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After  World  War  II  drew  to  a  close,  a  new conflict  began.   The  Cold  War  between  the Soviet  Union  and  the  United  States  spurred an  engineering  and  scientific  competition known  as  the  "Space  Race."  From  beginning
to  end,  the  American  public's  attention  was captivated, and the various developments by the  Soviet  and  U.S.  space  programs  were heavily covered in the national media.   Renowned  documentarian  and  filmmaker David  L.  Wolper  introduced  American television  audiences  to  the  very  first  report about  the  Soviet  and  American  space  race (The  Race  for  Space)  which  later  earned  an Oscar nomination.   


This  groundbreaking  television  event,  along with  2  subsequent  documentary  features, capture  the  worldwide  phenomenon  of space  exploration  and  unlocking  the mysteries of the universe.


PROGRAMS INCLUDE:
THE RACE FOR SPACE (1958) – Originally aired 4/24/60
• 20th Century developments in the United States and Russia which brought man into the Space Age.  
– Exclusive first Russian space footage
– Reported by Mike Wallace
– 1960 Oscar Nominee for Best Documentary Feature
   
PROJECT: MAN IN SPACE (1959) – Originally aired 12/4/63
• Stories behind the initial space probes, including the epic flight of Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin and development of the American Mercury astronaut program.
– Reported by Mike Wallace
   
RACE FOR THE MOON (1965) – Originally aired 7/27/64
• An evaluation of Soviet-American competition to be the first to land on the moon.
– Reported by Bill Stout
 
 BONUS PROGRAM:  Journey To The Moon

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Renowned documentarian and filmmaker David L. Wolper introduced American television audiences to the very first report about the Soviet and American space race (The Race for Space) which later earned an Oscar nomination. This groundbreaking television event, along with 2 subsequent documentary features, capture the worldwide phenomenon of space exploration and unlocking the mysteries of the universe.


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Product Details

  • Actors: Mike Wallace, Bill Stout
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 10, 2012
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005X7H9RW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,140 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Col William Russell (ret) on March 4, 2012
Format: DVD
Being a baby boomer, I fondly remember the various David Wolper documentaries, especially "Biography" and space ones such as these. They're well done on all levels and the film material used here is, no doubt, the best that could be found. The picture may not be as sharp as some might prefer but the contents are more than worth it. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Genard on September 24, 2014
Format: DVD
The Space Race has seen a plethora of material released to home video over the years. Even though I have already owned much of the video here for quite a while, I still pulled the trigger when I came across this at a local bargain outlet for $3.99. This recent offering from Mill Creek features some fairly rare material that hasn't seen the light of day in decades. While none of this has much new information they are still pretty good and have some respectable transfers for a budget release based largely on newsreel grade footage. I'll try to detail what's on the discs since the information is vague even on Mill Creek's website.

DISC ONE

This disc contains the 3 David Wolper television documentaries that were apparently licensed directly from The Wolper Organization. All of them were very well researched and the first two feature the talents of 60 Minutes legend Mike Wallace as well as noted film composer Elmer Bernstein.

THE RACE FOR SPACE (1959/B&W/52 min.) - Covers the developments in rocketry from it's early beginnings with Robert Goddard up to the first satellite launches. Includes some great coverage on Werner Von Braun and the German rocket team who became highly sought out by the US and Russia at the end of the war. Was nominated for the 1960 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and aside from some groan-inducing scripted interview segments it pretty much lives up to that billing.

PROJECT: MAN IN SPACE (1963/B&W/51 min.) - This one details the training & preparations and reviews the then-recent history of manned spaceflight for both the Soviet Union and America. Some of the Soviet training footage (real or staged, who knows) is exceedingly rare and I found it fascinating.

RACE FOR THE MOON (1964/B&W/53 min.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kelly R Hartle on January 14, 2013
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My husband watches everything he can on the space program, but he didn't have this, & it's interesting to see the actual footage and learn the background.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca B. Smith on December 18, 2013
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My daughter had an essay assignment on the Space Race. We live very close to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, so we went to their museum store to see what they might have. They didn't have this in, but recommended it. Even though it was done before the moon-landing, its still a good production. The interviews however, are blatantly orchestrated and read apparently from a prompter, but the information on people and events is engaging. The film footage adds nicely.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Diane on July 17, 2014
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Somewhat boring the way it was made. Lost interest although I am a space enthusiast.
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