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The Films That Scared A Generation With The Twin Spectres Of Nuclear & Cold War! 7 Full Hours Packed Into 22 Government And Public Service Nuclear Information Films On 2 Dual Layer All Regions DVDs!
*4/7/15: Updated With PERSPECTIVE ON GREATNESS: ALL THE KINGS HORSES AND ALL THE KINGS MEN About The Launch, Trajectory And Possible Terrible Impact Of The Nuclear Age, Hosted By Steve Allen!
*9/22/13: Upgraded From A Standard Format 3 DVD Set To A High Quality Dual Layer Format 2 DVD Set For Easier Storage, Lower Cost And Best Performance In All DVD Players, And Manufactured Using Genuine Verbatim Brand Dual Layer DVD+R Disc Stock, The World's Best!
A IS FOR ATOM (1953 - 14:42)
Don't you just love the atomic trains & planes we use today? No? ell, at least they were right about the uclear subs & ships. This classic cold war cartoon explains in easy to understand language all about "the five giants" of atomic energy - the warrior, the engineer, the farmer, the healer & the researcher. Discusses such matters as atomic & sub-atomic theory, the periodic chart & what makes elements different, atomic weight & isotopes, stable & unstable (radioactive) elements, particle accellerators ("atom smashers"), the splitting of the atom, extraction of the U-235 isotope, the atomic pile & the creation of plutonium, the generation of power from an atomic pile, the irradiation of materials for a variety of uses & more.
MEDICAL ASPECTS OF RADIATION (1950 - 20:14)
A pretty girl laying by a poolside serves as an example of nuclear ionization by the four different missiles of nuclear ejecta - gamma rays, neutrons, alpha & beta particles. Relying on a number of animated diagrams, one of which looks like several of the seven dwarves on the night shift, the machinery of the human mechanism (their words) is shown to slow up terminally, or not at all, based on radioactive exposure. Once you've been fully reassured that toupees are just fine as cure for radiation baldness, and that the mutations in your offspring will probably be for the better rather than the worse, you'll be pacified enough to remember all about that Roentgen meter stuff that came before it, and maybe all of that "half life" mumbo jumbo - who knows, you may even forget all about that sterility stuff, too!
THE HOUSE IN THE MIDDLE (1954 - 12:09)
Need one say more that "the premise of this film is that keeping your house neat & clean is your last best defense against nuclear attack"? OK - how about "this film was selected for the 2002 National Film Registry of 'artistically, culturally, and socially significant' films"? LOTS of atomic tests at the Nevada Proving Grounds, too - let alone mannequin families!
ATOMIC ALERT (ELEMENTARY VERSION) (1951 - 10:34)
This civil defense procedure film starts with the arming of a bunch of high school students with a geiger counter, which is promptly turned upon their own persons in the search for radioactive substances. Stressing "we're all on the team", the audience is asked "what is your job?". You don't have to answer, you're told what it is - it's to know and to act upon every little bit of nuclear what-do-you-do that's been packed into this film. We of today have much to learn from them then - this film's a veritable checklist of where to go, what to have, and what to do when - and if there's a knock on your door after a nuclear blast, it's not an atomic zombie - it's your friendly neighborhood block warden!
DUCK AND COVER (1951 - 9:15)
Hands down (and everything else), this is the most famous civil defense film of them all. This film for children, through the person of Bert the Turtle, teaches kids what to do in the event an atomic bomb is dropped. Just as Bert has a shell, kids have to learn how to take cover in their own way in case of a nuclear attack. Comparisons are made between things children already know and things that are like them in an atomic explosion - sunlight and atomic flash, sunburn and radiation, etc. - all in order to emphasize and impress upon them the danger. It's all done in an effort to communicate one over-riding message - kids must learn to fall to the ground and cover their necks and heads - in other words, to duck & cover!
OUR CITIES MUST FIGHT (1951 - 9:00)
A U.S. Federal Civil Defense Administration film on the need for America's city dwellers not to mind the fact that they are being nuked and to stand and fight an (imagined) invading enemy rather than evacuate.
RADIOLOGICAL DEFENSE (1961 - 26:17)
The U.S. Office of Civil Defense and Mobilization produced this film on the dangers of and defenses against radioactive fallout. In the words of the narrator, "as serious as fallout is, we can cope with it through an active radiological defense program".
