HBO is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing with a re-release of its Emmy-winning 1998 miniseries From the Earth to the Moon.
The 12-part docudrama told the story of the NASA and the space program in the 1960s and 1970s, from the Mercury and Gemini missions, to the tragedy of the Apollo 1 fire, the Apollo 11 landing, and the subsequent lunar landings ending with Apollo 17.
The episodes have been remastered for high-definition, and the standard-definition visual effects have been replaced with new CG effects based on reference models from NASA.
The 12 remastered episodes will be available on HBO Go, HBO Now and HBO On Demand beginning July 15, the first time the series has been available through the apps. In addition, HBO2 will air a marathon of the miniseries beginning at 8:45 a.m. July 20, the 50th anniversary date of the Apollo 11 landing.
A Blu-ray edition of the remastered episodes will be released July 16 with Dolby ATMOS audio and an exclusive “Inside the Remastering” featurette.
The miniseries was produced by Imagine Entertainment following the theatrical success of Apollo 13 in 1995, and went on to win the Emmy for Outstanding Miniseries.
Executive producer Tom Hanks hosts the episodes, and the cast includes David Andrews, Adam Baldwin, David Clennon, Gary Cole, Matt Craven, Brett Cullen, Tim Daly, Cary Elwes, Sally Field, Dave Foley, Al Franken, Tony Goldwyn, Mark Harmon, Tom Hanks, Peter Horton, Chris Isaak, Tcheky Karyo, Daniel Hugh Kelly, Ted Levine, Ann Magnuson, DeLane Matthews, Jay Mohr, Elizabeth Perkins, Kevin Pollak, James Rebhorn, Stephen Root, Alan Ruck, Diana Scarwid, Peter Scolari, Nick Searcy, Grant Shaud, Lane Smith, Cynthia Stevenson, Jobeth Williams and Rita Wilson.