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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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I learned some things that I didn't know. The movie pretty much was played as it happened. I remember when all this happened. The moon shot was pretty awesome. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Lynn
Given as a gift and was well received by one who loves the history of the space programs. Arrived expediently and in great condition.Published 1 month ago by Gmommy2
So this is not all documentary footage it is a pseudo docudrama where they created new scenes interspersed with actual footage of apollo missions. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Calvin J. Wiseman
This isn't terrible, but it somehow manages to turn one of the most exciting events in human history into a relatively boring story.Published 7 months ago by Shawnd
It was different than what I expected, but very good and interestingPublished 13 months ago by Renee Karlsson