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Trinity & Beyond - The Atomic Bomb Movie (1995)

William Shatner , Edward Teller , Peter Kuran  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: William Shatner, Edward Teller, Frank H. Shelton, Randall William Cook, Hubert H. Humphrey
  • Directors: Peter Kuran
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: VCE, inc.
  • DVD Release Date: October 24, 2006
  • Run Time: 134 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GFRI72
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,395 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Trinity & Beyond - The Atomic Bomb Movie" on IMDb

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Trinity and Beyond is a factually solid, visually stunning, informative documentary. --Emanuel Levy, Daily Variety

Seeing a cannon fire a bomb in the Nevada desert or a detonation in space is enough to recommend this disturbing but explosively thought-provoking cinematic experience. --David Hunter, Hollywood Reporter

"Seeing a cannon fire a bomb in the Nevada desert or a detonation in space is enough to recommend this disturbing but explosively thought-provoking cinematic experience." --David Hunter, Hollywood Reporter

"Seeing a cannon fire a bomb in the Nevada desert or a detonation in space is enough to recommend this disturbing but explosively thought-provoking cinematic experience." --David Hunter, Hollywood Reporter

Product Description

Trinity & Beyond… The Atomic Bomb Movieis the top secret, strange and visually compelling history of the design, production and testing of Atomic Hydrogen bombs.

In this special 60th Anniversary Diamond Edition, renowned special effects filmmaker Peter Kuran (Star Wars, Star Trek II & V, Robocop) offers up amazing film footage chronicling the top secret, strange and visually compelling history of the design, production and testing of Atomic Hydrogen bombs by the United States. With the development and use of award-winning new film restoration systems, Kuran has perfectly preserved these haunting images for generations to come.

Narrated by William Shatner (Boston Legal, Star Trek), Trinity & Beyond features extremely rare film segments from top secret government archives and startling footage of nuclear bomb tests conducted by Great Britain and China, plus the largest atomic explosion ever created by Russia, and de-classified U.S. footage released to the public as recent as May, 2006. Whether being exploded under the ocean, suspended by a balloon, shot from a cannon or even detonated in space, these weapons are capable of devastating destruction - the quality of these images is as startling as are remarkable.

With new footage shot with hi-definition cameras, this award-winning production also features an amazing explosion segment that must be seen with 3D glasses to truly take in its full impact. Trinity & Beyond features an original score performed by the Moscow Symphony Orchestra and an interview with Dr. Edward Teller a developer of nuclear weapons and one of the most controversial figures of the 20th century.

Trinity & Beyond is an extraordinary production that provides an important understanding of events and the creations of technologies that have changed the world forever.

Special Features: - Atomic Bomb 3-D Bonus Section - Live-Action Bomb Explosion with Actual Sound Delay - Mind-Blowing Photo Slide Show - Reference Chart of All The Nuclear Detonations by the U.S. Including Yields


