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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.Read more ›
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I loved the fact that it held the interest of most of my high school students.Published 16 months ago by jerijinks
As with most Nova productions, this is very well done. The science is good, and the footage is outstanding. Read morePublished on December 6, 2012 by C. T. Mansfield
I used this in the earth science class I teach the last two years. It is truly a gripping video.Published on June 1, 2012 by Sciteach
This video tells it all. When the tragick event of March 11, 2011 happened; the world saw severity of Earth problems. Read morePublished on February 17, 2012 by Wisdom
What an extrodinair DVD. This added so much more than the news carriers showed on TV. This shows the true nature of the Tsunami's power. Read morePublished on February 1, 2012 by Charles L. Alexander
This is a good DVD and shows how the earth shifted causing not only the earthquake but also the tsuami. If you want to learn more, by all means this DVD is for you.Published on January 9, 2012 by Betty Crocker - "Charlene"