Just saw it at Udvar Hazy IMAX....................................................WOW! FAN F-ING TASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Saw it today in IMAX............outstanding!
The clarity and color of the film was amazing - so many details that I had not known - and I am a space program nerd. My fifth birthday was launch day - I remember it well to this day watching Cronkite on the family 12" black and white television. The colors from the launch footage alone are worth seeing the film for... people carrying around cans of Coca-Cola, smoking, bad clothes, etc.The real time speed, altitude, and fuel states was a wonder touch that added to the suspense of a story that everyone knows the ending.
Much of the footage was from a NASA documentary that never happened and was captured in 70(-ish)mm, which is why the whole movie looks like it was shot like a '50's sci fi movie. Apparently the director had unrestricted access to all the archived footage. Also of note, the sound track was generated only on equipment that was available in 1969, and no later (so says the press documents).How they sharpened up 50-year-old footage enough to look good on IMAX, I don’t know. But it really brings those nine days back to life and puts you in the middle of everything. Felt like reliving it instead of just retelling.
NASA recorded nearly everything they did. My father did work for NASA (on the design of rocket fuels) and he was given a large record set of recordings from every NASA mission. Called “To the Moon,” it was really cool and I remember listening to it as a kid several times. I wish I still had it - and I think I’ve seen it on eBay or Amazon...but I don’t own a turntable anymore!I love that concept.