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Atomic War Bride/This Is Not a


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  • Actors: Seamon Glass, Thayer Roberts, Aubrey Martin, Mary Morlas, Michael Greene
  • Directors: Anthony Rizzo, Fredric Gadette, Veljko Bulajic
  • Writers: Fredric Gadette, Betty Laskey, Cesare Zavattini, Peter Abenheim, Ray J. Mauer
  • Format: Black & White, DVD-Video, Special Edition, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: eOne Films
  • Release Date: Oct. 1 2002
  • Run Time: 147 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000639GE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #63,649 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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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" (1960, 75 min.) - 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" (1961, 72 min.) - 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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Again S.W.V. pulls off another hat trick. Taking two atomic age films from opposite sides of the world (one, THIS IS NOT A TEST is all American, while ATOMIC WAR BRIDE, is all Yugoslavian - yes, they have a film industry), gives you a uncanny perspective on just how nuclear war was looked at. In some ways they are both the same, but in others, there are major differences (THIS IS NOT A TEST dissolves into a kind of material anarchy, while ATOMIC WAR BRIDE asks for and gets civil duty, but they both end with a bang). As for extra's, S.W.V. has a reputation for pulling together a string of themed shorts that are both funny and downright scary - the best of these shorts for this set is YOU CAN BEAT THE A-BOMB. I must warn you now that this short is perhaps one of the most jaw dropping and creepy short films you will ever see - not only does it approach the subject of nuclear holocoust with a FATHER KNOWS BEST mind set, but even for the time it was produced (1950) it is amazingly scant on details, and long on urban fantasy. Very, very creepy (and please, when you see this, feel free to email me, I would love to know what you think of it). As for the movies, both hold up very well. THIS IS NOT A TEST was done on a near zero budget, but manages to pull off the impossible by being entertaining and creepy all at once. ATOMIC WAR BRIDE is pure propoganda (and good luck trying to decide which side this film is really on), and yet oddly compelling. I can't recommend this S.W.V. DVD enough, it's a classic.
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Something Weird's Atomic double feature DVD featuring "Atomic War Bride" (1960) and "This is Not a Test" (1961) is, simply put, amazing. With this release, Something Weird rescues two fascinating, socially significant Cold War era films from permanent obscurity and does it with wonderful style and humor. The special features section (featuring multiple classic civil defense films and fallout shelter TV spots) is just icing on the mushroom shaped cake. Support the resurgence in and redisovery of Atomic Film and BUY this DVD! You will not regret it!
--Bill Geerhart, editor conelrad.com (all things atomic)
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Mike Vraney has turned out this wonderful double bill of Atomic terror. The first film is Atomic war Bride from 1960 Yugoslavia, and it is a well made little film about atomic war and the devastating effects it has on people. A shocking ending as well.
The second filmis a gem called This Is Not A Test. I had seen this on late night television and never forgot it. A gritty, well acted film about several people waiting for the end of the world at a roadblock set up by a local policeman. Great film, great ending!!
The extras are good here as well. I highly recommend this dvd is you like 50's and 60's sci-fi.
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By S. Griffin on Sept. 7 2002
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I love this stuff! It's so bizarre! I've never laughed so hard as when everyone is told to don their anti-radioactive suits in ATOMIC WAR BRIDE and they're just big garbage bags! And then one guy tries to get inside one with somebody else because he doesn't have one. Pure hilarity!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
THE ATOMIC BLONDE April 21 2002
By Thomas E. O'Sullivan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Again S.W.V. pulls off another hat trick. Taking two atomic age films from opposite sides of the world (one, THIS IS NOT A TEST is all American, while ATOMIC WAR BRIDE, is all Yugoslavian - yes, they have a film industry), gives you a uncanny perspective on just how nuclear war was looked at. In some ways they are both the same, but in others, there are major differences (THIS IS NOT A TEST dissolves into a kind of material anarchy, while ATOMIC WAR BRIDE asks for and gets civil duty, but they both end with a bang). As for extra's, S.W.V. has a reputation for pulling together a string of themed shorts that are both funny and downright scary - the best of these shorts for this set is YOU CAN BEAT THE A-BOMB. I must warn you now that this short is perhaps one of the most jaw dropping and creepy short films you will ever see - not only does it approach the subject of nuclear holocoust with a FATHER KNOWS BEST mind set, but even for the time it was produced (1950) it is amazingly scant on details, and long on urban fantasy. Very, very creepy (and please, when you see this, feel free to email me, I would love to know what you think of it). As for the movies, both hold up very well. THIS IS NOT A TEST was done on a near zero budget, but manages to pull off the impossible by being entertaining and creepy all at once. ATOMIC WAR BRIDE is pure propoganda (and good luck trying to decide which side this film is really on), and yet oddly compelling. I can't recommend this S.W.V. DVD enough, it's a classic.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
ATOMIC ENTERTAINMENT!! June 8 2002
By Kevin P. Coon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Mike Vraney has turned out this wonderful double bill of Atomic terror. The first film is Atomic war Bride from 1960 Yugoslavia, and it is a well made little film about atomic war and the devastating effects it has on people. A shocking ending as well.
The second filmis a gem called This Is Not A Test. I had seen this on late night television and never forgot it. A gritty, well acted film about several people waiting for the end of the world at a roadblock set up by a local policeman. Great film, great ending!!
The extras are good here as well. I highly recommend this dvd is you like 50's and 60's sci-fi.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A Jewel Of Cold War Movies! Aug. 5 2010
By Max Sun - Published on Amazon.com
A fantastic movie about the Cold War turning hot in microcosm for a dozen or so Americans and one authority figure. An intimate movie about the everyman's probable reactions if the bombs had started to fall. Seamon Glass, a Korean War veteran and Los Angeles police officer at the time this movie was made, uses the military bearing he was taught by the Marines to great effect. His character, a highway patrolman, is instructed to set up a roadblock in the middle of the night on a rural road. He is told by the dispatcher to gather passersby and try and shelter them due to an impending nuclear war.

The reality of a possible nuclear holocaust brings out the best and worst in the different characters. Glass' character is greatly tested by the weak and bad amongst this group. With limited space in a truck trailer, who will be able to handle such conditions and who may be exiled from the makeshift shelter? The ending is gripping and horrifying.

Considering the very low budget, this film is a diamond in the rough. Good story, good acting, atmospheric, and unforgettable!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Bombs away! March 28 2011
By mrliteral - Published on Amazon.com
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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. The general message is that it can happen anytime (with the implied message that you can't trust those evil Commies who hate our freedom) and that a little forethought is all that's required to survive (if you're not at ground zero). Radiation, as it turns out, is not all that dangerous and will not hurt most people. There's even criticism of the Japanese, with the implication that more people would have survived Hiroshima and Nagasaki if only they'd had a plan for dealing with nuclear attack. And what Something Weird Video would be complete without a little striptease video with a vaguely Cold War theme?

In short, the highlight of this DVD is Atomic War Bride, but beyond entertainment value, this also offers the viewer a chance to look at the mindset of 1950s Cold War America.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
"Do you realize the radius, the area of destruction, from the explosion of one hydrogen bomb? It's too late to run!" July 13 2013
By Annie Van Auken - Published on Amazon.com
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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