Parents need to know that much of the footage in this well-made documentary series about NASA's history is original film shot at the time of the early space missions -- a time when attitudes toward gender and race were just beginning to change and when smoking was a lot more common. So expect to see plenty of shots of people smoking, including one of the astronauts' wives lighting up in front of her kids. It's also worth noting that minority groups were not represented (beyond clerical and other support positions) during the program's early days. The series covers the highs and the lows of the space program, including explosions -- some of which were deadly.
When We Left Earth is a six-part series; Tuesday night's screening featured episode two, about the Gemini missions of the mid-1960s. It was an apt pick for the big screen, because Project Gemini was the first U.S. spaceflight initiative to feature space walks, which are always good eye candy. It was also an upbeat chapter to screen, considering Project Gemini went relatively smoothly and disaster-free, minus a (SPOILER ALERT!) moderate nail-biter when Gemini VI initially failed to launch.
: David Sington's theatrically-released 2007 documentary on the Apollo missions, \"In the Shadow of the Moon\" was planned to be released on DVD Tuesday and some retailers did indeed put copies out for sale. But others, including online bookseller Amazon.com, have listed month-long delays. Reports by video industry publications attribute the supply problem to Image Entertainment and a failed merger, which left their ability to distribute the DVD in question. However, a court ruling announced today gave Image the ability to proceed with offering the disc, which includes an hour of extended and deleted scenes, audio commentary tracks, and a new intro by Ron Howard, who 'presented' the film for theaters. 59ce067264