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Protect And Survive [VHS]

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Product details

  • Language: Castilian
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Dd Home Entertainment
  • VHS Release Date: 18 Aug. 2003
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005ATG7
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 418,346 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A selection of previously unseen public information films made in the 1970s to instruct the British public on what to do in the event of a nuclear conflict. Included is advice on choosing a fall-out room, building a radiation resistant shelter, what essential items to salt away for survival, water, food and sanitation, fire precautions, emergency radio broadcasts and disposal of dead bodies. Also included is the 1951 civil defence volunteer recruitment film 'The Waking Point', and 1971's 'Sound and Alarm', which details the work of the UK Warning and Monitoring Organisation.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Nov. 2002
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This 90 minute video takes you back to the days when the threat of nuclear apocalypse was all too real. What is most fascinating about the three films on this tape (Protect & Survive, The Waking Point, Sound An Alarm) is that - despite their official sources - they offer little or no reassurance regarding life after a nuclear attack. Sound An Alarm, the most pro-government film here shows the UKWMO staff working flat out to save lives following an attack, but there are flashes of despair in this film with entire sections of the UK being shown to be uninhabitable and the staff collapsing under the strain. Similarly The Waking Point suggests that Civil Defence is a waste of time as it shows streams of terrified civilians trying to cram into shelters as war breaks out. Although it is a recruiting film, it is so clearly mired in the Second World War that - even at the time - it is hard to believe that anyone could have believed Civil Defence could have made a difference against the bomb. As for Protect & Survive, the thought of actually seeing these films broadcast for real is plain terrifying. What I found fascinating about these films is that - to varying degrees - they all show the hopelessness of civil defence. In stark contrast to American civil defence films of the same era, these films are surprisingly downbeat. In Sound An Alarm the UKWMO staff emerge from their shelter looking shell-shocked and crumpled; in the American films the survivors emerge from the blast with ties fully knotted and not a hair out of place. Typically American, they always know exactly what to do. In the British counterparts what is frightening is that even if the people know what to do, they know that ultimately doing it is futile.
Thoroughly recommended viewing for those of you out there who want to relive the paranoia, terror and feeling of helplessness of the Cold War era.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Hall on 13 Mar. 2002
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If you are interested in Cold War culture and curiosities, this is a must by. Few things better defined the British point of view on nuclear war better than this.
The sequence of films narrated by Patrick Allen demonstrate all too well the hopelessness of nuclear war. Reading between the lines the films make it clear that after the bomb is dropped for at least the first two weeks after the attack, you're on your own. You need to be able to fight fires, tend casualties, secure your home, feed yourself and your family and even bury the dead for at least the first two weeks.
Why? The plan was that deaths from the effects of fallout, blast and fire will reach their peak by that time. What would be left of food and fuel stocks would only be distributed to those most likely to survive.
A must-see adventure which brings home very clearly just how close to nuclear warwe came.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 6 Nov. 2002
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This fascinating yet chilling set of films were on my wish list after having seen excerpts at one of the many secret bunker museums. It's basic message was what appealed to me as the cold war is something of a hobby of mine. Watching the complete set of pifs was an enlightening experience, how on earth could the government expect these DIY measures to be any good? On reflection I came to the conclusion that they didn't and that these films were just there to con the gullible into thinking there was some chance for survival. The inbuilt hypocrisy also amused me, being told to stock up with enough food for two weeks while being told elsewhere (news reports in Threads) that tere was no need for hoarding. Also, if we move from our flattened house in search of pastures new or local authorities may take over our home for homeless families while the authorities in the new place will not assist us, confused yet?
The following two features "The waking point" and "Sound an alarm" were far more amusing. The jingoistic, unashamedly propagandist slant on the Civil defence corps was to me an unintentionally hilarious take on the old ant and grasshopper fable while the last film, describing the work of the UKWMO, typifies to me everything that is good about PIFs with the unfortunate doctor asking just the right questions in the bunker before accidentaly being sealed in when the nukes start to fly.
Overall I rate this with four stars, it could be improved by including the earlier film "The hole in the ground" but is otherwise now amusing confirmation of the government's "I'm alright,Jack" attitude to nuclear war.
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