Apollo 13

Apollo 13

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Director: Ron Howard

Cast: Ron Howard, Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon


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Apollo 13 receives the kind of treatment very few films are fortunate enough to benefit from on this accurately titled collector's edition DVD. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. English, Spanish, and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. Spanish subtitles are accessible, and the EnglishSee more details below

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Apollo 13 receives the kind of treatment very few films are fortunate enough to benefit from on this accurately titled collector's edition DVD. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. English, Spanish, and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. Spanish subtitles are accessible, and the English soundtrack is closed-captioned. The supplemental materials make this one of the most interesting discs ever produced. The director Ron Howard is joined on his commentary track by Jim Lovell and his wife Marilyn. His accounts of the actual events, along with the original documentary "Triumph of Apollo 13" adds a layer of historical context missing from many discs concerned with actual events. Production notes, cast and crew biographies, and a theatrical trailer round out this package that will please film buffs, DVD buffs, NASA buffs, and history buffs. There is truly something for everybody on this spectacular release.

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You can look up the result in any encyclopedia: all three astronauts made it home alive. But from the moment Jim Lovell (played by Tom Hanks) utters those fateful words -- "Houston, we have a problem" -- until the astronauts are safe on the deck of the USS Iwo Jima, you'll be on the edge of your seat in genuine suspense, hoping that somehow the seemingly inevitable catastrophe will be averted. Though a certain license has been taken with the truth (Ken Mattingly, for example, was not the one who devised the "power-up" procedure), Apollo 13 is largely faithful to actual events and sets a new high-water mark for putting real-life drama on the big screen. Director Ron Howard mixes the action in orbit with scenes back at NASA, detailing the frenzy and triumph that occurred on the ground as well as far above it. The acting is solid, the special effects spectacular, and the period and technical details recreated with single-minded accuracy. In fact, no documentary footage was used at all; every shot, effect, and model was new. Howard went to astounding lengths in his quest for realism. To achieve actual zero-gravity, for example, the cast and crew flew more than 500 parabolic flights in NASA's KC-135 airplane; each flight earned them only 23 seconds of weightlessness. The beauty of Apollo 13 is that it actually fulfills the cliché of "bringing history alive." For the millions of Americans who will never experience the national obsession of the Space Race, who will never understand how the country's pride could hinge on a few scared men in a jury-rigged tin can, or who will never list astronauts among their childhood heroes, Apollo 13 offers the unique opportunity to understand that glint in their parents' eyes.

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Universal Studios
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[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Hanks Jim Lovell
Bill Paxton Fred Haise
Kevin Bacon Jack Swigert
Gary Sinise Ken Mattingly
Ed Harris Gene Kranz
Kathleen Quinlan Marilyn Lovell
Mary Kate Schellhardt Barbara Lovell
Emily Ann Lloyd Susan Lovell
Miko Hughes Jeffrey Lovell
Max Elliott Slade Jay Lovell
Jean Speegle Howard Blanch Lovell
Tracy Reiner Mary Haise
David Andrews Pete Conrad
Chris Ellis Deke Slayton
Joe Spano NASA Director
Marc McClure Glynn Lunney
Ben Marley John Young
Clint Howard EECOM White
Loren Dean EECOM Arthur
Tom Wood EECOM Gold
Googy Gress RETRO White
Ray McKinnon FIDO White
Max Grodenchik FIDO Gold
Christian Clemenson Dr. Chuck
Brett Cullen CAPCOM 1
Ned Vaughn CAPCOM 2
Andy Milder GUIDO White
Geoffrey Blake GUIDO Gold
Wayne Duvall LEM Controller White
Joseph Culp TELMU Gold
John Short INCO White
Ben Bode INCO Gold
Todd Louiso FAO White
Christopher John Fields Booster White
Kenneth White Grumman Rep
Andrew Lipschultz Launch Director
Mark Wheeler Neil Armstrong
Karen Martin Tracey
Brian Markinson Pad Rat
Austin O'Brien Whiz Kid
Louisa Marie Whiz Kid Mom
Arthur Senzy SIM Tech
Carl Gabriel Yorke SIM Tech
Ryan Holihan SIM Tech
Rance Howard Reverend
J.J. Chaback Neighbor
Todd Hallowell Noisy Civilian
Roger Corman Congressman
Jack Conley Science Reporter
Bruce Wright Anchor
Reed Rudy Roger Chaffee
John Dullaghan Reporter
John Wheeler Reporter
Paul Mantee Reporter
Julie Donatt Reporter
Frank Cavestani Reporter
John M. Mathews Reporter
Michelle Little Jane Conrad
Xander Berkeley Henry Hurt
James Ritz Ted
Larry B. Williams Buzz Aldrin
Thom Barry Orderly
Steve Ruge Edward White
Herbert Jefferson Reporter
Annie Lennox Singer

