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Apollo 11 Blu-ray Review



Ralph Potts reviews Apollo 11, an eye opening documentary film that looks at the Apollo 11 mission to land on the moon, which was led by commander Neil Armstrong and pilots Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins.



The Review at a Glance:
(max score: 5 )

Film:

Extras:

Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )

93



Details:

Studio and Year: Universal - 2019
MPAA Rating: G
Feature running time: 93 minutes
Genre: Documentary

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC
Video Aspect: 2.20:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio
Subtitles: English SDH
Starring: Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins
Directed by: Todd Douglas Miller
Music by: Matt Morton
Region Code: A,B,C

Release Date: May 14, 2019


"That’s One Small Step for Man…."


Synopsis:


“Apollo 11 takes the public behind-the-scenes of the groundbreaking NASA space mission and first lunar landing. Showcasing exquisite never-before-seen audio and video footage of key historical events and remarkable moments of camaraderie” – Universal Pictures Home Entertainment




My Take:

From director Todd Douglas Miller (Dinosaur 13) comes a cinematic event 50 years in the making. Crafted from a newly discovered trove of 65mm footage, and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings, Apollo 11 takes us straight to the heart of NASA’s most celebrated mission—the one that first put men on the moon, and forever made Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin into household names. Immersed in the perspectives of the astronauts, the team in Mission Control, and the millions of spectators on the ground, we vividly experience those momentous days and hours in 1969 when humankind took a giant leap into the future.

Very little needs to said about the historical significance of the Apollo 11 space mission or the brave men that undertook it. What isn’t widely known are the finest details of what transpired during those fateful 8 days. Apollo 11 brings those details to light via never before seen NASA footage that brings us ever so close the mission, its people, and the definitive event that brought the entire world together. Todd Douglas Miller and the team behind this film did an outstanding job of compiling hours of footage, most notably the archived 65mm captures that were meticulously restored, to provide a truly stunning documentary that is simply a must see.


Replay Value:


Parental Guide:

This film is appropriate for all audiences.


AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100/EXCELLENT = 83-91/GOOD = 74-82/AVERAGE = 65-73/BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**



Audio: 86
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

  • Dynamics:
  • Low frequency effects:
  • Surround Sound presentation:
  • Clarity/Detail:
  • Dialog Reproduction:
  • DSU/DTS Neural:X Rating * (non-rated element): NA



Video: 100
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)


  • Resolution/Clarity:
  • Black Level/Shadow Detail:
  • Color Reproduction:
  • Fleshtones:
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Apollo 11 comes to Blu-ray Disc from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video and DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio surround sound.

This documentary is comprised of film stock made up of 16mm, 35mm, and 65mm elements. Quite a bit of it is the restored 65mm film. The 35mm/16mm film looks fine and as you’d expect. It’s the 65mm elements that are simply mind blowing. As such, my comments and overall rating will be reflective of that footage.

This is a reference quality high definition presentation that boasts brilliant colors, superlative depth, and an abundance of high-level detail. The nature defined color palette is alluring as the deep, vivid, reds, succulent blues, and resplendent earth toned hues leap from the 2.20:1 framed video. Contrast balance is spot on as the various shades of gray are gradationally revealing and whites appear bright with crisp highlights that preserve detail. Blacks are delineated, deep, and rich, which works hand in hand with the definitive shadow detail to provide low level images with excellent perspective and depth of field. Resolution is impeccable as the vastness and scope of the recorded elements offers lucid, three-dimensional acuity that is extraordinary, providing the presentation with a visual aesthetic that belies its age/time period.

The high resolution DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack has excellent dynamic range and refining detail. Dialogue is articulately reproduced through the center channel and maintains a position of prominence within the front soundstage. This isn’t an active surround mix but when applied the surround channels generate an involving atmosphere. Front and rear channel imaging is excellent as sounds and spatial cues mate perfectly with the events transpiring onscreen. All of the music featured throughout the film sounds open, airy and wonderfully detailed. I must to admit to finding this lossless audio presentation to be much better than anticipated.

