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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 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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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
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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By Robert Badgley TOP 500 REVIEWER on Nov. 3 2012
Format: DVD
I saw Capricorn One(released June/78)in its debut year,at a drive-in no less(remember those?),and I liked it then.After viewing it after all these years,I can safely say I STILL like it.It stars a great cast including:Elliott Gould as Robert Caulfield,James Brolin as Colonel Charles Brubaker, USAF,Sam Waterston as Lieutenant Colonel Peter Willis, USAF,O. J. Simpson as Commander John Walker, USN,Hal Holbrook as Dr. James Kelloway,Brenda Vaccaro as Kay Brubaker,Karen Black as Judy Drinkwater,David Doyle as Walter Loughlin,Robert Walden as Elliot Whitter,Telly Savalas as Albain,James Karen as Vice President Price,David Huddleston as Congressman Hollis Peaker and others.The film was deftly helmed by Peter Hyams,who was in his salad says as a director.The film's speculative but very intriguing plot,about whether a manned mission to Mars was faked,rings ever more true today in light of the fact that we can do even more now technologically speaking,than we could have then.Would it ever be done?Well that is the $64,000,000 question,isn't it?There are some that say the robotic missions to Mars now are fakes.Conspiracy theorists have always been around,as they were back then in the 70s(and before).The Moon landings were still fresh in everyone's minds,and some thought even then they had been faked.MANY average folks thought(and still do)that the assassination of Pres.Kennedy in /63 didn't go down as said.Then came the successive proven lies from Pres.Johnson and Nixon about the Vietnam War.So a movie about a government controlled faking of a Mars mission,was not as kooky as it sounded for 70s audiences.And with the internet as it is today,these kind of older conspiracy theories are tame.
The plot involves a group of three astronauts who are on board to fly to Mars(Brolin,Simpson and Waterson).
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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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