For All Mankind (R2/UK BD) (MOC) in November
have announced the UK DVD and Blu-ray Disc release of Al Reinert’s For All Mankind as part of their Masters of Cinema Series on 16th November 2009. During the Apollo lunar missions from 1968 to 1972, those onboard were given 16mm cameras and told to film anything and everything they could, in space, in orbit, and on the surface of the moon itself. Two decades later, filmmaker Al Reinert went into the NASA vaults to create this extraordinary compendium of their journeys and experiences.
Assembled from hundreds of hours of the astronauts' own footage, with a soundtrack made up of their memories and a specially composed score by Brian Eno, the film takes the form of one journey to the moon and back again. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Criterion's beautiful high-definition restoration of the film for its UK home viewing première in a comprehensive, director-approved special edition.
Priced at £19.99 RRP on DVD and £24.99 RRP on Blu-ray Disc, features include:
- A new, restored high-definition transfer, supervised and approved by director Al Reinert
- Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, remastered from the original sound stems
- Audio commentary featuring Reinert and Apollo 17 commander Eugene A. Cernan, the last man to set foot on the moon
- An Accidental Gift: The Making of "For All Mankind," a new documentary featuring interviews with Reinert, Apollo 12 and Skylab astronaut Alan Bean, and NASA archive specialists
- A gallery of Bean's artwork, inspired by his life as an astronaut, with commentary and a filmed introduction
- NASA audio highlights and liftoff footage
- Optional on-screen identification of astronauts and mission control specialists
- New optional English subtitles (SDH) for the hearing impaired
- A luxurious booklet, featuring essays, credits, stills, a new interview with Brian Eno, and more.