Hail Columbia! (1982) - Rotten Tomatoes

Hail Columbia! (1982)





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The maiden flight of the first space shuttle was a much-anticipated event. In this program, the viewer will see the behind-the-scenes preparations and meet the personnel behind the launch. Hail Columbia! covers the pre-launch activities, the awe-inspiring and visually stimulating take-off, and the flight itself. The pilot of the Columbia, Robert Crippen, and astronaut John Young provide commentary, and the engineers, scientists, and other staff are seen as they ready the shuttle. Re-entry of the shuttle is anxiously awaited, and the successful landing is featured as well.


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As IMax films go, this one was pretty weak. Picture a 7 story screen which projects a small 4x3 square (sometimes squares) of picture(s) that 30 years later are transferred to the DVD for home video and then listen to various comments from family "why is the picture so small?" While this might have looked good in the theater and when the mosaic effect is used the actual all encompussing IMAX images are few and far between but when they do show themselves the pics are spectacular as the shuttle launches and another where the crowds gather awaiting the arrival. The later Shuttle Imax films are much better but if you're a space nut you might enjoy this nostalgic film.

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