In the Shadow of the Moon
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Using 'The Right Stuff' they interview several of the astronauts who reached--or nearly reached--the moon from 1968-1972; the documentary is mesmerizing for its close-up shots from liftoffs to moon landings. Interspersed are relaxed and frank discussions by the aging men who brought our native satellite back home to the whole world. Unsurprisingly, their memories are vivid and detailed. Surprisingly, there's so much more terrain covered on this endeavor than previous movie visits. Some of the documentary shows the world's reaction to those marvelous moments.
Too many details should never be divulged, for that's an insult to the heart. But in general terms, we get recollections of how these men reacted to their experiences. Without deception or evasion, they recall palpable danger at every turn and the inner workings of fear, awe, and decisiveness which met their challenges. Putting things in perspective, Michael Collins reflects that the moon looked like an "inhospitable, hostile, scary, place". Many anecdotes fill us in on the behind-the-scenes drama at NASA. Even the mundane details are fascinating.Read more ›
This is a real treat, to watch a straightforward telling of the conquest of the moon, not from the technical perspective but from a very human perspective, using a combination of NASA photography, period newsreels, and most crucially, interviews with the surviving Apollo astronauts, with the exception of the notoriously reclusive Neil Armstrong.
There are no tricks being used here in the telling of the tales - just fantastic lingering shots of the moon as seen by the astronauts, and their very personal memories, told with candour and warmth. We learn how human they felt - the `right stuff' persona is taken off for a moment, and we see just how in awe they were - and still are- of what they were part of. This is all put in perspective of not just the space race of the 60's, but the Vietnam war which some felt guilty to be exempted from.
On a lighter note, we learn who was the first astronaut to pee on the moon, and the nervous moment when the moon land speed record was broken in the lunar buggy - at a breakneck speed of 18 kmh...
It's hard not to be a little moved by the stories being told, and the iconic shots of earthrise and the surface of the moon will blow you away, as the unhurried pace draws you through the events leading up to and during the landings.
The film was remarkable! It was full of personal and never before told stories shared by our first moonwalkers talking directly to the camera with no scripted questions...just personal moments of their unique experience in Space. The film was entertaining, full of high quality film clips recorded years ago as historical documentation of astounding achievement. The editing of this natural and unscripted story telling by each of our most memorable astronauts flowed so precisely that I forgot it was a documentary. The high quality theatrical sound of firing red hot rocket thrusters and the sounds of fearful and critical life or death minutes at Mission Control had the audience gasping with relief when the exact moment of success and salvation for these dangerous missions were achieved.
I cannot say enough to convey the experience of this film. We all left the theater realizing that the moon landings were the greatest achievements of the American spirit in the Twentieth Century.
I was 19 years young when I first felt the pride of our first moon landing. I arrived home on leave from Marine Corps boot camp, at the peak of the Vietnam War, just an hour before Neil Armstrong stepped out of the Lunar Landing Module.Read more ›
I also really liked the book of the same title, by C. Burgess and F. French, that not only covers the early Apollo flights, but also delves into the preceding flights, and what the Soviets were up to at that time. In the book, I learned about the early lives and early flights of these astronauts, and what it was like to be in the moment of flying the missions. In the movie, I learned what these guys look like today, and how they feel reflecting back on their experiences. Both movie and book were perfect for their medium, and great accompaniments to each other.
Highly recommend both book and movie, and suggest experiencing both!!!!!
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In the shadow of the Moon ... it's a piece of s*** ... a waste of money ... and what's all the crap about Apollo Moon Landings Conspiracies?Published 3 months ago by Sue C. Dees
SUPERB! AMERICANS SHOULD VIEW AT LEAST ONCE,PARTICULARLY YOUNG FOLKS WHO WERE NOT AROUND IN THE LATE 60'S AND 70'S TO UNDERSTAND THE AWE-INSPIRING SUCCESSES AND FAILURES AND THE... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Bill M
Stunning - great interviews and soundtrack. Mike Collins is great storyteller that never got much publicity.Published 5 months ago by Brett & Edna
The film is fantastic! I got it for my dad as a Father's Day gift because he worked at NASA during all of the Apollo missions. He loved it and so did I! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Carole Billingsley
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Full Subtitles - Dolby Digital
Dec 29, 2007 by Brian M. Barrett | See all 2 posts
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The documentary contains wonderful footage and revealing interviews with many of the astronauts who made those historic journeys. There are revealing comments from some, particulary Buzz Aldrin and Mike Collins. I feel the documentary is a highly enjoyable program and an important component in... Read More
Jul 31, 2008 by Bruce Moody | See all 4 posts
|WTF - they delay this DVD a month only 2 days before the release?||
I picked my copy up at Best Buy on Tueday, February 12. Maybe Amazon didn't get their shipment in? I've seen it at Target too. So it's definitely out there.
Feb 14, 2008 by Matt MN | See all 4 posts
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