Apollo 13

They were 200,000 miles from Earth when an explosion crippled their spacecraft, stranding them, perhaps forever. Relive the thrilling true story of the catastrophic flight of Apollo 13 and the crew's heroic battle against the odds in this documentary, through first-hand accounts from the pilots, their families, and Mission Control.
Noel BucknerRob Whittlesey
John AaronFred Haise
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Steve LottReviewed in the United States on November 19, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Worth watching
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Very good documentary. Especially good filler info for those who have watched Tom Hank's Apollo 13 movie
Thomas E. DavisReviewed in the United States on November 12, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Insights into a brilliant team
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This documentary explains in some depth, but not in overwhelming detail, the complex procedures that an enormous group of people all over the country went through to rescue the astronauts of the Apollo 13 Moon mission after a disastrous failure of their spacecraft in April 1970. The film also offers a great collection of archival footage and interviews with the essential players in a vast human and technological drama. If you, like me, were alive at the time of these history-making events, or if you are interested in the manned exploration of space, or if you enjoyed the Hollywood film "Apollo 13," this program will bring back memories and help fill gaps in your knowledge. Although it's very low-key and a bit dry, and though it would benefit from a better narrator than "Lost in Space" actor Billy Mumy, it's nevertheless quite engrossing and enjoyable overall.
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Daniel D. NordmannReviewed in the United States on July 29, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Poor sound and video quality don't detract from the piece
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The sound and picture quality is very
poor but the content is excellent. Having never seen the Ron Howard movie entitled Apollo 13 I watched this documentary knowing very little about the event. I suggest using captions because there are several clips where the audio makes it difficult to understand. As a technical person I could have watched a 3 hour version of this simply to learn more about the amazing problem solving that took place. The information is well presented and this makes for a great addition to any 50th anniversary Apollo 11 viewing. Glad I watched this before viewing the Ron Howard movie.
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Louis CypherReviewed in the United States on December 3, 2015
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True American Heros.
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I loved the movie Apollo 13 but I know that Hollywood will add or take away from the true story to fit their needs and I wanted to know the real story. I had not really looked into any documentaries about this mission until I found out earlier this year that I live two streets down from Fred Haise. I got to meet him, his wife and their two dogs. I didn't want to ask him a bunch of questions because we had gone to drop off something at his house and I didn't want to bother him. This documentary was kind of low budget, but still answered a lot of questions that I had, It also had a lot of good actual footage of what was going on at NASA and in the space capsule during the planning.
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James Galalie Marine RepairReviewed in the United States on August 1, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
as a poor working for nothing Class of people
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Well it's been a few years since this NASA tribute happened, It did grip the world stage as mentioned in the Documentary. I was a elementary school kid during all this Man in space, with many local tests daily effecting my routine and way above my awareness levels. Wholly regret we as a peoples lost interest in exploration, advancements, science as a second language and bettering the planet through global cooperation. The Time explained during these events still relates to our commonality as humans, as Americans, as a poor working for nothing Class of people. If you have any brains to reflect the Who's and Why's watch this, see if you understand how fragile we were and Are.
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John GableReviewed in the United States on July 12, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Very Muddy Audio
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This is an older recording that obviously hasn't been remastered, or cleaned up in any way. All of the audio is, as the title says, very muddy. Most of the higher frequency sounds can be heard, so anyone with a higher speaking voice is understandable...... Then there's Ken Mattingly. His audio is so bad that maybe if you watched it a few times, you might be able to understand most of what he says.

I wonder if it would be possible for Amazon to try and clean up the audio for this film, since this is an important moment in history, and I'd hate to see it get lost due to age.
Alpine SpiritReviewed in the United States on July 20, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
I loved this movie
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I loved this movie. It is more from the ground operations and engineering perspective than that of the astronauts. I used to work in this field. It just amazes me, from personal experience, how much slow and meticulous work goes into preparing for a mission like this. It takes forever. Yet, in a crisis, the engineers are so brilliant, the world comes together, and we can come up with unproven and untested solutions in just a few hours. Hooray for humanity! Look at the amazing things we can do under pressure. I find it all so inspiring. Now.... let's go out and solve global warming!!
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ScottReviewed in the United States on January 8, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Poor SD quality made this film visually suffer
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Poor SD quality made this film visually suffer. But the content, and the reality of events that this movie told without typical Hollywood manipulation, brings to light the true story of this event. It also downgrades Ron Howard's remarkable film because of the amount of historical manipulation they did to make their movie dramatic. I am glad I watched this film to better understand what really happened up there.
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