Full photographic coverage of the only tests ever conducted of the effects of a nuclear bomb on a typical American community. The nuclear bomb was brought to 'America's doorstep' during an unusual series of nuclear tests c... more »onducted in the Nevada desert in the 1950s. "At Ground Zero" contains the first ever compilation of the full length official documentaries that chronicle the effects of these tests as the full fury of a nuclear bomb is demonstrated on the typical American home.« less
Genres:Drama, Educational Sub-Genres:Drama, Educational Studio:Image Entertainment Format:DVD - Black and White,Color DVD Release Date: 08/31/1999 Release Year: 1999 Run Time: 1hr 14min Screens: Black and White,Color Number of Discs: 1 SwapaDVD Credits: 1 Total Copies: 0 Members Wishing: 1 MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated) Languages:English Subtitles:English See Also:
"I've collected all of these, as well as "Atomic Cafe", and "Trinity & beyond"(which is terrific). "At Ground Zero" is a collection of 4 seperate films, all shot at the Nevada test site, just outside Las Vegas. Two of the films cover the same test, from different perspectives. One produced for the public and one produced just for the government."
Probably the best of the 3 videos in this series...
Robert Garrett | Hollywood, CA | 11/07/1999
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This video is from original military films produced in the 1950's and 1960's by the Civil Defense and at Lookout Mountain Air Force film studio in Hollywood, CA. The "Operation CUE" section is particularly interesting; it gives a very telling view of our mindset during the 1950's regarding the survivability of a nuclear attack. A "typical housewife" guides us through the famous nuke test that was the first to be televised live. She shows us how a typical family and home would fare in an attack. It was meant to give confidence, but the disclamer tagged to the end of the film says, to paraphrase...these results are for a 20 KILOTON nuclear blast, an actual attack would probably use a multi MEGATON device...your milage may vary... Anyway, you get the idea. I've actually had fun running this section at parties. If you want a factual and more entertaining (in the normal sense) video on this topic, get "Trinity and Beyond", but if your interest goes deeper, I recommend these videos, especially volume #3."
Kris | Fairfax, VA USA | 01/30/2001
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Dry diagrams and commentary, typical army instruction film. Interesting to historians, not to me."
Good historical footage.
Tom G. | Mesa, AZ USA | 06/19/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you are looking for a well polished documentary, Trinity & Beyond is the best bet. This is a collection are old Army films, straight on to the DVD. Personally, I love these for sentimental reasons, and for historical interest. I would not want them altered in any way, and was very pleased with this purchase."
An excellent preservation of history
Shawn Hughes | near Oak Ridge, Tenn. | 02/20/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"What this tape consists of is repackaged once-classified films. These films were used for training and lectures for affected personnel much as we currently use video tapes today. Because not all of the 'sanitized' films were declassified, there are gaps in the sound and visuals.If you are interested in nuclear weapons and their effects, I recommend this series ..."