First Man

First Man

DVD - 2019 | Widescreen version
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The riveting story behind the first manned mission to the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the decade leading to the historic Apollo 11 flight. A visceral and intimate account told from Armstrong's perspective, based on the book by James R. Hansen, the film explores the triumphs and the cost, on Armstrong, his family, his colleagues and the nation itself; of one of the most dangerous missions in history.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, [2019]
Edition: Widescreen version
Branch Call Number: DVD F DRAMA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 141 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 5.1
laser optical,NTSC
video file,DVD video,region 1
Alternative Title: First man (Motion picture)

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duane767
Mar 13, 2019

Simultaneously epic and small, at times too quick and too slow, it's a memorable effort by its two lead stars, Mr. Gosling and Ms. Foy.

CircMary Mar 13, 2019

Why do we know so little about Neil Armstrong? With the 50th anniversary of the moon landing fast approaching, I am in to all things Apollo so this movie fit the bill. The perspective is a more personal and a bit darker than some of the other astronaut movies that have come out, but I highly recommend it, as well as the interesting bonus features.

VaughanPLDavidB Mar 12, 2019

I was looking forward to watching this movie, but I have to say I'm more than disappointed. Neil Armstrong headed perhaps the greatest feat of exploration humanity has ever achieved, yet that achievement almost seems to be beside the point. Everything in this story that ought to have been small was made large, and everything that ought to have been large was made small. And, for a movie that leaned so heavily on depicting personal relationships, there was absolutely no chemistry among any of the actors. I can't believe Armstrong was as wooden as Ryan Gosling portrayed him. Claire Foy as Janet Armstrong tried to muster up some emotion, but it wasn't nearly enough to rescue this 140 minute slog.

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graybear3
Mar 05, 2019

This is a memoir or biographical film, not Sci-Fi. It drags in places but has a great ending. If you're looking for a lot of action or suspense, you'll be disappointed. If you have no idea of what the space race was or know nothing about the early astronauts, you may find this a bit more enlightening. Overall, it's worth seeing but not done as well as it could have been.

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davem753
Mar 03, 2019

I didn't care for this movie and am dumbfounded at how it was nominated for any Oscars. I found the sound effects wholly unrealistic. The visual effects were overdone, too. I felt both Gosling's and Foy's performances were a bit uneven (though that may be more of a problem with direction) and at times unconvincing.

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Wendie
Mar 01, 2019

Slow, long and drawn out. Could have been at least 1/2 hour less. I like Gossling so I picked this one up. Claire Foy is good, but you should see her in the Girl in the Spider's Web - excellent!

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matcat44
Feb 24, 2019

remembering this event and having seen much footage over the years, I found this flat and Ryan Gosslings performance empty somehow.

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winston16
Feb 23, 2019

Wonderful movie! I wish I had paid more attention to the actual moon landing, but I was a teenager with my own thing going on and didn't realize at the time what an amazing achievement it really was (the technology of the time is pretty primitive which makes it all the more amazing). Excellent acting and compelling, emotional story. Now I want to watch a documentary on the same subject to better appreciate what actually happened.

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bob33lib
Feb 14, 2019

As a child I stayed up all hours of the night to watch these launches live on black and white TV. The DVD did a very good job of bringing all of those memories to life as if I was watching for the first time. Good Job, I hope the newer generations can understand the time and the joy.

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jimg2000
Feb 11, 2019

Extraordinary POV experience enabled by employing a giant LED wall instead of green screen, with sight, sound and feel of our astronauts from Missions X-15, Gemini to Apollo 11 that we knew landed on the moon successfully when the space program was run by computers with less computing power than a washing machine! (Watch the extras on the explanation of those wrenching computer alerts.) Per wiki:

Biographical drama based on the 2005 book "First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong" by James R. Hansen, the film stars Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong (August 5, 1930 - August 25, 2012) and Claire Foy as his first wife Janet (March 23, 1934 - June 21, 2018).

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jimg2000
Feb 11, 2019

IMDb posted the best ones though there's more, many technical though. These ones are interesting as well:

I barely lasted two minutes in that ice bath. Of course, I suppose
NASA's more interested in the psychological reaction.
-Well, I think I made it pretty clear that I thought it was cold.
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As you know, our decision to forego direct ascent in favor of a lunar orbit
rendezvous approach to the eventual Moon mission has had a major impact
on Gemini. Do you have any thoughts on that decision?
-Well, even considering von Braun's initial criticism, it seems that the payload saved by parking the primary vehicle in orbit and sending a smaller ship
down to the lunar surface is well worth the resulting challenges.
What do you see as the challenges?
-Cislunar navigation, for one. And rendezvous and docking.
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Mrs. Armstrong! Have all your prayers been answered?
-Yes, yes, they have.
How would you describe the flight?
-Well, uh, I can only say it was outta this world.

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