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Atomic Cafe [Blu-ray]
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Armageddon has never been so darkly funny as in The Atomic Café. This 1982 cult classic juxtaposes Cold War history, propaganda, music and culture, seamlessly crafted from government-produced educational and training films, newsreels and advertisements. Taken together, these sources cheerily instruct the public on how to live in the Atomic Age, how to survive a nuclear attack (!) ... and how to fight and win a nuclear war. As a U.S. Army training film advises, "Viewed from a safe distance, the atomic bomb is one of the most beautiful sights ever seen by man." Returning to home video in a sparkling 4K digital restoration created by IndieCollect, The Atomic Cafe is an absurdist blast from the past that would be downright laughable if it weren't so eerily relevant to our fake news present.
Special Features: Selection of government propaganda films (courtesy of the prelinger archives) | Filmwax radio interview with Kevin Rafferty, Jayne Loader, and Pierce Rafferty | Audio excerpts from Jayne Loader's CD-ROM "Public Shelter" | Trailer
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About the restoration- the main advantage to the restoration here is that texts and audio are much sharper and have benefitted from digital techniques that never existed at the time the film was made. I will admit to hoping that the archival newsreel and military footage would have been meticulously restored, color balanced and improved, much like "Trinity and Beyond- The Atomic Bomb Movie" was, but most do not appear to have been touched. Therefore, the result is that you now see "Atomic Cafe" in as good condition as it was originally shown when it premiered in the 1980's. In that respect, it's successful.
Overall, I would strongly recommend buying the Blu-Ray for fans of the film as it's a brilliant work, showing our atomic bravado and atomic ignorance of days gone by.
This edition came to me in perfect condition, as ordered, and on time. :-)
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But, please, don’t let any of this deter you: the film itself is a masterpiece of editing. Using only archive film and soundtrack, with the addition of some popular music and sound broadcasts of the period, it is a hilarious and horrifying picture of the outcome of a government policy which can now be seen to be completely mad, and a lesson from history that we have still to learn. A must-see film for everyone.
Finally, as if the improvement in image quality were not enough, Kino have generously included over 3 hours (yes, over 3 hours) of original government propaganda films, which feature in the documentary, together with some fascinating audio interviews.
Ausdrücklich KEINE Kaufempfehlung für den Schund. Was sehr Schade ist, denn der Film an sich ist ein Must-have.