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February 15, 2000 DVD New in new packaging. Language: English. Run time: 79 mins. Aspect ratio: 1.33: 1. Originally released: 1989.

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2000 DVD New DVD is Brand New in Excellent Condition! ! Factory Security Sealed. Silver Special Edition Sticker. Exactly As Shown in Picture. 1999 The Criterion Collection. ... First Printing 1999. Else As Product Details. 'For All Mankind-(Criterion Collection Spine # 54) (1989) (DVD)'. UPC # 037429139523. Ship with Signature Delivery Confirmation. Fast Shipping, Reliable Service, Customer Satisfaction and Money Back Guraranteed! ! Thank You! ! Read more Show Less

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Criterion once again comes through -- and with a title that could have easily slipped by and possibly never been released. It has to be noted that almost all of the footage in this film is around 30 years old, yet much of it looks like it was shot recently. The same can be said about the transfer on this DVD. With the limited resources that were available at the time, this film still looks fresh. Different film stocks were originally used and of course that makes each segment different. Some are far clearer than others; some are quite grainy, while others are amazingly sharp. The film was not shot widescreen, so all that is present is a standard 1.33 version. The sound is the real surprise. This film certainly wasn't made with anything beyond a basic soundtrack. The equipment used in the late '60s and early '70s was limited, so it is a big surprise to find that Criterion has remastered the soundtrack in 5.1 Dolby Digital. While the majority of the sound does come from the center speaker, there are numerous times, especially at a very impressive launch sequence, that a full surround range is used, including a deep rumbling from the subwoofer. This is something Criterion did not have to do -- no one would have been surprised if they used the original tracks. As often is the case with a Criterion disc, there are a number of extra features, though even more would be nice to justify the $39 retail cost for the 79-minute film. Still, the extras are very impressive. First up is a scene-specific commentary from director Al Reinert and Eugene A. Cernan, who was the last man to set foot on the moon. It's perfectly clear that Cernan is very passionate about the subject, as he and the director go into detail about all aspects of space travel and landing on the moon. The disc also has commentary from Alan L. Bean, who was on Apollo 12 and lived in Skylab. After retiring from NASA he chose to paint his and the other astronauts' experience. Smaller features include audio highlights from the different missions and a sampling of lift-off from stock footage. Finally, and quite helpful, is an optional subtitle track that lets viewers know who is on the screen, whether they are the astronauts or ground control.
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Special Features

New Dolby Digital 5.1 sound mix; Audio commentary by producer/director Al Reinert and Apollo 17 commander Eugene A. Cernan; Paintings, with audio commentary, by Apollo 12 and Skylab astronaut Alan L. Bean; NASA audio highlights and liftoff footage; Optional onscreen identification of astronauts and mission control specialists; English subtitles; Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/15/2000
  • UPC: 037429139523
  • Original Release: 1989
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  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan / Dolby 5.1 / Stereo
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:19:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Collins Voice Only
Charles Conrad Voice Only
Richard Gordon Voice Only
Technical Credits
Al Reinert Director
Betsy Broyles Breoer Producer
Brian Eno Score Composer
Roger Eno Score Composer
Eric Jenkins Editor
Susan Korda Editor
Daniel Lanois Score Composer
David Leitner Co-producer
Ben Young Mason Executive Producer
Fred Miller Executive Producer
Chuck Weiss Editor
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Scene Index

Chapters
0. Chapters
1. "We choose to go to the Moon" [1:47]
2. The suit room [5:57]
3. "It won't fail because of me" [5:44]
4. Every 97 minutes-Earth orbit [5:57]
5. "Go for the Moon" [4:50]
6. "Someday we'll look back" [2:35]
7. Halfway to the Moon [5:51]
8. "We have an apparent serious problem" [:00]
9. "This is really a rugged planet" [5:03]
10. Separation [2:06]
11. "Go for landing" [3:45]
12. "That's one small step..." [3:46]
13. A lesson from Galileo [1:29]
14. Charley's dream [4:15]
15. The rover [4:34]
16. Singing on the Moon [4:44]
17. Parting thoughts [3:25]
18. Coming home [6:39]
19. Credits [4:24]
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Commentary
Astronaut Identification
Paintings from the Moon
NASA audio highlights
3...2...1 Blast off!
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Reminded me about how much history I missed

    Yes, we all watched Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. Apollo 11 was truly a highlight in history; those of us lucky enough to watch the event unfold were mesmerized. Unfortunately, the moon missions that followed were relegated to the back pages, with the exception of course of Apollo 13. Yes, they drove around in a moon rover and hit a golf ball in space, but so what? The pinnacle had been reached. Woodstock, the Vietnam War, the Pentagon Papers, Watergate and Richard Nixon took over the front pages. Fast-forward 40 years: the popularity of the History Channel reflects our keen interest in looking back and reviewing the events we may have "missed," either because our attention was focused elsewhere or because we weren't born yet. Anyone interested in history, whether they were alive in the 60s and 70s or not, will find Al Reinert's documentary riveting. I'm always impressed to see "never before seen footage" of historical events. Reinert's persistence in scouring NASA's video archives has produced a visual treasure trove. Out of the 80 minutes he assembled, I would estimate that I previously saw perhaps 10-minutes-worth on the evening news and in anniversary retrospectives. Seeing "For All Mankind" was like getting an invitation from an astronaut to see his personal home movies. I'm a little embarrassed to note that this documentary originally came out in 1989. Never heard of it. Three cheers to Criterion for dusting it off and giving new generations (and old-timers like me) a chance to witness these amazing events. Whether you're a computer geek, Trekky, scientist, photographer, historian, someone older than 50, or simply an American whose knowledge of the space program is limited to Space Shuttle disasters, you will be transfixed by this all-too-brief look back at a scientific initiative that was only six years old when Armstrong stepped off the ladder of the Eagle. A few nits to pick with the documentary: 1) It's too short. 2) The missions are all jumbled together; you're never quite certain (with a few obvious exceptions) which Apollo mission you're seeing or which astronauts are speaking or exploring the lunar surface. (Note: there's an option to show on-screen IDs of astronauts and mission control specialists which I discovered after my first viewing.) 3) Of course, the absence of an interview with or commentary by Neil Armstrong is glaring, but he chose not to participate in or contribute to any features, programs or retrospectives about the space program. Too bad. Nevertheless, the personal recollections of the others who walked on the moon are priceless and come as close as possible to filling the gap. Regarding Apollo 13, the actual footage you see in this video is 10-times scarier than Ron Howard's Hollywood movie. The added features of this special edition provide a great behind-the-scenes addendum. Watching this on a wide-screen TV really enhances the experience. I'm glad I waited this long to see it.

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    All you could ever want to watch about the space program!

    All you could ever want to watch about the space program!

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