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WTC - The First 24 Hours (2002)

Etienne Sauret  |  NR |  DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Etienne Sauret
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: New Video Group
  • DVD Release Date: June 25, 2002
  • Run Time: 40 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000067IZM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,868 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "WTC - The First 24 Hours" on IMDb

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I've just watched a remarkable video, WTC: The First 24 Hours, with no narration or added sound; it needs none. --

Product Description

Beginning with the North Tower afire and billowing dense smoke, and ending with the vast expanse of ash-brown debris the following morning, WTC: THE FIRST 24 HOURS documents "ground zero" in the immediate aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the World Tr

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stark, Minimalist, Unsettling... June 12, 2002
This piece is very effective, doubly so because it doesn't attempt to editorialize...we don't have narrators reading portentous hyperbolic melodramatic drivel, no manipulative music trying to tell us how to feel...what we have are stark, live-audio-from-the-site images, covering the first 24 hours after the explosion. The confusion, the eerie silence, the destruction...the images do the talking, not self-involved all builds to a solitary firefighter, searching for survivors, standing on a huge pile of rubble, calling out "is anybody there", only to be answered in silence. That image, disturbing in both its simplicity and the horror it speaks volumes about, was a brilliant editorial choice as a music or editorializing needed, thank you. This is a historical document, pure and simple.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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This video does what most of the others do not (except for the French/CBS "9-11"), and that is portray what the city looked and sounded like in the hours following the collapse of the towers.
It needs to be acknowledged that this shows ONLY the physical aftermath of the disaster. This does not capture any of the stories behind those who were there, or those who witnessed the attack. There is no portrayal of the emotional aftermath.
At the time the video was shot, there was already a "lockdown" on the city. Thousands of people like me, who escaped the WTC and walked home, were unable to take public or private transportation back to Manhattan for at least 48 hours. Technically, the streets of Manhattan were open north of Canal Street, but no car service was willing to take me from Brooklyn to Manhattan for fear of not being able to leave Manhattan once they got there. And full subway service from Brooklyn to Manhattan was restored only on Thursday, 9/13.
So this video shows us what those who remained in lower Manhattan would have seen and heard - and that was dust and silence, respectively. That might be boring to those who expected this to portray more of the attack or the detailed activities and words of the rescue and recovery workers. However, this documentary keeps all other people at a distance from the camera. I wonder if that was intentional, but in any case, the effect is that this video makes you feel as if you have just dropped into the WTC neighborhood, and you are free to walk around and view the destruction at ground-level. The video takes up to areas that were under heavy police security, such as the shattered Winter Garden at the WFC (World Financial Center). It takes us to a Health Club on Rector Street.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars WTC - First 24 Hours March 8, 2005
This is a good film about the aftermath of the WTC collapse. It was not nearly as bad as some reviewers have made it out to be. The audio and video quality of the material is great. Speaking for myself, I actually liked the fact that this particular 9/11 film had no commentary & music. What you see is what you get, and unfortunately, this video is in the like-it-or-leave-it catagory. This program is definetly not for everybody. If you can't stand watching a real-life caught-on-tape video without narration & music, then you will not like WTC - First 24 Hours. As for me, my main complaint about the film is that it wasn't long enough. The film is just 47 minutes and should've been longer and had more footage of the actual attacks themselves. Oh, well, it was still a decent film. In the very first scene, you get to see the explosion of the second plane crashing into the South Tower, and you see two people jumping from the North Tower on the right side of the screen. Then it shows both towers collapsing from the same camera angle. Then from there, it's nonstop footage of the aftermath. You'll see how Manhatten was transformed into a nuclear winter; buildings fluttered with debris, the streets caked in white ashes and paper, damaged buildings, crushed cars & trucks, and 3 billion pounds of concrete, rubble, and steel covering the WTC site.

If you're expecting a historical document about the actual attacks themselves, then don't watch WTC - First 24 Hours. In Memoriam - New York City - 9/11/01 is the one that you would want to see. It shows footage of the attacks, people jumping, interviews, the pandemonium, the collapse, and the aftermath.

WTC - First 24 Hours doesn't document the actual attacks themselves, but rather, the aftermath. The footage speaks for itself.
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41 of 48 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Missed the ball... June 27, 2002
I agree with what some of the other reviewers said. I bought it expecting what I found but ALSO expected to see the footage of the planes crashing, the buildings collapsing, the smoke plume rushing through the streets and people running. I wanted this to be a full capturing of the emotions I (and the whole country) felt that day that I could show my kids someday as a true historical record of a tragic event. Sadly, what I got was about 28 minutes of people walking through dust and debris covered streets. Save your money and wait for this one to be done right.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Unbiased Eye December 30, 2003
You see, this documentary does something that most network news channels are afraid to explore... it displays raw film with raw audio as recorded on-scene in real-time. No sugar-coated interpretations, although the average television viewer might find it difficult to think for themselves; to explore their own thoughts in the chilling silence. Around the city during and after the WTC event, you hear the planes, the crowds, the firefighters, the police, the sirens, car alarms, screams, footsteps, and... the silence. No voice-over commentators, no colorful on-screen titles, nothing but it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars WTC- the first 24hrs
No music, no commentary just the desolation and decimation of the city of New York in the first 24 hours.following Sept 11
Published 10 months ago by Therese Knersch
3.0 out of 5 stars Yet another disappointed viewer
I would have given it two stars, or even only one star, but I was struck by the silence of the city in the aftermath of the disaster. Read more
Published on December 24, 2011 by Garmonbozia
3.0 out of 5 stars The short quick view
No one knew what happened on that first day,... how or why the towers came down. This video can be used for any view, but I find it wanting. Read more
Published on January 5, 2007 by Patrick Craig
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and compelling
When I saw this film, it was several years after 9/11. Yet after the first camera still that shows first a blazing tower, a plane slamming into the second tower, the towers fall,... Read more
Published on December 2, 2006 by M. COLE-SISTO
2.0 out of 5 stars With Respect - There Are Better Films
Some documentaries serve great purposes and others simply fill in monetary voids. "The First 24 Hours" is a disappointment as a film, recording what is said to be the first "24... Read more
Published on October 22, 2005 by Martin A Hogan
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent footage with a wide angle
The Ground Zero Footage is amazing & the way it was shot is interesting, wide angles & slow pans make this a unique video. Read more
Published on November 2, 2004 by Steven Spak
1.0 out of 5 stars Silent Video
I did not like this video because there was no narration to tell about what was going on. So of course there were no facts given, just like looking at photos with no names, etc. Read more
Published on June 24, 2004 by Joan VunCannon
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointed
I was responsible for buying this video for a middle school Social Studies class. What a mistake! Imagine teenagers sitting through this film.... Read more
Published on March 13, 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars DISAPPOINTING
The events of September 11, 2001 are long gone. When I first heard about this tape and began to watch it I expected a moving documentary that would give further insight on that... Read more
Published on May 9, 2003 by Bonita L. Davis
2.0 out of 5 stars Dont Bother
I bought this dvd..I was hoping for a little more I guess..The dvd was less than one showed little more than fireman walking around in soot.. Read more
Published on March 8, 2003 by Lisa Horton
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