The 2019 documentary “Apollo 11“ featuring astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, and Michael Collins is coming to Blu-ray Disc on May 14th via Universal. The film shows never-before-seen large-format film footage from the first moon landing and was directed by Todd Douglas Miller. At the time of writing this, it carries a perfect 100% rating and is “Certified Fresh” over at Rotten Tomatoes, a little over a month ahead of its March theatrical release.
UPDATE: Tech specs for the release include 1080p video and Dolby Digital 5.1 sound, only on a BD-25 (25-gigabyte single layer Blu-ray Disc) – according to the Universal press site. It’s unknown if the aspect ratio of 2.20:1 will be how the film is presented in HD on this Blu-ray – with there being no mention yet of aspect ratio. Here’s to hoping that is a typo regarding the film not getting a lossless sound mix. The release will come with a digital copy of the film included. The Blu-ray is available for pre-order now over at Amazon and at Best Buy. The only bonus material set to be included on the release (according to the studio press site) is listed below.
- Apollo 11: Discovering the 65MM
Lastly, sadly there would seem to be no plans for a 4K UHD Blu-ray release of this title, which is a real shame. Perhaps if this sells well enough on Blu-ray they’ll consider doing a 4K release? Studios tend to do this type of thing these days with some new releases, especially Universal.