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on April 10, 2003
In what is probably the most dramatic look ever at the U.S. atomic weapons program, the Atomic Bomb Collection is a stunning and oftentimes frightening realization of what man can create. Using declassified footage from government archives, you can now view material never shown or reported to the public.
The material shown on all the discs is remarkably clear, well defined, and visually impressive. The audio for all programs are in Dolby 5.1 surround sound and, believe me, will give your home theater system a serious workout. Each disc also contains a large amount of special features that make this set a very worthwhile value.
Trinity And Beyond is the starting point of it all. You are treated to the inside story of our atomic program from it's infant stages at the Trinity site in Alamagordo, New Mexico and continuing on to designing, making, and producing hydrogen thermonuclear weapons. The footage of hydrogen bomb testing in the Marshall Islands in the Pacific ocean is truly astonishing and disturbing both at the same time.
Atomic Journeys: Welcome to Ground Zero is probably the most outstanding of the lot showing dozens of bomb detonations in startling detail. Much footage is relegated to the Nevada Test Site which was openly known in those days to conduct such tests. What wasn't widely known to the public is that subterranean detonations were also performed in Mississippi and Alaska and some other areas. This footage is featured also and is quite unbelievable. One subterranean detonation in Alaska was so large (incredible footage here), it permanently changed the landscape of the surrounding area.
Lastly, we have Nukes in Space: The Rainbow Bombs. This is the least interesting of the 3 discs but still has good material to offer. You are shown nuclear detonations, performed by the U.S. and Russia, in our upper atmosphere. Whatever the intentions were by our scientists, this was probably not the best of locations to test atomic weapons especially considering the bombs affected radiation belts around our planet. Pretty scary.
If you're interested in the entire history of our atomic program from start to finish, look no farther than here. This is the premier collection that won't ever be matched. Highly recommended to everyone.
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on September 30, 2005
The Cold War is a very interesting period in history. For the US and the world, many important events were happening, and these events tell us much about the key historical figures of the times. And, like all good hsitory, they tell us a lot about human nature, strenghts, and frailties.

The nuclear weapons race was a key part of the Cold War. The development of these weapons and the technologies associated with them are an interesting story of science, engineering, and politics wokring together to address the difficult issues of the day. Having said this, this forms the backdrop for the films in this package, which focus mainly on the development of the weapons and their testing. This presents a fascinating story and provides the opportunity to show many mesmerizing and nightmare-inducing images.

The explosions and tests in these films visually show the power of these weapons. I found myself getting chills down my spine numerous times as the power and destructive ability of the bombs were shown. And, at the same time, many of the images are hauntingly beautiful, kind of like seeing a huge tidal wave or powerful storm.

These films are also interesting documentaries about the types of testing and data collection needed to develop a technology like this and understand its impact. Experimentation is needed to validate theorectical scientific understanding, and much was unknown about nuclear technology when these weapons were being developed. It's interesting to get a sense for what was done to build the knowledge base needed to understand this technology and its implications.

For anyone who wants to understand the Cold War, scientific development, or nuclear technology, these films are highly recommended. The music and narration also help to make them compelling and enjoyable to watch.

I thought that this information was presented with little or no detectable political bias. The films were focused mainly on the US programs, and they did not empahsize much the developments in the Soviet Union or China, etc., as context, but they did not seem to be strongly pro or con to the US and it's work. That's how documentaries like this should be done.
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on February 19, 2011
This is a collection I'll always own & usually watch at least once a year. Welcome to Ground Zero is great if your planning a trip to visit any of the test sites as they provide almost every detail you need. It also includes Trinity & Beyond, the best video on the subject out there. The copy of Trinity & Beyond included a set of 3D glasses & a short 3D feature on the Nevada Test Site. Cheezy, but I adore that kinda thing. Nukes In Space is great as well.. you won't be disappointed.

The movies took 3 days to show up and were in excellent condition. 50 dollars well spent!
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on October 21, 2016
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on May 15, 2003
This collection is essential viewing for anyone interested in this subject.
I live in England and had heard of these DVDs but was never able to find them. I finally found them... and ordered them. Boy was it worth it.
The images of the detonations are spectacular, beautiful, and absolutely terrifying. Couple this with superb narration, research, and extra features, and you have probably the best all-round documentary on the history, science and politics of nuclear warfare around.
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on October 14, 2015
Spectacular historic images documental
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on November 1, 2013
These are great a nice little ride though Nuclear destruction!
do yourself a favor and get some red/blue 3d glasses as well
it will REALLY make it!!
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on July 13, 2007
Overall, this is a somewhat mediocre set of movies. Depending on what you are looking for, this may not be the set for you. I bought these movies in anticipation that they would deliver, for the most part, good footage of atomic explosions (maybe that wasn't such a good assumption on my part). In the end I was rather disappointed. While Trinity and Beyond was perhaps the most 'exciting' of the three movies, even that fell quite a bit short of what I was hoping for. In Trinity, what I found was more or less scattered segments of this and that with probably about 10 minutes or less of what I would call really good footage. There wasn't much information either on that video - in case you were at least hoping to learn something. The other two seemed to be more informative than Trinity, however they largely lacked actual video shots of nuclear explosions.
I was also disappointed that in the parts you thought were really interesting and cared to see, they seemed to be cut short and you end up only getting a 'taste' of the action.
There are some decent scenes, but they are rather few and far between (if you're going for the action-packed stuff). If you're looking to be educated on these films, I don't think you will be entirely disappointed, but you may want to look around and see what the market has to offer. So far, I'm unable to recommend anything, as these are the first videos I've bought myself.
This was my general impression of this set of videos. Looking back, and given my disposition, I think that if this were priced about 10 dollars lower, I would probably consider it a worthwhile purchase.
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on February 6, 2005
Nukes are like, soooo cool! I hope I get to see a real one some day. Excellent footage in these DVD's, well put together. And narrated by Captain Kirk! I highly recommend this set for all nuke freaks. Interesting glimpses of life and culture in the 40's and 50's also. Soundtrack has hints of "Red October" and "Posieden Adventure", and even the first Star Trek movies. Also some politico stuff - there were liberal pacifist wimps back then too, just like today with the Gulf situation.

Nukes in space is my favie - a very well put together documentary, with cool videos of nukes as well as early rocket and missile tests (and failures). Hints of the old "B" movies and "Outer Limits", complete with sound effects.

Videos of underground tests and the blast damage are very interesting, also air bursts and space bursts, called "rainbow nukes". Gotta Luvit!

What I wonder is, we spend gazillions of $ developing this technology, why don't we ever use the dang things? Like now in the Gulf? Just two of these cuties put an abrupt end to the biggest war that ever happened!
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