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Cold War: Hot Jets [DVD]

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Product details

  • Actors: James Holland
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: BBC Open University
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Nov. 2013
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00GC4N78U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,871 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

The Jet Engine is one of the most important inventions of the twentieth century. In the post war world it impressed crowds and pushed technology to the limit, breaking the sound barrier. But by 1950 the jet was a platform for unleashing Nuclear Armageddon, a vehicle for undertaking espionage and was the most sort after technology of the Cold War.

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By billyh42 on 17 Nov. 2013
A well made TV show devoted to the aerial technology of the Cold War and Britain's technological superiority of the time, featuring lots of unseen (to me anyway) high quality footage of the RAF aircraft of the time, interspersed with newsreel footage and newly filmed HD content.

Sadly despite the programme being well filmed in HD there appears to be no Blu-ray release to do it justice, only an unbelievably overpriced DVD @ £20.59. Most people now have HD televisions so why only release the product in low resolution? With the HD material already available on the torrent sites, this is the sort of stupid pricing/marketing that forces potential customers to download rather than buy.

Great show, shame about the blinkered marketing of the product.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By P. White on 15 Nov. 2013
This is indeed an excellent 2 part series but it was broadcast in HD so a lone dvd is an unacceptable compromise. Had a Blu-Ray been available I'd have purchased it at once! Also, this is stupidly overpriced.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By DK on 15 Nov. 2013
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Very nostalgic for an 'Old, Cold War Warrior'.
For anyone serving in the RAF during the Cold War this programme shows what a wonderful aviation industry the UK had until the powers that be destroyed it.
If you are interested in our history then this is a very interesting programme which we have come to expect from the BBC.
It is nice to see that due to programmes like this, that the Cold War will not be forgotten. Most people did not realise what the Cold War was about, or even if it existed.
How close we came to not having a country.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paulb71 on 5 Mar. 2014
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Excellent programme but BEWARE it is edited from the BBC broadcast.

Total running time of the two episodes per the BBC broadcast, Amazon and the OUW website is approx 120 minutes but each episode on this DVD version is only 50 minutes.

What makes it worse is the packaging has a running time of 180 minutes so at first I thought there might be a bonus feature.

Just be warned before forking out a hefty amount. Legitimate HD versions of the full episodes can be found easily enough online.
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By Brian McGovern on 4 Nov. 2014
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Very informative, must have for anyone remotely interested in jet powered craft.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By I. I. L. Surridge on 24 Dec. 2013
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This is a great, if slightly overpriced, record of the great aviation industry that Britain once had before successive governments dismantled it bit by bit.
There is plenty of great footage of long lost aircraft including perhaps the saddest loss of all the TSR-2.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr H. on 10 Jan. 2015
I complained about this program to the BBC

The BBC admitted that the program was inaccurate and biased when they said

"The Committee agreed that the level of accuracy and impartiality required for a programme of this nature was not as high as that required for e.g. a news bulletin or a current affairs programme."

Now the Open University are selling this material as part of a History course. But the BBC admit that a program "of this nature" has a lower required level of accuracy and impartiality than the News or a current affairs program. Go figure

So there you go expect a 'History" based on propaganda sources and a quick scan of Wikipedia. Expect misinformation and a general level of ignorance here. Don't expect any criticism of weapons manufactures they apparently should be given unlimited resourses to produce not fit for purpose products.

The presenter fetishises his subject - I characterise his approach as a Clarksonesque Wankfest.

But hey don't let me put you off! Over priced un deconstructed propaganda. :)

Oh and I forgot to mention USA = Good, UK = Best and USSR = Evil, technically backward and generally not civilised. BTW that's officially endorsed by the BBC! Bit too simplistic the Manichean view IMO
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