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.
Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie
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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
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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
It's what i wanted.,
This review is from: Trinity and Beyond - the Atomic Bomb Movie [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Good documentary, although it's 90+ percent about U.S. nuclear programs up to about 1963, and there are 8 - possibly 9 - other members of the nuclear weapons club. The extra footage and features alone justify the purchase price, above and beyond what you might get watching this on the interwebs. Btw - I purchased the DVD from Amazon Warehouse, and the discs were rattling around in the case. Despite the resulting scratches, both discs played without any problem.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: Trinity and Beyond - the Atomic Bomb Movie (Amazon Video)
This is a part of history we shouldn't forget. The main reason I bought this was my son was talking about nuclear bombs and was curious as to what they were about. I knew of this movie because I had seen it a long time ago. It does a good job of showing this piece of history and the footage of the blasts are awe inspiring, one thing the know how big the blasts are but to see them wow. I believe anyone interested in the nuclear bomb testing of that time or want to know just what these things really are should see this.
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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.