicalsteve
If you lived through the Apollo moon program, this set is a great "blast from the past", and also includes details that weren't reported during the race to the moon with... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jim Schmidt
Loved seeing these videos. Saw the original on HBO and have always wanted to own them. Great buy and very happy.Published 3 months ago by Bill
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Yes, we received this disc and experienced a similar problem. None of the discs will play beyond the menu.
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The term Pan-and-scan is being used incorrectly in some of the comments on this topic. It appears that the series was originally shot full frame. I have seen the original edition, and it is full frame, 4:3 aspect ration, or 1.33:1. The new edition is cropped, not pan-and-scanned.
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