In The Shadow Of The Moon [Blu-ray]
Between 1968 and 1972, the world watched in awe each time an American spacecraft voyaged to the Moon. Only 12 men walked upon its surface and they remain the only human beings to have stood on another world.
In The Shadow Of The Moon brings together for the first, and very possibly the last time, surviving crew members from every single Apollo mission which flew to the Moon, and allows them to tell their story in their own words. Beautifully shot, this riveting first-hand testimony is interwoven with visually stunning archive material which has been re-mastered from the original NASA film footage – much of it never used before.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated Unrated (Not Rated)
- Package Dimensions : 7.1 x 5.42 x 0.58 inches; 2.93 Ounces
- Media Format : Blu-ray
- Run time : 1 hour and 40 minutes
- Release date : June 15, 2009
- Subtitles: : English
- Studio : Channel 4
- ASIN : B001U3EOH6
- Number of discs : 1
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Neil Armstrong didn't seek celebrity after being the first person to walk on the moon, and he didn't participate in the making of this movie, but he's remembered with fond amazement by the other astronauts and is seen in old video footage. All of the astronauts that did participate had fascinating things to say about the moon landing program, but Mike Collins, who never actually got to the surface of the moon himself, stands out with witty down-to-earth insights and self-depreciating humor.
I had seen most of the vintage footage before, although the filmmakers found some fantastic archival footage of the astronauts (including some great pre-Apollo footage). The difference in this project was the dexterity that the clips were woven together with: it is a clearly superior effort, and one of the best documentaries I have seen.
As wonderful as it is to see the footage from Apollo, the best part of the film is by far the insightful interviews with the Apollo survivors (sans the stoic and reclusive Neil Armstrong). The filmmakers spent two days with each of the astronauts interviewed, giving them a great deal of material to edit, and to say that the finished product is masterful is an understatement. I was especially fond of the interviews with Mike Collins and Alan Bean, and I loved the contrasts between the personality types involved. If anyone needed proof that John Young is one of the most laconic, yet witty, astronauts in NASA history, the proof is here. Likewise, Buzz Aldrin still comes across as the hyper-intelligent "Dr. Rendezvous", though more relaxed with age. All the astronauts are clearly very bright, keenly insightful, and give perspectives that are extremely interesting from the vantage point of almost 40 years of reflection: I was especially taken by Bean's comments that he hasn't complained once about the weather since he returned to earth. This and the other insights from Bean late in the film are golden.
The film has many extras including unused scenes, and a fascinating commentary track: I highly recommend all the extras. The film is nearly perfect, and provides both those very familiar with spaceflight and more casual viewers information through clever editing, interview footage, and occasional captions, including translations of sometimes difficult to understand exchanges between the spacecraft and Houston. The film is meticulous in accuracy, and an explanation of all footage substitutions are thoroughly explained in the commentary. So devoted to accuracy is the film that I noted only one extremely minor error in the film, when the term "REFSMMAT" was translated as "azimuth" in a caption. (This, obviously, has no value to viewers.) For a documentary of this scope and complexity, that is an amazing achievement.
I highly recommend "In the Shadow of the Moon" to everyone, and I thank the makers of this brilliant film for bringing it to us, and I thank the astronauts for participating in this truly worthwhile endeavor.
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Articulate, modest, unassuming, and with great stories to tell, these men are a pleasure to listen to. And the ninety five minutes totally flys by as a result. Accompanied by a superb score this makes for an emotionally uplifting movie and one that will make you feel very uplifted once you've watched it.
And they rubbish all the conspiracy theories about the landings being faked in a fun final section. Remember when the whole world looked up? as the trailer says. this is a great reminder of those days, and it will make you wish they'd come back.
The dvd contains an interesting ten minute long feature about the writing of the music for the film.
the original cinema trailer for it.
english language subtitles.
and fifty seven minutes of deleted footage. divided into subsections that you can watch one at a time or all at once or whoever you prefer, there's even more of what you saw in the film here.
Superb movie. Good dvd for it.