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The true way to experience this film, of course, is in its IMAX splendor, but home-theater buffs won't be disappointed. The footage takes the "lunar visitor" along moon's craters and potholes, with nothing but the vastness of space all around. Unseen film shows close-ups of terrain as well as technical infrastructure that may well be models for future moon-living. One particularly scary scene thankfully has never happened on a moon mission, and involves the sudden loss of breathing apparatus. Scuba divers will recognize the "buddy system" of sharing a single air source--and viewers with any kind of claustrophobic issues may want to fast-forward. But overall, the thrills of space travel are made as real as possible for us mere mortals who will only experience it from our comfy chairs. Roger that.--A.T. Hurley
The rest of the time is taken up with things like asking some dumb, dumb-looking kids if they know who Niel Armstrong is.
Apollo 13, and From the Earth to the Moon Miniseries were superb, and now Magnificent Desolation covers the experience of the six lunar landings in a unique way.
There is nothing to inspire me, no romance for returning to the moon, no excitement or adventure, even though they did try on this.
I have yet to find an IMAX version of anything that wasn't just breath-taking and this was no exception. One feels like they are right there. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Katfloyd
I was expecting actual lunar landing footage, instead it was a bunch of cartoon CGI. A complete waste of time.Published 7 months ago by Daniel Hatfield
This was FAR cooler than I originally though it was going to be. If there is one single Apollo moon mission DVD that you'd ever buy with kids in mind, this is the only one I think... Read morePublished 9 months ago by R. L. Hodges
Dont get me wrong...I love the Apollo missions, but this film is a let down....I know I can't get my money back but I wish I had not wasted my time on buying and watching it, it's... Read morePublished 11 months ago by william curry
Quoting Buzz Aldrin, "Magnificent Desolation" is a perfect description of the moon, and Tom Hanks does a terrific job of pulling together some interesting aspects.Published 11 months ago by katherine sparacino
The IMAX format and story are great. How can you not be impressed by America's Race to the Moon and the Ultimate AdventuresPublished 15 months ago by C. Quirk
I had high hopes for this movie when I purchased it. Sadly if fell flat on its face. For all but younger kids (8 or younger) this film is amatuerish and has poor special effects. Read morePublished on September 5, 2012 by Bradley J Anderson
Regardless of the fact Tom Hanks made this DVD as part of a series, or as a stand alone. "Magnificent Desolation" makes a perfect companion to the series: "From the Earth to the... Read morePublished on June 29, 2012 by patch365