ABOUT FALLOUT (1955, 8:20)
The U.S. Department of Defense produced this film to "debunk" popular beliefs about nuclear fallout. It in fact is itself worthy of debunking - you just have to see how the audience is instructed to simply "wash and wipe" contaminated foods to make them safe for eating after a nuclear attack to have sufficient need to see this film!
ABOUT FALLOUT (1963, 22:25)
The U.S. Department of Defense found that it's earlier film by the same name was so good, and that so much more needed to be told, that they took that film and expanded by nearly twice its original size. Especially fun to compare to the original to see what had changed, what had not & what was edited out.
HANFORD SCIENCE FORUM (1957, 9:46)
General Electric sponsored this television piece of residential propaganda to assure the residents of Richland, Washington that the Hanford Plutonium Plant was not poisoning the Columbia River with radioactive agents.
MANAGEMENT OF MASS CASUALTIES, PART 10: MANAGEMENT OF PSYCHOLOGICAL CASUALTIES (1958, 23:13)
An absolutely extraordinary U.S. Army film that seeks to educate medical professionals on how to recognize and treat the many different reactions soldiers were expected to exhibit after a nuclear attack.
STAY SAFE, STAY STRONG: THE FACTS ABOUT NUCLEAR WEAPONS (1960, 22:43)
A splendid piece of interdepartmental propaganda, produced for the U.S. Air Force in color live action & animated format, seeking to instruct their personnel about the power, physics, testing, delivery and handling of nuclear weapons.
SURVIVAL UNDER ATOMIC ATTACK (1951, 8:45)
The great Edward R. Murrow narrates this film for the U.S. Office of Civil Defense that seeks to educate its audience about the destructive power of nuclear weapons, to explain the associate phenomenon of nuclear radiation, and to assure the public that they will be safe as long as they follow proper procedures. Very much a time capsule of the attitudes of this era.
THE DAY CALLED X (1955, 27:11)
CBS Television produced this remarkable dramatization, narrated by celebrated actor Glenn Ford, of the nuclear evacuation plans adopted by the city of Portland, Oregon.
JOE BONICA'S MOVIE OF THE MONTH - ATOM BOMB (1946, 7:26)
Vintage early atomic newsreels documenting atomic testing on Bikini Atoll, Mercury & Yucca Flats, Nevada & more, plus classic shots of soldiers in trenches just outside of an Atomic blast, & still more. Classic.
THE NEWS MAGAZINE OF THE SCREEN: ATOMIC ENERGY (1950S, 21:26)
Excellent compilation of 1950s newsreel stories on atomic weapons testing, civil defense and nuclear energy.
THE NEWS MAGAZINE OF THE SCREEN - VOL. 2, ISSUE 6 (1952, 22:59)
Edited for use in schools, this collection of newsreels includes the Frenchman's Flat, Nevada nuclear test. Also includes coverage Eisenhower's candicacy for President, a blizzard at the Donner Pass, a visit to the U. S. by Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Milan's Luigi Livraghi and his raw vegetable figurines, the heroic actions of the Captain of the "Flying Enterprise" Henrik Carlsen & more.
THE NEWS MAGAZINE OF THE SCREEN - VOL. 5, ISSUE 10 (1955, 21:18)
Edited for use in schools, a collection of newsreels which includes civil defense drills for a nuclear attack. Also includes coverage of Saigon at war, Morocco, Germany & Austria, the end of New York City's Third Avenue elevated railroad, more.
OPERATION CROSSROADS (1946, 26:36)
The U.S. Navy's detailed account of the Bikini Atoll nuclear tests, known also as the Able Day & Baker Day atomic tests. Elaborate documentary that provides intact so much of what all of us nowadays see only in outtakes used in documentaries made ever since.
OPERATION CUE (1955, 14:36)
The famed color documentary made by the U.S. Federal Civil Defense Administration about how housing and mannequins held up to atomic blasts, performed at the Nevada test site of the Atomic Energy Commission.
OPERATION CUE (1964, 14:02)
An update of the 1955 film of the same name, this time attempting to demonstrate how much nuclear weapons yields have grown in the nine intervening years.
PERSPECTIVE ON GREATNESS: ALL THE KINGS HORSES AND ALL THE KINGS MEN (1963, 53 Min.)
Steve Allen both stars in and narrates this unique critical investigation into the nuclear weapons issue in this 1963 edition of the venerable documentary series.
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