DESOLATION - WALKING ON THE MOON (IMAX) (2005)
Magnificent Desolation - Walking on the Moon (IMAX) (2005)
Actors: John Corbett, Bryan Cranston, Matt Damon, Scott Glenn, Bill
Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video,
Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only)
Aspect Ratio: 1.66: 1
Number of discs: 1
Run Time: 40 minutes
Most IMAX presentations are aimed at sheer spectacle rather than in-depth
analysis. This is also true of Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the
Moon, a NASA / Lockheed Martin sponsored feature about lunar exploration
in the 1960s and 1970s. Then again, with a running time of a mere 40
minutes, what does one expect?
Also, seeing as the feature is especially
designed for the several storey high IMAX screen, watching it on your home
entertainment theatre is a bit pointless no matter how big your plasma
screen may be. Magnificent Desolation works best as a memento if
you'd already seen it at an IMAX cinema.
If you're looking for more in-depth information, then Magnificent
Desolation is an okay introduction to the topic, but nothing more. At
one point it raises the question what did the astronauts do as far as toilet
conveniences went on their eight-day mission to the moon, crammed into that
tiny unit. Alas, no answer is forthcoming, which is a pity as I was rather
As such Magnificent Desolation is designed to pique children's
interest in the topic, something which it'll succeed at admirably. But it is
kind of sad to think that the kids interviewed for this feature will
probably never set foot on the moon.
Back in the ?Seventies children too grew up with the idea that one day
anyone could go the moon. Heck, they might even send up a film crew to shoot
some footage especially for a documentary! Alas, it was never to be. At the
time of writing only 12 people have set foot on the moon and IMAX had to use
some CGI to recreate a moon landing and moonwalks.