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
English [CC]
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Rob WhittleseyZvi Dor-NerBeth HarringtonMichael Milker
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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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Thomas E. DavisReviewed in the United States on November 12, 2018
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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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James E. AddisonReviewed in the United States on July 4, 2021
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1.5 stars.....
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1 stars: Couldn't watch more than 15 minutes. Unwatchable, or language not as described.
1.5 stars: Just started it to get if off my, "movies we think you'll like", list permanently.
2 stars: Jumped my way to the end for the ending. Unwatchable, but interested in how this turd ended.
2.5 stars: I fell asleep, or closed my eyes for most of it.
3 stars: Watched it all, but not happy about it. Nothing better to do.
4 stars: I watched it, liked it well enough. Would never watch it again.
5 stars: Great moving picture show! I'll watch it again, and maybe again in a few years.
djfReviewed in the United States on May 16, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
I loved this.
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The "successful failure" was inspiring to me. As a young boy I can remember this event vividly and was amazed that they lived. I remember my parents were worried and it showed on their faces so I was worried and thought, what does it mean if they die? The elation when the astronauts were seen walking and climbing down out of the helicopter gave me a feeling of victory and was perhaps the greatest TV moment I can recall. This show is perhaps dated but I like them like that. It captures the moment in the moment that it happened. I gave this five stars.
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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.
Rob59AZReviewed in the United States on July 20, 2016
3.0 out of 5 stars
but his narration makes it sound like a children's story
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I understand why they picked Billy Mumy to narrate, given the Lost in Space connection and all, but his narration makes it sound like a children's story. If I didn't know so much about Apollo 13 already it might have held my interest better. And did the person that did the cover art even watch the video? It has nothing to do with anything in the documentary. Pacing lags in places, but overall it is an engrossing story reasonably well told.
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MachguyReviewed in the United States on February 28, 2016
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Facts you didn't know about Apollo 13 !!
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If you enjoyed 'Apollo 13' the motion picture, you'll likely find this quite interesting as it offers some very interesting insight into the actual events that took place during that phenomenal event. It's a documentary that is well worth seeing for those who were nothing short of amazed with the events of the Apollo 13 mission. This is the story of many heroes around the globe who made it possible, with a major joint effort, to bring our astronauts back to Earth safely!
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Alpine SpiritReviewed in the United States on July 20, 2016
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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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