Finally in the UK: Apollo 11 lands... in a cinema near you | 6/19/1969 | Staff
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The Register took a spin down memory lane to have a look at the just-released-in-the-UK Apollo 11 film and to ask the question: is it any good? We are pleased to report back on our findings.

Squeaking in just before the 50th anniversary of the first crewed Moon landings, the documentary pieces together recently uncovered 65mm footage with more conventional 35mm and 16mm film as well as television footage to attempt to tell the Apollo 11 story once again.

Course - Story - Times - Damien - Chazelle

It is, of course, a story that has been told many, many times before. Damien Chazelle's star-studded First Man had a crack at it from the perspective of the infamously private Neil Armstrong. Tom Hanks produced the rather excellent From the Earth to the Moon series for HBO just over 20 years ago to attempt to explain what Apollo was all about. And, of course, there are any number of books and documentaries dealing with that first landing.

Apollo 11, produced and directed by Todd Douglas Miller, does things a little differently, eschewing narration to allow the subjects of the documentary to speak for themselves as well as show off some truly breath-taking footage amid the nifty editing.

Visuals - IMAX - Screen - Saturn - V

Certainly, the 65mm visuals are stunning, especially when viewed on the towering IMAX screen. The Saturn V has truly never looked so good, nor so vertiginous as a camera peers down from above the command module, or follows the stately progress of the crawler as it transports the behemoth to the launchpad.

Command Module pilot Michael Collins practices in the CM simulator on June 19, 1969, at Kennedy Space Center.

Course - Downside - Clarity - Footage - Downgrade

Of course, the downside of the startling clarity of the 65mm footage is the jarring downgrade of the inevitable switch back to 35mm or 16mm film – the film feels very bookended by the glorious visuals with shots of...
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