A 1970 documentary on the moon landing is being re-released to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11’s famous voyage.
“Moonwalk One” was commissioned by NASA but did not enjoy the success that had originally been expected. Producers blamed an oversaturation of space coverage in the news, but the director has high hopes this time round.
“I guess I felt at some point people would want to see the film again because enough time would have passed. The film was built around the idea that people could look at it much later,” explains director Theo Kamecke.
Although NASA films all space missions for research purposes, this was the first time that footage was cut into a feature-length documentary.
For those involved, documenting the journey of Apollo 11 was a huge honour. Since it was made, NASA has lost one of only two copies of the film. The surviving print has been kept by the director.
The film has now been fully restored for DVD release in high definition widescreen with surround sound.
“Moonwalk One” documents everything from the making of the space suits, to the actual moon landing on July 20th 1969, when Neil Armstrong uttered his immortal phrase, “It’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”