Trinity and Beyond! The Atomic Bomb Movie VHS
In the salad days of nuclear-weapons testing, the United States detonated 331 atomic, hydrogen, and thermonuclear bombs. Many of those explosions appear in Trinity and Beyond, which utilizes a lot of declassified footage, most of it in color. Standouts include the United States' South Pacific detonation of an atom bomb 90 feet below the water to study the effects on a fleet of ships. Surprise, surprise, they sink! If that wasn't enough, the navy also loaded the decks with sheep to study the effects of the blast on life forms. Surprise, surprise, they die! Glowing leg of lamb anyone? This film will alternately amuse and horrify you at the rampant irresponsibility of the Soviets and Americans in their quest for nuclear domination. The Russians have the honor of having detonated the largest nuclear bomb ever at a whopping 58 megatons. The Hiroshima bomb was barely a kiloton. Of course, after the U.S. and Russia ceased their activities, the Chinese decided to get in on the act. But that's a different story for a different documentary. --Kristian St. Clair
From the Back Cover
Witness the incredible history of America's development of nuclear weapons.
Renowned special effects filmmaker Peter Kuran (Star Wars, Star Trek II and V, Robocop, Addams Family) dedicated more than three years to the production of this amazing film, which chronicles the top secret, strange, and visually compelling history of the design, production, and testing of atomic and hydrogen bombs by the United States. In addition to uncovering rare film from top secret government archives, Kuran traveled far and wide to obtain startling footage of nuclear bomb tests conducted by Great Britain and China and the largest atomic explosion ever created by Russia. The quality of the images is remarkable and required the development of a new film restoration system to preserve these haunting images for generations to come.
Narrated by William Shatner, this award-winning production features an original score performed by the Moscow Symphony Orchestra and an interview with Dr. Edward Teller, a developer of nuclear weapons and one of the most controversial figures of the 20th century. Whether being exploded under the ocean, suspended by a balloon, being shot from a cannon, or even detonated in space, these weapons are capable of devastating destruction. Trinity and Beyond is an extraordinary production and provides an important understanding of events that changed the world forever.
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This really needs to be part of every school curriculum in the world, because we can't afford to ever forget the consequences even if "we win."
Between all these tests and a continually erupting Fukashima, the world is running out of time and radiation tolerance capacity.
On the other hand, this is the ultimate extreme tour de force for all you ex-defense people, rocket scientists, and pyromaniacs.
Oh wait, those are the same things, aren't they? I should know, I am one of those. :-)
Put it on your big screen TV on your next 4th of July and crank up the volume and kilowatt bass!
Burn a piece of brimstone (sulpher) for atmosphere and celebrate the Big Bang.
Get your fill of it, then tell your representatives to watch it too, before they vote in favor of the War To End All Wars.
I was probably most impressed by the bikini atoll underwater test where a small vertical dark mark on the side of the mushroom column is actually a large ship set up on it's end and completely vertical. And that was a relatively small nuclear detonation.
This movie is a must-see for people who didn't live in the cold-war era. It brings the awesome and terrible power of nuclear weapons to a very real and tangible place and presents the terrible progression of their horrible yet beautiful power.
Shatner does an excellent job with the narration on this amazing collection of historical footage.
The Atomic Bomb Movie presents the awesome power of nukes in a way that can be comprehended. It's worth a full 5 stars.
One- actually 2 sad notes:: For some unknown reason, my DVD would NOT show the Video. I just Ordered the Blu-ray version from Amazon and was anxious to view Disc, but, would NOT Boot up to the "Start Program" portion of Disc. The good News, is that Amazon is sending me another Copy- hope it works!
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