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  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: Ais
  • Release Date: Oct. 29 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000X1ETWQ

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Thanks to repeated showings on cable television and home video, this speculative thriller has built quite a loyal following since its release in 1978. The provocative "what if?" scenario still packs a punch, even if it is not always believable. James Brolin, Sam Waterston, and O.J. Simpson star as three astronauts who agree to spare the government embarrassment by faking their historic landing on Mars after their spacecraft is determined to be unsafe for blastoff. When a scheming mission controller (Hal Holbrook) plots to kill the astronauts in a staged capsule fire, the trio embarks on a dangerous mission to expose the truth. Elliott Gould costars as the journalist determined to crack the conspiracy, and director Peter Hyams turns up the tension with an exciting chase sequence involving Telly Savalas as an eccentric barnstormer who comes to Gould's aid in his attempt to rescue the hoax mission's sole survivor. --Jeff Shannon

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By tzaros on Dec 23 2010
Format: Blu-ray
Capricorn One [Blu-ray]

It is my opinion that Capricorn One continues to be a very underrated movie by most critics. Personally, I think it has a very good and unique storyline, with good acting (for the most part - I think O. J. Simpson was mis-casted), good drama as well as action. I like this movie so much that I have purchased this movie on VHS and DVD in the past and have been looking forward to seeing a high definition transfer of this movie onto Blu-Ray. Unfortunately, this particular Blu-Ray did not meet my expectations. It is my opinion that this Blu-Ray disc was a direct transfer of the DVD version of the film. The lack of resolution and definition is evident especially in many scenes filled with movements. I would suggest that other Capricorn One fans out there continue to wait for a remastered Blu-Ray version of this film to be released someday hopefully in the not too distant future.
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You know the story if you have read the other reviews. This is a very entertaining movie, implausible...perhaps...but very entertaining none the less. Which, is of course, is why we watch movies. Therefore my comments will be relegated to the disappointing quality of the Blu-ray version. This package comes with both the Blu-ray and a DVD version. Shockingly, this is the first movie that I've purchased where the Blu-ray version and the DVD versions aren't much different in quality. If you have a Blu-ray player that can upscale DVDs you will not notice very much difference in quality between the two versions. So its not going to make much difference which version you actually watch.

Typically when I've purchased a Blu-ray version of an older movie I usually found that the processing used to bring and older movie into a higher Blu-ray format would introduce some graininess into the image. I always found that as long as the grain wasn't too heavy, this graininess tended to enhanced the image by increasing the sharpness which would help to accent the detail in the video. However, instead of sharpness this Blu-ray movie seems to have gone in the opposite direction and it appears that some type of smoothing filter has been applied to it as there was very little grain visible and therefore the image is not crisp. This, to me, explains why the DVD was able to upscale to almost the same quality as the Blu-ray version. Put in another way, the Blu-ray was lacking in quality. It's still a fun movie but not sure its worth the cost of a Blu-ray.

Also the only extras were a movie trailer and a still image gallery. I would give the movie itself: 4 stars, but the quality of the Blu-ray especially when compared to other older movies enhanced to Blu-ray: 2 stars.
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Format: DVD
If this wasn't the original Black Helicopters movie, it sure went a long way toward immortalizing that aviatory image as a sure sign of evil government conspiracies. On a personal note, I remember it for two things -- seeing it on a Sunday afternoon with my Dad on the best weekend we spent together of my pre-teen years; and first hearing the "black guy dies first" movie custom from Dad.
The plot is simple and, at the time, rather chilling. Remember, it was only nine years after the 1969 moon landing, even less after Vietnam lies began coming to light and four years after Watergate climaxed with Nixon's resignation. Also, it's one year after the Viking unmanned craft landed on Mars.
The first manned mission to Mars has a wee bit of a problem -- a life support system that was too cheap and discovered too late. NASA needs this mission to be successful with no glitches to keep its considerable funding amidst dying interest in the space program. Solution? Fake the mission! Hal Holbrook explains all this to astronauts James Brolin, Sam Waterston and O.J. Simpson (there were athletic black actors who could ACT in the 1970s, but the trend was to use famous and semi-famous jocks. Probably has something to do with Q ratings and bankability). Holbrook persuades them to go along in a manner that makes you ask "Are the government or major corporations such as the aerospace industry siblings, distant cousins, kissing cousins or incestuous siblings with the Mafia?"
All is well until technology and the astronauts begin little rebellions that hint this mission isn't exactly a space oddity. This puts Eliott Gould, a newspaper guy always foolishly swinging for the fence sexually and professionally, on the case.
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Format: DVD
In many ways, Capricorn One is a quissential example of a '70s action film. The film tells the story of the first manned spaceflight to Mars and the three dedicated pioneers (played by James Brolin, Sam Waterston, and O.J. Simpson -- and yes, it is impossible to watch the film without thinking about Simpson's most recent role) who bring hope to a cynical country by conquering the Red Planet. The only problem, of course, is that the whole thing is a fake. The three men are actually in a hastily constructed studio in the middle of a barren desert and their spacecraft is empty as it journeys through space and time. As implausible as this plot may sound, the film actually goes to the trouble to make the reasoning behind this plot believable and it even goes to the trouble to provide some humanity to the plot's mastermind, a NASA official played by Hal Holbrook. Because the film actually takes the time to set up the situation, it remains compelling even when that empty spacecraft happens to burn up on reentry, meaning that -- in order for the three spacemen to remain martyrs and for NASA to continue to get funding -- they have to die in reality as well. As the three men try to escape across the barren desert (pursued by three very ominous helicopters -- never has a sinister government conspiracy ever looked so realistically sinister), a reporter played by Elliott Gould slowly starts to uncover the conspiracy and soon his life is in danger as well.
While the basic plot itself is similar to quite a few recent action films, what distinguished Capricorn One is that the film -- made while the nation, still feeling the pain of Watergate and Viet Nam, was still getting used to not being able to trust the government -- plays this story totally straight.
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