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For All Mankind

For All Mankind

Director: Al Reinert Cast: Michael Collins, Charles Conrad, Richard Gordon

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Sorting through nearly one hundred hours of film and sound recordings recovered from NASA, director Al Rienart has pieced together a seamless documentary commemorating man's landing on the moon. The film is a montage of images with voice-over interviews and comments from the participating astronauts of the moon landing. Brian Eno, famous for his ethereal music, provides the score. For All Mankind was nominated for the Best Documentary Oscar in 1989. ~ Ed Atkinson

Product Details

Release Date: 07/14/2009
UPC: 0715515044318
Original Release: 1989
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:29:00
Sales rank: 571

Special Features

Audio commentary featuring Reinert and apollo 17 commander Eugene A. Cernan, the last man to set foot on the man; An Accidental Gift: the making of "For All Mankind," a new documentary featuring interviews with Reinert, apollo 12 and Skylab astronaut Alan Bean, and NASA archive specialists; On Camera, a collection of excerpted, on-screen interviews with fifteen of the Apollo astronauts; New video program about Bean's artwork, accompanied by a gallery of this paintings; NASA audio highlights and liftoff footage; Plus: a booklet featuring essays by film critic Terrence Rafferty and Reinert

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For All Mankind 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Michaelman73 More than 1 year ago
Yes, we all watched Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. Apollo 11 was truly a highlight in history; those of us lucky enough to watch the event unfold were mesmerized. Unfortunately, the moon missions that followed were relegated to the back pages, with the exception of course of Apollo 13. Yes, they drove around in a moon rover and hit a golf ball in space, but so what? The pinnacle had been reached. Woodstock, the Vietnam War, the Pentagon Papers, Watergate and Richard Nixon took over the front pages. Fast-forward 40 years: the popularity of the History Channel reflects our keen interest in looking back and reviewing the events we may have "missed," either because our attention was focused elsewhere or because we weren't born yet. Anyone interested in history, whether they were alive in the 60s and 70s or not, will find Al Reinert's documentary riveting. I'm always impressed to see "never before seen footage" of historical events. Reinert's persistence in scouring NASA's video archives has produced a visual treasure trove. Out of the 80 minutes he assembled, I would estimate that I previously saw perhaps 10-minutes-worth on the evening news and in anniversary retrospectives. Seeing "For All Mankind" was like getting an invitation from an astronaut to see his personal home movies. I'm a little embarrassed to note that this documentary originally came out in 1989. Never heard of it. Three cheers to Criterion for dusting it off and giving new generations (and old-timers like me) a chance to witness these amazing events. Whether you're a computer geek, Trekky, scientist, photographer, historian, someone older than 50, or simply an American whose knowledge of the space program is limited to Space Shuttle disasters, you will be transfixed by this all-too-brief look back at a scientific initiative that was only six years old when Armstrong stepped off the ladder of the Eagle. A few nits to pick with the documentary: 1) It's too short. 2) The missions are all jumbled together; you're never quite certain (with a few obvious exceptions) which Apollo mission you're seeing or which astronauts are speaking or exploring the lunar surface. (Note: there's an option to show on-screen IDs of astronauts and mission control specialists which I discovered after my first viewing.) 3) Of course, the absence of an interview with or commentary by Neil Armstrong is glaring, but he chose not to participate in or contribute to any features, programs or retrospectives about the space program. Too bad. Nevertheless, the personal recollections of the others who walked on the moon are priceless and come as close as possible to filling the gap. Regarding Apollo 13, the actual footage you see in this video is 10-times scarier than Ron Howard's Hollywood movie. The added features of this special edition provide a great behind-the-scenes addendum. Watching this on a wide-screen TV really enhances the experience. I'm glad I waited this long to see it.
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