Grand Material with the (only) Grand Prix
Laurenc SVITOK | Bratislava Slovakia | 08/09/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've just went through this marvelous material and it's absolutely fantastic. I own earlier two disc set which can serve as an apetizer to this complete and full of rare material collection.
You have here several unique footages you find nowhere else. First of all it's a famous Lunar Rover Grand Prix with John Young driving the rover up to its limits - really breathtaking and - this is the only footage of the rover taken ever. Reason is obvious - TV camera was always attached to the rover so the only coverage could be made by an astronaut equiped with the DAC camera ( Charlie Duke in this case).
Lunar EVAs are 100% complete covered either by Rover TV or DAC camera during transfers between the lunar stations ( TV would not work during the transfers due to bumpy drive making the pointing of the rover parabolical transmission antena towards the Earth impossible). Apollo 16 astronauts covered most of the transfers, however, some of them are a little bit "jumpy" - probably the DAC camera did not work 100% correctly - but it's an unique and excellent document and the rest of the transfers is covered perfectly. Again - Apollo 16 was very unique in this way. You can watch the EVAs without interruption as they happened 33 years ago in Descartes region of the Moon - very nice.
Another rare footage is dismantling and repair of the CSM after the Saturn V stack was returned to VAB from the pad and second roll-out in a windy and really very rainy weather - I believe this was the only Apollo Saturn V roll-out during such bad weather.
Audio is also excellent, e.g.you have the opportunity to listen to the CSM-LM discussion behind the Moon after discovering the SPS problem nearly killing the landing opportunity.
All other "usual" footages are here - all kind of training, launch day activities, multi-angle launch coverage, transposition and docking, Trans-Earth EVA of Ken Mattingly, CSM and LM in lunar orbit, lunar lift-off, all in splendid quality. Landing and recovery section is complete with nice shots of CSM on parachutes from helicopters and main recovery ship including splashdown, helicopter pick-up and the speaches of the astronauts on board.
Audio is (except of few minutes) everywhere, accompanying brochure is very well done with all chapters named and timings given - big help for watching. Well, you simply MUST have it, nothing else can compete the completeness and quality of this material, great job from Spacecraftfilms !
One more comment - all Spacecraftfilms DVDs are Region 0, so do not be discouraged by info given by Amazon that this DVD is Region 1. It's zero and you can play it anywhere.
Laurenc Svitok, Bratislava, Slovakia"
Great research material for the Apollo historian
O. Hommes | 11/22/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This six disc DVD set is really superb. The video has been taken from the master tapes but one still has to realize that these images where taken in 1972 and with regards to the TV images transmitted from the moon. Although already enhanced, I personally add my own video touch with real-time noise filters and video equalizer settings to really enhance the experience. I recommend watching these discs while keeping the press release kit info at hand (see lunar surface journal online) for some summary info about the purpose of the scenes.
Also includes a great landing site and traverse flyover animation to set the EVA context.
Again definitely great material for everyone with great interest for the Apollo missions."
Apollo 16 the complete video history
Gil Salame | Venezuela | 04/12/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is an essential tool for every Apollo researcher, real space modeler and space enthusiast. The complete downlink series has the entire TV footage, plus training and a few stills. You can appreciate every detail of the EVA's and the Rover routs. The deployment of the ASLEP, The problem with Heat and Flow experiment, and the Big Navy salute, were John Young leaps in the air, famous Lunar Rover Grand Prix, transposition and docking, Trans-Earth EVA of Ken Mattingly, CSM and LM in lunar orbit, lunar lift-off. The chapter sections are chronologically arranged, and subchapters allow you to review film magazine pictures, assembled moon landscape panoramas, and the separate 16 mm films. You get the pre-flight tests, suit-ups, multi angle launch views of the Saturn V rocket, mid flight downlinks, news conferences, splashdown recovery and even CM lunar survey film footage.
Spacecraft films have made a wonderful job. The set contain every footage of the mission, no the mix of several Apollo mission footage, generally trying to represent one entire flight. You have to acknowledge that in some part there is not Audio with out documental music, The voice are the original.
You will have over 12 hours of the Entire Apollo 16 Mission
Apollo 16: The NASA Mission Reports, Volume 1 (Apogee Books Space Series)20th Century NASA History: On the Moon with Apollo 15 and Apollo 16 (World spaceflight news special report)On the moon with Apollo 16;: A guidebook to the Descartes region"