NOTE: The Blu-ray specs list the audio presentation as lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 however it is as reported above.



Bonus Features:
  • Apollo 11: discovering the 65mm
  • Trailer
  • Digital Copy




Final Thoughts:

Apollo 11 is an insightful, compelling and terrific documentary that celebrates one of the most significant events in human history. It comes to Blu-ray from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment featuring marvelous high definition video and, crystal clear lossless sound. Apollo 11 is simply a must have for everyone that enjoys its subject matter.





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My copy has been preordered for a while. Can't wait! I do wish that they would have released a 4K version but oh well.
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As a big NASA buff and one who tried to stay up and watch the moon landing live, but fell asleep (!), I was pumped to see this when it came out. Seeing it in IMAX was awe-inspiring for the visuals, and there were parts of the documentary facts that I had never heard before in all my other reading and viewing about the Apollo 11 mission. While my 60" plasma screen is not going to match IMAX, I can't wait to see this again and again on my own home system!

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Thanks, the disc sounds good, would rent. But no 4k on this, no sale. Seems a majorly missed opportunity for something with such high resolution original elements to be on bluray only. Makes no sense, but then again physical releases make no sense anymore.
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Hey Ralph, do you know if they are going to release a 4k HDR version?
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Universal is just doing the home video release of this. The films actual distributor is a small indie company which doesn't have the money to float a 4K version of this. This would not sell enough copies to make a 4K release profitable. So if you like it buy the regular blu ray and keep smaller films alive. Smaller films are not getting 4K releases for the most part.

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physical releases make no sense anymore.
Unless you happen to want uncompressed audio and video.
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Ralph: Just a note. In the beginning of your review you stated:

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"Audio Format(s): English Dolby Digital 5.1"
But then later you noted:

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"The high resolution DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack has excellent dynamic range and refining detail."
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Ralph: Just a note. In the beginning of your review you stated:



But then later you noted:
Greetings,

Thanks for catching that audioguy. It reads correctly now..


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Universal is just doing the home video release of this. The films actual distributor is a small indie company which doesn't the money have to float a 4K version of this. This would not sell enough copies to make a 4K release profitable. So if you like it buy the regular blu ray and keep smaller films alive. Smaller films are not getting 4K releases for the most part.

Greetings,

erick, as pointed out by tenthplanet (thanks! ) this title isn't planned for 4K UHD release.


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Unless you happen to want uncompressed audio and video.

Really audio and video that's much less compressed...
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Really audio and video that's much less compressed...
If compressed audio and video (compressed audio sounds worse than compressed video looks) works for you, then you don't have to spend the money to buy and have space to store your discs. And I also recognize that it is possible that shiny discs may not be long for this world.

But, for the amount of money I have invested in my audio and video components, I have every intention of continuing to feed them the very best audio and video available. And yes, we stream a very few select movies where the audio does not play a significant role in the enjoyment of the film - and I know there is zero chance I would be interested in a 2nd viewing.

Clearly, YMMV and that is perfectly OK.
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erick, as pointed out by tenthplanet (thanks! ) this title isn't planned for 4K UHD release.


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Too bad, seems like a missed opportunity to have a truly stellar title. No pun intended!
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Damn I've been waiting all this time for the 4k and no 4k now? Yikes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love anything with space and nasa..
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Will be adding this one to my collection. I'm a sucker for documentaries with a 100 video score.


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If compressed audio and video (compressed audio sounds worse than compressed video looks) works for you, then you don't have to spend the money to buy and have space to store your discs. And I also recognize that it is possible that shiny discs may not be long for this world.

But, for the amount of money I have invested in my audio and video components, I have every intention of continuing to feed them the very best audio and video available. And yes, we stream a very few select movies where the audio does not play a significant role in the enjoyment of the film - and I know there is zero chance I would be interested in a 2nd viewing.

