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Magnificent Desolation-Walking on the Moon

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Presented and narrated by Tom Hanks, Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon is an IMAX documentary film that transports the viewer to lunar surface, where you can walk alongside the 12 extraordinary astronauts who have been there, experiencing what they saw, heard, and felt.

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Studio HBO
SKU 205520190
UPC 026359332128
UPC 14 00026359332128
Format DVD
Release Date 12/8/2009
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Cast & Crew
Alan Shepard - Voice Of
Bill Paxton - Voice Of
Blake Neely - Original Music By
Buzz Aldrin - Voice Of
Charles Dwight Lee - Production Designer
Donnie Wahlberg - Voice Of
John Travolta - Voice Of
Kevin Pollak - Voice Of
Mark Cowen - Director
Mark Herzog - Executive Producer
Matt Damon - Voice Of
Matthew McConaughey - Voice Of
Morgan Freeman - Voice Of
Neil Armstrong - Voice Of
Paul Newman - Voice Of
Sean MacLeod Phillips - Cinematographer
Tom Hanks - Narrated By
Tom Hanks - Producer
Tom Hanks, et. al. - Writer
Reviews
ReviewSource FilmJerk.com
Review Looking to examine the NASA space program of the 1960s, "Magnificent Desolation" comes armed with large-format aspirations, and the power of 3D. Being the latest lunar adventure from space-obsessed Tom Hanks, the picture is made with care and admiration, and provides a first-class look at what it took to travel to the moon at a time when it seemed impossible...After "Apollo 13," and the HBO mini-series, "From Earth to the Moon," "Magnificent Desolation" is another investigative piece by Hanks that probes into the gumption it took to travel to the moon in the 1960s..."Desolation," with its bookend sequences of children dreaming of space travel, is nakedly ambitious in its intent to reanimate the atrophying thirst for space exploration (or any type of explorer frame of mind). Yet, this is not some ugly play for American patriotism; "Magnificent Desolation" is adoring and respectful to the history of the space program, and earnestly hopeful that what was accomplished before can be expanded on for the future. The film also reminds the viewer of the almost inconceivable heroism that took place in the program.
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Reviewer Brian Orndorf
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource FilmCritic.com
Review When Tom Hanks gets his mitts on a topic, he squeezes it within an inch of its life. So just when you thought Hanks was done with space (Apollo 13, From The Earth to the Moon), he teams with NASA and an all-star roster of talent for this thorough, occasionally thrilling 3D IMAX feature...Magnificent Desolation is another Hanks love letter to the country's lunar program, and his earnestness makes for compelling content about American moon voyages and the details within. But the real awe comes from the film's incredible 3D, giant screen versions of moonwalks, as guided by director Mark Cowen...A funny, unexpected addition to the film is a series of quick interviews with youngsters, proving that today's kids know little to nothing about man's exploits on the moon. To them, traveling to the moon is as fantastical as it was to "lunatics" hundreds of years ago...Even with the lags that occur within Magnificent Desolation, condensing the moon program into roughly 60 minutes is a pretty impressive feat. Giving you the feeling of actually being part of it is even more impressive.
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Reviewer Norm Schrager
ReviewRating 7
Features
DVD, Widescreen, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Desson Thomson, The Washington Post A gee-wonderful virtual visit to the arid orb, which uses ingenious technical sleight of hand to -- let's face it -- fake it beautifully.
Kyle Smith, New York Post Adults will be more than passably entertained by this short, patriotic feature, and kids will be entranced.
Los Angeles Times Enthralling look at what might be the greatest technological feat of the 20th century.
New York Daily News Playful, inspirational...
Seattle Times Offers the most realistic approximation of a moon visit that Earthbound mortals have ever seen.

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