Technical Credits
Ron Howard Director
David J. Bomba Art Director
Michael Bostick Associate Producer
Merideth Boswell Set Decoration/Design
William Broyles Screenwriter
Michael Corenblith Production Designer
Dean Cundey Cinematographer
Hallie D'Amore Makeup
Brian Grazer Producer
Todd Hallowell Executive Producer
Warren Hamilton Sound Editor
Daniel Hanley Editor
Michael Hill Editor
Mike Hill Editor
Janet Hirshenson Casting
Joseph Hodges Set Decoration/Design
James Horner Score Composer
Jane Jenkins Casting
Bruce A. Miller Art Director
Aldric La'Auli Porter Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Al Reinert Screenwriter
Lori Rowbotham Set Decoration/Design
Rita Ryack Costumes/Costume Designer
Raymond Stella Camera Operator
Dan Striepeke Makeup
Louisa Velis Associate Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter List
1. Main Titles; The Moon Walk [:22]
2. The Moon and Marilyn [4:54]
3. The Congressman's Tour [1:04]
4. A Slight Change in Destination [1:30]
5. The Prime Crew [:43]
6. Something Bad Would Happen... [1:02]
7. The Last Flight [1:33]
8. Mattingly and the Measles [:06]
9. The New Pilot [:13]
10. Love on the Runway [1:46]
11. The Big Day [:56]
12. Go for Launch [:10]
13. The Lift-Off [4:07]
14. Proud, Happy And Thrilled [:05]
15. The Docking [:50]
16. A Smooth One [:20]
17. Day 3 [:09]
18. Hello, World [4:04]
19. Houston, We Have a Problem... [2:16]
20. Working the Problem [:10]
21. We've Just Lost the Moon [:11]
22. The Lifeboat [1:06]
23. Fifteen Minutes [:15]
24. The Special Report [3:07]
25. Five Minutes [:31]
26. Something Broke... [:44]
27. The Close-Out [:35]
28. The New Mission [:23]
29. Day 4 [:54]
30. The Dark Side [4:48]
31. Moonstruck [:41]
32. Failure Is Not an Option [3:34]
33. The Simulator Gambit [:40]
34. Sir Isaac Newton in the Driver's Seat [:09]
35. The CO2 Problem [:58]
36. Marilyn and the Media [4:22]
37. Day 5 [4:26]
38. Bouncing Off the Walls [1:33]
39. With Every Breath... [2:15]
40. My Jimmy Can Land It [1:31]
41. A Little Medical Mutiny [2:34]
42. Day 6 [1:42]
43. The Earth in the Window [1:04]
44. More Power [1:05]
45. To Get You Home... [1:32]
46. Four More Amps [1:57]
47. The Power-Up Procedures [:11]
48. Day 7 [:31]
49. The Damage Done [2:17]
50. The Global Drama [2:45]
51. Farewell, Aquarius [1:59]
52. Aligned for Re-Entry [1:44]
53. Falling to Earth [:49]
54. The Waiting [1:25]
55. Welcome Home [1:14]
56. The Successful Failure [:12]
57. End Titles [:12]
0. Chapter List
1. Heroes [1:54]
2. The Book [4:10]
3. Weightlessness [6:09]
4. Mission Control [4:51]
5. Mattingly [3:40]
6. The Launch [:08]
7. The Explosion [5:30]
8. The Burn [7:21]
9. The Cold [4:28]
10. Co2 [3:22]
11. Power [2:50]
12. Reentry [4:14]
13. Cigars [3:15]

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