The Red Stuff - The True Story of the Russian Race for Space
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Between 1957 and 1965, the Russians had one success after another in their space program, including the first artificial satellite, the first space walk, and both the first living creature and first man in space. They were streets ahead of their archrivals--the Americans. But these successes were soon overshadowed in 1969, when the Americans became the first to set foot on the moon--and were hence deemed to have won the space race. The Red Stuff: The True Story of the Russian Race for Space is a film about the first heroes of the cosmos from those early years of Russian space travel. Who were the people behind these first successes? Unique archival material reveals the bravery and the unsurpassed stamina of the cosmonauts. What is true and what is false in our view of Russian space exploration? How do those involved look back on their work and their enforced role in the Soviet political machine? Now that the military secrecy and national propaganda of the Soviet Union has crumbled, see the real story of the other side of the space race.
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The DVD is a compilation of interviews with cosmonauts (and some of their spouses) from the earliest years of the Soviet manned space program, combined with archival footage to illustrate the early space missions.
The interviews with the cosmonauts are very interesting. The cosmonauts provide first-hand accounts of the early Soviet manned space missions. The video provides the viewer with an account of the bravery of the early cosmonauts as well as the recklessness of the people involved in the decision-making behind some of those early missions.
The DVD does have a few downsides. The DVD is limited to interviews and archival footage. There is next to no narration to provide the viewer with information obtained from research of documentation of the early Soviet missions. The documentary is not comprehensive. While the DVD does provide information on the highlights of the early Soviet manned space program, it does not include every mission. For example, the Vostok flight of Valentina Tereshkova (the first woman in space) was not included in this film. The information on the early Soyuz missions was limited to the Soyuz 1 and Soyuz 11 missions, both of which ended in tragedy.
Overall, the DVD is definitely worth having. Anyone interested in Soviet manned space flight or in space exploration in general will find "The Red Stuff" riveting. It is a very fascinating look at the early Soviet manned space missions. Still, "The Red Stuff" does not include information on every mission; and, this certainly presents future film makers with an opportunity to do a more thoroughly-researched documentary on the Soviet manned space program.
Included on the DVD is a second documentary called "Starman," a documentary on the life of Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space. Either "The Red Stuff" or "Starman" alone would have been worth the price of the DVD; but, getting both films on one DVD makes this DVD a bargain. I am very glad to have added this DVD to my collection.
La biografía sobre Yuri Gagarin en este DVD es la más completa que se haya visto alguna vez en televisión. La calidad de imágenes es excelente y es altamente recomendable para todos aquellos que les gusta saber todo lo que tenga que ver con asuntos espaciales. Es un exclente DVD en verdad, que no debe faltar inclusive en los clubs astronómicos.
Some black and white and lots of color footage all in original Russian with english subtitles. Overall, if you are an aerospace historian wanna be, you will enjoy this DVD. Also included is a biographical film on the life and death of Yuri Gagarin. Running time 100 minutes and video quality not too bad considering the age of the material.