Other than some slightly dated and obvious computer graphics, there isn’t really any flaws with this film. If you love space exploration, astronauts, NASA, and the like, plus you enjoy being on the edge of your seat, then I highly recommend this movie. I don’t even like space stuff, but I was still thoroughly entertained here. There’s a perfect blend of drama and thrilling events that’s enough to please anyone. A great movie for all ages to be sure (it’ll even teach the kiddies a thing or two).
Lost Moon: The Triumph of Apollo 13 (58:04): An excellent “making-of” featurette that covers everything you would want to know about the movie and more. The only problem is the over-usage of clips from the actual movie, which is irritating.
Feature Commentary (with Ron Howard): A very in-depth commentary that entertains and informs, despite having a few annoying pauses every once in awhile. Still a great listen.
Feature Commentary (with Jim and Marilyn Lovell): What a great idea! With this track, we get to enjoy listening to the real Jim Lovell (played by Hanks in the movie) as him and his wife tell their thoughts about the film, as well as give some interesting tidbits concerning being an astronaut. They don’t talk constantly, but everything they say seems to add a sense of realism to the movie.
Also available are some Production Notes and the Theatrical Trailer.
APOLLO 13: IMAX Experience: Aside from the picture perfect video and flawless audio transfer, this is nothing more than a shortened version of the original film. In fact, a full 24 minutes has been cut out. If you have a short attention span and want to get straight to the action, then I guess this one is for you. I recommend sticking to the theatrical version.
Conquering Space: The Moon and Beyond (48:25): Fans of NASA and everything to do with space exploration are sure to love this lengthy featurette. It basically explains the obstacles NASA has faced and overcome during the past 45 years. I can’t really say I loved it, but it’s certainly an informative watch.
Lucky 13: The Astronauts’ Story (12:14): Yes, it may be short, but it’s also very cool. Mainly consisting of interviews discussing the mission, this featurette also includes some very interesting archive footage. Watch it.