It’s been a while since we had a look at some science documentaries, so here’s a review of From the Earth to the Moon — a mini series originally broadcast in 1998. And as you can guess from the title, it’s a story of an epic journey, the finale of which was the famous moon landings back in 1969.
What makes the From the Earth to the Moon interesting is the fact that it is the most expensive production of HBO to date (budget of $68 million). Having in mind the reputation of HBO it is rather impressive. Secondly, the executive producer of this gem is non other but Tom Hanks himself, so it seems we’re up for a great ride with this one.
|Format: Box set, Colour, DVD-Video
Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
Number of discs: 5
Studio: Hbo Home Video
DVD Release Date: 3 Nov 2009
Run Time: 720 minutes
Reviews: customer reviews
|Rating: ★★★★½||Ranking: 283,602||US Version||UK Version|
So the series focus on the journey to the moon, tackling different aspects of it in each episode. This includes training of the astronauts, designing the spacecraft, some science behind it and, of course, the mission itself. Now you might ask, since there is already a bunch of similar documentaries, what makes this one special? And the answer is simple — it is very long and exceptionally well-made. To put it simple, From the Earth to the Moon is a complete chronicle of the Apollo space programme from 1961 to 1972. This means over 700 minutes of history of Apollo missions including authentic footage.
A natural question when it comes to older documentaries is how does the quality hold up? And to be frank, you can really notice that it’s more than 10 years old by now. I mean don’t get me wrong, back in those days it must have been one of the most impressive documentaries, however today it doesn’t look as impressive (speaking strictly in terms of visuals). The great thing, however, is that the authentic content, including NASA’s equipment, launch locations and spacecrafts makes this documentary more impressive than most of documentaries today.
So the final verdict is quite simple — watch it. As one reviewer has put it, “it makes you feel like you’ve been there” and that’s what documentaries are all about.
Category: Physics & Science Documentaries