Moonshot (BLU-RAY)


On Blu-Ray: 
Tuesday, November 17, 2009

So this little release is a tad deceptive. At least it was for me. Upon first glance, it looks like a standard documentary about the Apollo 11 moon landing. But once you actually start it, you quickly realize that it’s a dramatic re-enactment of these events, featuring actors and fully produced scenes woven together with archival footage. If it sounds like a bit of a hodge-podge, it is.

It’s not awful, but there’s something about this release that seems a little off. Maybe it’s the combination of the two different types of footage. It also probably suffers (at least in my brain) from comparisons to Apollo 13. If this were strictly a documentary, that probably wouldn’t be an issue. But given the acting involved, I couldn’t help but think of Hanks, Paxton, Sinise, and Bacon.

Pretty sharp. The clarity of the re-enacted scenes is solid, which makes for an interesting contrast with the archival stuff. It’s not terrible, but it does make for a slightly disjointed viewing.

Not much in terms of bonus features - Gemini, Mercury, and Apollo Mission Galleries, Bios of key Apollo personnel, and five tracks from the score.

Jeremy Hunt
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