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In its worst crisis since World War II, Japan faces disaster on an epic scale: a rising death toll in the tens of thousands, massive destruction of homes and businesses, shortages of water and power, and the specter of nuclear reactor meltdowns. Japans Killer Quake combines on-the-spot reporting, personal stories, compelling eyewitness videos, and exclusive helicopter footage for a unique look at the science behind the catastrophe.
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The human toll was given some lip service (ie projections on final numbers of dead and missing) but there were scant views of the powerful effects on actual individuals. The best was at the beginning where a woman was shown looking at the devastation, but you really had no idea what she was looking for or who she was missing. There are so many poignant stories out there and barely anything was shown from the human side--the degree of suffering that was being dealt with, and the responses of the Japanese people. I really felt like this was a missed opportunity.
Not only that, though the footage shown was impressive, moreso would have been the footage of the actual swamping of the Fukushima plant for example. Or the burning of the refineries in Chiba. Many, many more. Simply skimming YouTube showed me much more powerful scenes than many that were chosen for this documentary.
I think what was present on the DVD was interesting (hence the three stars), but frankly seeing Hawaii hit by a 3 foot wave was not as significant as the devestation of Sendai and it's surroundings. Not that it wasn't of note, but if you only have an hour for a documentary, well, there were a lot of more powerful images and storylines to examine.
I wish it had kept it's content and added at least another half an hour. Given the timing of the release between when the information appeared on PBS and when the DVD came out, it seems as though there could have been a lot of updating of the overall (and ongoing) impact.
Perhaps I suffer from being to close to the event, but I was disappointed in the DVD.
Interesting, but nothing you can't find on the website, and there is so much more than what is on that DVD.
Not really recommended--just look at it on PBS. At least my money went to a non-profit I can appreciate, otherwise I'd want it back.