A documentary that includes footage from the U.S. Apollo space program and tells the story of the preparation and landing of the first humans on the moon.
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A documentary about the American team’s Apollo 11 mission and landing on the surface of the Moon. That’s some interesting material the British filmmaker threw at me. “Man on the Moon” (2018) by Damien Chazelle took an artistic look at the flight and the personality of Neil Armstrong, and director Al Reinert documented an important historical chronicle that leaves a mark on all of humanity.
The chronicle includes footage of John F. Kennedy setting the stage for the country to be first on the moon. The credit for space exploration, as pioneers, lies and always will lie with the Soviet Union – Yuri Alexeyevich Gagarin first and period! It was for the sake of the space race that the Americans launched the Apollo program, to get ahead of the Soviets. Footage of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins training back at Cape Kennedy living quarters. It was the peculiarity of the documentary filming and our dubbing by Alexei Borzunov that caused a certain euphoria when watching it. No staging, no acting, just pure reaction, excitement and description of how you feel.
The footage evokes awe as the astronauts approach the rocket, reveals to our eyes the movements in the uncomfortable spacesuits, and answers viewers’ questions about being in the spaceship. You can feel the vibration of the engines of the Saturn-5 rocket, you can assess the consequences of takeoff. The footage aboard Apollo 11 was both amusing and in some places nostalgic. At such a moment you understand the importance of life on Earth and the unification of earthlings in a single community.
The film conveys the jokes of the ship’s crew, confronts the viewer with the difficulties of weightlessness, in-flight entertainment, and also shows some dangerous situations that were not for jokes the whole world was worried about. Listening to the music from Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey,” which was released the year before the flight, was epic and enjoyable. The notes of Richard Strauss’ “Thus Spoke Zarathustra” are still on the ear, so when that very tune played on Apollo 11, the excitement was overdone with epicness and excitement.
The entry into Earth orbit, the unhooking of the first module, and the movement toward the moon were breathtaking. The picture clearly conveys the entire algorithm of the flight. If the feature films pay more attention to the reaction of the character, to evaluate the actor’s transformation, in this film, we follow the technical manipulation with precision, the sequence of actions on the ship. Rebuilding the compartments, docking with the lunar module, rebuilding, entering the heliocentric orbit – every last shot is a delight. Exit to the surface of the moon, accompanied by:
“This is one small step for man and a huge leap for mankind.”
evoked a ton of emotion from both the scientists in Houston and viewers as they watched the tape.
Overall, a great emotional palette. It’s as if the documentary instills a love of space movies, shots of the simplicity of the universe and the expansion of knowledge. Certainly in a sci-fi way, akin to “Gravity” (2013) by Alfonso CuarÃ³n, Interstellar (2014) by Christopher Nolan, or the aforementioned Stanley Kubrick classics in general, rather than the horrors of Alien (1979) by Ridley Scott or the Star Wars saga by George Lucas. One can explore with interest some of the features of piloting, the precise actions of the crew, and an appreciation of the extent of humanity’s evolution. And even though the U.S. officially won the moon race, the commemorative medals dedicated to Yuri Gagarin and Vladimir Grissom, taken by the Apollo 11 astronauts, deserve worldwide respect and love of man.
The continuation of the Earthmen’s moon landing can be seen in Ron Howard’s Apollo 13 (1995), the dramatic disaster that interrupted the landings on Earth’s satellite.
Codec: HEVC / H.265 (71.5 Mb/s)
Resolution: Native 4K (2160p)
HDR: Dolby Vision, HDR10
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1, 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.37:1
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0