USHT Press Release: Apollo 13 Anniversary Edition

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    UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES

    APOLLO 13 ANNIVERSARY EDITION DVD

    2-DISC DVD EDITION INCLUDES APOLLO 13: THE IMAX EXPERIENCE VERSION AND NEW BONUS FEATURES COMMEMORATING 35TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE HISTORIC SPACE MISSION AND 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FILM'S RELEASE
    AVAILABLE MARCH 29, 2005

    "From lift-off to splashdown, Apollo 13 gives one hell of a ride." - Time

    Universal City, California, February 22, 2005 - In 1970, the world held its breath in stunned and rapt silence as a crippled space capsule made a life-or-death race to return safely to Earth. In commemoration of the historic mission that riveted millions to the fate of three courageous astronauts and the NASA Mission Control staff that worked tirelessly to save their lives, Universal Studios Home Entertainment will release the 2-Disc Apollo 13 Anniversary Edition DVD on March 29, 2005. Directed by Ron Howard, produced by Brian Grazer and starring Tom Hanks, Ed Harris, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, and Gary Sinise, the DVD includes Apollo 13: The IMAX Experience version and features two never-before-seen bonus extras: "Lucky 13: The Astronaut's Story" which recounts the events of the mission and "Conquering Space: The Moon and Beyond," a fascinating look back at the past 45 years in the history of the space program. The DVD is priced at $22.98 suggested retail.

    A timeless and inspiring true story of faith, determination and ingenuity, Apollo 13 was hailed by Roger Ebert as, "A powerful story, one of the year's best." The film was nominated for nine Academy Awards(r) including Best Picture, and was honored for Best Film Editing and Best Sound.

    BONUS FEATURES

    The 2-Disc Apollo 13 Anniversary Edition DVD includes the following bonus features:

    Disc One:

    * "Lost Moon: The Triumph of Apollo 13" - The making of the film including behind-the-scenes footage and interviews

    * Feature Commentary with Director Ron Howard

    * Feature Commentary with Jim and Marilyn Lovell

    * Production Notes

    * Theatrical Trailer


    Disc Two:

    * Apollo 13: The IMAX Experience Version - Re-edited for the giant screen by director Ron Howard and Academy Award(r)-winning editor Dan Hanley

    * Conquering Space: The Moon and Beyond - A recap of the last 45 years in space

    * Lucky 13: The Astronauts' Story - Recounting the events of the mission


    SYNOPSIS
    Less than a year after the world marveled at man's first moon walk - and only three years after the deadly Apollo 1 fire - the American public thought of the April 1970 Apollo 13 moon mission as just another "routine" space flight. But soon, four words from Spacecraft Commander Jim Lovell would change all that: "Houston, we have a problem." Stranded 205,000 miles from home in a crippled spacecraft, Lovell, and two other astronauts, Jack Swigert and Fred Haise, fought a desperate battle to survive while Mission Control's heroic ground crew raced against time - and long odds - to bring them home. Academy Award(r)-winner Ron Howard directs Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise, Ed Harris and Kathleen Quinlan in a riveting account of this breathtaking real-life adventure.



    CAST & FILMMAKERS
    Director: Ron Howard
    Screenwriters: William Broyles, Jr., Al Reinert
    Based on Book By: Jim Lovell, Jeffrey Kluger
    Producer: Brian Grazer
    Executive Producers: Todd Hallowell
    Director of Photography: Dean Cundey
    Production Designer: Michael Corenblith
    Editors: Mike Hill, Dan Hanley
    Costume Designer: Rita Ryack
    Music: James Horner
    Visual Effects: Robert Legato, Michael Kanfer, Leslie Ekker, Matt Sweeney
    Cast: Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, Gary Sinise, Ed Harris, Kathleen Quinlan, Mary Kate Schellhardt


    TECHNICAL INFORMATION
    Street Date: March 29, 2005
    Pre-Order Date: February 22, 2005
    Copyright: 2005 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
    Price: $22.98 SRP
    Running Time: 2 Hours and 20 Minutes Feature
    1 Hour and 56 Minutes IMAX Version
    Rating: PG (for language and emotional intensity)
     
  2. TravisR

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    Cool, a shorter version of a good movie. That's worth a second disc. Oh wait...
     
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  4. Bill Williams

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    I hesitated about picking up the original single-disc version in the hopes that a better version would some day come out. Looks like I played the right hunch! Cool news indeed, Ron! Now I hope the transfer will look really sharp on the disc, then I'll be all set! [​IMG]
     
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    Its been 10 years already. I too was going to pick up the single disc release a while back. Good thing I couldn't find it.

    The cover could use a bit of work though.
     
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    Isn't this scheduled to be released 4th quater as one of the first HD DVD's? I'm not double dipping on this one, not until the smoke from the whole blu-ray HD DVD thing has settled.

    The transfer on the current DVD isn't great, but it's servicable. I'm not getting an SE to upgrade PQ when it's coming out on a better format in a few months.
     
  7. Shane Martin

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    Digitaleyes has some cover art and stuff up..

    So the Imax gets DTS and the movie itself gets 3 5.1 tracks but no DTS? A bit inconsistent...
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    I'll keep my current DD version w/ isolated score. Suits me just fine as long as it doesn't get dvd rot.
     
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    Is the IMAX screen included or do I have to send away for a magnifying glass?
     
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    Come on now. This is Universal we're talking about.

    I would have loved a new transfer. The next version I buy of this movie will definitely be HD.
     

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