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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
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Parental Guidance (PG)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Oct. 1 2002
  • Run Time: 147 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0000639GE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #71,267 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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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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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa61cb5b8) out of 5 stars 23 reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa61b26fc) out of 5 stars THIS IS A MOVIE FOR PEOPLE WHO LOVE REALLY BAD CHEESY OLD B MOVIES WITH ALMOST NO PRODUCTION VALUES TO SPEAK OF! June 12 2014
By THE AUTISTIC WEREWOLF - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are looking for a riveting taught sci-fi thriller like "It Came From Outer Space" or even "Plan 9 From Outer Space" This Is Not A Test" is bound to disappoint. I am being kind to call this a B movie this is more accurately a C Movie if such a thing exists. It's not that the acting its bad and it is. The plot is dull. There is no tension between the characters that is both deep and visceral. It's not just that you do not care about these characters they are so bland you don't even want to know them. The charcters are poorly developed and the dialogue is trite.

Now with all that said you might wonder why I give this movie a four star rating if it is that bad. Well honestly I was a devoted fan of Mystery Science Threatre 3000 and that's where I developed my taste for really bad movies. Being autistic I have a mini Tom Servo, Gypsy, Crow and the whole crew in my head making snide remarks as I watch bad movies just like these. My younger brother is autistic too so often we watch these really bad sci-fi movies and make jokes about the people, the cars, the props, the inconsistancies, continuity errors and more.

Atomic War Bride is also a largely forgetable movie except that it is funny to watch. These movies bad as they are reflect the idealized post World War 2 society in the United States. The movies are cheap in price and if you buy these for pure laughs and you have a fertile vile and vulgar imagination these bad B movies make for some fun times. I know how to have fun ripping bad movies to shreds, Tom Servo, Crow and company would be proud of me.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa609ec48) out of 5 stars 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.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa609e630) out of 5 stars ATOMIC ENTERTAINMENT!! June 8 2002
By Kevin P. Coon - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5f3a7ec) out of 5 stars This is Not a Test April 12 2014
By MAC 10 - Published on Amazon.com
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Atomic war bride was a little disappointing, had a lot of war propaganda speeches. This is not a test was much better in drama and action. It was fairly believable, all except for the police officer. He was portrayed as a typical knuckle-dagger that showed no common sense at all. I would still recommend it.
HASH(0xa7df4954) out of 5 stars A remarkable film from behind the iron curtain Oct. 6 2013
By John S. Socha - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm sure there are a lot of "baby boomers" here on Amazon. That means many of us grew up with the specter of atomic annihilation always close at hand. And, indeed, the Cuban missile crisis brought us closer to that horrible reality than we even realized back in the day.

Internationally, the were a number of dreary black-and-white movies dealing with the subject. Some were based on famous novels such as "On The Beach." Others, while not exactly addressing nuclear war addressed the larger issues of war and peace. The first version of the book "1984" was a chilling example. And, as others have commented, there were a whole slew of cheesy "B" movies that capitalized on our fears. "The Last Woman On Earth" by Roger Corman comes to mind.

What makes this movie so strikingly notable is that it was filmed in 1960 when the country of "Yugoslavia" was still within the Soviet sphere. Set in an imaginary country, the movie is strongly antiwar, but also is pointing fingers in both directions.

The movie covers a short period of time in the lives of two naïve newlyweds. The young man still believes firmly that if things are explained, common sense will prevail. He is drafted when war breaks out and is very hurriedly trained.

There are some very sarcastic scenes in the movie where the conscripts are classified based on whether they can multiply a couple of numbers successfully or by answering other equally insubstantial questions. Also, a scene where their basic combat training simply involves them flexing their trigger fingers faster and faster is quite telling.

Finally, towards the end of the film, nuclear retaliation strikes their country. The President, caught out in the open dives to the ground and tries to bury his head in the sand. He is also commenting that, based on the polls, this war is everyone's fault because he got 55% of the vote! How very modern.

From a purely cinematic view, the movie is interesting in that the uniforms and weapons were manufactured with fairly high production values of the day. Aside from some of the facial characteristics of Eastern Europeans, it would be difficult to tell where the film was made. The English dubbing is much better than expected. I am only surprised at the communist government gave its imprimatur to the making of this film. There are no red stars or Lenin busts to be seen.

And one final observation: (and this is kind of a spoiler) in the last few minutes of the film the bride and groom return to their apartment which is in rubble. They were also caught in the open and a good portion of their clothes were blown off. It is interesting that both the bride and groom lost predominantly the bottom half of their clothes. The groom has no pants and tattered underclothes. The bride's white dress is essentially gone from just below the waist down. The bride is very close to being exposed in her private area. This was not done to titillate.

In most films, after whatever blast happens the top half of the clothes are torn or burned. Think Bruce Willis in any Die Hard film, for example. I suspect the symbolism here is that their sense of pride and propriety and dignity have also been destroyed.

So, if you want to get really depressed, think of this movie as a "prequel" to 1984, On The Beach for any of the other mushroom cloud movies. Still, a remarkable film that has been nearly forgotten.



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