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Moonshot

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4.1 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews

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Relive the breathtaking story of Apollo 11 and the first manned landing on the Moon as HISTORYTM takes viewers aboard the rocket and on its eight-day round trip to outer space for a close-up look at one of the most stunning and courageous personal and technological achievements of man. Interlaced with original NASA footage transferred to high definition, Moonshot covers the crew s earliest days at NASA to the moment when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin step on the Moon. From home life and families, to the argument over who would be the first to walk on the lunar surface, this is the remarkable story of one of the most chronicled events in history. Using a script based on transcripts from the mission, contemporary documents, books and interviews, Moonshot incorporates news footage from around the world, including that of the iconic CBS anchor Walter Cronkite. Together, the drama and original material present a vivid yet intimate glimpse at one of the defining moments of modern history.

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Instead of a conventional documentary, the History Channel re-creates the first manned lunar landing as docudrama. The story begins in 1969, just before the famous flight, then backtracks to the early '60s when Michael Collins (Andrew Lincoln), Neil Armstrong (Daniel Lapaine), and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin (Buffy the Vampire Slayer's James Marsters) made the transition from pilots to astronauts. As in Ron Howard's Apollo 13, their wives also come into focus on occasion, particularly Janet Armstrong (Bleak House's Anna Maxwell Martin), who witnesses a NASA spokesman inform a friend that a failed mission has taken her husband's life. Jan knows the same thing could happen to Neil. Following an introduction by Aldrin, the opening credits describe Moonshot as a fact-based drama, drawing on first-person accounts, interviews, and NASA transcripts. Once the men leave Earth, some of the suspense dissipates, since most viewers already know what happens next, i.e. the eight-day orbit, the Eagle's landing, and Armstrong's giant leap. And if it isn't as action packed as, say, The Right Stuff, director Richard Dale (9/11: The Twin Towers) still touches on some of the philosophical dimensions of space travel: divergent personalities aside, the men inside the craft have to put self-interest away to complete their mission, and death can come at any time, no matter their collective skill. Except for the dramatic music, this is a surprisingly thoughtful representation of an event usually presented in hyperbolic terms. Bonus features include biographies and slide shows of the Apollo, Gemini, and Mercury missions. --Kathleen C. Fennessy


Special Features

Apollo, Gemini, and Mercury mission galleries

Biographies of the key Apollo personnel

Five complete tracks from the music score


Product details

  • Actors: Andrew Lincoln, Daniel Lapaine, James Marsters, Anna Maxwell Martin
  • Directors: Richard Dale
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen, Closed-captioned
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (PCM Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: November 17, 2009
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002KGREG0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,451 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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