Magnificent Desolation - Walking on the Moon (IMAX) (2005)

Actors: John Corbett, Bryan Cranston, Matt Damon, Scott Glenn, Bill Paxton
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:
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 curious myself.

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.



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