Jun 302019
 

NASA: A Journey Through Space is a disappointing and frankly amateurish documentary series that merely utilizes public domain archive footage and sound bites rather than putting in the work and conduct actual interviews.

 

 

NASA: A Journey Through Space
(2016)

Genre(s): Documentary
Mill Creek Entertainment | NR – 318 min. – $14.98 | July 9, 2019

Date Published: 06/30/2019 | Author: The Movieman


SERIES INFO:
Directed by: Various
Writer(s): Various
Cast: Coby Batty (narrator)
DISC INFO:
Features: None
Slip Cover: Yes
Digital Copy: Yes
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 2
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 2.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.78
Subtitles: English SDH
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A

Mill Creek Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own.

THE MOVIE — 2.5/5


As I watched NASA: A Journey Through Space, the statement on the back cover “This release is not sponsored or endorsed by […] NASA” because this was a rather piss-poor series which originally came out in 2016. The entire series is comprised of archive footage set against narration. No interviews with even former members of NASA, previous astronauts, experts in the field… nothing at all. It was disappointing because even an overview of space exploration should’ve been interesting, but it was quite the bore.

Should be noted, previous reviews online outlined some errors with incorrect images with the narration, since I’m hardly an expert on NASA and space exploration as a whole, I can’t speak to any inaccuracies, but will say the error of Neil Armstrong being referred to as Neil Young has seemed to have been corrected for this Blu-ray release.

Honestly, just check out When We Left Earth if you’re interested in the advancement of space travel or the recent Apollo 11 if you want specifics on that mission. Really a shame.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 0/5


This 2-disc set is housed in a standard Blu-ray case and comes with a matted slip cover. No features were included. There is a code inside for the recently formed “movieSpree” app that Mill Creek has joined.

 

VIDEO – 3.25/5


Although this documentary is now shown with a 1080p high-definition transfer versus the old 480p standard definition version on DVD, I can’t say it’s probably a significant improvement. The issue is, it seems 99% is filled with archive footage and maybe the segments dealing with the modern times looking a bit better.

AUDIO – 3.5/5


The disc includes a regular DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 track and the bulk is, of course, the narration and some older sound bites or clips which blare through the two speakers, where at times it can be too strong. Personally, might be better to have the audio go through your television speakers…

 

OVERALL – 2.25/5


NASA: A Journey Through Space is a disappointing and frankly amateurish documentary series that merely utilizes public domain archive footage and sound bites rather than putting in the work and conduct actual interviews with those involved as well as experts in NASA and its history. You get more and better information out of a 45-minte episode of some Science Channel series than this.

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