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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Insight Into A Scary Era
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.
Published on 8 July 2010 by Torsten

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a great effort
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...
Published on 19 May 2010 by Kevin Hall


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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a great effort, 19 May 2010
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This review is from: Cold War Collection -Nuclear War In Britain- Home Front Civil Defence Films 1951 - 1987 [DVD] (DVD)
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Insight Into A Scary Era, 8 July 2010
This review is from: Cold War Collection -Nuclear War In Britain- Home Front Civil Defence Films 1951 - 1987 [DVD] (DVD)
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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5.0 out of 5 stars For those interested, buy it!, 19 Nov. 2014
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This review is from: Cold War Collection -Nuclear War In Britain- Home Front Civil Defence Films 1951 - 1987 [DVD] (DVD)
Brought back a piece of my own persona history to me!
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars nuclear war buffs - it is a must, 17 April 2013
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This review is from: Cold War Collection -Nuclear War In Britain- Home Front Civil Defence Films 1951 - 1987 [DVD] (DVD)
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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