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Moon Race - The History of the Apollo, Vol. 1: The Eagle Has Landed - Apollo4-Apollo11

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· In Volume 1 we cover the first phase of the Apollo program, from the early unmanned tests of Apollo 4 to the successful lunar orbit of Apollo 8 and the first manned landing on the moon by Apollo 11, all in stunningly detailed cinematography.

· Chapter 1: Time of Apollo. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy set a goal: landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to Earth. This chapter examines how that task was achieved.

· Chapter 2: Apollo 4--The First Test. Covers the November 9, 1967 launch of the mighty Apollo/Saturn V unmanned space vehicle, which reached an altitude of 11,232 miles.

· Chapter 3: Apollo 5. Follows the successful testing of the Lunar Module, the spacecraft in which man will make his first landing on the moon. Lunar Module 1--not designed to return to Earth--tumbles on through space until destroyed when entering the atmosphere of the Earth.

· Chapter 4: Apollo 8 - Go for TLI. This voyage, manned by astronauts Frank Borman, James A. Lovell, and William A. Anders, was man's first trip to another celestial body, and included an orbit around the Moon on Christmas day.

· Chapter 5: Apollo 9--Three to Make Ready. On this mission, astronauts James A. McDivit, David R. Scott, and Russell L. Schweickart focus on testing the Lunar Module, the spacecraft that will land men on the Moon.

· Chapter 6: Apollo 10--Green Light for Lunar Landing. Features highlights of the second lunar orbital mission by astronauts Stafford, Cernan, and Young, and includes docking and descent of the Lunar Module to within ten miles of the lunar surface.

· Chapter 7: Apollo 11--The Eagle Has Landed. Depicts highlights of the historic first landing on the moon in July 1969, from launch through the post-recovery activities of astronauts Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins.

· Approx running time: 2 hours 30 minutes.


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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Columbia River Ent.
  • DVD Release Date: March 13, 2007
  • Run Time: 153 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000N6UDN0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #319,466 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Patrick Selitrenny on October 26, 2007
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The first set of the 2, dedicated to the Apollo Missions to the Moon falls very short in showing us something interesting indeed.

Compared for instance, with a VHS tape, released by Warner Bros, sometime earlier which was called "THE TRIBUTE", this DVD has nothing special to offer, except that for this price you get a hint of what Apollo represented in those early days.

The material included in said VHS is even better than on this DVD, although both originated from original NASA footage, and at times, represent the very same material...

One can only ask what the producer of these DVDs was thinking while compiling them...

For the first volume in the set you don't get anything that is new or at least a bit original, and as said, the quality of the transfer is shabby at best.

Buy it only if you want a cheap product of this sort.
If instead you are truly interested in the Apollo missions, at least the very first ones, then resort to dishing up more money with the Spacecraft Collection, which far more informative and complete.

Besides, even if expensive, the Spacecraft Collection offers digitally restored images and sound together with the complete mission layout and options to view various scenes from different angles and hear various commentaries of the real astronauts who participated in these missions.

It's a poor man's buy, and even then, not too justified in our day and age...
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Don't buy this for $8.98 when you can buy it AND volume 2 for only a little more: Moon Race: The History of Apollo

On this disc:

Moon Race - The History of the Apollo, Volume 1: The Eagle Has Landed
* The Time of Apollo (Project Apollo overview)
* Apollo 4 (unmanned launch of the gigantic Saturn V rocket)
* Apollo 5 (unmanned launch into earth orbit and flight test of the lunar module)
* Apollo 8: Go for TLI (first manned lunar orbit)
* Apollo 9: Three to Make Ready (first manned test flight of the lunar module)
* Apollo 10: Green Light for Lunar Landing (lunar orbit and test of the operations required for lunar landing)
* Apollo 11: The Eagle Has Landed (first manned lunar landing and exploration)

This set provides a splendid overview of the early Project Apollo missions. One glaring omission is the first manned Apollo space flight, Apollo 7. I can't imagine why it was left out. There were also other unmanned test flights: Apollo 2 and 3 tested the Saturn IB rocket and Apollo 6 (like Apollo 4) tested the Saturn V. But most of all, any history of the Apollo era is incomplete without discussion of the tragic loss of the Apollo 1 crew in a launch pad fire, and the effect that accident had on the space program.

So there is room for improvement here, but this collection of public domain video preserves the view NASA had of its work at the time. This view of history-in-the-making can often be more revealing than a slickly-produced retrospective.
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