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Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie (Full Screen) [Import]
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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There were some things in the film I didn't like at all. At two parts in the film, they show nuclear testing on animals, and it is quite horrific seeing these goats, pigs, etc. being chained up and slowly dying. It is very awful and not for the squemish. They also showed victims of Hiroshima, but it wasn't nearly as graphic as the animal scenes. Also, the 3D section at the end of the video is very disappointing. It is mostly narration and only shows one or two explosions, and the 3D effect with the glasses does not work at all.
Please note: I purchased the VHS version, not DVD.
This is more of a series of old films of the time. No secrets or details are exposed. This is a good movie and never promised too may technical details.
There is just as much left out as left in to get through the subject in 93 minutes to describe U.S. detonated 331 atomic devices.
It is however a fairly complete historical documentary without a log of sound bites presentations. I personally did not notice the background music (Preformed by The Moscow Symphony Orchestra) as we get this noise with just about every production now days. However it seems to have been just as much a character as the narrator in defending the mood of the viewer. However towards the end we did get a good clip from "Where the Boys Are" sung by Connie Francis.
If you do not recognize the narrator's voice it is of William Shatner.
We get some food footage of a young and an old Edward Teller (1908-2003). Along with this is footage of other people significant to the story.
Capabilities of Atomic Weapons FM 23-200
Capabilities of Nuclear Weapons - Defense Nuclear Agency Effects Manual Number One, Part Two, Section Two, Damage Criteria - Injuries, EMP, Materials, Equipment (Effects of Nuclear Weapons Series)
But what really made me sit up and pay attention was the tests done later and with more and more powerful devices. Our first Hydrogen Bomb didn't even look like a bomb, but more like a refinery building in Wilmington. Then the USSR built a super-duper 50 megaton bomb that was air transportable and the film of it dropping from a bomber was very sobering. I don't know how the producers got a hold of that film, but I found myself on the edge of my seat.
But even more sobering are the last scenes showing China's nuclear test and how they would follow up with cavalry (horses wearing gas masks no less). The editing did seem a bit contrived but coupled with William Shatner's excellent narration prompted me to run that part again two more times. Then, after putting the disk back in its case, I pulled my M-1 Garands out of the gun cabinet and cleaned them.
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This movie is at times beautiful,very funny,extremely terrifying,and more than a little depressing.I would recommend it for anyone who is a true fan of horror,real horror. Read morePublished 9 months ago by zotox
DVD was in perfect playable condition and was delived on-time as promised. The tracking of the product was easy and accurate.Published on Sept. 28 2013 by RICHARD MENDEZ
As everyone else feels, this is an excellent and informative movie, powerful and downright scary. I used to think nuclear explosions were cool looking, after watching so many in a... Read morePublished on March 14 2013 by Bellyful but hungry
This movie makes people realize the magnitude of which nuclear bombs were tested. And, thankfully were not used post WWII. Read morePublished on Jan. 18 2013 by Raymond Schmidt
"Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie" is a masterful account of an inspiring era of history and one of the great triumphs of human ingenuity. Read morePublished on June 5 2004 by J. A. Gile
The movie in itself was great, however, I was extremely disappointed with the 3D scenes. They weren't really three-dimensional at all, in fact, the commentary and a yucca plant... Read morePublished on Dec 29 2003 by Dillon S
If you have yet to buy a VHS/DVD on or about Atomic Weapons, by all means make this your first one. This DVD contains the best, that I've seen, footage as well as a great photo... Read morePublished on Feb. 20 2003 by suburban