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Hiroshima [DVD]

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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Aug. 2005
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009WT5AA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,567 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Drama-documentary demonstrating what it is like to live through a nuclear explosion, millisecond by millisecond, by focusing on one of the defining moment of the 20th Century and looking at the scientific, technological, military, and political gamble of the world's first atomic attack. Set in the three weeks from the first test explosion in New Mexico to the eventual dropping of the bomb, dramatised reconstructions cover all perspectives, from the crew of the Enola Gay on her fateful voyage, to the inside of the bomb itself as it explodes, and finally onto the streets of Hiroshima when disaster strikes. While special effects recreate the reality of the mission, archive footage replays the horrific aftermath.

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It was the defining moment of the 20th Century - the scientific, technological, military, and political gamble of the world's first atomic attack. This drama-documentary attempts to do what no other film has done before - to show what it is like to live through a nuclear explosion, millisecond by millisecond.

Set in the three weeks from the first test explosion in New Mexico to the eventual dropping of the bomb, the action takes viewers into the room where the crucial political decisions are made; on board the Enola Gay on her fateful voyage; inside the bomb as it explodes; and on the streets of Hiroshima when disaster strikes. Parallel storylines interweave, unfolding the action from both US and Japanese perspectives, and revealing the tensions and conflicts in the actions and minds of people who were making history. Special effects recreate the reality of the mission - even going inside the workings of the bomb - and archive film replays the horrific aftermath.

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This is an extraordinary production which makes Hollywood disaster movies look cloyingly sentimental and grotesque. A calm, orderly analysis of the dropping of the first atomic bomb, it reduced me to tears. As a piece of public broadcasting, this is as clear a statement as anyone should need that journalism and broadcasting have got to remain independent of government and commercial control.
The film follows the development of the A-bomb, an exercise in theoretical physics and maths until the first one is detonated in the desert. The scientists and military watch the countdown, not quite certain that the explosion will be as predicted ... or might trigger a chain reaction and consume the entire world. The director of the project, Robert Oppenheimer, would walk away conscious of the full horror of what they had just unleashed.
But Germany has surrendered. There has been no call to drop a nuclear weapon on Cologne, Hamburg, or Berlin. Japan remains, and the US policy of island hopping has proved expensive in lives. To invade Japan, to face the prospect of an entire population willing to die rather than surrender? That is a prospect American politicians and military cannot countenance. Fire bombing Japanese cities has not brought about surrender. Might use of a nuclear weapon?
We follow the politics, the military logic, the tragedies of decision-making. Hiroshima has remained unbombed. The military want it preserved intact so they can evaluate, with precision, the effects of the nuclear bomb. The city is a pawn in the game ... a long game, for a working A-bomb will give the USA world domination. It's not a question of ending this war, it's already a question of winning the next one.
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This informative and sometimes disturbing documentary was screened on the BBC on 7th August 2005 and released the following day on DVD.
As with any BBC documentary it is beautifully made with great regard to the survivors and veterans involved, showing compassion.
The Documentary clearly sets out to put both sides of the story using first hand accounts and dazzling special effects.
The US had a genuine belief they were doing right by dropping the first bomb on Hiroshima, in an attempt to end the war, knowing the Japanese would stop at nothing, resulting in a loss of life far in advance of anything they believed both bombs would cause.
You are left with the shocking fact that because of the resulting radiation, the aftermath is still very real today some 60 years on, and did it really cut the loss of life after all?
One point to me, which said it all... This was just an experiment the US continued.
Only initially tested days earlier, and very much still an experiment, to the extent that the crew of the Enola Gay had to improvise the bomb trigger to avoid taking off with the bomb fully armed. The use of two other B29's to record as much information as possible was another shocking revelation to me.
This DVD is a good starting point for anyone wanting to begin research into the Japanese involvement during WW2, Ironically because it shows their total collapse and surrender, after the dropping of the second bomb on Nagasaki.
A very thought provoking watch....
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i bought this dvd at the same time i bought the wonderful drama oppenheimer and watched it straight after and maybe thats why i didnt find this as good, it has a run time of 90 minutes but for me it just didnt go indepth enough i thought it was going to show more about the effects of the bombing and the devestation to the people of the city, it did but it seemed to brush over that bit more
the dvd starts with a brief brush over of the development of the atom bomb, a few interviews one with a man who was with president truman at potsdan, there are a few brief interviews with the project commander who flew the plane, the enola gay, that the bomb was transported in, and a couple with the other flight crew
then aroun d 30 minutes in we start to hear from a few lucky surviors of the bomb, people who actually witness the bomb and its immediate aftermath, this for me was the reason i bought the documentary
this part of the film and the reconstructions were brilliant and thats why i give the film 4 stars but they for me just didnt go deep enough one example would be they just brush over radiation sickness and the fact that this killed thousands of those exposed to the bomb and its aftermath seems more of a side note
all in all if you dont know much about what happened this film is a good introduction but if like me you want details this dvd just dosnt go in depth enough for me
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I've visited the Hiroshima Peace Park twice in the last two years and nothing prepares you for the shock of the superb exhibits in the Peace Museum. Walking into the sunlight after leaving the museum felt like a minor rebirth! That being the case I'm always pleased when anyone passes on the knowledge of what happened in 1945 and this drama-documentary is a worthy attempt to depict the facts. It has some poor quality music in places and some of the facts are a bit off (only minor events like the bomb arming: the B29 bomb bay was not pressurised and the weapon's specialist at work on the bomb required oxygen and warm clothing) but on the whole it is well done. The CGI of the bomb detonation is barely adequate and looks a bit cheap considering this was a UK/US co-production but again that's forgiveable. With the co-production is mind it was interesting to compare a pure BBC version of this story (Day's That Shook the World - Hiroshima) with this one: the former was sharper and more subtle.
My main purpose in buying this DVD is to keep as an educative tool for the future. Someday someone will ask me why I was so affected by my visit to Hiroshima and I will sit them down for a couple of hours...
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