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Apollo 13 (1995) [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy]

Tom Hanks    Blu-ray
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NASA's worst nightmare turned into one of the space agency's most heroic moments in 1970, when the Apollo 13 crew was forced to hobble home in a disabled capsule after an explosion seriously damaged the moon-bound spacecraft. Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, and Bill Paxton play (respectively) astronauts Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert, and Fred Haise in director Ron Howard's intense, painstakingly authentic docudrama. The Apollo 13 crew and Houston-based mission controllers race against time and heavy odds to return the damaged spacecraft safely to Earth from a distance of 205,500 miles. Using state-of-the-art special effects and ingenious filmmaking techniques, Howard and his stellar cast and crew build nail-biting tension while maintaining close fidelity to the facts. The result is a fitting tribute to the Apollo 13 mission and one of the biggest box-office hits of 1995. --Jeff Shannon


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5.0 out of 5 stars Murphy's Law in Outer Space Dec 31 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Talk about rolling snake eyes. To begin with, your mission is numbered "thirteen." Then the pilot you've trained with is grounded prior to lift-off because he's allegedly been exposed to the measles; he's replaced by a young buck still wet behind the ears. Once you're within spitting distance of the surface of the Moon an oxygen tank explodes. Obviously, it takes oxygen to breathe, so now what? Shut down everything in the command module, of course, shiver in the lunar module, and hope the gravitational tug from the Moon will slingshot you back home.
And I thought I had my bad days.
Yet the problems mentioned above merely scratch the surface of the true trials and tribulations of APOLLO 13. Director Ron Howard recreates this gripping, compelling story, right down to beehive hairdo's and computers the size of Mt. Rushmore. The drama, the sense of urgency--on the part of the astronauts, and the NASA staff in Houston frantically trying to save them--is so powerful and vivid I felt I was watching the actual event itself. To magically weave the viewer into the story is a crowning achievement for any filmmaker, and here, Howard succeeds like a wizard waving a wand.
Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Ed Harris, Kevin Bacon, and Gary Sinise headline a stellar cast in a grim race-against-time that had the entire world transfixed in April of 1970. I remember being glued to the TV watching Walter Cronkite broadcast around the clock to give us the latest developments of the Apollo 13 story; I remember the relief and joy I felt when that banged-up capsule was retrieved from the ocean. To relive the triumph--and near-tragedy--of this event is an awesome experience, and APOLLO 13 is awesome, indeed.
--D. Mikels
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5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting! March 6 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I watched the TV movie, and relived the drama of when it actually happened! I've always been a "space cadet", and have tried to watch every Space Mission. Problem is, it doesn't seem such a big deal any more, even with the Challenger explosion that took 7 lives. It annoys me that I cannot see every lift-off and landing, because it isn't generally made known any more.
The night the Apollo 13 epic happened I tried to stay awake, so I could see if the men made it back, but being the mother of 5 young children, I had to give up and go to bed, but they made it back safely.
This is indeed a collector's edition, and I am proud to have it.
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Format:DVD
This is a well-made film. Ron Howard says it's not a documentary, but a lot of it is based on real events. Even the scenes that are known to be "artistic license" are believable; ie. when Jack Swigert (Kevin Bacon) and Fred Haise (Bill Paxton) start yelling at each about who is to blame for their predicament. They're sleep-deprived, they're uncomfortable, they're in a life-threatening situation, it makes sense for them to be a little short-tempered. I thought everyone's acting was excellent, although I'm a little biased because I'm a big fan of Tom Hanks and Kevin Bacon. Ed Harris's portrayal of Flight Director Gene Kranz is wonderful; he says things like, "We've never lost an American in space and we're sure as hell not gonna lose one on my watch!" without sounding corny. I enjoyed the Dateline NBC "Lucky 13" story and the "Making Of" feature that are included in this edition. I would recommend watching these if you want to know more about the real Apollo 13 mission, or you're interested in space exploration in general, or you want to know what it was like for the cast and crew of the movie to do things like film in a NASA simulator or put on a pressurized space suit (Kevin Bacon says it made him claustrophobic and sleepy).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie, good extras, nice price May 16 2004
Format:DVD
"Failure is not an option!". So says mission-control director Gene Kranz, played by Ed Harris, as mission control devises a way to get the astronauts safely home. Although initially viewed as a disaster (explosion in spacecraft which forces cancellation the the moon-landing mission), in reality it is a story of success due to resourcefulness. The astronauts must return to earth and splash down safely with only enough electrical power to run a coffee pot.
Probably the best of director Ron Howard's movies, it is well acted by stars Tom Hanks (as Jim Lovell), Kevin Bacon (Jack Swigert), and Bill Paxton (Fred Haise) as the three space-bound astronauts, Gary Sinise (mission-bumped astronaut Ken Mattingly), Ed Harris (mission control Gene Kranz), and Kathleen Quinlan (Marilyn Lovell). The movie was nominated for 9 Oscars including best picture, writing, supporting actor (Harris), supporting actress (Quinlan), music, and visual effects, and won for editing and for sound.
There are a lot of special effects thoughout the movie, including the entirely-recreated lift-off sequence from a bird's-eye viewpoint. The weightlessness scenes were achieved by filming in a KC-135 airplane that did a series of parabolic climbs and dives, allowing about 25 seconds of filming at a time.
An exciting 220 minute movie about one of the most-watched successful rescues in history, the DVD contains a good "making of" documentary, a commentary by director Ron Howard, and another by Jim and Marilyn Lovell. "Bill Paxton's home movies" were never located, and the "comparison with NASA footage" and the "extensive exploration of special effects" were brief parts of the "making of", not separate items.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
tom hanks est tres crédible dans ce film historique et bien fait pour les effect spéciaux.
Published 16 days ago by sylvain ch
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great film, well written letting you be there as they solve one problem after another.
Published 21 days ago by Richard Plummer
5.0 out of 5 stars Apollo 13
Great movie Thank u
Published 1 month ago by Jason Crozier
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Couldnt find this movie anywhere,getting it in HD was a huge bonus!!
Published 2 months ago by Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars A great movie not only because it was well done but ...
A great movie not only because it was well done but because it is a true story as well.
Published 2 months ago by Lynne Bullock
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As above
Published 3 months ago by Larry Houghten
3.0 out of 5 stars I love the movie!!!
I love the movie but I did not love the picture quality. The picture was grainny and very annoying, but when you get into the movie you forget about it for a while. Read more
Published 4 months ago by doltdolt
5.0 out of 5 stars You know the story and you know the ending. Why watch it?
Watch it because it a great "Film" on every level.
Editing is crucial.
This is when we knew that Ron Howard had "The Right Stuff" as a Director.
Published 8 months ago by Gary Gray
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this.
The fact that it's true makes it all the more compelling. A nicely done bio-pic with great performances. Remember the original events.
Published 16 months ago by Tiberiuscan
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome serie
Started out of curiosity,ended up buying all seasons available !
Will buy for sure all seasons as they come out .
Highly recommanded .
Published 18 months ago by Bob
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