Clearly, YMMV and that is perfectly OK.
What you're viewing and listing to from disc sources has been compressed.
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What you're viewing and listing to from disc sources has been compressed.
Please re-read what I wrote. I specifically said:

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But, for the amount of money I have invested in my audio and video components, I have every intention of continuing to feed them the very best audio and video available.
And unless you know something no one else does, shiny disc is as good as it gets, "compressed" or not !!!!!!!
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What you're viewing and listing to from disc sources has been compressed.

Low bitrate video and lossy audio are NOT my thing. As The Tick would say, "sorry, chum, I'll take my home theater with a slice of old fashioned quality love."
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As a big NASA buff and one who tried to stay up and watch the moon landing live, but fell asleep (!), I was pumped to see this when it came out. Seeing it in IMAX was awe-inspiring for the visuals, and there were parts of the documentary facts that I had never heard before in all my other reading and viewing about the Apollo 11 mission. While my 60" plasma screen is not going to match IMAX, I can't wait to see this again and again on my own home system!

Time for a double feature with this and First Man.
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Curious as to what part of the world were you in when they landed?

We were in San Diego, California, but I was only 8 years old, and I guess I remember that since there was such a gap between the actual landing and when Armstrong actually took that first step on the Moon, I dozed off missed seeing it live on TV. Saw replays, of course, but not quite the same.

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Unless you happen to want uncompressed audio and video.
Not what I meant at all, I meant that physical releases they continue to screw the pooch on...I am disc all the way in case my post didn't make it clear enough.
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Just preordered. Bummed no 4K UHD is planned.

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Just watched this stunning, no need for a 4K release this is a fantastic picture. Just because a new format arrives does not suddenly make Blu-Ray crap.
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I watched it at the theatre. I highly recommend this film and it has stunningly sharp images and vibrant colour because of the high quality formats used for much of the filming. Additionally the film features state of the art digital restoration of the original footage. It is a stunning bit of eye candy and historical documentary rolled into one.
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I watched it at the theatre. I highly recommend this film and it has stunningly sharp images and vibrant colour because of the high quality formats used for much of the filming. Additionally the film features state of the art digital restoration of the original footage. It is a stunning bit of eye candy and historical documentary rolled into one.
Sounds like its mastered well enough to not need HDR
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Thanks for the review Ralph ! Manned spaceflight nut here. Just got my copy but no time till Thursday evening to watch it. Really looking forward to it.. met Buzz and spoke to him a bit. To say I was star struck would be an understatement !



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"Documentary"

From the For What Ever It's Worth category, I have two comments that Ralph and the rest of the gallery who study film a bit may find informative.

First, "documentary" is a woefully misused term to define any movie that is not conventional narrative in nature. It's just what we do. "Documentary" is actually a sub-category of the larger parent category, non-fiction film. Non-fiction includes everything that is not narrative; everything from Nat Geo/Planet Earth to wartime propaganda (Triumph of the Will and Why We Fight from the WWII era, are classics in film school). The term documentary is, in academic terms, non-fiction film with an agenda. It wants to influence and/or manipulate your feelings and interpretation in some way to achieve some objective/agenda. It uses facts and real-life events in a way not to necessarily reveal truth, but to influence you. Think of the difference as being that between what we used to call "straight news" and opinion. The straight news story hopefully gives the facts truthfully without influence. Opinion reporting will use the facts to the extent and in the manner that serves their opinion.

Secondly, we tend to think of "documentaries" as just laying out the facts...without much creativity. The reality is that the art and craft of filmmaking is not limited to narrative movies. Finding interesting ways to lay out historic facts and events, especially using actual news and archival footage rather than dramatic re-enactments, is particularly demanding of creativity.

I received Apollo 11 today, but have not watched it yet. From the trailer and accounts, I think that one very creative approach in this movie is the fact that there is no narrator. We only hear the voices of the day.

I can't wait to screen it not only for the eye candy, but to experience the creativity of the filmmakers.

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My copy arrived yesterday. Planning on getting a few friends together (and a few beers) to watch this.

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