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    Unique ID Code: 0000016802
    Added by: DVD Reviewer
    Added on: 22/4/2001 12:37
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    Apollo 13 (DTS) (US)

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    Houston, we have a problem
    Certificate: PG
    Running Time: 140 mins
    Retail Price: $34.99
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    It had been less than a year since man first walked on the moon, but as far as the American public was concerned, Apollo 13 was just another "routine" space flight- until these words pierced the immense void of space: "Houston, we have a problem." Ron Howard directs Academy Award winner Ton Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise, and Ed Harris in a riveting suspense-thriller from Imagine Entertainment.

    Stranded 205,000 miles from Earth in a crippled spacecraft, astronauts Jim Lovell, Fred Haise and Jack Swigert fight a desperate battle to survive. Meanwhile, at Mission Control, astronaut Ken Mattingly, flight director Gene Kranz and a heroic ground crew race against time, and the odds, to bring them home.

    It’s a breathtaking adventure that tells a story of courage, faith and ingenuity that is all the more remarkable because it is true!

    Special Features:
    Interactive Menus
    Scene Access

    Video Tracks:
    Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital Surround 2.0 English
    DTS 5.1 English

    Directed By:
    Ron Howard

    Written By:

    Gary Sinise
    Bill Paxton
    Tom Hanks
    Kathleen Quinlan
    Ed Harris
    Kevin Bacon

    Casting By:
    Jane Jenkins
    Janet Hirshenson

    Soundtrack By:
    James Horner

    Music From:
    Pete Townshend

    Michael J. Hill
    Daniel P. Hanley

    Costume Designer:
    Rita Ryack

    Production Designer:
    Michael Corenblith

    Aldric La`Auli Porter
    Michael Bostick
    Louisa Velis
    Brian Grazer

    Executive Producer:
    Todd Hallowell

    Universal Pictures

    Your Opinions and Comments

    9 / 10
    This Tom Hanks biggie is getting on a little now, but despite endless viewing (and countless dts demo`s!!), ive never found a reason to be bored yet.Some may disagree, saying that its long in the tooth and slow, but hey its horses for courses!
    You know the story by now,so i`ll concentrate on the disc itself.Like many of my first purchases, i`d bought the r2 dd5.1 version of this when i first had my wharfedale 750-but-like most av nutcases,read about all those lovely r1 discs containing dts.This,along with The Bone Collector,was one of the first dts experiences id had in the home.Awesome just doesn`t describe this disc enough-the picture,framed in its original cinemascope ratio,has an authentic grainy look to it but remains solid and crisp throughout,particularly in the outer space scenes.On a large,decent widescreen tv its nothing short of an experience,the brilliant zero gravity photography and cgi creating a believable sense of realism.Top marks to Ron Howard on that one.
    And the dts?Well,on a good system the dd5.1 audio is good,but this dts copy is frankly staggering,with low end subwoofer effects that`ll rattle the windows...3 doors down!Where the dts scores over dolby is in the subtle and more atmospheric rear effects,check out little bits like when the shuttle hatch is closed in chapter eleven-the sense of `being there` is quite uncanny.To really impress though, just play from chapter 10 onwards and witness the tension building drama,the combination of acting,great cinematography,cgi,the james horner score,all add up to a savage take off sequence(when Howard mentions the use of `HEAVY DTS LOW END` in the commentary-HE MEANS IT!
    This is great entertainment,and on dvd has the presentation it deserves-final mention to the jim/marilyn lovell commentary,what other dvd can boast chatter from the real life stars of the on screen action?If you have dts then give this a whirl,if you dont then still buy for a great movie,long it may be,but i loved it.Great stuff...
    posted by Westy on 25/4/2001 01:28