"George Pal's "Destination Moon" is a CLASSIC Science Fiction Movie of the 1950's. I recommend it to everyone. HOWEVER be aware that the DVD edition is made from an EXTREMELY POOR QUALITY print. Its scratchy, its noisy in places and scenes are shortened by a few seconds where broken film has been joined etc. etc. etc. (Its painful to watch sometimes). Come on the guys at IMAGE Entertainment; if your going to put out a DVD of a movie like this; (especially for its 50th Anniversary); at least get a GOOD QUALITY print!!!! Perhaps even get a NEW one made from the original negatives IF possible. I pulled my 15 year old BETAMAX video; (yes it still works!); from the archives and it looks 100% BETTER then the DVD version you have supplied!!!!! So be warned fans of this George Pal Movie; its a GREAT film, but Image Entertainment have decided to supply you, the customer, with an inferior quality product. This DVD version is extremely disapointing to people like me who who loved the film and who where looking forward to something BETTER. If you can't find a better QUALITY version on VHS, buy this DVD, otherwise FORGET IT. The film gets 4 stars; for the quality of the print it gets -1. The sleeve notes are good however at the end of the day I feel like I have wasted my money. Jay R. Eneberg."
Milestone for SFX and Space Popularization
R. Christenson | Pine, CO USA | 08/22/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Destination Moon was the first major technicolor motion picture produced in the United States dealing with a trip to the moon, and the first serious, big budget science fiction film. Robert A. Heinlein (author of Starship Troopers, The Puppet Masters, Stranger in A Strange Land, and Space Cadet) co-wrote the screenplay very loosely from his 1947 novel Rocketship Galileo, although about all that remains unchanged in the film is the name Dr. Cargraves. In the book there is a veiled threat from unknown enemies that turn out to be Nazis (this was the first thing Heinlein wrote after the war) - in the film there's just a veiled reference to a communist threat. I suspect the film also draws from Heinlein's more sophisticated treatment from the same period, The Man Who Sold The Moon. The film's suspenseful and scientifically accurate plot depicts man's first voyage to and landing on the Moon, and the dangers of outer space travel. A Woody Woodpecker cartoon is included to demonstrate the principles of rocketry. George Pal's first science fiction film (earlier he had done Puppetoons and The Great Rupert), Destination Moon earned an Academy Award for Special Effects. Later Mr. Pal would produce more science fiction classics including When World's Collide, War Of The Worlds, and The Time Machine. Photographed in Technicolor with an original musical score by Leith Stevens and stunning artwork by Chesley Bonestell, Destination Moon is a milestone in special effects and a classic in the science fiction genre. It is said that this film was shown to President Eisenhower to persuade him to support the pre-NASA space programs. On 6 October 1988, after the Robert Heinlein's death, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) awarded him the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal: "In recognition of his meritorious service to the Nation and mankind in advocating and promoting the exploration of space. Through dozens of superbly written novels and essays and his epoch-making movie Destination Moon, he helped inspire the Nation to take its first step into space and onto the Moon. Even after his death, his books live on as testimony to a man of purpose and vision, a man dedicated to encouraging others to dream, explore and achieve." -- James C. Fletcher, Administrator, NASA "
DESTINATION MOON DVD
mrfeeby | USA | 06/07/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Image's DVD release of DESTINATION MOON is one of the company's better ones. The 50th Anniversary Edition features a short essay by Tom Weaver in its fold-out cover, and it also includes the original theatrical trailer. While the print perhaps could be better, I didn't find it particularly distracting in any manner. As for the movie itself, this one's a classic, if not for any other reason than its historical importance. This is one of the first "serious" science fiction films of the 1950s and was written by the great sf author Robert Heinlein. The story revolves around four astronauts, their trip to the moon, and the difficulties they encounter preparing for the return trip to Earth. While certain details are inaccurate, the movie is still enjoyable, overall, for today's audience. The lunar landscape is still impressive. DESTINATION MOON, by the way, won the 1950 Academy Award for Best Special Effects. The DVD of DESTINATION MOON runs 91 minutes. I'd certainly recommend it to science fiction fans. As an extra "bonus," a Woody Woodpecker cartoon about basic physics is embedded in the movie."
A decent movie, but a poor DVD
C. M. | 05/28/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I enjoyed the movie, and am glad that I bought it. However, the quality of this as a DVD is pretty poor. I realize this movie is 53 years old, but no effort was made to clean up the print for the supposed "50th Anniversary Edition", as it says on the box. This was apparently transfered from a VHS copy, or even an old set of reels.Every time there is a reel change, you get those obnoxious reel change dots in the upper right corner. There is static, a lot of pops, a few jumps in scenes, the funniest being a scene where the captain says "let's get into our bunks", they get half-way there, and BOOM they're in their bunks, finishing off a sentence. Also, after each reel change, the film is scratched for the next few seconds. The only "special feature" is the theatrical trailer at the very end of the movie. Since demand for this movie will probably not force a better version, this will probably be your only chance to get this classic movie on DVD.I do recommend the movie, but be aware of the quality before you buy it."
The most important science fiction film ever made?
Robert James | Culver City, CA USA | 07/27/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Looking at this film today, you might not believe this, but when it first came out, "Destination Moon" was at the cutting edge of both special effects and believability. In 1950, very few people believed space travel was possible, much less a trip to the moon. That was kids' stuff, fantasy nonsense that couldn't possibly work. Yet this movie got almost all of the scientific details right, thanks to the influence and supervision of screenwriter Robert Heinlein, then in the prime of his life and writing ability. Heinlein was even then the most respected science fiction writer on the planet (with the possible exception of H.G. Wells); in the last fifty years, that hasn't changed. "Destination Moon" is based VERY loosely on his classic juvenile "Rocket Ship Galileo," but between the two of them, a generation of young men and women were inspired to believe that going to the moon could be the greatest adventure of them all! This film is going to be attractive primarily to Heinlein and early science fiction movie fans; today, the plot and dialogue is a trifle corny, and we've seen the real thing. But think how bad it could have been: the producers wanted to turn the thing into a musical, and have the astronauts meet dancing and singing girls on the moon! Don't laugh too much: there is reportedly an existing screenplay to that effect in Heinlein's archives! Overall, a great slice of science fiction history, and a must-have video for all Heinlein fans."