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Witness Disaster in Japan


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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: 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: National Geographic
  • DVD Release Date: June 17, 2011
  • Run Time: 45 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0056IWWXO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,598 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

The world watched in horror on March 11, 2011, as the fourth largest earthquake ever recorded crippled Japan and triggered a massive tsunami that swallowed entire communities, leaving an unprecedented catastrophe in its wake. All the while, amateur videographers, news crews, tourists and countless others were recording the sights and sounds of the unfolding chaos. From the producers of the critically acclaimed Witness Katrina, National Geographic presents a powerful firsthand look at the tragedy, entirely through the eyes of those who experienced it.

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We are only tenants of a vast and ever evolving planet.
chase maddox
Although the video footage is excellent, from a variety of cellphones, fixed security cameras and helicopters, there wasn't enough narration for my purposes.
Michael S. Donahoe
Since I've seen other videos explaining what creates the earthquakes & tsunamis, having more raw footage in this was nice.
Thomas H. Lawler

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By frankenberry on April 7, 2012
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We've all seen the footage that aired on TV (as well as many clips on youtube) of this horrible disaster. This DVD encapsulates a lot of that same footage, edited down into much shorter clips. It's all still very powerful, but the whole program only runs 45 minutes (as it appears to have been made for TV) and feels incomplete as it doesn't include a lot of the powerful footage easily available elsewhere. For example, there is only about 20 seconds shown of that amazing helicopter aerial footage of the giant sludge & debris wave moving so fast across the land, engulfing cars, houses, and everything else in its path. Watching those long unedited clips (sometimes over 10 minutes straight) on youtube as cars keep trying to outrun the debris wave that's coming in all directions was horrifying, but there's none of that on this DVD. Not that I really want to see that horror again, but that footage just really gave you more of an idea how a tsunami engulfs such a large area and moving in each direction all at the same time, so running left or right you just aren't going to escape either way. Before this disaster, no one had any aerial footage of a tsunami, so seeing how practically impossible it is to out-drive or out-run this fast-moving debris sludge-wave was amazing and jaw-dropping - and none of that is here. This DVD focuses more on people on the street footage (from cell-phones, etc.) and that's all fine and great for what it is. The first 15 minutes are devoted to the earthquake itself from various locations in Tokyo and elsewhere. The last 30 minutes focus on the tsunami and the aftermath. There is only a brief mention near the end of the Fukushima plant situation.Read more ›
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James L. Bachman Jr. on May 18, 2012
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NatGeo dropped the ball on this one. It wasn't so much the earthquake as it was the tsunami that caused the devastation. I found videos on Youtube that I hadn't seen before that showed how horrific the tsunami was, and illustrated that it's power would not be denied. Someone should put these together on a DVD. I wouldn't recommend NatGeo's DVD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karen Bostic on October 13, 2013
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Bought to use in my classroom for a unit on Japan, tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanoes. Exactly what I was looking for.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael S. Donahoe on July 22, 2013
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This is a compilation of video footage from the earthquake and tsunami, but not very useful to me as a teacher because I always give a "movie quiz" when I show a movie. This requires that there be some narration (in English)to ask questions about. Although the video footage is excellent, from a variety of cellphones, fixed security cameras and helicopters, there wasn't enough narration for my purposes. I'm sure they will come up with a more formally-produced video about this disaster later.
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By Thomas H. Lawler on December 31, 2014
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I'd looked at this for over a year and finally gave in to getting it (since the price came down ~30%). Since I've seen other videos explaining what creates the earthquakes & tsunamis, having more raw footage in this was nice.
Of course the real message I get is asking "are we ready for our turn for such to come around?" Over just the last 10 years we've seen a lot of big events including the Sumatra one in Dec 2004, Chile Feb 2010, and this one in Japan, so what corner of the globe hasn't been hit (North America maybe?) Many like to ignore such possibilities, yet I'd hate to see this in your back-yard. Other videos suggest places like the northwest coast of the US has a 1 in 3 chance of such in the next ~30 years (which is pretty high risk although they can't say "it'll happen on ___ day"), so this is what some on the coast should watch and realize they will be the faces in this pretty soon. Even the east coast has risks (like the recent Haiti one as well as other possibilities), so no one should assume you're immune to such.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By H. C. Cruzado on March 30, 2012
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The footage included in the DVD had already been shown on TV in the aftermath of the tsunami, but it was still impacting to watch it again. At 45 minutes long, I felt it was too brief and concise. Surely a regular DVD can store at least three hours of footage without much extra expense! Some harrowing parts seen on TV, like the tsunami rushing across the airport all the way to the terminals as the passengers watched from second floors, which was very dramatic, and the sea birds flying inland together with the rusing waves, as if feeding on marine life stirred up from the sea floor, were not included. I would hope to see in the future a DVD with all footage included, not just such a brief selection.
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