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Why the Towers Fell - An Exclusive Investigation into the Collapse of the World Trade Center


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  • Actors: Jonathan Barnett, Brian Clark, W. Gene Corley, Sal D'Agostino, Jan Demczur
  • Directors: Garfield Kennedy, Larry Klein
  • Writers: Garfield Kennedy, Larry Klein
  • Producers: Garfield Kennedy, Larry Klein, Lisa D'Angelo, Matt Barrett
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Wgbh Boston
  • DVD Release Date: June 18, 2002
  • Run Time: 56 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006ADG4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,727 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Why the Towers Fell - An Exclusive Investigation into the Collapse of the World Trade Center" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Letter from the producer
  • Read the FEMA report
  • Access to special web features: Above the Impact: A Survivor's Story, Towers of Innovation, The Collapse: An Engineer's Perspective, Outfitting Firefighters, The Structure of Metal, and additional resources

Editorial Reviews

For most people the image of the collapse of the World Trade Center Towers on September 11, 2001, was not only a scene of unforgettable horror, it was a moment of unimaginable consequence. Within days, NOVA began following a blue ribbon team of forensic engineers as they began searching for clues that would tell them why the towers fell. This moving and informative documentary features interviews with survivors and rescue personnel who recount the buildings' last moments and their harrowing journeys to safety, interweaving these stories with the insights of some of the leading structural engineers in the world to explain exactly what happened on that fateful day. Why the Towers Fell takes viewers through the process by which the investigative team came to understand the how's and why's of one of America's greatest tragedies. From a detailed examination of the building's original design to the relentless process of combing scrap steel yards and Ground Zero itself for evidence, this was one of the most extensive and difficult disaster investigations ever undertaken. The team tested building materials, calculated the role of the jet fuel in the fire, estimated the speed of the aircraft and the damage to the building's core, and they analyzed the effectiveness of the escape and fire protection systems. The conclusions they reached will certainly influence the building of future skyscrapers for years to come.

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These bars were also set in the concrete slab.
Nick
The emotion of the chief engineer is real and puts a personal perspective on the events that permanently changed his life as well as the lives of countless Americans.
Sgt. Bilko
Even the contents of all the offices: furniture, doors, windows, copy machines, fling cabinets?
Danny

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37 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Nick on February 19, 2006
Format: DVD
As a software engineer with a strong interest in science (especially physics), I've always enjoyed Nova and respected their objectivity no matter what field of science they focused on. After reading both FEMA's report and the 9-11 Commission report (which includes additional information, not included in FEMA's report, that actually contradicts the theory put forth in this documentary), I began getting very interested. Mainly because their explanations are not only improbable, but in some case, physically impossible. When I found the NOVA DVD, I immediately ordered it hoping to finally have a sound, believable scientific explanation as to why the Twin Towers and WTC Building 7 collapsed that day. Now, having watched it, I feel an uneasiness I can't really describe.

Not only did NOVA parrot the FEMA explanation, but because of the omission of verifiable evidence that contradicts the official theory (example below), the misleading presentation of simple evidence (example below), incorrect facts (example below) and the introduction of uncorroborated, unsourced information (example below), I can safely say that at best, this is an illogical and very unscientific look at the 3 tower collapses that took place on 9/11 and at worst, purposely deceptive misinformation aimed at hiding something that the government doesn't think we Americans can handle. There are points in this DVD where Eagar says things that would actually be roll on the floor laughable if he wasn't a M.I.T. professor trying to scientifically explain how the towers collapsed.

Even more disturbing is the fact that most people who view this "documentary" will get the impression that the theory described is the same theory the 9/11 Commission provided to explain the collapses of the 3 WTC buildings.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sgt. Bilko on August 22, 2011
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I was so glad to see this out on DVD. I purchased the VHS after the attack and the treatment of what happened is handled very well. The emotion of the chief engineer is real and puts a personal perspective on the events that permanently changed his life as well as the lives of countless Americans. This is a good supplement to the excellent American Experience episode regarding the Towers history. This was needed for the nation as well as the world to see why the impossible was possible. This is factual and includes candid, but not cruel criticisms of the flaws from the beginning of the project.
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By Danny on November 17, 2013
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Mildly entertaining at best! No explanation at all. Come on!! How do you vaporize over 1,000 people into ash and dust in 10 seconds? Even the contents of all the offices: furniture, doors, windows, copy machines, fling cabinets? Google WTC Fresh Kills and view the videos and slide shows of the debris field. These buildings did not just collapse; they were turned into dust; and the people too. It takes an hour min. to cremate a human body, and then the bones are crushed by machine, and even then there can still be fragments left over. This takes place under extreme controlled conditions, like a blast furnace. If these building had just collapsed, then there should be something left to identify who these people were. They had a 3 stage sifting program set up at the Fresh Kills debris field. It was very thorough, even the mud from the WTC site was sifted. Sometimes all they found was a credit card or some other form of ID to confirm the identity of the "missing" person. Listen to the rescue workers talk about how everything was turned into ash. And then they tell us this is from a building collapse. No wonder there is a 9-11 truth movement.
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There is a strong correlation between the collapse of the World Trade Center and the assassination of John Kennedy. It has taken 50 years for a complete examination of the Kennedy assassination after the Warren Commission report, which is now being seen as a coverup.
After a disastrous war in Iraq, Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and others ensured that the World Trade Center would fall, but the secret cover-up has been exposed. A commission was formed and gave us lies. I have a lot of respect for NOVA documentaries, but this DVD was released in 2002 before the true story of the Towers was exposed by many sources. Even today, many Americans do not know the truth. I have read many of the sources and recommend two documentaries that have exposed the true story of what really happened: "9/11: Explosive Evidence, Experts Speak Out" and " 9/11 Press For Truth", which prove that Bush and Cheney lied about what brought the towers down. It is too late to impeach Bush and Cheney, but we can put them in prison for murdering nearly 3000 people in the World Trade Center. We don't have to wait 50 years to close the case on Bush and Cheney: let's do it now. The families of the people who died in the World Trade Center are the only ones speaking out. Why are the press and the Democratic Party saying nothing?
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21 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 22, 2002
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This is a very nice documentary it explains in details why the two WTC actually fell. It is full of Engineering facts, however, it has some interviews with some of the September 11 survivors who were very close to the major events. Also an interview with the WTC architect who in my view lost two loved ones. I would recommend this documentary for every one, it has allot of footage of the September 11 attack which makes it a collectable item for those who want to capture all the moments they can.
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