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Man on a Mission: Richard Garriott's Road to the Stars

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Firmly ensconced in the geeky pantheon of computer legends since high school for his pioneering MMORGs (Massive Multiplayer Online Role-playing Games), Richard Garriott can afford to pursue his dreams - even the wildly improbable ones. For instance, following in his astronaut father's footsteps. NASA won't take you because of bad eyes? No problem! Pioneer your own private space industry and buy a $30 million seat on a Russian Soyuz.

Richly funny and invigorating, Man on a Mission tags along with Richard on his quest to be the second Garriott into space. And maybe come back.

BONUS FEATURES INCLUDE:

Apogee of Fear - The first sci-fi movie filmed in space!
Post-Flight Wrap Up - See what happened with the exploding bolt, protein crystal growth, art auction and experiments.
After Touchdown - Now with two years of post-flight perspective, Garriott talks about how his life and view of the world has changed.
Richard's 30 Year Exploration Plan - How do we explore space now that the Shuttle era is over? Richard knows...NASA take note!
Magic Time - Richard performs some sleight of hand.

Review

An up-close and personal look at space travel and a must-see for stargazers of all ages! --Variety

Stunning shots of space, an inside look at cosmonaut training, and for the first time ever, a camera is rolling in the capsule during the return to Earth! --FireDogLake

I can't recall seeing another documentary that so effectively captures the thrill of space travel. If you have children, take them to see this little beauty. --Smells Like Screen Spirit

Stunning shots of space, an inside look at cosmonaut training, and for the first time ever, a camera is rolling in the capsule during the return to Earth! --FireDogLake

I can't recall seeing another documentary that so effectively captures the thrill of space travel. If you have children, take them to see this little beauty. --Smells Like Screen Spirit


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Product Details

  • Actors: Richard Garriott, Owen Garriott, Sergey Brin, Stephen Colbert, Anousheh Ansari
  • Directors: Mike Woolf
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: First Run Features
  • DVD Release Date: May 15, 2012
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0077D2AJW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,113 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Melendez on December 20, 2012
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This is definitely one of the best documentaries I have seen!!!
Ok, now that I got that out of the way, first let me say that I have a bias for:

1) Geeky Stuff
2) Gaming and Richard's Ultima Series
3) Astronomy, Space

This documentary is SO engaging, I was NEVER bored, not for one second of it. As others have mentioned, the main movie is basically organized as Intro, Training, Space Station and Return/Conclusion. In the Intro we get more or less a mini-bio of Richard Garriott. If you don't know who Richard is, he is a video game developer, creator of the Ultima RPG series, and an entrepreneur. I think this overview was well and candidly done with interviews from his father, brother, etc. they go into his first gaming venture, all in all it lets you know from the get-go the type of person Richard is. But the meat of the documentary and what I liked the most were the "behind-the-scenes" of the training in Russia. It all feels so different and surreal... Everything is paced excellently that by the time the launch comes, you FEEL as if you are taking the trip with them... in fact YOU ARE taking the trip!

The images from life inside the Space Station were also good and you could see the rapport between those guys up there.

Anyway, not going to "spoil" any other scenes or information but if you: like space, like Richard, or just plain want to know what it took to buy your ticket to space, this is a great movie to watch!

Totally Recommended!

(Now I can't wait for space travel to be available to everyone without having to sell an island or something for it! ;-))
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wild Borys on June 8, 2012
I have seen this film several times now. Garriott's story -- from geek programmer kid, to Hall-of-Fame videogame designer, to starting a company to help privatize space travel so that he, too could travel on a rocket -- is one of adventure and inspiration suitable for viewing by all. The cinematography is awesome with up-close access to Russia's secretive Star City, the launch pad, inside the space capsule (including the fiery re-entry), and all over the International Space Station. And the accompanying original music is equally well done. Plus, the information provided about the contributions of the Russian people to the creation and advancement of human space flight is stunning -- things we simply never hear about or are taught in the USA because of our transfixation on our one biggest achievement: the moon landing (important as that was). This film is worth seeing for all ages and is particularly good for kids with interests in computer games, science, space, etc. Be sure to catch some of the outtakes at the end, too, where Garriott shares some very funny stories to live audiences while on a speaking tour following his trip to the ISS.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on May 14, 2012
Entrepreneur Richard Garriott made a fortune as a pioneer in the video game industry where his early work in MMORGs (Massive Multiplayer Online Role-playing Games) revolutionized an industry. But, in many ways, he never grew up or gave up on his dreams. Unlike many with money to spend, Garriott has had a free hand in wanting to experience life and his success has funded many exotic excursions most of us can only imagine. His true passion, however, has always been space exploration. His father was a successful astronaut and Garriott dreamed of following in his footsteps. When turned down by NASA, he was not to be discouraged and spent many years helping to push forward a movement where he'd be able to purchase a commercial spot on a real space flight. For a cool thirty million, a year of intensive training, and unrelenting determination, Garriott made that dream a reality. "Man on a Mission: Richard Garriott's Road to the Stars." is a document of this endeavor.

I had really looked forward to this accounting. I mean, really, how cool is that? The movie is basically structured in three parts: Introduction to Garriott and his dream, training for the mission, and space flight. For anyone who has harbored similar dreams, it is a fascinating journey. I was alternately impressed by his steadfastness and dumbfounded by the $30 million price tag to finance this flight of fancy! But luckily, Garriott is never alienating or aloof. You wish him success because, despite his wealth, he is firmly ensconced as a regular guy--someone easy to root for. The back story that opens the film is quite interesting and informative about historical elements of space exploration. As the film moves to Russia for training, it's not quite as all-encompassing or as detailed as I'd have liked.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Optimist on January 4, 2014
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Very glad I got this. It begins with some scenes of the rocket prep and then fills in the back-story of how Garriott got his money he used to pay for the flight. Then its back to the real focus of the movie which is the astronauts' prep for flight, the launch, the time on-station, and the return to earth in the Soyuz. Amazingly well produced movie. Highly recommend!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rani on February 7, 2013
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I truly enjoyed "Man on a Mission." It's a great documentary featuring such an inspiring man. Richard Garrott's journey to the International Space Station was mesmerizing and I loved that there was so much detail about each step required. It was uplifting, heartfelt and a thrill to see. I look forward to watching it many more times as I start to plot out my own journey into space.
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