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The newly remastered For All Mankind is an account of NASA’s journeys to the Moon, told through videos from the Apollo missions.
Unlike some modern documentaries it doesn’t have, or need, flashy effects or a booming narration. Instead the director, Al Reinhart, allows the story to be told through audio clips of the astronauts’ reflections, dubbed over the incredible footage. What is shown is not only an incredible technological feat, but also its human side, including the sheer joy of it – captured perfectly by the astronauts bounding across the Moon’s surface laughing and joking. With Brian Eno’s soundtrack this film should be on every science fan’s DVD shelf. (Eureka Entertainment, RRP £19.99)