"These DVDs have been directly copied from VHS tape. This is totally unforgiveable and after buying this set I felt cheated! I have been researching the Apollo space programme all my life and will happily watch films with the most tenuous of links to the events, but I've not even finished watching all of these discs because they are so poor. AVOID..."
Let the buyer beware.
Jim Kirk | Boston MA | 01/30/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Okay, first the bad: This DVD set is a repackaging of some VERY old NASA documentaries. The features are about 30 mins long each and narrated in a very simple way. I suspect that these films were made for elementary or junior high school level audiences, and originally shown in classrooms on a reel-to-reel movie projector. The video transfer is quite poor, and the sound is very flat. The "extras" do not add significantly to the overall package. The good: Despite all of the aforementioned shortcomings, the set is worth buying for the simple fact that there is a tremendous amount of otherwise hard-to-find footage of the space program from Mercury through the Space Shuttle, with a special emphasis on lunar EVA footage, contained in this set. Each 30 min segment focuses on a particular mission, usually showing the entire launch, some in flight operations, and the recovery. Plus, there is a huge volume of footage shot in mission control, where eagle-eyed viewers can often see other well-known astronauts working the Capcom console. I bought it, I watched it, and I liked it. Just be realistic about what it is."
NASA-25 Years of Glory
L. Hoff | Minnesota | 01/04/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"First, the good news: there is a ton of great old NASA footage in this set, including historic launches from every phase of the manned space program, lots of "firsts", and quite a lot of footage that is difficult to find elsewhere. If you're a space freak, you need these DVDs.The bad news: video transfers are marginal, with lots of image artifacts from the digitalization process; sound varies from poor to terrible, and the computerized soundtrack music is loud, repetitive and distracting. Many of the extras like biographies and spacecraft details are simpleminded one page splash screens that are difficult to read and not worth the effort in any case.Bottom line: good information, poorly presented."
Remastered? Who Says!
MATTHEW BLACK | Auckland, New Zealand. | 01/20/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I purchased this series with eager anticipation. And while I'm not sorry I bought the set, I am somewhat dissapointed in the picture quality of much of the material. I know some of the sourced Nasa films are old, but I have some digitally remastered videotapes obtained from another, Nasa-affiliated online store, and they have better picture quality than these DVD's! That is simply not on, and it's obvious these disks were not mastered from the same source as those tapes. So until someone does this collection over again, this is the best you can do for now. I've no qualms with the content, however, except for the surprise omission of the Apollo 14 Fra Mauro movie. For the future, I strongly suggest a top-notch remaster and a dual-sided 6 DVD set incorporating the whole 30 film history of Nasa series. Such a set would be worthy of 6+ stars!"
Historically Great - Technically Disappointing
Robert Morris | Sydney, Australia | 02/13/2000
(2 out of 5 stars)
"From an historical point of view this 5 DVD set is fasinating. Especially if you have never seen the 25 minute films from the early NASA missions. Yes, the narration for these films is a little dated; talk of "free men everywhere" sounds a bit odd these days; but back in the 1960s, well it was a different world then. I was extremely disappointed, not so much with the quality of the film stock as the transfer to DVD. Volume One; Film One; "Freedom 7" has some dust stuck in the projector for the length of the feature. Not Good Guys!. Later missions done on video are much better. Also Volume One indicates 4 programs; but appears to have only 3; (at least I can't get program 4 to play on my DVD player); even the index listing only covers 3 programs. About the index listings for these DVDs. Each DVD has (except Volume One) 4 programs. Each DVD has 8 index points; none appear at the start of a program; they are randomly (?) located throughout the DVD. Again a bit silly. Also this 5 DVD set leaves out a number of Nasa missions. I'd love to see a properly done set including all Nasa missions, and properly indexed. Finally; the advertised extras on this DVD set are pretty lame. The 5 DVD set is a good effort; and worth getting (? ) if nothing better appears on DVD. (Fingers crossed something better appears!)."