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Robert Pearlman
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posted 02-03-2010 06:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Universal Studios release
From Universal Studios Home Entertainment:
Apollo 13 15th Anniversary Edition

Available for the First Time On Blu-ray Hi-Def from Universal Studios Home Entertainment

To commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the historic space mission and the 15th Anniversary of the Academy Award-winning film, Apollo 13 is now available to own on Blu-ray Hi-Def for the first time on April 13, 2010, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

From Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard (The Da Vinci Code, A Beautiful Mind) and based on the dramatic events surrounding the real-life Apollo mission, this breathtaking story of survival, determination and hope stars Academy Award-winner Tom Hanks (Angels & Demons, Forrest Gump), Bill Paxton ("Big Love," U-571), Kevin Bacon (Frost/Nixon, Mystic River), Gary Sinise ("CSI: NY," The Green Mile) and Ed Harris (Appaloosa, Gone Baby Gone).

Bonus Features Exclusive TO Blu-ray Hi-Def: Unleash the power of your HDTV with perfect picture and purest digital sound.

  • U-CONTROL: Universal's exclusive signature feature puts the viewer just one click away from going deeper into the making of the film without ever leaving the movie.
    • THE APOLLO ERA: Learn about the other big events from the year of this historic mission -- without stopping the movie.
    • TECH-SPLANATIONS: Enjoy entertaining explanations of the science and technology of the Apollo 13 missions.
Additional Bonus Features Include:
  • Feature commentary: Feature commentary with director Ron Howard, Apollo 13 commander Jim Lovell and his wife Marilyn.
  • LUCKY 13: The Astronaut's Story: A "Dateline" television piece recounting the events of the mission.
  • Lost Moon: The Triumph of Apollo 13: The making of the film including behind-the-scenes footage and interviews.
  • Conquering Space: The Moon And Beyond: A recap of the last 45 years in space.
SYNOPSIS: Less than a year after the world marveled at man's first moon walk – and only three years after the deadly Apollo 1 fire – the American public thought of the April 1970 Apollo 13 moon mission as just another "routine" space flight. But soon, four words from Spacecraft Commander Jim Lovell would change all that: "Houston, we have a problem." Stranded 205,000 miles from home in a crippled spacecraft, Lovell, and two other astronauts, Jack Swigert and Fred Haise, fought a desperate battle to survive while Mission Control's heroic ground crew raced against time – and long odds – to bring them home. Academy Award®-winner Ron Howard directs Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise, Ed Harris and Kathleen Quinlan in a riveting account of this breathtaking real-life adventure.
  • Street Date: April 13, 2010
  • Running Time: 2 Hours, 20 Minutes
  • Layers: BD-50
  • Picture Format: Widescreen; Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, French-Canadian, Castilian-Spanish, L.A. Spanish, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Italian, Bulgarian, Czech, Greek, Hungarian, Icelandic, Romanian, Slovenian
  • Sound: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, French-European DTS Surround 5.1, Castilian-Spanish DTS Surround 5.1, L.A.-Spanish DTS Surround 5.1, Italian DTS Surround 5.1, Czech DTS Surround 5.1, Hungarian DTS Surround 5.1
The Apollo 13: 15th Anniversary Edition has a suggested retail price at $26.98.

andrewcli
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posted 02-03-2010 07:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for andrewcli   Click Here to Email andrewcli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I guess it time for me to get a Blu-ray player and a 1080p TV.

spaced out
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posted 02-03-2010 08:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I guess that answers the second part of my question.

I'm still somewhat surprised to see no mention of a 40th anniversary edition of the Apollo 13 book.

Bill Hunt
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posted 02-03-2010 04:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bill Hunt   Click Here to Email Bill Hunt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by andrewcli:
I guess it time for me to get a Blu-ray player and a 1080p TV.
I doubt you'd regret doing so! Prices have dropped pretty low for great BD players.

By the way, for those of you who have the recent Apollo 13 DVD, it looks like the BD has the same extras, but simply adds the HD transfer and the U-Control viewing options.

spaced out
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posted 02-04-2010 02:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Bill, One question that many sS'ers will be asking is what's the region coding on the Blu-Ray going to be? Any ideas on that one?

divemaster
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posted 02-04-2010 08:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Now, if we can only get Turner to put Moonshot onto DVD, period.

I guess it would be obsessive to own the same movie in the original version, the special anniversary edition and the blu-ray anniversary edition. Hmmmm...

Dennis Beatty
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posted 02-04-2010 01:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dennis Beatty   Click Here to Email Dennis Beatty     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
While it may be obsessive, I know well the desire to purchase the upgraded versions of movies and documentaries. Beginning back in the days of Laserdisc, studios would often release a title for general distribution (usually in CLV format) then later release the "collector's" version in CAV. Later, they would release various versions which added commentary, bloopers and behind the scene footage. Then, if a film warranted the treatment, it would be released as part of the Criterion Collection. Of course, DVD came along and the whole process began again. And now, Blu Ray...

I am going to end up with 6 or 7 different versions of "For All Mankind". Until the next format comes out that is...

bthumble
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posted 05-14-2010 02:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bthumble   Click Here to Email bthumble     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Fry's has it currently $7.99 on Blu Ray. I purchased one today and currently enjoying it.

Pat Gleeson
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posted 05-14-2010 04:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Pat Gleeson   Click Here to Email Pat Gleeson     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by spaced out:
One question that many cS'ers will be asking is what's the region coding on the Blu-Ray going to be?
It's region A+B. It will play no problem on European as well as US players.

andrewcli
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posted 05-14-2010 04:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for andrewcli   Click Here to Email andrewcli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For those who purchased the Blu-ray version, are you having problems loading the movie? I've been reading comments on Amazon.com and there are a lot of complaints regarding this edition.

Pat Gleeson
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posted 05-15-2010 06:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Pat Gleeson   Click Here to Email Pat Gleeson     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It loads no problem on my European PS3. I would say that it does take longer than most discs to load, and the PS3 is one of the quicker consoles to load Blu-Rays.

Saturn V
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posted 05-17-2010 12:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Saturn V     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For those of you that have both the DVD and Blu-ray versions of this movie, do you really see any difference in the video quality? Considering this movie was not shot in HD there really should be no difference in the picture. Comments anyone?

Greggy_D
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posted 05-17-2010 01:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Greggy_D   Click Here to Email Greggy_D     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Doesn't actual film have a much higher resolution than traditional 1080p HD?

Saturn V
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posted 05-18-2010 09:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Saturn V     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You are correct about the quality of film. However, I have several older movies on DVD and on Blu-ray and the picture does not look any better. I have a good upscaling DVD player that makes DVD's look pretty darn good.

I was hoping this one might be different.

Still looking for an opinion from my fellow cS'rs on this Blu-ray to see if it is worth spending the money on it.

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