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Capricorn One (Special Edition) [Import]
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What If One Of The Greatest Space Adventures Was Really A Hoax? When The Head Of Nasa'S Manned Mars Mission Discovers That The Capsule Meant To Carry The Astronauts Will Suffer A Catastrophic Failure, He Forces Them To Participate In A Hoax By Broadcasting Their "Mission" From A Studio Built In An Abandoned Air Force Base. Over Many Months, The Astronauts Are Forced To Film Broadcasts On Their Progress. All Is Going Well Until They Learn That The Only Way For The Hoax To Be Maintained Is For Them To Die Upon Re-Entry. Their Only Chance For Survival Is To Make A Desperate Attempt To Escape. Throughout This Period, An Investigative Reporter Gets Wind Of The Fact That Something Is Amiss And Slowly Puts Together The Pieces Of The Mystery.
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
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.
The plot involves a group of three astronauts who are on board to fly to Mars(Brolin,Simpson and Waterson).Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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A great action/adventure film that looks fantastic and brought to life on Blu-ray !Published 7 months ago by W McMaster
I forgot about this movie for years and when something reminded me about it I purchased it immediately. Great for all those conspiracy theorists with a great ending.Published 12 months ago by Movie Nut
I received the product, but the whole 'get it within the next 48 hours using Prime' was a bogus as one could endure. Days turned into well over a week and some. Read morePublished on Feb. 3 2014 by D.W.
Movie was a gift for my sister but it arrived quicker than I could believe and she enjoyed it thoroughly. Thanks!Published on April 8 2013 by Paulette Stoltz
The first manned space flight to Mars is just about to launch when the crew is suddenly taken off the Capricorn One. Read morePublished on Dec 13 2012 by Kona
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Back in the seventies 'conspiracy' was all the rage: 3 Days of the Condor; All the President's Men; The Parallax View; Night Moves; The Domino Principle; The... Read more