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85 of 88 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trinity...Beyond all Expectations. August 28, 1999
Format:DVD
If you are a Cold War history buff, or if you can still remember the days when you participated in those drop and cover bomb drills while going to school, then you must see "Trinity and Beyond" on DVD. Filmmaker Peter Kuran has meticulously weaved together previously classified government footage of the numerous atomic bomb tests which were conducted at the height of the Cold War. Many of these secret films were painstakingly restored to level fully compatable with the DVD format. The images of the bomb blasts exhibit a stark and shocking beauty as superheated gases and fallout expand into the atmosphere. Another unsettling segment shows a mannikin "Ozzie and Harriet" family in their home. They are completely decimated during a bomb test to determine the effects of nuclear warfare on the civilian population.
This documentary has a magnificent score performed by the Moscow Symphony Orchestra and is perfectly in-sync with the awe, beauty and destructive power of the atomic bomb blasts. The DVD version boasts a wealth of extra features for even the most die-hard DVD connoiseur. These extras include a fully interactive menu, a photo slide show, a separate CD track of the orchestral score, and even a 3D segment of an atomic explosion with 3D glasses included. After viewing the 3D segment, you may feel like taking a de-con shower!
The narration by William Shatner is both informational and unbiased. Despite the interviews with Dr. Edward Teller (Father of the H-bomb) and others, "Trinity and Beyond" leaves it to the viewers to decide the ingenius foresight or the foolish arrogance of the scientists and soldiers who have harnessed the energy of the atom. This movie is also a powerful reminder of our past history.
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Horrifying May 5, 2001
By Xam
Format:DVD
Forget hollywood special effects, This movie has the most powerful images that i've ever seen. I never realized the full extent of the horrific testing that was done by the U.S. and other nations. This really is a historical documentary of the development of nuclear weapons, so don't expect much scientific analysis or explanation. But it is a very well-made documentary with comprehensive footage of the various military nuclear projects, interviews with the nuclear scientists, historical newsreels, and of course tons of footage of A-Bombs and H-Bombs being detonated all over the place (in the upper atmosphere, underground, underwater, shot out of a canon, etc.) I really can't say enough about this interesting and visually striking movie. The images are enough to put anyone in awe and fear. The soundtrack is also great, and it accompanies the horrific images very nicely.
Also, this DVD has some other nice features. The best is the short 3D movie, which explores one specific Nevada test site. I really liked this feature, It has some really cool footage which is even more striking in 3D. The photo slide show was also cool. The unedited bomb explosion wasn't that great, but it was alright. The total presentation of the DVD is certainly very nice, and the movie itself is simply amazing. I would highly recommend this product. 5 STARS!
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heck yes!!!! April 6, 2001
Format:DVD
I would just like to start off by saying that this is BY FAR the best documentary I have ever seen and probably ever will see. I ordered the DVD (You should too!!) right after I saw it. One thing to remember...no matter how much of an A-bomb maniac you might be, no matter the dozens of documentaries you've seen, YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THIS FOOTAGE. One and only declassified images and videos from dozens of nuclear research and detonations. The score mixes seemlessly with the images to take your breath away at the sight of the huge, towering, yet beautiful behemoth of the mushroom cloud. Includes surface, underground, low atmospheric, undersea, and high altitude detonations, including the one that disrupted radio communications for 8 hours and damaged electrical circuits with it's Electromagnetic Pulse. This film is not too scientific for ANYONE!! Buy it, watch it, and memorize it, but for heavens sake, learn from it too!! Don't ever forget it!! But then again, you won't want to!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Stunning, Important Document. August 8, 2004
Format:DVD
"The Atomic Bomb Movie" is the most impressive, visually stunning and well-assembled film ever made on the history of the nuclear bomb and the various tests that followed after the end of World War 2. It is a documentary made with real passion for the subject, the information and visual records. This is obviously Peter Kuran's baby (listen to the commentary track where he speaks about the awakening of his interest in nuclear testing and the eventual production of this film with the awe and wonder of discovery), every aspect of his dedication to the project is evident in how much information he gives us, the detail in the assembly and most of all, in the painstaking restoration of old military footage documentating numerous tests. Visually this is one of the most incredible films you will ever see. One can only watch in astonishment at the size and destruction and yet beauty we find in the shots of tests ranging from Bikini island to even outer space. For many a lot of what the movie shows will be shockingly new (for me the biggest surprise was indeed the information about nuclear bombs being detonated in space). Kuran takes inside of the effects of a nuclear blast, so much as to show us exactly what an attack scenario would be like if you were inside your home and a bomb was dropped. And all this is done with incredible clarity, a lot of the old footage has been lovingly polished to a gloss and rarely do any images look old or scratchy. All this is framed with William Stromberg's rich, epic score that marches and pulses with great gusto. "The Atomic Bomb Movie" is that special kind of documentary that is perfect for classroom exhibition but also an awesome experience for normal home viewing. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Trinity and Beyond - the Atomic Bomb Movie
Good movie with a lot of videos, but since that was really all I wanted to see there could have been more assuming the footage is available. Read more
Published 9 days ago by samwbr
4.0 out of 5 stars What terrible weapons indeed
Interesting from a historical perspective ! What terrible weapons indeed !
Published 27 days ago by Ed
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent
Published 1 month ago by Richard Serrill
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Amazing and chilling.
Published 2 months ago by Melinda Benko
5.0 out of 5 stars Great "bang for the buck" !
This DVD has the whole video history of the nuclear age as it developed during the the cold war.. On a big screen the bright color bomb bursts are sobering if not frightening. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Michael Yammerino
5.0 out of 5 stars Cold War Teaching
We have the tape, the DVD is much more convenient. Great tool for introducing the Cold War. Never fails to produce shock and awe with how big the bombs were.
Published 3 months ago by mj
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
This is a really engaging film. The archival footage and the soundtrack give this film a lot of gravitas. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Clinton Hough
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow - Must See on the AWESOME POWER of NUKES
I was raised in the age of "duck and cover". All through early elementary school we had drills. This brought back some of the anxiety of those cold war times. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Stephanie Sullivan
5.0 out of 5 stars Atomic wow
This has been great for the class to see the primary footage from the period as well as a glimpse into how they were just trying and trying to make a better weapon.
Published 7 months ago by WWII History Teacher
4.0 out of 5 stars A tad dated (1995) but lots of interesting film
A lot of information is covered in a very quick time; it is bettered viewed if you already have a fair background on the subject or use repeated viewing. Read more
Published 7 months ago by bernie
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