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  • Actors: Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins
  • Directors: Theo Kamecke
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: The Attic Room Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: June 21, 2009
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002BFLMVS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,565 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Kamecke's film could be placed in a time capsule and removed some time in the distant future as an exact record of our feelings at the time." So said Kathleen Carroll of the New York Daily News in 1972. NASA commissioned director Theo Kamecke to make the documentary only six weeks before Apollo 11 s flight to the Moon in July 1969. But instead of a simple documentary film, what transpired was a philosophical and poetic record of Man s first attempt to walk on another world. Opening dramatically with another of mankind s great achievements Stonehenge the film puts the triumph of the Moon shot into its proper historical context. Filmed across the World as the mission unfolded, Moonwalk One uniquely captured the essence of Apollo 11 in a way that subsequent documentaries could only mimic. Combined with Charles Morrow s breathtaking, avant-garde score and Laurence Luckinbill s inspiring narration this is a classic film for all time and makes for fascinating viewing today from the perspective of the early 21st Century. As Joseph Gelmis of the New York daily Newsday declared in 1969; Moonwalk One deserves to be a companion piece to Stanley Kubrik s masterwork 2001: A Space Odyssey . The Restoration. Working closely with Theo, the producers have re-mastered his documentary classic for future generations to enjoy. This 2 Disc DVD Boxset Set contains the director's cut 16:9 Widescreen version & original full frame 4:3 version, a full length director's commentary & bonus features including a 30 minute documentary Creating the time Capsule - the making of Moonwalk One , short features Return to Stonehenge and Return to Moonwalk One , the 2009 movie trailer and a chance to flick through the director Theo Kamecke's original treatment and art work for the film and his behind the scenes production stills taken at the time. It is indeed the ultimate time capsule , recording the last year of the 1960s and the historic flight of Apollo 11.

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Theo Kamecke who directed the documentary MOONWALK ONE, said his intention was not merely to assemble a truly historical view of our species first attempt to touch another planet, but also to present a portrait of place and time and culture in which it happened. That s exactly what MOONWALK ONE is. Beginning 3000 years ago at Stonehenge, believed to be man s first observatory, the film leaps to Cape Kennedy getting ready for the moon launch. It is this kind of immense conceptual sweep that sets MOONWALK ONE far above all the other dozens of documentaries made on the subject and within that broad historical framework there is an extraordinary sense of fine detail. Indian peasants serenely looking at the dawn of the morning of the launch, there s some original ultra-slow motion film of the launch itself that turns the fiery blast into exquisitely beautiful abstractions. The awe reflected in the faces of he people in the trailer park at Cape Kennedy as they crane up to watch the fading rocket, and the documentary overwhelmingly captures the sense of paradox by contrasting all banal vulgarity that surrounded the noble impulse may have been mankind s first truly religious act. The commentary is sparse and simple. This is the first documentary worthy of the immensity of the moon launch itself and the first to take a truly global view and capture a sense of nostalgia for the planet we began to love only as we left it. The first to perceive the fusing of myth and history and science. --Kevin Saunders, ABC TV News, November 1972

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Griffin on August 23, 2009
Format: DVD
This film is amazing. The footage makes the launch more exciting than film of any space shot I've ever seen. Besides that, this documentary is a complete time capsule of 1969, a unique year in a unique decade. It's rare to see a momentous event shown in all its context - music, politics, war, hair, psychedelia... Beyond both these feats, the film is art of the highest order. Breathtaking. It should be required viewing for all Americans. In schools, it should be shown for its historic value alone. But students of history, space exploration, film and life will all be enlightened by watching Moonwalk One. Do not miss it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hannah Lumb on October 10, 2010
Format: DVD
I was three years old when Apollo 11 landed on the moon... but I have a memory of the TV event because I associate it with the family trauma of my father being fired from his job as a grocery store manager. He was fired because he closed the store so that all twenty employees could go home and watch the lunar landing with their families. My father sensed then the grander meaning of that day as a turning point in human history and Moonwalk One captures this sensibility in a wonderful and visually poetic way. It was such an unexpected treasure for me to be able to have a greater understanding of what the Apollo 11 mission meant in the context of the end of the 1960's and to have a new appreciation for my father's determination to allow his coworkers be a part of it. The film feels very much like Kubrick's 2001, but wait, this was REAL!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Skurgfurgler on February 26, 2011
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Moonwalk One is a movie that should require no introduction, when you consider that it was a documentary specifically made to record the events leading up to, during and after the first moon landing. It is ironic therefore, that instead it received almost no recognition after it's initial run and afterwards, faded into obscurity.

That this movie survived the ennui surrounding the space program and was retrieved, restored and finally re-released is a story best told elsewhere and with more words than are available to me here in this short review; so suffice it to say that this truly is a unique example of the space documentary genre, one that not only speaks of where we were going but also of where we had been.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By George Wachtel on August 3, 2009
Format: DVD
I first saw this remarkable work when it first came out, almost 40 years ago. It bowled me over, not only for the historic event it so vividly and engrossingly reported but for its cinematic brilliance. This was cutting edge filmmaking, using images, juxtapositions, music, and words in a way I hadn't experienced before. So I was a little afraid to see it again last week, in this new edition. So many films I loved as a kid now seem bland, old-fashioned. But, boy, not this one. Amazingly, it's still cutting edge filmmaking, as fascinating and stirring now as it was then.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Russell on October 2, 2010
Format: DVD
A remarkable documentary which recalls a unique moment in history. Director Theo Kamecke was granted access to the firing room at NASA mission control and captures unique footage of the launch sequence. Following the astronauts during their training as-well as hearing from the ladies who made the space-suits, this is a well crafted, fascinating documentary, highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Waite on June 4, 2010
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This amazing film is worth buying just for one amazing scene alone where the Lunar Module blasts off from the moon to rendezvous with the Command Module. This film shows the whole lift off and journey to rendezvous from the Command Module and is just amazing to see its whole journey all from Michael Collins' view orbiting the moon.
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