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24 Hours After Hiroshima


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  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: NAT'L GEOGRAPHIC VID
  • DVD Release Date: September 14, 2010
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003Q7B7D8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,358 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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On August 6th, 1945 a weapon unlike any other before was
unleashed on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Four days later, the Japanese surrendered having been subjected to horrors and devastation previously unknown and unimaginable. But beyond the horror and human toll, real scientific questions remained unanswered. In 1945, a team of scientists and experts from the Manhattan Project was ordered by President Truman to investigate the facts of what really happened when the atomic bomb exploded over Hiroshima. National Geographic reveals the incredible science behind what happened moment by moment in the 24 Hours After Hiroshima.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey T. Munson on October 19, 2010
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On August 6, 1945, the B-29 "Enola Gay" dropped the world's first atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima. Many thousands of Japanese died instantly from the resulting blast, shockwave, and firestorm. Others lingered for years with radiation sickness. This fine documentary explores the atomic mission itself, along with the aftermath.

What I found so interesting about this documentary was the fine use of experts. I found the officer who rode in the bomb bay of the B-29 and helped with the arming process to be very interesting. Richard Rhodes' insight into the development and use of the atomic bomb was also good. But perhaps the most insightful and poignant views were expressed by the Japanese survivors themselves. These people had to deal with the effects of the bomb for their entire lives.

I was also impressed with the discussion of how the bomb was designed. Th computer illustrations did a good job of explaining the operation of the bomb, from how the firing mechanism worked to the decision to have the bomb detonate at 1,900 feet rather than exploding on impact: (the ground would have absorbed much of the explosion, while an air burst would achieve maximum damage to the city).

I'm very familiar with the atomic bomb missions, having read several books on the topic. This fine documentary enhanced my earlier readings. National Geographic has done a very good job of explaining the bombing of Hiroshima, and the personal interviews explain the story of the bomb even further. Highly recommended.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Good Gora on September 17, 2010
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I enjoyed the documentary. It is leaning towards the antinuclear side of the damage of the weapon and less time on the expected casualties expected by landing on Japanese soil with an anticipated 1 million GIs dying not to mention how many Japanese would be killed and that the firebombing killed more people than the Nuclear weapons. It does not discuss the possibility that Japan was ready to surrender prior to August 6. I have been to both sites, I worked in Guam not far from Tinian Island, and have seen the Nuclear Shadows in person. It is a moving experience. The movie and the sites are worthwhile seeing.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By vceinc on August 27, 2010
A lot of the Atomic Bomb footage seen in "24 Hours After Hiroshima" came from "Trinity and Beyond" which is available on blu-ray from Amazon.Trinity and Beyond - the Atomic Bomb Movie [Blu-ray]
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Difficult to watch, but essential too. The main documentary focuses primarily on the immediate time around the dropping of the bomb from multiple points of view, both Japanese and American, and the first person recounting makes it all the more worthwhile. The second documentary, a history of the development and spread of atomic and nuclear weapons, is more clinical in its approach, but also frightening in the prospect of nukes getting into the wrong hands... if they're not already there.
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