Some get it... some don't...
M. Gray | 06/03/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a note from the producer, and despite what the last reviewer asserts, anytime we post something about one of our products we do it in the clear, so you can see the source, any other reviews posted are from other independent customers.
Spacecraft Films set out with our series to provide those who have a deep interest in U.S. space exploration with access to the primary source material, in as good a quality as we could achieve. Because of this we do not filter the product in the manner of documentaries or live media. We do this on purpose, so that you have a chance to view the primary source material the way it really happened. The material is kept in many places and is in various states of preservation. We make new transfers and go through extensive editing just to bring the material all back together in one place.
Anyone's opinion is just fine with us, but I must clarify some items mentioned below.
The "audio and video taken from totally different events" was done on purpose, they aren't "errors." The reasoning behind this is that nearly all of the filmed portions that we have provided were shot silent. Rather than leave them silent or provide an obvious commentary, we elected to use that audio space to provide you with more primary audio-only material surrounding the mission. In order to do this, and because we often provide multiple camera angles of an event, for some tracks you get footage and audio that are from separate events, increasing the amount of material we're able to present.
Two of the television transmissions are presented on disc 3, because of the size limitations of the first DVD. I suppose this might be considered "out of chronological order," but the chapter booklet clearly states that the two transmissions are "on the way" to the moon. This isn't a mistake. It was done to allow the EVA to be kept all on one disc, and is noted correctly.
As for some tracks being boring... it all depends upon your level of interest and what portions of the mission your interests focus.
The Saturn V countdown was presented uncut because of the charm it holds for many of those who remember the countdowns. We've received numerous notes from folks who consider this one of the best tracks on the disc set.
Our sets aren't for those looking for a packaged, slick version of the mission. They are for those with a deep interest in being able to examine the record of the mission as it happened, without the errors introduced by the media filter and sensationalism."
Hours of Listening/Viewing Pleasure for the Spaceflight Enth
Jan Peczkis | Chicago IL, USA | 06/22/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Forty years have now passed since the epic voyage of Apollo 11. Unbelievable! This 3-disc series enables the viewer/listener to relive it all--in full detail.
Full footage is included of the landing process itself, the stay on the moon, and the ascent of the upper stage of the LEM back into lunar orbit. Other aspects of the mission, such as the rendezvous and docking of Columbia and Eagle, are covered in less detail.
The footage from the first walks on the moon recount the triumph and the uncertainty of man's first walk on the surface of a foreign celestial object. Armstrong steps on the moon, and comments on how it feels to walk upon it, as well as the fact that his feet sink only about an eighth of an inch into the surface. (There had earlier been concern that the lunar surface may contain patches of loose dust into which an astronaut could sink). Armstrong also comments on the level deployment of the LEM. (This put concerns to rest about the LEM potentially tipping to a point at which re-launch of the upper stage would be impossible). Armstrong picks up a contingency sample. He is joined by Aldrin on the surface. They deploy the American flag, the laser experiment, and the seismograph. They collect many rock samples. Mission control asks them to step before a camera. President Nixon calls them, and offers his congratulations.
All good things must come to an end, and the astronauts return to the LEM. A parting shot shows the lunar surface, complete with the deployed flag and numerous human footprints.
For all mankind.
Richard Goold | 05/25/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It was like watching the mission all over agian. Apart form having a interest in manned space flight and that I had grown up in the 60's, now
I can show my children the wounder of June 1969. Apollo 11's achievement of landing on the moon was the start of the lunar missions. A total of six landings where conpleted between 1969 to 1972. I hope we are going back soon as Eugene Cernan stated at the end of Apollo Seventeen "As we leave the Moon and Taurus-Littrow, we leave as we came, and God willing we shall return, with peace and hope for all mankind. As I take these last steps from the surface for some time to come, I'd just like to record that America's challenge of today has forged man's dsetiny of tomorrow, God speed to the crew of Apollo Seventeen." ."