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The Wonder Of It All director Jeff Roth will be a guest on The Space Show on October 31 from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. PDT.

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Thanks to an 8-hour flight delay in June, I arrived in Florida too late to see the premiere of this space documentary. Six months later, is there any sign of the film being released on DVD? Searches on Amazon have drawn a blank.

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I went to the film's web site. Under "Sales Information" they indicate that a special 2-disc DVD (with bonus material) will be released "in the future". I submitted a request to be notified when it is released.

I enjoyed the movie very much.

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Thanks for the heads up on the mailing list for the DVD set. I signed up too!

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Had an email from the site today saying that they plan to release the DVD as Region 0, which is good news for all.

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I received my pre-release copy of the film recently. In 60 seconds or less here is my initial review. I will post a one page review on my blog soon and a longer (nine page) version after that.

Here's my "first-impression" take of the film.

The film captures the heart and humanity of the spacefaring heroes in a way that honors the men's accomplishments but reminds us that heroes have feet-of-clay too. As a complement, the Apollo moonwalkers come across more like Forrest Gump than unapproachable celebrities. This film brings the moonwalkers down-to-earth with dignity and respect. We now know these men better than we ever did on film.

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I was also fortunate to receive a review copy of "Wonder". My comments on it appeared in the Nov. 12, 2007 online journal, The Space Review.

The film is a rarity in that it is individually autobiographical with a collective biographical sense of all the participating astronauts. It differs markedly from the competing documentary "In the Shadow of the Moon" by giving us one of the most personal views of the Moonwalkers yet on record.

The producers are still seeking a theatrical distributor so a DVD will probably not be released until theatrical release.

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TCPalm.com: The 'astronaut movie' no Hollywood studio wanted
Roth said his idea, to track down and interview the men who made history from 1969 to 1972 as six of the Apollo missions landed on the moon, was rejected by major movie studios and TV networks.

"They said astronauts talking about themselves and their feelings was not 'manly enough,'" Roth said. "But they said if they can build motorcycles, give us a call."

Unfazed, Roth and co-producer and cinematographer Paul Basta eventually located seven of the nine Apollo men still alive and recorded their stories.

Released six months ago, "The Wonder of it All" is gaining critical acclaim at film festivals around the world, but so far it has not been released to theaters nationwide.

That could soon change.

Roth said they're teaming up with the American Film Institute, which could lead to a distribution deal or a major TV network before being released on DVD.

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LA Daily News:
Documentary explores human side of seven surviving Apollo mission pioneers
They're living legends, America's space pioneers who first walked on the moon, and they're telling their individual stories now about their journeys into the outer limits.

Buzz Aldrin, now 78, was born to fly. His father was an aviation pioneer who introduced his son to the skies at age 2. That toddler one day would join Neil Armstrong, the first pair to walk on the moon.

Astronaut Alan Bean was so inspired by the heavens during his trip to the moon that he later resigned from NASA to pursue a lifelong passion for art - becoming the first person to paint the moon and stars from the perspective of someone who has been to another world.

These men are among the seven surviving of nine who walked on the moon, living historical figures who represent America's victory in the space race.

"There are some people who say when people look back at the 20th century five centuries from now, this is the most important thing they will remember, the beginning of humans leaving the Earth and going somewhere else," he said.

"It's sort of like 1492 when people begin to leave Europe and come to the New World. It changed the dynamics of history and this will, too."

Their rarely told tales of the men behind the Apollo missions are now the focus of "The Wonder of It All," a documentary by Sherman Oaks resident Jeffrey Roth, who interviewed seven of the nine surviving moonwalkers.

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Seems the New York premiere on April 7th will have on hand Edgar Mitchell, Walt Cunningham, Andrew Chaikin and Jeffrey Roth.

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Hope to see one or two other cS members in Pelham this evening. I will be the guy wearing a space tie and trying to convince his six year old to sit still (I have higher hopes for the older two).

The theatre indicated that they still have tickets for the screening. The reception is sold out. They are unsure about any autograph time following the Q&A.

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Does anybody know if the dvd of this is still on the cards?

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The National Space Society is proud to announce special screening of the new movie The Wonder Of It All at the 2008 International Space Development Conference, May 29, 31, June 1st. Any cSer's attending?

