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5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling reminder of preparations against nuclear attack, 23 Dec 2008
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Kevin Hall - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Protect and Survive [DVD] (DVD)
Depending on your point of view Protect and Survive is either a dazzlingly cynical or a very naive attempt at preparing UK citizens for what to do in the event of nuclear attack. Protect and Survive is a chilling reminder of how basic those preparations were and shows the changes that had took place by the late 1970s; previous war-time preparations had meant evacuations and civil defence. When Protect and Survive was made these preparations had been abandoned in their entirety and the public had to quite literally, fend for themselves.

The 20 basic films which make up Protect and Survive walk the viewer through every stage of a nuclear crisis. It starts by explaining nuclear explosions, the dangers of nuclear weapons and what the warnings sounds are. From here (assuming the crisis became worse) further films explained how to prepare your home and family. Finally as attack became increasingly likely these instructions insisted on you taking action NOW and the final film warns you there may not be any medical support to help you and should the worst happen, on what to do with the dead.

These films do have a genuinely nightmarish quality about them; the finality of the late Patrick Allen's tone and the hideously simple graphics rounded out by the chilling musical signature played at the end of every film. They are a fascinating glimpse into the past of what could have been the last television programmes anyone would ever see as they were designed to play continuously on all channels should nuclear attack seem likely. In the more than 30 years since they were made, they have not lost their power.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Protect and survive, 4 Aug 2008
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Noel Harris (Reading UK) - See all my reviews
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Contains the full collection of the Protect and Survive films that were made in the 1970's in case of nuclear. Apart from a couple of them making brief appearances in Threads [1984] and shown in their entirety in Charley Says... The Best Public Information Films In The World [1970] they have never been seen.....until now. Also included are some interesting films from the 50's 60's and 70's detailing preparations for war.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and gives a great insight to the time., 23 Nov 2009
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A very interesting DVD with most of the Protect and Survive public information films from the Cold War. Some were delivered to all during the time, others were kept in reserve for the time when tensions rose and a nuclear attack was considered more likely. A couple of substantial bonus features as well, incluing a civil defence recruitment film from the 1950s.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is that a two minute warning? Wheres my protect and survive?, 25 Mar 2010
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J. Mills "Nuke Trooper" (Plymouth) - See all my reviews
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A must for the cold war buff, this is a real piece of recent apocalyptic history.
One word sums this up, optimism. With Uncle Joe Stalin on the warpath we needed to know what to do when the balloon went up and these short films told us. Have you built you inner core or refuge? Stocked up on supplies? You can do that now!
In that case, when you hear the attack warning, all you have to do is:
Paint the windows white or block them up,
turn off the gas electric and water,
turn off pilot lights,
isolate oil supplies,
dampen down fires,
shut windows and draw curtains (but take down net curtains?),
fill the bath sink and wash basin and cover them,
assemble the family,
pile furniture against the inner core or refuge,
block the chimney and vents,
bring two dusbins inside (one for waste the other for bodily waste),
tidy up flamable materials from the house,
make sure you have a bucket of water on each floor
and finally, push in the aerial on you portable radio.
You should have closed doors to prevent the spread of fire but you used those to build your shelter.
If you survived that, congratulations! Now what to do having survived the apocalypse...ah here we are, page 28 'Action After Attack' point 26, damn, in my haste to avoid armageddon, I neglected to tape up the handle or remove the chain from the lavatory! Oh well, point 29, 'Minor Repairs To Keep Out The Weather,' I'm just off to poly-filla these cracks in the wall. Cup of tea anyone?
The film only takes into account the effects of one bomb. Britain had more nuclear targets per acre of land than ANY other country. Well over 20 aimed at London alone. Thats just the important middle bit not the whole place.
Pair this up with the protect and survive booklet. The fact that these were produced at all is a sobering thought. Worth getting, be prepared.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Protect and Survive ( and survive uni asssignments), 24 Nov 2011
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This DVD contains pivotal footage as issued by the government, to be aired in the event of a nuclear war. For myself,this has been an invaluable resource in analyzing the Britsh government's repsonses to a growing nuclear threat. Delivered promptly and professionally, this has helped me provide accurate sources for uni work. 40 odd years later, its helping students protect and survive...themselves from the threat of looming deadlines and boring text based sources. Happy days. :)
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Like it or higher is misleading..., 23 Sep 2012
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* Introduction

The main feature of this DVD is the 'Protect and Survive' series of color public information films made in the cold war of the 1970's. Prior to their recent declassification and release on DVD, these films were designed only to be broadcast repeatedly on television if the outbreak of nuclear hostilities seemed inevitable.

* Brief description of these films

Each of the shorts in the series starts with a drawing of a nuclear mushroom with ominous deep roaring of a forthcoming blast. Then there follows practical help to secure your wider home, how to select and strengthen the safest refuge within your home, how to stock up foods and provisions, how to deal with waste and ... the briefly, the bodies of the deceased, and how to protect the family from radiation contamination. Then at the the end of each film section is a creepy synthesizer coda.

* Contrast 'Protect and Survive' with other sources of information

If you use this 'Protect and Survive' on its own as you source of information, it makes the case that a nuclear exchange is not so bad,its like WW2, and by following the information as broadcast it will be survivable and we may later recover. Its tips are based on highly selective world war 2 data applied as to how to better cope with such nuclear exchanges.

* Subjective Summary

This DVD remains a creepy curiosity of the 1970'S cold war mind set. Its optimism being too selective with WW2 facts; one such as the creation of firestorms that consumed cities such as Hamburg, Tokyo, Dresden and Coventry would not occur in a much more destructive nuclear equivalent. Watching this is a weird time warp to something we may have missed.

But compare the 'Protect and Survive' DVD with 'Threads', or 'The War Game' then in these latter type of worst case, scientifically proved cold war futures- most of us will would perish.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars useful info for the time, 15 July 2012
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public information films to try and keep you safe in the event of a nuclear attack to keep in the centre of the home away from windows to store food shows diagrams on sirens and what to do with dead bodies good thing we never had to use it for real.
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18 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Protest and Survive, 3 Oct 2008
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Blitzkrieg Bopper (Manchester, England) - See all my reviews
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They wanted people to stay in their own homes to maximise the death rate, both from the blast and the fallout and disease afterwards. People would have been prevented from leaving the immediate areas to ensure that whoever did survive would be the strongest and fittest of the population thus needing as little medical treatment and resources spent on them as possible. Most people would be in cities, they would be flattened. Those who stood the most chance of surviving more than a few months would be in isolated areas far from the industrial and militarily strategic areas. Less people, less trouble.
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