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  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Sfe
  • DVD Release Date: 26 April 2010
  • Run Time: 284 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003AJPXIM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,939 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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August 6th 1945 was the day that changed civilization as
we knew it. Hiroshima the first atomic bomb was
dropped on the Japanese city.
Later with the more powerful Hydrogen bomb and the
Cold War between Russia and the West there was the
very real threat that the major civilizations would resort
to a fully blown Nuclear War which , it was thought could
bring the world to a catastrophic and violent end.
A new form of Civil Defence became a necessity. Strike
Force Entertainment brings you the definitive collection
of the British Government s graphic films made between
1951 and 1987 aimed at the public to counter this
incredible threat to every man, woman and child.
So far the world has averted this crisis, but for how much
longer?
Featuring nearly 5 hours of rare archive film across 2
discs this is the definitive history of how the British
government communicated the Nuclear threat to its
people across four decades.
Many of these films have not been available for public
consumption for many years making this DVD set a
fantastic collectors item and a unique piece of social
history.
Running Time - 284 Mins

FILMS FEATURED:
The Waking Point (1951), Civil Defence
Newsreels (1951 / 1952), Civil Defence Get
New Gear (1955), Defence Sense (1956),
Atomic Attack (1958), The Warden, His
Duties And Training (1961), The Warden
And The Householder (1961), Bertrand
Russell Has Fear Of Nuclear War (1961),
Hole In The Ground (1962), 700 Practice
Civil Defence (1962), Seven Civil Defence
Warning Films (1964), Care Of The Homeless
(1965), Sound An Alarm (1971), Protect And
Survive (1976) and Should Disaster Strike
(1987)
BONUS FEATURE:
Civil Defence News Rushes (1952, 1962 &
1963)

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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Hall on 19 May 2010
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As someone with interests in the Cold War, Civil Defence, Public Information Films and documentary, I was looking forward to this release. Ultimately it's disappointing -- nearly all of if it has been released before on other DVD sets. That's not really a criticism as you can research this before purchase and Amazon do list the features on it. I bought it primarily for the 1987 film "Should Disaster Strike" which I have never seen before. This film is a genuine item of interest and presents the picture of Civil Defence in the last few years of the Cold War.

If you haven't seen these films before then it is a reasonably complete archive of British approaches to Civil Defence from 1950 to 1987, more or less covering the entire Cold War. Unfortunately the films are let down by the quality of the DVD production; the structure to menus is poor at best, films are not well organised, have no proper credits or bibliographic information and hard to navigate: some items, like Protect and Survive cannot be navigated as single films but instead are presented as a single feature. Most of the DVD transfers seem no better than previous releases other than 1971's Sound an Alarm which to me had a clearer picture and better sound than Protect and Survive [DVD] release from 2001. Some of the newsreel-type footage is extremely poorly added to the DVD with almost no proper context. I also dislike the year of release being inserted over the start of each film, a proper title card should have been used.

All in all a great set of films but a DVD of quite amateurish standard. A good collection of the films is still waiting to be made.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Torsten on 8 July 2010
What a fabulous and definitve collection of films this great value for money 2-Disc DVD contains! Very handily has the production date on screen at the beginning of each film and is superbly packaged. The best of the crop of releases in this area - none of which are as comprehensive as this stunning collection.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James B. on 19 Nov. 2014
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Brought back a piece of my own persona history to me!
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By katwinstanley on 17 April 2013
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my man loves all things sci-fi / nuclear / cold war - this was a agift for him, and he was more than delighted.

lots of viewing!
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