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Apollo 13 (Blu-ray)

Released on 14 June 2010

Featuring: Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon & Bill Paxton

Format: Blu-ray | Rating: PG

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To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the theatrical release and the 40th anniversary of the original Apollo 13 space mission, Apollo 13 launches onto blu-ray.

Nominated for nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Apollo 13 is produced by Academy Award winner Brian Grazer and directed by Academy Award winner Ron Howard.

Stranded 205,000 miles from Earth in a crippled spacecraft astronauts Jim Lovell (Hanks), Fred Haise (Paxton) and Jack Swigert (Bacon) fight a desperate battle to survive. Meanwhile, at Mission Control, astronaut Ken Mattingly (Sinise), flight director Gene Kranz (Harris) and a heroic ground crew race against time, and the odds, to bring them home.

It's a breathtaking adventure that tells a story of courage, faith, and ingenuity that is all the more remarkable as it's based on true events!
  • Lost Moon: The Triumph of Apollo 13
  • Feature Commentary with Director Ron Howard
  • Feature Commentary with Jim and Marilyn Lovell
  • Conquering Space: The Moon and Beyond
  • Lucky 13: The Astronaut's Story
  • Tech-Splanations
  • The Apollo Era
  • POCKET BLU

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 Apollo 13 - The World Watches On Helplessly

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This is the true story of the fated Apollo 13 Mission where Houston control centre has to bring back to Earth the crippled spacecraft whilst the world watches on helplessly. A fire in the space module some 200,000 miles from Earth and unbelievable tension is mounting. The actual extent of the fire damage is unknown. Both the crew and Nasa ground control work fiendishly together to bring a solution to the depleted oxygen levels, which is inadequate to support all three crewmembers during the long trek back. With one complication after another arising the tension builds dramatically and affects Astronauts, their families, engineers and scientists back at ground control. The amazing cast of Tom Hanks (Jim Lovell), Jack Swigert (Kevin Bacon), and Fred Haise (Bill Paxton), Ed Clarke (Gene Cranz) Gary Sinise based at Nasa ground control. What everyone accepted as a "routine flight" with Apollo 13 turned out to be, nothing further from the truth . . . . . .

Directed by Ron Howard and winner of two Academy Awards and depicted in this Blu Ray disc. This true story goes a long way in outlining how modern day cinematography can build and uphold riveting tension from start to finish.

Both the audio and visual aspects on Blu Ray are truly outstanding and further highlights how this can be achieved on a film more than 15 years old.

 Must buy!

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A true story of man's heroism in the dangerous field of space exploration. The added commentary by the real James Lovell and his wife perfectly describes the emotive events of the time, dispelling any conspiracy theories about whether we went to the Moon - do they really think the government would sanction the murder of 3 men? For me, the most emotional part is the end, when they wait for contact to be restored - I dare anyone not to have a tear in their eye at this point. As for the effects, even some astronauts have asked where they got the footage, showing how realistic it is.
If you are a history buff, or a space travel buff, then this movie is a must buy!

 The Right Stuff!

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Making a film based on real-life events, where the majority of the audience knows the outcome is always a tricky proposition, but Ron Howard pulled this off spectacularly. I saw this at the cinema and was blown away by it, and when I got this on DVD, I watched it three times in one day; once for the film, then with both commentary tracks. The commentary by Jim Lovell is extremely poignant.

There has been some dramatic license played to certain events, but these can be forgiven. The cast, especially Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, and Ed Harris do not miss a beat in their portrayal of the real life characters.

The SFX and music score are also fabulous.

One of my favourite films, and I'm so glad its now gone Blu!

 Glad to see this coming to Blu Ray

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Really chuffed this has made its way onto blu ray.
The film is superb with Hanks at his best I feel. The supporting cast are also all excellently cast.
This is a modern classic in my opinion. Should look ace in HD

 Housten we have a problem

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Based on a true story that will really keep you at the edge of your seat !
Great stuff

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ActorsTom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise, Ed Harris, Kathleen Quinlan & Emily Ann Lloyd
DirectorRon Howard
CertificatePG
Year1995
ScreenWidescreen 2.35:1
LanguagesEnglish - DTS-HD Master Audio (5.1)
Additional LanguagesFrench ; Spanish ; Latin American Spanish ; Italian ; Czech ; Hungarian
SubtitlesEnglish for the hearing impaired ; Canadian French ; Italian ; Spanish ; Latin American Spanish ; Swedish ; Danish ; Finnish ; Norwegian ; Portuguese ; Bulgarian ; Czech, Greek ; Hungarian ; Icelandic ; Romanian ; Slovenian
Closed CaptionsYes
Duration2 hours and 20 minutes (approx)