The Dream Is Alive (IMAX)
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Journey into space alongside astronauts, on the space shuttle as they orbit around the Earth, floating as never before, over the towering Andes, the boot of Italy, Egypt and the Nile. Witness firsthand a tension-filled satellite capture and repair and the historic first spacewalk by an American woman.]]>
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Narrated expertly (as usual) by veteran newscaster Walter Cronkite, this program takes the viewer into space via NASA's remarkable Space Shuttle Orbiters. We see the astronauts working, eating, and sleeping in the vacuum of space, as they orbit hundreds of miles above our Earth at a speed of 17,500 MPH.
We also see three breathtaking Shuttle launches (including one beautiful nighttime lift-off) from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, all of which are photographed from different viewpoints and with crystal-clear clarity. These launches look magnificent on this DVD release!
This program was originally filmed in 1984. In addition to the copyright date on the packaging (which is actually 1985), we can tell the timeframe of this footage by the missions being photographed for the program -- including STS-41-C (launched on April 6, 1984), which was a mission of historical significance, marking the first time a satellite had ever been repaired in space.
Another Shuttle mission we get a first-hand, in-space glimpse of is STS-41-D, which took to the skies on August 30, 1984.
Sadly, two of the astronauts we see performing their duties in this IMAX presentation (Francis Scobee and Judy Resnik) were lost in the Challenger disaster less than two years after the filming of this program.
The DVD gives us a good 5.1 Dolby Surround soundtrack; while the video is presented in Full Frame (1.33:1), which is the original aspect ratio of the film.Read more ›
The beautiful scenes of Earth from space, narration by the immortal Walter Cronkite, inspirational music, and scenes with astronauts Resnick and Scobee, later lost with Challenger, make this everything that I think an IMAX movie should be - awe-inspiring, a little patriotic, and flat-out spectacular. This film always brings tears to my eyes and reminds me that the American spirit that made the space program possible can be used to accomplish remarkable things.
Technical note: I expected unbelievably fine image quality from a DVD of an IMAX movie but the master used to make this DVD was not completely pristine. About the same quality as a regular 35mm movie.
I found myself doing the same thing with this movie, which was made before the Challenger Disaster. There is extensive footage of the Challenger spacecraft, as well as astronauts Francis R. (Dick) Scobee and Judith A. Resnik - all of whom perished in the fatefull Challenger Disaster in 1986.
Assuming your not bothered by images of now deceased astronauts, this is a terrific IMAX transfer. I first viewed this film at the Air & Space museum in Washington, DC. The shuttle launches and opening sonic booms, alone, make this worth the price. Excellent background music and stunning views of Earth from orbit make this very enjoyable.
The only technical drawback is a lack of an index, but this is not a long movie to fast-forward through.
Overall, highly recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fairly comprehensive, always good to hear Walter Cronkite's voice narrating a space program documentary. Arrived ontime and in great condition.Published 12 days ago by Ronald Forren
Great moments for physics instruction:
"Tallyho" -- the double sonic boom heard as the gliding shuttle approaches landing.
Un-narrated launch. Read more
Just be careful in that you can change regions on your DVD, great dvdPublished 11 months ago by Phil
Space exploration has often returned to Earth incredible images not just from the heavens but of the Earth itself. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Matthew Kresal
Wonderful documentary inspiring to students in class. Great way to show the importance of learning science and mathematics and possible careers in life.Published on June 22, 2013 by GASanchez