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Blackarrow
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posted 11-05-2007 05:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am reminded of a TV documentary shown in the UK (BBC, ITV or C4) in the 1980's called "The Other Side of the Moon." It has interviews with a large number of Apollo astronauts, at least three of whom are no longer with us (Pete Conrad, Jim Irwin and Stuart Roosa).

I have an extremely poor, in fact almost unwatchable, copy on video, so poor I can't transfer it to DVD. I would really like to get a decent-quality copy for my personal video library. I don't believe it's available commercially, but does anyone have a copy?

FFrench
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posted 11-05-2007 05:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I do have a video copy (unfortunately, in a box in storage in the UK) but can tell you that it was available commercially at the time, as that is the copy I have. It was an interesting one to see at the time as it had interviews with Schweickart, Worden, and those you mention, many of whom were not on the public circuit anything like as much as they are these days. It was unusual to see them and hear their experiences.

Colin Anderton
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posted 11-06-2007 05:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Colin Anderton   Click Here to Email Colin Anderton     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I made an excellent-quality audio recording at the time it was broadcast, and have since transferred it to CD. But I never heard of it being available commercially.

I presume we are talking about the second part of what was, in fact, a two-part programme with James Burke, broadcast on 20th July 1979?

FFrench
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posted 11-07-2007 10:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's been many years since I have seen it, but I don't recall any James Burke connection, and I believe it was made in the very late 1980s, so probably just a coincidence of title.

According to IMDB, it was directed by Mickey Lemle and came out in 1990. Here are some images of the front and back cover of the UK (Granada) video.

Blackarrow
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posted 11-07-2007 05:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Many thanks for the input, although I'm now rather confused. I've done some further research and I'm fairly certain I'm referring to the 1990 documentary by Mickey Lemle (I assume its motivation was the 20th anniversary of Apollo 11).

However, the picture of the VHS video cover clearly shows that the video (sadly no longer available) lasts 60 minutes. Mickey Lemle's documentary is billed on various websites as 90 minutes.

Either the video was cruelly edited, or we're not talking about the same film.

As for James Burke in 1979, I certainly remember several glossy documentaries shown in July, 1979, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Apollo 11 and further research shows that one of them, narrated by James Burke, was called "The Other Side of the Moon." (Frustratingly, I hired my first video recorder for Christmas, 1979, so I missed the anniversary output by 6 months!)

I'm satisfied that the documentary I'm looking for is the Mickey Lemle film from 1990.

FFrench
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posted 11-07-2007 06:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Glad that was helpful. My guess is, it is the same documentary, and either an edited version or incorrect information has been posted / printed somewhere as to the true length.

If anyone does find any more info. about a longer version, or version available in DVD / US video format, I'd be interested to know too, as a UK-version video sitting in England doesn't do me much good anymore either...

Jurg Bolli
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posted 11-08-2007 06:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jurg Bolli   Click Here to Email Jurg Bolli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I do have a copy of the tape, not the commercial one, but I taped it on VHS. However, I do not have a DVD recorder so I don't know what to do. I have a friend with a DVD recorder but a possible transfer might take a while since I have not talked to him lately.

Does anybody have a better idea?

Jurg Bolli
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posted 12-03-2007 12:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jurg Bolli   Click Here to Email Jurg Bolli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Update: I have a few copies of this program, it also includes another 30 minute program about Bean as an artist from 1990. The first few who email me will get FREE copies on DVD, thanks to my friend David Craig in Santa Fe, NM.

Blackarrow
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posted 12-03-2007 06:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jurg, that is a very kind offer, yes I would love to have a copy. I will email you off-site to make arrangements. Many thanks!

FFrench
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posted 07-07-2008 11:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just watched "The Other Side of the Moon" tonight. It had been at least 12 years since I had seen it, probably longer, and I have to say it was much, much better than I remembered. I would say that it stands in very good stead next to the two more recent moon traveller documentaries, and in my opinion is better than one of them.

There are people in this one who have since passed on, such as Conrad, Irwin and Roosa, who you really get a good sense of - particularly Roosa, who I don't remember seeing as much of on film anywhere else. The questions asked of them get into the sense of what it was like after the moon missions, and we see a lot more of what those guys actually did in their later careers. Perhaps because it was filmed closer after those events, the answers seem often fresher and more immediately heartfelt, and there was a feeling of much, much more diversity of the personalities.

I was truly surprised, as I hadn't recalled it being as good as it was.

RevDangerfield
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posted 10-25-2013 09:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for RevDangerfield     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone on here happen to have a copy of "The Other Side of the Moon"?

It used to be on YouTube, but it appears to have been deleted. Thanks!

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