For All Mankind – Criterion Collection

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In July 1969, the space race ended when Apollo 11 fulfilled President Kennedy’s challenge of: landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth. No one who witnessed the lunar landing will ever forget it. Al Reinert’s documentary, For All Mankind, is the story of the twenty-four men who traveled to the Moon, told in their words, in their voices, using the images of their experiences. Forty years later, it remains the most radical, visually dazzling work of… More >>

For All Mankind – Criterion Collection

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  1. I am sorry to say that despite the fine remastering, I was disappointed to see they retained the 4:3 ratio – I am sure it could be argued that any cropping to bring the image to full screen size would diminish the piece as well. This was not a documentary in the strictest sense of the word, as it was a mish-mash of all the missions assembled into a somewhat logical, though inaccurate order. The overlaid commentary that described the specifics of the technology was ‘treated’ to blend in with the actual voice transmissions, which I found distracting and misleading. I think the best way to handle this material would have to been to shift the footage to the left or right and use the remaining screen-space to describe mission number, objectives, crew and other details and any narrative should have been done differently. Keeping all of this in mind, if you are willing to put up with the issues I describe above, go ahead and get it.
    Rating: 3 / 5

  2. Outstanding special effects! After all these years I’m still impressed with what a realistic set they designed! And to train the actors how to walk and move in reduced gravity- one of the all time oscar choreography snubs. This definitely sets the standard by which all sci/fi films should be judged. Sometimes I almost believed they were actually on the Moon! Maybe someday we’ll get there for real…
    Rating: 5 / 5

  3. Unfortunately, Reinert completely fails as a storyteller and this film was an epic disappointment. I wanted to like it. I love everything about the space program.

    However, this film with all of it’s incredible potential is a big yawn. Even though his intent was to combine all the missions to tell one story, it is very disjointed.

    There is just no flow to this film. I’m a filmmaker and hate to be critical of films but I am just so disappointed.

    There have been two films made in the last 35 years that do justice to the Apollo missions. In fact they are films that will give you goose bumps and put a lump

    in your throat. The fist and by far the best is called “The Greatest Adventure” produced by NFL Films believe it or not. They did for the Apollo missions what they

    do for football but even better and Orson Welles did the narration. This film was produced in 1979 and is hard to find but is one of the few films that includes

    Neil Armstrong being interviewed. It is a MUST SEE!!!!! The next film would be Ron Howard’s “In the Shadow of the Moon”. This too is an excellent documentary

    but not quite as good as “The Greatest Adventure” which is probably the best film ever produced on the Apollo missions.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  4. Blu-Ray is such a pain. There’s always a hitch and in this release couldn’t select the menu (With a mouse)… only after downloading a trial software with a virtual remote would it play. I imagine stand alone players would be OK. Never any problems with DVD… but never a dull moment with Blu-Ray. Anyway, this historic footage is not to be missed however you decide to view it.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  5. I ordered the Blu-Ray version of this video based on the positive reviews here on Amazon.

    Mixed bag. Some parts were interesting, others left me wanting to reach for the fast forward on my remote. Specifically:

    The Good — Apollo 11 landing video was amazing, best I’ve ever seen. Surface operations video was excellent as well, some I’d never seen. DOES benefit from the higher resolution of Blu-Ray in places.

    The Bad — WAY too much time and video of astronauts horsing around for the camera in route to the Moon and talking about their feelings and the “vastness of space”. Like some type of encounter session or something. I want interviews with engineers, talk about mission planning, details on computing systems, science operations carried out on the lunar surface, etc. None of that was provided. Also — portions of the NASA video had some sort of grainy, “artsy” effect added to it that served no purpose whatsoever and ruined those segments for me.

    Interesting video overall and somewhat worth the purchase but I wish I had looked around more.

    Rating: 3 / 5

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