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ABC News: Tsunami - Wave of Destruction

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This in-depth examination of the chain of events that led to one of the most devastating loss of life from natural causes in modern history is expertly detailed in this special ABC News report by Charles Gibson. What caused it, what did it do and what happened to the survivors, especially the orphaned children? 2005/color/124 min/NR.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Diane Sawyer, Charles Gibson
  • Format: Color, 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:
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  • Studio: MPI Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 8, 2005
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007R8EYU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #268,255 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I was disappointed but I was only looking for footage of the wave, flooding and some of the after-damage. It is fine for someone who wants a copy of a tv special report of the Asian tsunami with some water footage but mostly field reports from the aftermath and lots of talking head. The water shots did not include much of the footage that I saw on tv at the time.
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There isn't any 8 mm footage in this show. That is entirely inaccurate and irresponsible. There is consumer grade mini dv footage, and probably even some video phone footage, because that is what you get with natural disasters. There is professional mini DV and betacam footage. There is some studio stuff, but mostly field reports from Diane Saywer and others, as well as interviews with Colin Powell, Kofi Anan, aid workers, locals, tourists, etc.

Some of the reporters visted remote areas within a couple days of the disaster. The reports are raw and timely.
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Many people don't remember it. It was so far away. No one wants to hear the story anymore. But while cable news was showing the destruction and death, my family was there experiencing it. We were in Phuket when the waves hit. We were fortunate and survived. We saw the destruction and the incredible strength of the wonderful Thai people, who just picked up and got started again. Many private charities from all over the world and churches responded with help. People came individually. We finally went home a few months later and have been back since. You would never know that the tragedy happened. Thailand is amazing.
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This feels like a made for TV broadcast that was never intended to be released on DVD. Then was. I think this would appeal to newscast buffs more than natural disaster buffs as this is a great exercise in newscasting, but offers little in the way of doing the tsunami justice. The DVD picture quality is low-medium (okay, but could be substantially better). Taking this DVD, as a whole, into consideration spending any more time than they did in order to achieve a better picture quality would not have been worth it. If you love newscasting for the sake of newscasting then this pretty good (not great), but if you're looking for a tsunami (or natural disaster) documentary look elsewhere.
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If you were looking for any footage of the Indonesian Tsunami, you need to keep looking. This is not up to National Geographic standards. 99% of the footage is old 8mm stuff. I am surprised that my Farudja circuits didn't barf. Informative, especially if the projector is off.
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