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In The Shadow Of The Moon

Released on 31 March 2008

Format: DVD | Rating: PG

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The surviving crew members from NASA's Apollo missions tell their story in their own words.

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 In the Light of a Masterpiece

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The first experience I had at a West End cinema was at the Apollo multiplex. It was lavishly decorated like a celebrity's hideaway venue. The cinema serves wines to patrons in an ice bucket and is served in the auditorium direct to you like a first class service. Just be sure to pop the cork first before the film starts!

Ron Howard's In the Shadow of the Moon' tells a story in a documentary format with no CGI model replications what so ever. And remarkably it pulls it off from the start. Only last night I was standing in my back garden. As I looked up I noticed the glare of a big bright white sphere shining on my very person. A ware wolf would have a night to remember.

It's not just about the history of the Apollo programme. It takes a look at the culture of the changing society in the world at the time. Specifically 1968 which history will tells that was never a good one. The Vietnam war had escalated to it's bloodiest death toll, Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy were assassinated, racial disturbances and civil rights movements fought to purge their countries of segregational poison. However in the midst the media provided a sense of escapism as Bob Beamon breaks the long jump record at the Mexico Olympics, Indian cricketer Gary Sobers scored six sixes off one over and the Warsaw invasion ended. However the hero of the year was NASA. I had already learnt this from the TV show 'From the Earth to the Moon' which was also produced by Howard. Apollo 8 ended 1968 on a high note when they went to lunar orbit. They're reading of the Bible's Genesis tamed the bloodshed and with their magnificent achievement returned to Earth, a healed planet.

The story of Apollo 11 is still fresh in many people's minds as the greatest undertaking of the 20th century. As with most documentaries they convey a beautiful slow motion Saturn 5 take off and In the Shadow of the Moon doesn't fail to resist a better shot. Even when the rocket motors fired I could feel the noise of the take off drumming against my head.

The recollections of the astronauts left me spellbound. They preferred the long journey to the Moon more than sitting on top a massive firework. Apollo 16's Charlie Duke recalled the sight of the Earth from his spacecraft like holding the globe in the palm of his hands. Apollo 17's Gene Cernan had kept onto messages from his family that he proudly displayed on screen. With space exploration aside the Apollo astronauts also have share their thoughts on the ways of life on Earth. Mike Collins of Apollo 11 wonders why people on Earth consider life here to be a bad place. Well as their experiences go to prove the Earth is a garden of Eden that we must protect as it's still humanity's cradle.

This was the first big screen documentary that I've seen and I'll be glad to go out and find another one. This is the best means of storytelling for everyone to recollect how we overcame past struggles in our ambitions to establish tranquillity.

 ONE GIANT LEAP FOR MANKIND!

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This is just a awe inspireing documentary, all about the men behind the Apollo moon landings, and it truly does take the breath away. This fantastic film as told by the men who actually did it, and what obsticles they had to overcome.What really does hit home is how dangerouse the missions were, but are told in such a way it truly captivates the audiance. This film is the perfect companion to The Right Stuff and Apollo 13.
If you want a perfect history lesson told exactly how it was by the men who did it ,you must buy this movie now.
The only slight disappontment is that there is no comentary but Neil Armstrong.
But this is still mind blowing, jaw dropping experience!

 ONE GIANT LEAP FOR MANKIND!

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This is just a awe inspireing documentary, all about the men behind the Apollo moon landings, and it truly does take the breath away. This fantastic film as told by the men who actually did it, and what obsticles they had to overcome.What really does hit home is how dangerouse the missions were, but are told in such a way it truly captivates the audiance. This film is the perfect companion to The Right Stuff and Apollo 13.
If you want a perfect history lesson told exactly how it was by the men who did it ,you must buy this movie now.
The only slight disappontment is that there is no comentary but Neil Armstrong.
But this is still mind blowing, jaw dropping experience!

 A solid, well made documentary.

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OK i'm writing this having seen this at the cinema so i can't talk about things like the DVD extras but even so, the Apollo programme was one of mankinds greatest ever achievements and this documentary does it justice.

New interviews with several of the astronauts including Buzz Aldrin (but no Neil Armstrong) combined with genuine archive footage pieced together from thousands of hours in the Nasa vaults, help to shine light on the men who risked their lives to make history. They talk about the huge gambles made, and how the programme developed. Their experiences of manned spaceflight and their reactions to the conspiracy theorists all give this a feel that it was made by people really interested in the historical significance of Apollo. This is borne out by the unadulterated footage used (no CGI clean ups here).

What really gives this film gravitas though, is the fact that it is not just a flag waving exercise. We get to see the pre-recorded VTR of President Nixon's emergency speech to teh nation in case anything had gone horribly wrong and the astronauts had to be abandoned on the moon surface. Command Module pilot Michael Collins reaction to the possibility of having to leave his colleagues behind is also heartfelt too.

This film provides an insight into the exciting but dangerous lives of the Apollo astronauts. It is a good companion piece to the excellent 'From the Earth to the Moon' mini-series that play.com also sell and is a fascinating history lesson.

 Humbling, captivating, inspiring. A must see for everyone!

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Wow. Without a doubt, everyone, young or old should be made to watch this. It truly is awe-inspiring stuff.

For starters, for everyone who doesn't know this film, and so many other documentaries don't include Niel Armstrong because he is a private man, and doesn't do appearances etc. But saying that, all the astronauts / mission control men who do speak on this are really very good. The combination of this, and the amazing images and footage make this pull at the heart strings for sure.

10/10

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DirectorDavid Sington
CertificatePG
Year2007
ScreenWidescreen 1.85:1 Anamorphic
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (5.1)
Duration1 hour and 40 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.