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a bargain at three times the price
on 26 February 2006
What a cracking film! I bought the BBC title of the same name and this appeared as a recommendation - I can only assume it's one of those American made-for-TV mini series as it's around 3 hours long but it's a bargain and a superb drama-documentary of this period in history; accurate too if you cross reference with other material on the same subject. The other reviewer mentions picture quality especially when watching on a hi-res monitor but this is on purpose and it was the first thing that impressed me - the way real footage (which I recognise from the 'World at War' and '2nd World War in Colour' series) is blended into the new dramatised footage; dust and scratches have been added so as a viewer you're never quite sure what's original and what's new. This seemless blending carries on into other scenes that appear sepia, desaturated or monochrome - very impressinve film making. The pace is excellent as well and I sat enthralled from start to finish. The action is constantly switching from the hawks and doves in America to their counterparts in Japan; intercut with real footage, dramatised footage and short eye-witness interviews there is a sense of crescendo towards that historic moment when the bomb is actually used and it's a measure of how good a film this is that even though you know what the outcome will be, you find yourself caught up in the drama as to whether or not they're really going to go through with it! And what's more there are no soppy romantic sub-plots getting in the way! Ten out of ten - don't hesitate to buy this film.