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World Trade Center - Anatomy of the Collapse

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World Trade Center - Anatomy Of

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The Twin Towers of the World Trade Center were designed to be impervious to an attack by airplane. But the events of September 11 revealed a horrific flaw in the plans. Find out how and why the two towers, once thought to be indestructible, were reduced to rubble. CGI Graphics and eye-witness accounts unravel the split-second events of the 11th of September in visual detail, explaining the answers to the questions that haunt the American public.

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  • Actors: Craig Sechler
  • Directors: Ben Bowie
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Live / Artisan
  • DVD Release Date: August 20, 2002
  • Run Time: 52 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006AUH7
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,923 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Zagnorch on November 4, 2002
Format: DVD
Being a regular viewer of TV disaster documentaries, I checked this show out when it premiered on The Learning Channel several months after the horrific events it depicts and discusses. It goes into the history of Manhattan's World Trade Center from its initial conception to its construction through to the first WTC attack on in 1993 to the infamous attack that finally brought the massive towers down on that fateful September morning. Also shown in computer-animated demos are the innovative construction techniques (e.g. "tubes" and "trusses") that made the creation of such a huge building possible, and also unfortunately led to its eventual demise.

Some might argue that this documentary takes a too-clinical and unemotional look at the disaster. Personally, I found this to not be the case: in the many interviews of the key people behind the building's conception and creation, it is apparent that all of them are still shaken by the loss of the structure they'd spent so many years and untold millions of dollars to build and maintain. And the scenes featuring federal agents processing the WTC rubble at New Jersey's `Fresh Kills' landfill is sure to grab your gut as well.
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23 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Fresh Deejay on March 26, 2006
Format: DVD
This video is definitely a promo piece that works for the official story, but hidden inside this great documentary are interviews with professors that actually take the official story apart.

Jonathan Barnett, Professor of Fire Protection Engineering, is interviewed in this presentation during the segment on the British Steel Industrial Fire Test of 1995, where a 5 story building filled with office furniture, computers, paper, and other items, in a non-fireproofed environment was set ablaze and allowed to burn for several hours. And what happened? The building stood there with no chance of a collapse. The video footage of the test is interspliced with Barnett's interview, where he states: "When steel is bare -- when it heats up -- it gets weaker. It's not that it melts in a fire, in fact, fires--normal fires--are not hot enough to melt steel. Even if you were, for example, to use an unusual fuel -- like kerosene -- you cannot achieve temperatures hot enough to melt steel." He then adds, "In over 20 years I have not seen -- until recently -- a protected steel structure that has collapsed in a fire."

His statement might be meaningless to you if he was just some schmoe from around the way, but Professor Barnett was one of the chief investigators of the government's NIST/FEMA team that was tasked with determining what made the towers come down.

**It should be noted that the NIST/FEMA investigation even concluded that jet fuel cannot produce temperatures that burn hot enough to melt steel.

Another great interview/segment is with Professor Abolhassan Astaneh-Asl, who is shown examining the steel wreckage of the WTC. He says, "What you see here is actually very critical - very, very important. Perhaps, this is the most important piece I have found so far. ...
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Martin A Hogan HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on January 9, 2003
Format: DVD
For some reason this documentary seems to put that entire horrible day into perspective. To know exactly how those planes entered the towers, how they hit, why the fire was so intense, why people jumped, why the towers collapsed, seem to satify that angry, sad itch people have to just want to know "how" and "why". It is also touching at points, especially when irony is obvious when an engineer states that "even a 727 could not knock over the building". It's heavy stuff, but seems to answer some questions that are nagging at so many Americans.
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19 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Rocco Dormarunno on February 23, 2004
Format: DVD
Although I was but a few miles away from the WTC on that awful day, I was spared watching it unfold. Like many New Yorkers, it took me a couple of years to even begin to look at the videos surrounding the disaster. The first thing I watched was Ken Burns' final episode to his NEW YORK documentary. Because I had seen the previous seven parts, and had loved them, I knew this subject would be in good hands, and it was.
This documentary, ANATOMY OF A COLLAPSE, was the next I watched. It, too, struck be as well-conceived and intelligently explained. The CGI work supporting the expert analysis was an enormous aide to understanding the chain reaction that led to the implosions. Still, this is an unbearably sad documentary that seemed a little too coldly analytical, almost distant: something the Burns' documentary avoided. But I think everyone will have a different emotional response to anything about the WTC disaster. For this reason, I hope people will watch this video to gain a solid understanding of the whys and hows those beautiful silver towers crumbled.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Andrae Garavito on March 27, 2005
Format: DVD
The Learning Channel has released a fine video of hard-hitting evidence explaining once & for all how the two tallest buildings in the history of Manhatten were reduced to rubble during the attacks of 9/11/01. You'll also see some pretty neat camera angles of the second plane hitting the South Tower, some that I haven't seen before. A brief history of the rise of the twin towers is presented here, as well as footage showing the aftermath of the 1993 WTC bombing. The reason why I don't give this DVD/video 5 stars is because it was only 53 minutes long. They should've added a lot more to this video before releasing it on VHS/DVD. Oh, well, I still recommend this film. It will give you a clear understanding as to why the WTC collapsed.
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