It's the 65/70 mm footage that you are marveling over. Check out the short restoration documentary to learn about the origin of that footage.Just recently saw Apollo 11 on Blu - I went into watching the doc. knowing nothing about this. WOW! The PQ - especially early on in the doc. - was truly stunning. I have never seen 50-year old archival footage that looked this good. Though most/many of the later sequences were understandably "rough", much of the early control room footage & some of the exterior shots (showing the large groups of people gathered outside, watching the launch) are incredibly sharp - amazing. In fact, when I initially started watching the film, I suspected parts of the film/doc. were actually a modern recreation that made everything look like it took place in 1969. Then, I watched some more & as time went on, it was obvious it was all archival footage. Everything looked extremely believable re: the era - right down to the cars, hairstyles, clothes, etc. - i.e., no recreation I've ever seen looked this authentic.
I wasn't yet born when this iconic launch occurred, so have 0 memories of seeing this on TV, etc. However, the doc. brought me right back to that era - if only temporarily.
Re: the film itself, very interesting. I didn't mind the lack of narration, etc. that would typically be seen in a doc. like this. Obviously, the footage spoke for itself. Well-done!
In addition to the obvious impressive moon launch footage & the footage surrounding the launch, I liked the other little minor touches: I.e., it was interesting to see the lunch room shots showing a sign for 5 cent coffee, as well as the mention of what later came to be known as the Chappaquiddick incident/tragedy - which happened as the moon launch was occurring.
It certainly does. It almost seems like something out of a myth or a wild Biblical story, because no other event in history comes close to its grandeur and audaciousness.The passage of time just makes it seem an even more extraordinary achievement.