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And you thought Titanic was pricey--this dazzling documentary comes courtesy of the hundreds of millions of dollars NASA spent on moon shots, ethereally gorgeous footage that had never been seen until journalist Al Reinert, who had covered NASA for magazines prior to this film, got his hands on it. (Reinert subsequently coscripted Ron Howard's acclaimed Apollo 13.)
Reinert sifted through 6 million feet of film footage and 80 hours of interviews with astronauts, which serve as humble voice-overs for the lyrical imagery, and he assembled all this into a unique experience which was nominated for a Best Documentary Oscar. Brian Eno's lovely, atmospheric score evokes the sense of peace the astronauts say they felt while floating through space; the film's spiritual quality is as affecting as its breathtaking visuals. "There was a great deal of difficulty paying attention to what our job was," admits one astronaut, and you can see why.
A major caveat--while this is mind-blowing on the big screen, it may be less impressive on your TV. Or, you can simply sit up real close. Who would've guessed that NASA was also a training ground for cinematographers? --David Kronke --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The Criterion Collection DVD makes this indispensable record of the Apollo space program even better. The likable interaction between director Al Reinert and Apollo 17 astronaut Eugene Cernan creates a noteworthy audio commentary. Reinert focuses us on how the images here are better than any other NASA footage and on curious mission facts (why the earlier Gemini program created superior shots of the earth, for instance). Cernan, the most philosophical of the 12 moonwalkers, discusses at length the life-altering experience of space travel. By using the subtitle menu, each onscreen astronaut (and astronaut's voiceover) is identified. The film's sound and Brian Eno's evocative musical score has been remixed for a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. --Doug Thomas --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
...read the reviews with interest - but frankly I was gutted to discover that Criterion have 'mutilated' this superb doc by messing with the original score/arrangements. Read morePublished on July 9 2004 by Bill Andrews
One day in the USA there will be a revolution in entertainment. At that time we'll discover how good it feels actually to use our brains for something other than passive,... Read morePublished on Nov. 14 2003 by Allan M. Lees
I got the feeling and floated through space watching the DVD the first time. If you want to know the astronauts and other informations, just listen to the audio-commentary and turn... Read morePublished on Sept. 10 2003
I usually don't read other reviews when giving my own but decided to thumb through to make certain that I had not reviewed this before. Read morePublished on Sept. 5 2003 by FrontPage
This dvd MUST be watched with headphones on to enjoy the full impact of the blend between Brian Eno's space music score and the stunning video footage. Read morePublished on June 20 2003 by Jimmy
I have long been a fan of the U.S. space program. I think it is a very noble endeavor. As far as the public goes, we may be amazed at the technical achievements of the space... Read morePublished on March 31 2003 by "cwlegraj"
Some have dubiously criticized "For All Mankind" for being inaccurate, because it's a pastiche of footage from different NASA missions (mostly Apollo) edited together as... Read morePublished on Jan. 30 2003
I have to STRONGLY disagree with the person who gave this 3 stars. That was far too picky. Yes, the footage is not in true chronological order. Read morePublished on Nov. 8 2002