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The Dream Is Alive (IMAX) (2001)

Graeme Ferguson  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Graeme Ferguson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Imax
  • DVD Release Date: June 12, 2001
  • Run Time: 36 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005BCKH
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,137 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Dream Is Alive, The (DVD)

The best of the initial series of "made in space" IMAX films, The Dream Is Alive is a wonderful introduction to space travel for young and old alike. The national shuttle program was only four years old when this 35-minute documentary was released in 1985, and the film emphasizes the differences between the shuttle and conventional rockets. The opening shot of a shuttle returning to the Earth like a plane is an unmistakable difference. We follow two flight crews through training, rehearsals, and (mostly) the flight. The crystal-clear images of Earth do not have the same impact that they do in a large-format IMAX theater, but they are still a wonder to behold, especially with the effective narration by Walter Cronkite--for many the voice of America's heyday in space. Director Graeme Ferguson keeps the film streamlined and never preachy (unlike the companion film, Blue Planet). With a big assist from Star Wars sound designer Ben Burtt, The Dream Is Alive builds excitement through footage that includes three electrifying launches. The film was released a year before the Challenger disaster, and played in rotation after the accident as an emotional pull to return to the heavens. On that note, the film delivers the message that despite the risks, our future is in space. (For ages 5 and older.) --Doug Thomas

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
"The Dream Is Alive" is a beautifully-done, albeit fairly short (36 minutes), IMAX film.
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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you buy one film on space, this is the one... March 15, 2003
I saw The Dream is Alive when it first appeared in 1985, and was absolutely blown away by both the photography and the music; IMAX was in its infancy then, but the crispness, the color, the imagery, and the thoughtful editing combined to make this a truly unforgettable documentary. It may well be the benchmark for all IMAX productions. The theme is simple: Space is meant to be explored, and we can do it. Thankfully, the producers concentrated on the visuals rather than clouding the images with technotalk. I spent years trying to find both the DVD and the VHS version, and finally -- 15 years later -- found it at the Reuben H. Fleet Space Center in San Diego, where I first saw it. Micky Erbe and Maribeth Solomon produced a most powerful and moving set of musical selections -- TDIA's signature theme has remained with me through the years. Their mix of syhthesized, symphonic and vocal performances are absolutely stunning, and adds a dimension of synergy to the visuals that I feel has been unmatched in any IMAX production since. Every time I watch the film, I am moved by its sheer power and unparalleled splendor. This film reinforces the belief that, in spite of the 1986 and the most recent shuttle tragedies, the dream truly is alive.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Be Inspired January 24, 2002
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This is the second or so IMAX film I remember seeing. I think I saw it in 1986, soon after the Challenger disaster, although the film is dated 1985 (Challenger was lost on 28 January 1986.) Remember when they used to show these movies in big inflatable bubble-buildings at the State Fair?
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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
As I was growing up, we would occasionally view my parents black & white (no sound) wedding video. While my mother would point out certain events, my father would always remind us of who was no longer alive - sort of a dark humor thing.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easily the best Space IMAX movie July 28, 2005
By mcair
I have seen this movie dozens of times, both in Imax theaters and on VHS and now DVD. It never gets old. I envy those that are seeing this for the first time: a couple of tips: watch on the biggest screen available with a good surround system hooked up and volume turned up to 11. Press "Play" and prepare to be blown away!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dream
Wonderful documentary inspiring to students in class. Great way to show the importance of learning science and mathematics and possible careers in life.
Published 16 months ago by GASanchez
5.0 out of 5 stars The Space Shuttle Program
The photography is spectacular! The music also wonderful. An interesting subject which is covered very well. Sad to see some astronauts who would later perish in future accidents. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Steven Earl Mader
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Look at the Early 80s Shuttle Program
I was fortunate enough to see this film as it was truly meant to be seen in the IMAX theater at the Kennedy Space Center during a vacation a few years ago. Read more
Published on February 19, 2011 by Andrew Collins
4.0 out of 5 stars The Dream is Alive (IMAX) (1985)-Good IMAX space feature
The Dream Is Alive (IMAX) (1985) was a good IMAX production narrated by Walter Cronkite which I rate at four stars. Just hearing Mr. Read more
Published on July 17, 2009 by Keith Mirenberg
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beauty of Space Flight
I can still remember the moment that I first watched this movie at the Science and Industry Museum of Chicago when I was a little boy. Read more
Published on February 26, 2009 by Nathan Beauchamp
3.0 out of 5 stars Picture quality could have been better
I was a bit disappointed with the picture quality of this DVD. It could be that I still have the impression from seeing the movie in a real IMAX theatre at the Kennedy Space... Read more
Published on March 30, 2006 by T2
3.0 out of 5 stars A Tale of Two Movies
Let me tell you about two movies. The first one opens with stunning footage of the shuttle landing at the Cape, with you in the cockpit. Read more
Published on January 19, 2006 by Brian Herder
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty, but not much substance
"The Dream is Alive" does not do well in the transition to the small screen. Its pretty footage of the shuttle in flight is inevitably less impressive, and it does not have enough... Read more
Published on January 7, 2006 by Charles P. Kalina
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Companion to Dr. Strangelove
Is the movie propaganda for NASA and the shuttle program? Sure.

That leaves only one question, then: is it GOOD propaganda??

I'd say so. Read more
Published on September 20, 2005 by John P Bernat
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