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Atomic War Bride / This Is Not a Test

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Once upon a time, the Big Bad Bomb was #1 on everyone's Paranoid Hit Parade. Atom-bomb movies were made to scare us; atom-bomb short subjects were meant to calm us down. Now you can relive some of that Mushroom-Cloud Mania with this Nuclear Collection of Atomic-Age Kulture. Just hope you don't end up glowing in the dark...

ATOMIC WAR BRIDE: At a church in the country, eternally optimistic John marries Maria, his Atomic War Bride, as planes buzz overhead and bombs start dropping. Though John is "mobilized" by the military seconds after the ceremony, he and Maria are reunited just in time for the Big Bang!

THIS IS NOT A TEST: And when the police radio blares, "Air Raid! Condition Red! This is Not a Test," Deputy Sheriff Dan Colter sets up a roadblock on a lonely section of mountain road in the middle of the night as he and a microcosm of American society wait for the bomb by engaging in various end-of-the-world activities.

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  • Actors: Ljubisa Jovanovic, Ewa Krzyzewska, Antun Vrdoljak, Seamon Glass, Mary Morlas
  • Directors: Veljko Bulajic, Frederic Gadette
  • Writers: Betty Laskey, Cesare Zavattini, Fredric Gadette, Peter Abenheim, Ray J. Mauer
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Image Entertainment/Something Weird
  • DVD Release Date: May 16, 2012
  • Run Time: 147 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000639GE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,501 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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By mrliteral VINE VOICE on March 28, 2011
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Nowadays, the threats seem to come from all directions: terrorists, environmental disaster, a faltering economy...it makes you long for the days when the only threat was nuclear annihilation. Okay, maybe not, but if you feel nostalgic for that era of Cold War peril, then Something Weird Video has a nice pair of "Super Science Thrillers" from the early 1960s to entertain you.

Top billing goes to Atomic War Bride, which is appropriate because it is the better movie. The name makes it sound like a campy '50s sci-fi film, but it's actually something more serious. It's a Yugoslavian picture taking place in an unnamed (but distinctly European) country where perpetually upbeat John is about to marry Maria. As he heads to the wedding, war breaks out, but John's not worried: it'll be over quickly and certainly, no one would use nuclear weapons. The wedding itself is interrupted by an air strike and John is soon impressed into the army. From there things get worse and worse, though John always hopes for the best. This is a surprising effective dark, anti-war satire.

The second feature is This is Not a Test. A sheriff's deputy is asked to put up a road block on an isolated mountain road. It soon becomes clear that a nuclear war has broken out and the deputy will need to take command and set up a survival plan for the mix of people who he's stopped. This has kind of a made-for-TV look to it and is structured more like a play, focusing on dialogue far more than action or effects. Unfortunately, much of the drama seems forced and tedious.

Beyond the movies, the DVD also comes with a number of non-fiction shorts from the 1950s that are rather quaint in their simplistic discussions of how to deal with a nuclear attack.
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If you are looking for a riveting taught sci-fi thriller like "It Came From Outer Space" or even "Plan 9 From Outer Space" This Is Not A Test" is bound to disappoint. I am being kind to call this a B movie this is more accurately a C Movie if such a thing exists. It's not that the acting its bad and it is. The plot is dull. There is no tension between the characters that is both deep and visceral. It's not just that you do not care about these characters they are so bland you don't even want to know them. The charcters are poorly developed and the dialogue is trite.

Now with all that said you might wonder why I give this movie a four star rating if it is that bad. Well honestly I was a devoted fan of Mystery Science Threatre 3000 and that's where I developed my taste for really bad movies. Being autistic I have a mini Tom Servo, Gypsy, Crow and the whole crew in my head making snide remarks as I watch bad movies just like these. My younger brother is autistic too so often we watch these really bad sci-fi movies and make jokes about the people, the cars, the props, the inconsistancies, continuity errors and more.

Atomic War Bride is also a largely forgetable movie except that it is funny to watch. These movies bad as they are reflect the idealized post World War 2 society in the United States. The movies are cheap in price and if you buy these for pure laughs and you have a fertile vile and vulgar imagination these bad B movies make for some fun times. I know how to have fun ripping bad movies to shreds, Tom Servo, Crow and company would be proud of me.
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This download is provided by Oregon-based DVD-R mfr. SINISTER CINEMA, specialists in obscure 'B' unit movies. Sinister's dubs are from unrestored film stock, thus quality varies with source material condition. None are pristine, yet none are so degraded as to be unviewable. Some of their transfers are in fact quite decent.

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THIS IS NOT A TEST is a nearly obscure 'B' grade Atomic Age frighter with a script that would make Rod Serling proud.

Here, a small number of motorists stopped on a mountain road by a 4 AM roadblock learn that a nuclear attack is imminent. They huddle in a big rig trailer and pray for survival. It doesn't end happily.

This chilling story has time to explore the reactions of individual humans to what appears to be the approaching end of their lives. Behaviors are as different as fingerprints. The avaricious worry about money and possessions, the kind-hearted show concern only for others, and the cowardly don't muster any deep-down courage. Seamon Glass as the no-nonsense state trooper takes a page out of Robert Ryan's playbook. He's cold, stentorian and somewhat wooden while trying to maintain order during a monumental crisis.

In preparing their flimsy trailer for fallout shelter duty, hard life-or-death decisions must be made, yet in the end these may all just be distracting ways of avoiding the unspeakable, that tomorrow may not come for any of them.

A definite must-see!

Parenthetical number preceding title is a 1 to 10 IMDb viewer poll rating.

(5.6) This is Not a Test (1962) - Seamon Glass/Thayer Roberts/Aubrey Martin/Mary Morlas/Michael Greene/Alan Austin/Carol Kent/Norman Winston/Ron Starr/Don Spruance
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