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Apollo 13 (DVD, 1998, Collector's Edition Widescreen)

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Apollo 13 is Educational as well as Entertaining!!!

Mar 18, 2010
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Pros:Keeps you on the edge of your seat, and teaches something about history.

Cons:There are a couple of slow parts but not many.

The Bottom Line: Well written movie, keeps you interested the whole time. It is very educational yet entertaining. This is a must watch movie, don't miss out.


Apollo 13 is about the historical flight of NASA mission Apollo 13.  This space mission was going to be the third one of its kind to go land on the moon, however an in flight emergency occurred preventing the astronauts from ever landing on the moon and barely making it home to earth.  This movie is a highly detailed and accurate account of what the astronauts and their families endured during this state of emergency and confusion. It also graphically depicts the efforts that went into saving their lives from the scientists and engineers at Mission Control in Houston, Texas.
This movie is a precise insight into the mission of Apollo 13 in which James Novell (played by Tom Hanks), Fred Haise (played by Bill Paxton), and Jack Swigert (played by Kevin Bacon) were three NASA astronauts tasked with flying to the moon on April 11, 1970. Their adventure started out normal as they rocketed toward space but once in outer space things went drastically wrong for the crew.  An explosion inside of one of the oxygen tanks aboard the service module caused both oxygen tanks to fail in addition to the electrical system shutting down. 
The detail that the producer brought to this movie was incredible; the inside of the spacecraft was very detailed, right down to all the buttons on the control panel, the spacesuits that the astronauts wore were an exact replica of what was worn in the 1970’s, even the biomedical monitors that were attached to them were included.
The film makers really opened my eyes to what really happened during that NASA mission. I knew that Apollo 13 never made it to the moon due to a mechanical error during flight; however, I did not realize the magnitude of how close we came to losing those astronauts in space.  Ron Howard, the director, really did his homework to put an accurate portrayal of this historical event on the big screen.
The DVD can be played in English, French, or Spanish. The subtitles can be viewed in Spanish or English. The movie is viewed with Dolby 5.1. Apollo 13 is rated PG and has a running time of 140 minutes.
In all, I would have to say that Apollo 13 is a must see movie.  Most of you know or have heard about Apollo 13 being a successful failure but never really understood what transpired during those days high above earth. Throughout the movie you bounce back and forth between what the engineers and scientist were doing on earth to alleviate the problem, to the physical and mental anguish the astronauts were experiencing, as well as the highly emotional stress that family and friends were also feeling throughout the ordeal. Ron Howard made a great film/documentary. It would be a shame to miss out on the historical education gained from watching Apollo 13.


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