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Capricorn One (Special Edition) [Import]

3.9 out of 5 stars 57 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Norman Bartold, Barbara Bosson, James Brolin, Jon Cedar, Ron Cummins
  • Directors: Peter Hyams
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • Release Date: Oct. 14 2008
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 57 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B001DE29SI
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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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The basic concept behind this movie is interesting. The action and dialogue are pretty good. There are several errors in logic and time line issues but this does not ruin the movie (have to suspend your disbelief). The main error was the apparent use of the moon mission technology for the mars misssion. The lander was not designed to work with an atmosphere and I can't imagine the crew being stuck in a tiny capsule for such a long period of time. Also, the crew went to mars and back in a few months, which is way to short a time frame. That said, it's still better then most of the recent science fiction movies I've seen.
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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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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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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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