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Cuban Missile Crisis: Three Men Go to War

4.4 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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Explore the inside story of the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962, when the world teetered on the brink of nuclear holocaust. In the first major feature documentary on the subject, the film brings to life the three central characters Kennedy, Castro and Khrushchev and explores how the worlds most powerful men fell into an abyss of their own making and outlines the courage and luck it took to climb out again.

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  • Actors: .
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Not Rated
  • Studio: PBS
  • DVD Release Date: December 18, 2012
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009B0L5D6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,877 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This documentary includes interviews with people directly involved with the crisis, but also provides the context and the history. My son watched this for a history project, and the whole family found the documentary very informative and interesting. Although we knew the outcome, it was suspenseful!
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I was aboard the Tin Can that had the VDS (Variable Depth Sonar) and tracked the sub that eventually surfaced after
many long hours. At the time we did not know about the Nukes and not till years later did we all find that we were the
closest we could have been to WWIII. It was good to know that for the sake of a few cool heads I wouldn't be here to
talk about those days. The ships name was USS Borie (DD-704). I'm sure the folks back in Russia never knew also
but the ones who did were happier with the outcome. Nukes...if we gotta have em, we better home we never use em.
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Very interesting the interviews showing the tension and the thoughts of the other sides.
I do recommend to those willing to better understand the other sides of this very importante historical moment.
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I saw the Cuban Missile Crisis: Three Men Go to War on TV and I wanted to get the DVD. I lived through the Cuban Missile Crisis and remember the Air Raid Drills that we had at school and having to crawl underneath our desks for the drill.

It brings back memories on how close we came to a world war.
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l think this is probably the best overview documentary for the missile crisis I have seen. It holds your attention, makes you feel the emotion and a lot of gallows humor with great interviews and first hand accounts. I'm a history teacher and believe it is a great classroom tool as well.
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Once again, documentary film makers made the decision to grossly mishandle vintage newsreel film by changing the original aspect ratio of the black and white film (4:3) into stretched pseudo widescreen (16:9), thereby distorting the video (the squashed face effect). I saw this documentary twice on PBS and I would never buy this or any other DVD that's made so ineptly.

This one hour show is intercut throughout with contemporary talking head interviews and vintage newsreel film. Apparently, some directors favor squashed faces for the black and white newsreel images so that the viewer's TV screen is completely filled up at all times to match the modern interviews, even if it distorts the former. For the viewer, there's no way to correct this mishandling except by constantly hitting the "picture size" or "aspect ratio" button on the remote. For me, the 1962 images are what's important, so I just left my TV on 4:3 to properly view them and put up with "tall and skinny" distortion of the modern interviews.

I don't know if it's just laziness, stupidity, or disrespect for history that causes some directors to use the squashed face technique. Ken Burns never uses it in his wonderful films on PBS, such as the World War II film, The War. I guess this mishandling is done because some directors fear that modern viewers might freak out if they don't see their 16:9 TVs completely filled up. Oh no! The whole screen isn't filled! I can't take it! Millions would commit suicide, bashing their heads through their TV screens! Children would be forever scarred! Drenched in the shame of it all, the sun, would refuse to rise again!
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I think that the drama based on "Thirteen Days" does a better job of relaying the tone and events of this time. This disc can be viewed as supplementary material. There is a bit more about Castro, however, who was apparently ready to go to the wall against the USA, along with his Cuba.
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A true story of a very frightening event from my youth! Watching this DVD, which was very well done, brought it all back. VERY WELL DONE!!!
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