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dave
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posted 05-20-2009 05:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dave   Click Here to Email dave     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Daily Mail: One small step recovers space history
A film about the moon landings is to be shown in London after a film-maker tracked down tapes years after they were thought lost.

Chris Riley found the sole print of Moonwalk One gathering dust under director Theo Kamecke's desk in the office at his home in the Catskill mountains near New York.

NASA gave Kamecke behind-the-scenes access to "make a time capsule" about the race to put a man on the moon.

The documentary was acclaimed on release in 1972 but sank into obscurity and the US space agency lost its master copy.

Mr Riley is now working to digitally restore Moonwalk One for a screening at the British Film Institute in July to mark the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, when man first landed on the moon. It will be released on DVD in June.

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posted 05-20-2009 06:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for stsmithva   Click Here to Email stsmithva     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Footage of the astronauts and space workers not seen for 37 years: sounds great! I'll look forward to some reports on screenings, probably in the UK.

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posted 05-20-2009 08:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spacecraft films   Click Here to Email spacecraft films     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This has been around and has never been "lost." There are copies of it at the National Archives.

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posted 05-20-2009 08:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It is also available for purchase on DVD, via the National Archives' partnership with Amazon.com: Moonwalk One, 1970

That said, I'll be interested to see the results of Riley's efforts to remaster the the film.

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posted 06-07-2009 10:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for stephenslater54   Click Here to Email stephenslater54     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've been involved in producing the remastered version of 'Moonwalk One' and it's looking stunning as it's been transferred from 35mm to HD tape. We've also filmed a load of extra features about the making of the film, which will be part of the boxset. all info is at moonwalkone.com.

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posted 06-08-2009 06:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does this film begin with scenes of Stonehenge, leading to footage of the crawler-transporter? If so, I have a poor quality video copy from years back. Certainly, the film on the video is actually called "Moonwalk One" and has an extended Apollo 11 launch-sequence. Is this the film being prepared for HD release? If so, I would buy a copy.

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Yes, it's the same film. We've restored it from the original 35mm print onto HD, and included footage cut from the original release. It's looking stunning! We've also produced a load of extra features like a 'Making Of' documentary and Director's commentary.

FYI the copy available at the National Archives is of very poor quality, and has gaps in sound etc.

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posted 07-07-2009 06:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can anyone comment on Moonwalk One documentary?

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wdw
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posted 07-10-2009 03:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for wdw     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't think the film is everyone's cup of tea but I love it deeply. The BBC screened it on the fifth anniversary of Apollo 11 and I recorded the soundtrack on 5-inch reel-to-reel. I blame the film for cementing my passion for the Apollo programme.

It is very much a film of the artist; utterly different from the corporate films NASA was having made at the time to document each mission. It is thoughtful, questioning and deliberately slow to the point of nearly being banal. Its haunting music counterpoints the dehumanised technocracy of the events it portrays. If you like the fast-cutting sequences of Dan Parry's "When We Left Earth", this may not be for you. I rate it a fitting tribute to a human achievement that transcends the normal.

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posted 07-21-2009 08:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Captain Apollo   Click Here to Email Captain Apollo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I confess I didn't find it as stimulating as I'd hoped - perhaps it was the interrupting tops and tails for each segment by the producer. To make a recording of it invalid?

Was odd to see the context for snippets of film we've been seeing for year.

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Saw an item on Dutch TV about the film. For all the talk about unprecedented access and no NASA restrictions on filming, I saw very little of that. All I saw was a lot of NASA-shot footage, that was not unique and is in many other documentaries.
Also, I have a film NASA released on the 20th anniversary, called 'Apollo 11, the 20th year - 1969-1989' which I believe is a short version of 'Moonwalk One'. At least it seems the somewhat irritating music and narration is the same. Can anyone confirm this?

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posted 12-02-2011 06:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I watched this on DVD last night and thought it was great. I like the cerebral, arthouse take on Apollo 11, especially as it was so contemporary, and yet it also was an extremely clear explanation of how the rockets worked and how they got to the moon and back, plus insights into the thousands of unrecognized workers on the program.

Not everyone will like it, but if you like Kubrick's "2001" you'll find this intriguing.

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posted 12-03-2011 01:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
By an interesting coincidence, I watched part of my DVD of this film this morning. I consider it to be a very fine "time-capsule" film (as was intended). A wonderful evocation of the mission of Apollo 11 and the way things were in the summer of 1969. By the way, Ed Hengeveld's comment from July 2009 misses the point, I think. Much of what we think of as "stock footage" of Apollo 11 was actually footage shot for "Moonwalk One."

Can I again ask whether it is possible to buy an HD version of this film anywhere? There was certainly an HD version available when the "Director's Cut" DVD came out.

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posted 07-12-2012 04:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Any word on a Blu-ray version of "Moonwalk One"? I was sure I saw some reference to an imminent Blu-ray version. Has anyone else heard of this?

This is definitely a film to own on Blu-ray.

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posted 08-17-2012 08:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for capoetc   Click Here to Email capoetc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm not sure how I have missed this film up until now — I just watched it on motherboard.com.

I would definitely buy a BluRay version — I may just get the remastered version since there may never be a BluRay...

It really does a nice job of capturing the feel of the time in 1969.

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