From the Earth to the Moon - The Signature Edition
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I don't intend to review the content of this DVD set as it has been covered in great detail by many hundreds already. If you love top-class historical drama and enjoyed Apollo 13, you probably know about the quality of this miniseries already. My rating for the miniseries itself is 9.5 out of 10.
This is a short review to point out the differences between the 2000 4-Disc box set and the 2005 Signature Edition 5-disc box set.
In case you have already got the 2000 DVD set in your collection and are wondering whether to update it to the 2005 edition, here are the differences:
Firstly, there are 5 discs instead of 4, but NO difference in content. No extra scenes, documentaries or commentary. The original DVD-Rom Disc 4 has been re-authored to play on your DVD player in the lounge room. This makes a lot of the content immediately accessible instead of having to search for it on the net, but the interactivity is gone. For me that's small loss as I didn't get much out of the games etc anyway.
Secondly, the entire set has been remastered in DTS and Widescreen (1.85:1). Now this sounds like manna from heaven, but unfortunately only the audio remastering is really worth spending any extra dollars on. The sound is crisp, clear and beautifully mixed and the liftoffs etc come booming out of your home theatre system like you were there at the Cape.
But the widescreen - well, sadly it just doesn't enhance the original viewing experience. It's evident that HBO produced the original series in 1.33:1 for tv and have merely re-jigged and adapted that ratio for the modern proliferation of widescreen plasma television sets. There is no extra data.Read more ›
So let me get ahold of myself long enough to tell you to run, run, run and get this DVD set now, if you haven't already. "From the Earth to the Moon" is one of the most unique and engrossing (as well as gorgeously produced) miniseries I've ever seen -- 12 hours of moving, dramatic, gripping, frightening, and ultimately completely inspiring entertainment. As a kid born in the late sixties, I missed the moon race (and I'm still ticked about it). But this literally perfect 12-episode miniseries makes me feel as if I've been there too -- from the tragedy of Apollo 1 to the triumphs and near-misses of the ensuing missions, to the vastly underappreciated final Apollo 16 and 17 missions. (As one character in the film laments, "We stopped going up just when we were getting really good at it.")
Those of you who might have avoided this because it's "history" -- let me reassure you right now that it's as gripping as any drama you'll see in or out of a theatre. This isn't just history painstakingly created by some of those who were there -- it's also just plain incredible, suspenseful, joyful entertainment.
And for those of you who saw it on HBO, the DVD set is well worth the price, even if you'd already taped it.Read more ›
When I played the first disc it looked strange. So when I compared the two sets, I saw that the way they got the 16:9 was by zooming into the 4:3 video which essentially lops off some of the top and bottom of the picture. This has disappointed me. When you buy or rent a movie that has been converted from 16:9 there is a message that says, "This film has been modified from the original to fit your television". Well it would have been nice if this set said, "This film has been modified to fit your 16:9 television".
I am a victim of clever marketing. I am disappointed that Tom Hanks would let something like this happen with one of his products. He has a fantastic reputation. I am disappointed.
The first episode, "Can We Do This?," begins with the early years of American space exploration. Alan Shepard's heart stopping Freedom 7 flight is skillfully portrayed and Ed White's first Gemini spacewalk is seen. It really is a great beginning. "Apollo 1" gets right to the point. Within 5 minutes after the start of the episode the fire occurs. Most of the rest of the episode chronicles the investigation with the Apollo 204 Review Board and the clash between Harrison Storms and Joe Shea. It's got a really neat ending, probably the best of the series. "We Have Cleared the Tower" follows the Apollo 7 crew training all the way up to the launch as seen by a documentary crew filming the mission. If you want to know what it's like before a mission, this is the episode for you. "1968" I honestly thought was the worst episode. A lot of it is just a bunch of stock news footage from '68 and it keeps switching from color to those annoying black and white shots. However, this episode survives because later on it has an excellent scene as the Apollo 8 crew witnesses the first earthrise seen by humans. The episode also has some great in-flight scenes while the crew is in lunar orbit. "Spider" is by far one of the best. It has a good story mixed with a little dose of humor. It's really interesting seeing all the work that went into the lunar module and the Apollo 9 flight. This one also has a great ending.Read more ›
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One of the most underrated series ever. Can not recommend it enough. If you have any interest in the Apollo program from inception to completion then this the series for you.Published 19 days ago by Rotrow
Husband loves it. Replaces a DVD. He watches it about once a year.Published 1 month ago by andrea jacqueline burnett
It was ok. My mistake but when I bought it I thought it was going to be a documentary but instead it's more of a reenactment.Published 1 month ago by Strkeout
Best series for the missions to the moon.. Great actors throughout. My favorite episode is the engineering and flight if the LEM. This should be shown in schools!Published 1 month ago by Steven Phillips
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