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Relive the breathtaking story of Apollo 11 and the first manned landing on the Moon as HISTORYTM takes viewers aboard the rocket and on its eight-day round trip to outer space for a close-up look at one of the most stunning and courageous personal and technological achievements of man. Interlaced with original NASA footage transferred to high definition, Moonshot covers the crew s earliest days at NASA to the moment when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin step on the Moon. From home life and families, to the argument over who would be the first to walk on the lunar surface, this is the remarkable story of one of the most chronicled events in history. Using a script based on transcripts from the mission, contemporary documents, books and interviews, Moonshot incorporates news footage from around the world, including that of the iconic CBS anchor Walter Cronkite. Together, the drama and original material present a vivid yet intimate glimpse at one of the defining moments of modern history.

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Instead of a conventional documentary, the History Channel re-creates the first manned lunar landing as docudrama. The story begins in 1969, just before the famous flight, then backtracks to the early '60s when Michael Collins (Andrew Lincoln), Neil Armstrong (Daniel Lapaine), and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin (Buffy the Vampire Slayer's James Marsters) made the transition from pilots to astronauts. As in Ron Howard's Apollo 13, their wives also come into focus on occasion, particularly Janet Armstrong (Bleak House's Anna Maxwell Martin), who witnesses a NASA spokesman inform a friend that a failed mission has taken her husband's life. Jan knows the same thing could happen to Neil. Following an introduction by Aldrin, the opening credits describe Moonshot as a fact-based drama, drawing on first-person accounts, interviews, and NASA transcripts. Once the men leave Earth, some of the suspense dissipates, since most viewers already know what happens next, i.e. the eight-day orbit, the Eagle's landing, and Armstrong's giant leap. And if it isn't as action packed as, say, The Right Stuff, director Richard Dale (9/11: The Twin Towers) still touches on some of the philosophical dimensions of space travel: divergent personalities aside, the men inside the craft have to put self-interest away to complete their mission, and death can come at any time, no matter their collective skill. Except for the dramatic music, this is a surprisingly thoughtful representation of an event usually presented in hyperbolic terms. Bonus features include biographies and slide shows of the Apollo, Gemini, and Mercury missions. --Kathleen C. Fennessy


Special Features

Apollo, Gemini, and Mercury mission galleries

Biographies of the key Apollo personnel

Five complete tracks from the music score


Product Details

  • Actors: Andrew Lincoln, Daniel Lapaine, James Marsters, Anna Maxwell Martin
  • Directors: Richard Dale
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen, Closed-captioned
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (PCM Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: November 17, 2009
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002KGREG0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,996 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Moonshot" on IMDb

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Michael Burton on January 2, 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This wasn't what I expected.

There is a documentary with the same name, based on the book by astronauts Alan Shepard and Deke Slayton. The cover art is almost identical, too. The documentary is available here in VHS.

This disc is a dramatization of the Apollo 11 mission done for the History Channel. It mixes in a good bit of actual hi-def footage from NASA. The result looks great. It's mostly entertaining, and fairly informative. You should take some of the events shown with a grain of salt, due to filmmakers' continual tendency to try to crank up the drama -- in particular, you might want to look at a map of the moon, and at footage of the actual descent and landing of Apollo 11 -- but this film seems to stay a lot closer to reality than Hollywood's "Apollo 13" did.

The product description says both "widescreen" and "1.33:1". The program is actually widescreen, 1.85:1.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Collin R. Skocik on January 25, 2011
Format: DVD
Considering all the talk on these boards about how innaccurate this movie is, I thought I'd just address that. It's true that this movie takes some dramatic licensse --

Not only did Buzz Aldrin not coax Mike Collins through his recovery, but I can't imagine Buzz ever doing anything that human.

No one outside the White House knew about the speech Nixon would have given had the mission failed. That did not become public until the 1990s, so Janet Armstrong wouldn't not have known about it, and probably neither did Neil.

Buzz Aldrin has never doubted that the "UFO" seen during the flight was one of the adapter panels from the S-IV-B.

The film portrays the Eagle coming down in an impossibly jagged, rocky, mountainous terrain as Armstrong says "That looks like a good area." In fact, Armstrong brought the Eagle down on a smooth, flat plain -- in fact, the flattest area of any of the Apollo moon landings.

In the movie, the "lunar contact" light illuminates when the Eagle lands, when in fact the light was illuminated when the five-foot contact probes under the footpads touched the lunar surface.

I sawa comment here about Neil being portrayed as "on the verge of hysterics" when he finds that the circuit breaker for the engine arm is broken -- certainly Armstrong was always calm under pressure. For myself, though, I would not describe his portrayal in the movie as "on the verge of hysterics." But different people see a movie different ways. People always complain that The Right Stuff made it look like Gus Grissom blew the hatch; I never saw that. I always felt that film gave Gus a fair hearing, but just made it clear why people at the time doubted him.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Alexander on April 4, 2010
Format: DVD
'MoonShot' is about the Apollo 11 mission...from training, astronaut selection, to the landing itself. The acting was very well done for being a tv movie. For scenes with the Apollo spacecraft the filmmakers mixed real NASA footage with CGI - really making the film seem real. The script was well written.

A fellow reviewer gave this movie a one-star review for historical inaccuracies...sure, there are inaccuracies, but what movie doesn't have them? It was unfair to give this movie one-star for this reason alone. Despite the few inaccuracies this movie was a treat to watch.

I rate this movie four stars because it is not 'Apollo 13' calibre, however it is entertaining to watch and, as with any NASA based movie, it fills you with a sense of pride that America accomplished the impossible.

FYI: I bought a digital copy from itunes for $1.99 and it was WELL worth it...if you decide to buy this, I recommend you save $15 and buy it from itunes. If you are willing to spend $17 (as of April 2010 on Amazon) on 'MoonShot', I recommend buying From the Earth to the Moon - The Signature Edition - shell out a few more dollars and get a five-star 12 hour movie.

4/5

Also recommended:
Apollo 13 (Widescreen Collector's Edition)
In the Shadow of the Moon
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Davoust on November 26, 2011
Format: DVD
From dictionary.com, Apollo is defined as the ancient Greek and Roman god of light, healing, music, poetry, prophecy, and manly beauty. There's a running debate on this page about whether Moonshot's producers over-dramatized the history portrayed in the movie. I have some advice to offer to those who are not "doc" purists: this film is a "must see". If you've not already seen every other documentary and read every book on the Apollo program, and thus have your expectations already set, you'll find this an impressive, awe-inspiring story. The director captured the breathtaking trajectory of the U.S.'s space program in the 1960's. The film editing created a terrific interplay between actual footage and live action that I found disjointed in only one or two sequences. Most of us watch movies for the acting, naturally. Without careful casting and authentic roles, I see that the movie might have easily fallen flat. It doesn't, however: the casting is "spot on" and the actors' performances are simply outstanding. So much so that halfway through the movie, I found myself riveted to the dialogue. I agree with the reviewer who said he's very impressed by Daniel Lapaine as Neil Armstrong. Cerebral, soft spoken, and thoughtful, but always ready to take the logical course, and driven to succeed. To digress, I was trained as an engineer, and I suppose that may just make me a bit more understanding of the man. I was a boy, just four years old, on July 20, 1969, the day the Eagle landed on the moon. I certainly don't have a memory of this historic landing. However, I do remember watching the later Apollo missions on black and white TV, which my mother (a stay-at-home mom) had running all morning and afternoon while my brothers were at school.Read more ›
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