The Video: Sizing Up the Picture
This is the 15th Anniversary Edition of 'Apollo 13,' yet Universal succeeds in providing us with a lushly detailed AVC-encoded transfer. Fine detail is uncanny for the most part. Some soft shots are occasionally sprinkled in, but the scenes in space are some of the best as far as detail and crispness that I've seen on a catalog title of this vintage. From the worn instruments of the spacecraft to the facial details of its inhabitants, this is an extremely rich video presentation. Blacks are deep. When the lights in the spacecraft are shut off, delineation is spot on, providing fantastic depth and dimension. Technically, this presentation is leaps and bounds above the DVD presentation. This will delight videophiles and will give you great demo material to show to your friends. When they come over, show them the rocket taking off. The launch scene is one of the most detailed of the entire movie, and it looks amazing in high definition.