Posts: 48162 From: Houston, TX Registered: Nov 1999
posted 02-10-2019 07:10 PM
National Geographic will air Tom Jennings' new documentary, "Apollo: Missions to the Moon" in July.
As the world prepares to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first manned lunar landing, Emmy and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Tom Jennings uses his signature style of first-person storytelling to create an immersive account that spans the breadth and depth of NASA's Apollo Space Program.
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Posts: 48162 From: Houston, TX Registered: Nov 1999
posted 06-06-2019 12:29 PM
"Apollo: Missions to the Moon" premieres Sunday, July 7, at 9/8c.
National Geographic Brings the World Back to the Golden Age of Space
'Apollo: Missions to the Moon' Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the First Manned Lunar Landing and Captures the Emotions and Stakes of Our Greatest Achievement
On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong climbed down a small ladder to place a foot onto the moon's surface and proclaimed, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." On that fateful day, with more than half a billion people worldwide watching on television, Apollo 11 became the first spaceflight to land man on the moon. Led by astronauts Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin, the mission effectively ended the Space Race and fulfilled a national goal set by President John F. Kennedy. This historic feat changed the world forever.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary, National Geographic kicks off its Space Week programming event with the epic two-hour feature documentary "Apollo: Missions to the Moon." Airing globally in 172 countries and 43 languages, the film is executive produced and directed by acclaimed Emmy and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Tom Jennings ("Challenger Disaster: Lost Tapes," "Diana: In Her Own Words").
The film weaves together more than 500 hours of footage, 800 hours of audio and 10,000 photos, using Jennings' signature style of first-person storytelling to take viewers behind the scenes. This intimate, immersive account spans the full sweep of NASA's Apollo Space Program — from the ill-fated Apollo 1 mission, which claimed the lives of three astronauts, to the final flight that brought the program to a close.
"Beyond audio and footage of the brave astronauts, 'Apollo: Missions to the Moon' creates a tapestry of the collective sights and sounds that brings us back to the golden age of space," says Jennings.
The film features newly transferred film and never-before-heard audio to recount the groundbreaking, key moments of America's goal to land on the moon before 1970. With no narration nor modern-day talking heads, the missions are experienced entirely through archival TV footage, never-before-heard radio broadcasts, home movies, NASA film and mission-control audio to create an eyewitness-like experience. The film includes several firsts, including the combination of NASA footage with "black-box" recordings from Apollo capsules and the synchronization of 30-track audio from mission control.
"'Apollo: Missions to the Moon' unveils what was happening not only on the ground at mission control but also in the homes of the families and friends who stood by as their loved ones took to the skies," says Jennings. "The whole world stopped for a moment to rejoice and take pride in the boundless sense of courage and optimism that Apollo made possible."
"'Apollo: Missions to the Moon' is not just a show; it's an experience," says Geoff Daniels, executive vice president of global unscripted entertainment at National Geographic. "It's filled with intimate, exquisite moments that put you on the edge of your seat and reveal the human face of heroism at a time when our country — and the world — was deeply divided. Apollo renewed our purpose and passion for space exploration, which is deeply woven into our human DNA and at the core of National Geographic. Now, 50 years later, this film could not be more relevant; it reminds us what we can achieve together and has the power to transform us all."
Composed by James Everingham for Bleeding Fingers Music and produced by Academy Award, Golden Globe, Tony Award and Grammy Award winner Hans Zimmer and Emmy-nominated Russell Emanuel, the film's score captures the spirit of the time. The predominantly orchestral score features electronically manipulated sounds from the 1960's heyday of NASA space explorations, including the Apollo mission open radio frequencies, the Kepler Star and Sputnik's telemetry beacon.
"Apollo: Missions to the Moon" is produced by 1895 Films for National Geographic Documentary Films. For 1895 Films, Jennings is executive producer and director. For National Geographic Documentary Films, Bernadette McDaid is executive producer and commissioning editor and Hamish Mykura is executive vice president of programming and development.
Posts: 36 From: Denmark Registered: Aug 2014
posted 04-13-2022 08:20 AM
Is it possible to buy a PAL region 2 or region free Blu-Ray version of Tom Jennings "Apollo Missions to the Moon" from inside the EU? I prefer Blu-Ray, but hints about DVD or download are also very welcome.
I've seen the movie on Disney+ and would like to have it in my collection.
Posts: 6306 From: Geneva, Switzerland Registered: May 2006
posted 04-13-2022 09:07 AM
Maybe you should ask National Geographic if they produced a PAL (or non NTSC) version of it. From my searches I couldn't find any.