Capricorn One [Blu-ray]
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It was supposed to be the crowning moment in the history of space travel. But when the first manned flight to Mars is deemed unsafe and scrubbed on the launch pad, anxious authorities must scramble to save face and retain their funding - and so an unthinkable plot to fake the mission is hatched. Only an intrepid journalist stands in the way of the cover-up, but the powers that be will stop at nothing to keep their secret from going public.
Director Peter Hyams helms this conspiracy thriller with an all-star cast. Bonus content: Original Theatrical Trailer, Photo Gallery. BD/DVD
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I could never get the DVD to play in the proper aspect ratio on my new Plasma TV unless I played it in "windowbox" format. It irritated me.
Finally I stumbled upon this 2008 Special Edition (which I didn't know existed until January 2011). This version has a cleaner picture, plays in proper aspect ratio on my widescreen TV, and has a very enjoyable Director's Commentary.
The premise and execution of this film might seem a bit dated and hokey to contemporary audiences, but this film was a product of the 1970's American cynicism and mistrust of the government, and it was VERY relevant in its day.
It is still my favorite Peter Hyams movie (with "Narrow Margin" running a very close second) and for me it holds up well 32+ years after its release.
If you are wanting to buy this movie, pick up the 2008 Special Edition for its enhanced widescreen presentation and bonus content. There is a movie-only Blu-ray edition that was released in the UK (and maybe Canada), but I'm told the picture quality isn't enough improved to justify the expense.
In the Director's Commentary, Hyams readily admits that this film is not and was not intended to be all that plausible. But the concept was a fun idea and came on the heels of a period in our history when we were tired of being lied to by our government (sounds familiar, eh?).
It is meant to be entertainment, first and foremost. To pick it apart for its implausibility is to miss the point.
A fun drinking game to play when watching it is to count the number of Barbra Streisand husbands and ex-husbands in the cast.
O.J. Simpson has a supporting role (with few lines) in this film. At one point during a scene where's he walking through the desert, I could swear I heard him say "I'd KILL for a drink of water".
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