The Last Man on the Moon
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When Apollo astronaut Gene Cernan stepped on the moon in December 1972 he left his footprints and his daughter’s initials in the lunar dust. Only now, over forty years later, is he ready to share his epic but deeply personal story of fulfillment, love and loss. Cernan’s burning ambition carried him from a quiet Chicago suburb to the spectacular and hazardous environment of space, and ultimately, to the moon. Five years in the making, The Last Man on the Moon unveils a wealth of rare archive, and takes Cernan back to the launch pads of Cape Kennedy, to Arlington National Cemetery and to his Texas ranch, where he finds respite from a past that refuses to let him go. Sharing home movies, scrapbooks and intimate moments with his closest friends and family, he brings his spine-tingling experiences to the big screen more vividly than any moonwalker has done before.
This Blu-ray edition includes extended interviews and featurettes capturing more of Gene's intimate moments and stories.
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Well make space in your collection for another must have movie, every bit as good if not better than those above. The Last man on the Moon.
I have a vast collection of movies regarding NASA and their missions including all the Spacecraft films movies about Mercury, Gemini and Apollo (these contain the original NASA footage of the missions albeit edited) and there is a lot of footage in this movie that I have never seen before.
The last man on the moon is really the story of Gene Cernan, one of only 12 people in the whole of humanity that has ever set foot on the moon and even rarer, one of only three people to have ever travelled to the moon twice (John Young and Jim Lovell being the other two). Gene was the Lunar Module Pilot of Apollo 10 "Painting a big white line in the sky" for Neil Armstrong to follow in his historic Apollo 11 lunar landing. Gene was also the Commander of the last Apollo mission, Apollo 17 and was the last person to have set foot on the moon.
It has been nearly 45 years since that historic last mission and Gene (and others) reflect on this, how sad he is that America has never followed it up. He hopes one day that somebody will go back to his landing site, go the rover that he left there and see where he inscribed his daughters initials on the moons surface.
The movie expertly details the key moments in Genes life, from his early days in the navy, to getting the call to join NASA. His Gemini and both Apollo missions. Along with Gene, former Apollo astronauts Jim Lovell, Alan Bean, Dick Gordon and Tom Stafford appear in the movie along with Chris Kraft and Gene Kranz from operations in "Houston" as it was affectionately known.
This movie was 5 years in the making and Gene graciously gave much of his time to the film crew allowing them full access to his home, his ranch, even his daughters surprise 50th birthday party (one of the Extras on the Blu Ray).
The movie itself is 95 minutes long with 8 extras packed into the Blu Ray release. One point worth noting is that if your only Blu Ray player is an Xbox one then you are out of luck as the Xbox One will not play this. Works fine on the Playstation however. The photography is excellent and in certain parts there are some CGI scenes which are the best depictions I have seen in a biography.
As I said before, if you have any interest in space then this is a must have movie and even if you don't this is still very much worth a watch. I can see why it has already won so many awards.
The naval aviator who was given the opportunity to join the space program and walked in space and on the moon narrates this video with period film, interviews and the reminiscences of Cernan and others. This is the story of Cernan, his comrades in the space program, their families and the missions they flew.
Cernan has a unique perspective to give since he came in fairly early (the Gemini missions) and stayed in the program until he ended up being the last man to walk on the moon, the last to leave a footprint on the powdery surface of the moon in the Apollo 17 mission. He and the others interviewed in this DVD give us insight into the times, the technology, the personalities and the life of the astronauts.
This is a really good DVD about the space program by one of the men who was there. Recommended with five stars.
The film is in (very) limited theatrical release as of this writing (March 4, 2016), but is currently available on-demand (AT&T U-Verse) for those who don't want to wait for the DVD in April.
Gene is in his 80's, but as sharp and fit as ever. We see his NASA accomplishments along side his personal life on his ranch and life on the road as a spokesman for the program. It is a well-made, well-balanced view of Gene's contributions to America's s[ace program. He is a true American hero.
This is about and by, as the title says the last of the 12 humans to walk on the Moon.
I have met Gene Cernan, and he is a passionate man, and it comes across in this.
He has had a lot of tragedy, he was selected for his Gemini mission when the prime crew died when their jet crashed.
He talks bluntly about the cost, in terms of marriage and family life, saying every astronaut missed out on a lot of their marriage and their kids upbringing, and there was nothing one could do, as the competition was so great.
It's sad that we are coming up on fifty years since 1969 and Apollo 11 and that we have not returned to the Moon in all that time.
We need a new JFK sized challenge to return, and that will lead to Mars, as Cernan says.
A great documentary about a different breed of human brought up at a very different time.