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Buzz Aldrin will be there on the 31st at 7 pm... I assume he will be attending the screening and possibly do Q&A afterword (I just made up the Q&A part, but it would be consistent with previous screenings).

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The San Diego Air and Space Museum are holding a special evening showing of "The Wonder of it All." To my knowledge, this is the first time it has been shown in the San Diego area. All proceeds from the fundraising showing go directly to the museum's education mission. For that reason, I'd encourage those of you who are in / know people in the southern California area to pass on the information link - it would be greatly appreciated! Thank you.

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Originally posted by paulushumungus:
Does anybody know if the dvd of this is still on the cards?

A lot of people are still waiting for an answer.

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I finally got the chance to see "The Wonder of It All" on Monday at the JFK Library in Boston. I can safely say that it is definitely worth going to see if it comes to your area.

The movie provides a very personal view of the seven moonwalkers that were interviewed. While I have had the luck of hearing most of the stories the astronauts provided in their interviews, I was surprised by some of the details they provided for this film. Jeff has done an excellent job in letting the astronauts tell their personal stories.

Jeff advised the audience that the movie will have a limited theater release in the near future and then will be released as a DVD in July 2009. Some might understand the connection between the DVD release date and another event that occurred in July about 40 year prior to 2009. The DVD will include more footage and narration of the film by some of the astronauts and the director.

I was impressed with the film and do plan to add the DVD to my reference collection.

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This film will be having a screening with George and Barbara Bush hosting the event at their library in College Station with a lot of the Apollo Astronauts. Anyone know who will be appearing?

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George Bush Presidential Library Foundation
The Wonder of it All - October 16

President and Mrs. George Bush and the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation will host a screening of the documentary film The Wonder of it All on Thursday, October 16 at 5:30 pm. Part of the Kay and Britt Rice Lecture Series, the screening will be held at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center at the George Bush Presidential Library Center, and a reception will follow. Astronauts from the Apollo space program and the film's director, Jeffrey Roth, will be available to answer questions following the screening. Astronauts currently scheduled to attend the event include Buzz Aldrin, Alan Bean, Eugene Cernan, Charles Duke, Joe Kerwin, Ken Mattingly, and John Young.

Honoring the men who walked on the moon and became heroes to a nation, The Wonder of it All uses thoughtful and candid accounts from seven moonwalkers to focus on the rarely told human side of the Apollo missions. In the film, astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Alan Bean, Eugene Cernan, Charles Duke, Edgar Mitchell, Harrison Schmitt, and John Young intimately reflect on the training, the tragedies, the camaraderie, and the effect their space travel has had on their families.

The Kay and Britt Rice Lecture Series is an endowed program designed to address emerging topics and current events of interest to members of our international, national, state and local communities. The purpose of the series is to bring to the Texas A&M University campus prominent experts and central figures in current issues of public interest.

The Wonder of it All is presented in conjunction with the Beyond the Moon: NASA's Continuing Mission exhibit, which is now on display at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum through August 2009. A collaboration between the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, the LBJ Presidential Library and Museum, and Space Center Houston, the three-part exhibit examines America's exploration into the final frontier. The LBJ Library and Museum begins with man's fascination with the heavens through the first walk on the moon. The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum continues the story with the end of Apollo, Skylab, the Space Shuttle, and the International Space Station. Large scale models, original shuttle equipment, a shuttle simulator, and interactive programs are just a few of the spectacular items that are displayed. The third part of the story, which will explore the future of NASA, will take place at Space Center Houston.

This is a ticketed event. Free tickets are available at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, the MSC Box Office at Texas A&M University, the Bryan-College Station Convention & Visitors Bureau, The Eagle, KBTX-TV, and WTAW. For more information, call 979-862-2251.

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Eighteen months after this film was shown in Titusville, Florida, are we any nearer to a DVD/Blu-ray release? There is something very odd about a film that was obviously made with space enthusiasts like me in mind, which isn't available for people like me to see. Talk about missed opportunities! (I can't watch it; the filmmakers haven't got the money from me which I would happily give them).

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So, nobody else has any interest in seeing this film? The film-makers have nothing to say? As I said before, it's all very odd.

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From what I understand, the filmmakers want you see to their film; in fact, they want everyone to see The Wonder of it All.

To make that happen may necessitate their staying quiet for now.

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OK, I will take the hint and wait for news...

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The Wonder of it All will have its European premiere on April 24th, the opening day of the Jules Verne Festival in Paris as part of a tribute to the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11.

