Published on December 30th, 2006 | by Chris2
Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie (1995)
Since I'm on a "Cold War" run to start off the site, lets look at 1995's "Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie."
"Trinity" is a documentary that explores the creation and development of nuclear weapons technology, primarily in the US military, but with a little bit of Soviet action thrown in as counterpoint.
Being a documentary, action is non-existant. That's not the point. The big draw of this film is the absolutely *stunning* film of the seemingly endless nuclear tests conducted in the South Pacific, in atmosphere (which I never knew were conducted) and underground. It's absolutely incredible to believe that something so infinitely destructive could at the same time be so, well, beautiful. You will find yourself feeling guilty at marvelling at the slow-motion footage of these detonations, only to realize their intended purpose. The different stages of the explosions, how they progress from initial detonation, to shock wave, thermal expansion and beyond are visible in nearly every one.
It starts off detailing how they came up with the "benchmark" for nuclear weapons strength, the kiloton. In essence, they put 1000 tons of TNT up on a test stand and set it off. I felt honestly scared for these guys manually carting box after box of TNT up onto the stand and tapping it firmly into place with their hammers. *shudder*
The absolute devastation of the bombs are shown in detail, both at their first two actual uses in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and at the various test islands and atolls. Literally wiping them clean of pretty much everything.
There's a bit of a look at the 50s-60s cold-war hysteria that went on, and when you look at this footage and what was being developed, its easy to see why the entire country was so nervous.
I'd recommend this to anyone interested in the history of nuclear weapons, and to anyone who scoffs at the seriousness and destructive power of the atom. I'd put it in the "must see at some point" category.
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Trinity & Beyond… The Atomic Bomb Movieis the top secret, strange and visually compelling history of the design, production and testing of Atomic Hydrogen bombs. Renowned special effects filmmaker Peter Kuran (Star Wars, Star Trek II & V, Robocop) offers up amazing film footage chronicling the top secret, strange and visually compelling history of the design, production and testing of Atomic Hydrogen bombs by the United States...
DVD InformationBinding: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Manufacturer: VCE Inc.
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- William Shatner
- Edward Teller
- Frank H. Shelton
- Randall William Cook
- Paul Tibbets
This review is from: Trinity & Beyond - The Atomic Bomb Movie (DVD)
I have always been fascinated by the things we as humans create in order to destroy each other. This movie shows the evolution of nuclear weapons all the way from Trinity up to the Czar bomb. It's fascinating and at the same time terrifying as to the extent we went during the 50's and 60's to create weapons so powerful that they threatened human civilization itself. This movie only covers the most notable achievements in nuclear weapons development. It is a glimpse into the people that worked on these devices and shows the lengths each side went to in order to develop more and more powerful weapons. If you like to learn about nuclear weapons development during the hay-day of testing I recommend this film.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
T & B: Why Nuclear War Is A Really, Really Bad Idea,
This review is from: Trinity and Beyond - the Atomic Bomb Movie [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)An eye opening chronology of a side of history we never knew, it explains a lot about other kinds of experiments being carried out today and the kind of people who do them. There is nothing comforting here, just a lot about what more we can expect, especially if we use them again.
This really needs to be part of every school curriculum in the world, because we can't afford to ever forget the consequences even if "we win."
Between all these tests and a continually erupting Fukashima, the world is running out of time and radiation tolerance capacity.
On the other hand, this is the ultimate extreme tour de force for all you ex-defense people, rocket scientists, and pyromaniacs.
Oh wait, those are the same things, aren't they? I should know, I am one of those. 🙂
Put it on your big screen TV on your next 4th of July and crank up the volume and kilowatt bass!
Burn a piece of brimstone (sulpher) for atmosphere and celebrate the Big Bang.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Awe inspiring, Amazing, Horrifying!,
This review is from: Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie (DVD)Prepare to be blown away! The history of the development of mankind's most fearsome weapon is fascinating. This movie is the best on the subject. Peter Kuran (ex Star Wars special-effects director) cannot be praised enough for his monumental work in restoring previously classified footage of the US's series of atomic tests from 1946 to 1962. Realising the importance of these films and the threat of continued deterioration due to age, he has saved and given us all an eyewitness view of some truly biblical scale events: the underwater shot, Baker, creating a two kilometer tall water column exploding from the ocean. Ivy Mike, the first ever full scale test of a Hydrogen device & shot in time lapse... the mushroom cloud billowing through the Stratosphere into Space, stretching one hundred kilometers in width! Castle Bravo(15Mt & the largest US test ever)captured on film reaching fireball diameter of 5KM in a split second...the ensuing mushroom cloud glowing, churning, crowned with... Read more
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Summary: A strangely beautiful, disgusting, yet mesmerizing look into the nuclear arms race, that will leave you guilty for marvelling at it. Documentary. Narrated by William Shatner.