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DVD Talk reviews for Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

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Apollo 11 (Blu-ray)
by Ryan Keefer

The Movie:

At the time First Man came out, I was both impressed and a little bit aggravated about the outrage surrounding the film, because I thought it was one of the best films of 2018. And as it turns out, one of the best films of 2019 may be on this same ground.

Todd Douglas Miller directed the film, which is almost exclusively shown through newly discovered 65mm film from NASA's archives, with occasional extracurricular newsreel footage and some computer animations that help to illustrate the difficulty of a particular task that Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins had to experience in the run-up to and departure from the world's first exploration of the lunar surface. The film does not interview the astronauts or anyone else in a contemporary context, relying heavily on audio between Mission Control and t...Read the entire review »

Melvin and Howard (Blu-ray)
by Stuart Galbraith IV

Back in the days when I lived in "Hollywood," most of my neighbors were like Melvin Dummar, the protagonist of Melvin and Howard (1980). One had written a Gone with the Wind-type romantic epic set in Italy, but this first-time writer would only sell her script if the buyer also agreed she could play its Scarlett O'Hara-esque heroine. Another believed his pet project to direct a $100-million epic adaptation of a novel about druids was always on the verge of going into production, this despite the fact that he never acquired the screen rights. Or that his credits consisted mainly of driving a honeywagon (portable toilet truck) on a forged driver's license. Others, would-be movie stars, mostly hung around the swimming pool, waiting to be discovered, until their money ran out and they were forced back home to the Middle West and beyond.

Reminiscent of Michael Ritchie's criminally underrate...Read the entire review »

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