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Let's hope at long last it gets to the UK.

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Indican Pictures will release "The Wonder of it All" on DVD (Region 1) on July 21 and then follow that with a Blu-Ray version in September.

They will also be releasing the film theatrically, with special screenings planned at NASA's Kennedy and Johnson space centers.

More details will be included in a feature article on collectSPACE to be published in early July.

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Seems the wait is finally over.

A new Facebook fan page has also been set up. I'm a fan!

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This is great news. I have been waiting to see this again since viewing it at Spacefest 2007. It holds a special meaning for me as after watching this with my wife, Cheryl, she had to go and meet all those astronauts again. For her, it was the "a ha" moment where she "realized" these guys actually walked on the moon. Tragically my wife, and sweetheart of 20 years, died in a horsing accident four months later. It has always warmed my heart that through that film she "got it". Thanks so much Jeff.

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I just received an e-mail that the "Wonder of it All" will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray. There are several URLs listed in the e-mail. DVD available for pre-order now at various places. Amazon.com has it for $24.95. I pre-ordered it at buy.com for $18.63! That's the cheapest I could find it.

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Good news that this film will at long last be available for home viewing by those of us who have never had the chance to see it in the cinema. But I'm still puzzled why a point wasn't made of making it available (including the Bluray version) in time for the anniversary of Apollo 11.

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It is being released on July 21st, according to Amazon.com. That would seem to coincide with the anniversary.

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Interesting. I was looking on Amazon UK, which has no release date. It would surely not have been too difficult for Amazon's various tentacles to co-ordinate a common release date. Or am I being touchingly naive about corporate thought processes?

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I STILL haven't seen it, but I pre-ordered my DVD. Looking forward to seeing it finally. I've seen "Shadow of the Moon" probably at least 5 times now.

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I was looking on Amazon UK, which has no release date. It would surely not have been too difficult for Amazon's various tentacles to co-ordinate a common release date.

The DVD announcement posted above only mentioned a release date for a Region 1 DVD...in other words, a release date for North America. It's quite possible that a release in the UK/Europe will be later...or has not been scheduled at this point.

Quite often in the world of DVDs and movies, release dates are different between the USA and Europe (and other parts of the world, for that matter). Often, that's because films are on different schedules for promotion, marketing, etc. Perhaps the filmmakers are still working on scheduling theater screenings in the UK/Europe and aren't ready for a DVD release yet in your neck of the woods.

For me, I found the best option is to purchase a multi-region DVD player, capable of playing both Region 1 and Region 2 discs. That way when I see a release from the UK that I want that's not available in the USA, I can order it from Amazon UK and play it without difficulty. (Or in your case, you would order it from the Amazon USA site, using your existing login ID and password that you use for the UK site.)

Region free DVD players can be had for $49 (and up) from outfits such as Region Code Free DVD. The players have been altered after manufacturing (often voiding the original warranty), but they are covered under a new warranty issued by the seller. I've had great success with the one I purchased several years ago and think it's the best $149 I've ever spent (which was the price of their JVC model at the time).

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Per the film's Facebook page, director Jeffrey Roth threw out the first pitch at Dodger Stadium today to help promote the upcoming release of The Wonder of it All and the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11.

They also note the bonus features on the DVD:

  • Three commentary tracks: Apollo 16 moonwalkers John Young and Charlie Duke with director Jeffrey Roth; Apollo 14 moonwalker Edgar Mitchell with producer Paul Basta; and filmmaker commentary with director Jeffrey Roth and producer Paul Basta

  • Apollo 16 John Young presentation given during the world premiere festivities of the film

  • Apollo 11 Buzz Aldrin exclusive interview with Miles O'Brien;

  • and an outtake reel!
And lastly, here is the theatrical release trailer:

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Harrison Schmitt has two signings this weekend in New Mexico for his book and "The Wonder of It All" DVD. I was able to do mail order from the Santa Fe store.

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What Santa Fe store is that?

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Both of Schmitt's signings are listed on Sightings, including the Sante Fe store.

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Would it be possible to pre-order a dvd signed for us in Europe, do you think?

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I totally frogot to mention that Alan Bean will be signing the DVD in my own backyard! Friday and Saturday in Houston.

Did you try contacting the store about mail order to Europe for Schmitt?


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