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Blu-ray Review Apollo 11 Blu-ray Review

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Todd Erwin, May 14, 2019.

  1. Todd Erwin

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    I just received my copy and it is truly astonishing. I double... no triple recommend it.
    this film should be the talk of the town, not multi released-edition movies!!!!
    buy it, watch it, best film I've ever seen of this event ever.
    and crank up than volume for the launch!!!!
     
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    I wish this tremendous film was released in 4K. Hopefully soon.

    An amazing truly riveting film.
     
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    I'm pleased to hear that the Blu-ray includes lossless audio; the original specs released had indicated that it would be lossy Dolby Digitial 5.1 only, so that's a big improvement.

    I'm not terribly shocked that a documentary film wasn't initially slated for a 4K UHD physical media release. What does surprise me is that none of the digital storefronts have a 4K version available for streaming.

    The film was co-produced by CNN and is slated to air on their network around the time of the actual launch anniversary this summer. CNN doesn't broadcast in 4K, though, so even if the theory was that CNN was holding that back for themselves, it doesn't actually make sense.
     
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    I know this may sound silly, but it shows that a G rated movie can still be galvanizing in 2019! :lol:
     
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    Free Solo was originally available in HD only and then upgraded to 4K so
    there is hope.
     
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    I picked this up but I really wish it was on 4K because of all the Todd AO footage.
     
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    Same here. In fact, the specs on the packaging even list "Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround" audio. I was pleasantly surprised when I popped the disc in that it came up as DTS-HD MA 5.1 instead.
     
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    Regarding documentaries released in 4K, even Mill Creek is doing it on 20 yo IMAX material.
     
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    I watched this film last night and loved every minute of it.

    I also watched his 20 minute film final steps about Apollo 17. I hadn’t seen this mentioned as another of his films!




    I’m also hoping to check out Moonwalk One soon. This 1970 documentary used some of the same footage?


    Finally is he making any othe Apollo documentaries? Apollo 13 would be a great choice. Also the others that we hear little about. Apollo 12 had a very interesting launch with lightening!

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_12
     
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    Ross Gowland has read it.
     
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    This disc is being released in the UK in NOVEMBER!
     
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    'Apollo 11' was a blind buy for me last week. My wife and I watched it on Friday night and we loved it. Fantastic documentary! And the image quality is downright jaw-dropping. In the included bonus feature, it is mentioned that the 65mm and 70mm film from 1969 was scanned at 8K and 16K for use in the documentary. Yet, no 4K release. Dumb!

    But I'm glad I opted for the standard Blu-ray anyway. We'll be showing 'Apollo 11' in the Booth Bijou Garage Theater in a few weeks (we might wait until July for the 50th anniversary). On a scale of 1 to 10, 'Apollo 11' is an 11. :)

    Mark
     
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    As much as I want to see this, I'll hold off for now and hope for a 4K release, either on disc or streaming.
     
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    So will I. This film was awesome in IMAX.
     
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    The film is so good, I won't mind double-dipping if a 4K release comes along.

    Mark
     
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    Hot damn! Just saw the blu-ray and want to echo all the gushing accolades poured onto it - although why not 5/5 for the actual film, Todd? Haven't seen anything equal to this so far this year. The way the film was edited together from hundreds of hours of film footage and tens of thousands of hours of sound footage into such a masterful 93 minutes is staggering. I mean - it's not as though they had a modern story-boarded production! The picture looked really good uprezzed to 4K projection in my eyes. There was quite a lot of grainy 16 mm footage used, so my initial disappointment that this wasn't getting a 4K UHD released is ever-so-slightly mitigated after seeing this (I haven't seen it theatrically). Now I'm going to put on Criterion's For All Mankind to compare and then watch all the bonus features - indeed sorely lacking on this disc!
     
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    Your wish is granted! iTunes just upgraded to 4K :cheers:
     
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    But likely not for those who purchased the Blu-ray and redeemed the MA code...:(
     
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    They will have to do the “gift it to yourself” trick to get it to upgrade. It’s currently only $9.99 right now.
     
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