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The Mighty Saturns Part I: The Early Saturns (2003)

The history, development, specifications, accomplishments, and launch footage of America's first heavy-lift space launch vehicles, the Saturn I and Saturn IB rockets.

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The history, development, specifications, accomplishments, and launch footage of America's first heavy-lift space launch vehicles, the Saturn I and Saturn IB rockets.

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Rare and valuable footage but lacks quality of in film-production
18 April 2017 | by See all my reviews

This is not what I would call a documentary film per se that is organically woven into a single interesting narrative. Rather, in a small time available, they literally squeezed in footage of every single launch of Saturns I and IB's with summary narrative describing each particular flight in a fashion that tears up a single narrative. As a result the narrative that is otherwise nice and informative (describing the general design, contributions of Wernher von Braun, JFK's visit to NASA) is ruined by these dry, factual, and at times details that are too specific for a 40-minute film.

The documentary does feature interviews of people who managed the projects which gives a good background to what was happening but the annoying black screen title card introductions to each ruin these too. Some of the choices of music were also pretty bad. It has a very good professional narrator which is probably the only plus for this film along with some rare footage that you normally wouldn't see anywhere else.

Other than that, it is quite an unprofessionally made documentary with bad editing and script. Still, for what it is it gives plenty of information and footage and certainly worth a look for any space fan as one can hardly find any other films about the early Saturns.


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