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Disasters Deconstructed: A History of Architectural Disasters (2012)

Various , The History Channel  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: The History Channel
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: October 23, 2012
  • Run Time: 958 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335,849 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Every disaster has a story. Whether they are manmade, natural or caused by human error, the best way to prevent them from happening again is to understand them. This special collection takes a close look at some of the world's most cataclysmic events starting with Inspector America, where an infrastructure safety inspector travels the country to see what is up to code and what needs to be fixed. Titanic's Achilles Heel chronicles the tragedy from design and construction to its ill-fated voyage and its lasting legacy. Modern Marvels: Engineering Disasters uses on-the-scene footage, powerful reenactments, expert analysis and graphic reconstructions to present some of the most notorious disasters of the past 40 years. Finally, HISTORY™ presents three specials - The Hindenburg, What Went Down: Hindenburg, and Tech Effect: Hindenburg - offering a complete exploration of the epic disaster that took a mere 34 seconds to shake the world.

DISC 1: Inspector America (America's Wake Up Call / A Bridge Too Old / Shaky Foundations)
DISC 2: Inspector America (Gold Rush Sewer / Dam This City / Abandoned)
DISC 3: Titanic's Achilles Heel
DISC 4: The Hindenburg / What Went Down: Hindenburg / Tech Effect: The Hindenburg
DISC 5: Engineering Disasters 4, 5, 6, & 7
DISC 6: Engineering Disasters 8, 9, 10 & 11

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I've sometimes been critical of the History Channel's DVD compilations because it can be extremely difficult to determine what is included with any particular release. Thankfully with "Disasters Deconstructed: A History of Architectural Disasters," the packaging does give you some idea of the contents. But that doesn't make this any less of a hodgepodge! You might think "Hey, is this a series that I missed?" or "Is it a number of interrelated specials?" In both cases the answer would be "no." Over six discs and approximately 16 hours worth of programming, this is a grab bag of seemingly random selections. There are portions of two TV shows as well as a number of specials that have aired and, in some cases, already been released in other DVD collections. So, I'm going to try to be as specific as possible about this set's contents because you may already own some of the included titles. I did!

The first two discs have the six episodes of a series entitled "Inspector America." This represents the entire run of the 2011 program. This is its DVD debut. Host Timothy Galarnyk is a infrastructure safety inspector, and in each episode he will travel to a new venue to deconstruct potential problems or explain where something has gone wrong or might spell future disaster. The six stops on this journey include Minneapolis/St. Paul, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, Las Vegas, and Detroit. As I am personally knowledgeable about and/or have lived in three of these cities, I thought the program was strangely fascinating, occasionally disturbing, but sometimes repetitive. While eye-opening, the decaying infrastructure of American cities is not a particularly upbeat or hopeful topic.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Engineering documentary teaches and fascinates November 8, 2012
By Jim Clark, publisher, Lee County Courier, Tupelo, Mississippi

You probably don't know George Santayana. He was a philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist from Spain. Most likely you know one of his sayings. "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." That came to mind as I was watching Diasters Deconstructed from the History Channel®.
Mississippi has had her share of diasters, Hurricane Isaac, the Delta floods and numerous tornados. Unfortunately most of these couldn't be prevented.
Disasters Deconstructed looked at tragedies which might have been prevented. There are bridge collapses, structures which fall, planes which come apart and cars that explode. Usually disaster comes because a company or sometimes a government is trying to meet a deadline, or cut corners, or save money. This six-disc set was eye-opening and humbling. We all make mistakes but when an engineering mistake is made it can take lives.
Two of the top disasters which are carefully dissected are the Titanic and The Hindenburg.
We all know the British passenger liner sank in 1912, killing over 1,500 people, after hitting an iceberg. The United States Senate initiated an inquiry into the disaster soon after. There was lots of blame to go around from not enough lifeboats to messages which came but never made it to the Captain.
The German commercial passenger-carrying rigid airship also leaves much to debate, from the source of the initial fire to the framework of the vessel. One thing for certain -- people never lose interest in either of these failed voyages.
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