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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.
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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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.Read more ›
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....
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
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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Excellent mix between historic footage interview and recreated scenes, ideal mix to present the history to teenagersPublished 15 months ago by Martin Everitt
A very level-headed and well contextualised account of what was undoubtedly a turning point in the history of the human race. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Gerard O'Doherty
Content of the documentary is outstanding although it was a bit expensive and as the copy they sent was corrupted completetly spoiled it's watchabillity.Published on 18 Jan. 2014 by Harry Payne
Well recommended. Great item and breand new. Great addition to anyones collection. A must for any avid fans. Worth it.Published on 18 Dec. 2013 by JJ
I was very pleased with item ,good deliver well packed.and veiwed many times excellent buy . looking forward to more like thisPublished on 23 Nov. 2012 by john
THANK YOU AMAZON FOR THE PLEASURE OF PURCHASING THIS VERY INFORMATIVE FILM, THE TRANSACTION WENT VERY WELL AS USUAL, FROM THE PURCHASE TO THE DELIVERY. Read morePublished on 20 May 2012 by Ron B
As a 19 year old National Serviceman in 1952, I visited Hiroshima for just one day.
Although 7 years had passed since the bomb and the city was being rebuilt, some of the... Read more