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Sixteen hours of giant machines exploding into fire? Where do I sign....?
A&E / 958 Minutes / 1996-2011 / Unrated / Street Date: October 23, 2012
Disasters Deconstructed is a varied smorgasbord of a TV-on-DVD box set. Culling episodes from a handful of separate series, this compilation definitely has its eyes focused on stuff going poorly (three separate documentaries about The Hindenburg? Whee!), but the unfortunate events it covers come from a bunch of different places.
We look at how poor Las Vegas' soil has become (Dam This City), we take a look at a fascinating conspiracy theory about the Titanic and the idea that its very design is what sank it and not necessarily that mean ol' iceberg, and there are a bunch of plane crashes, earthquakes, and fires crammed into the last two discs here (culled from 2003 and 2004 episodes of Modern Marvels).
As is the case with so many other History Channel TV-on-DVD sets, it's clear that the studio knows its audience (there is definitely a cross-section of the buying public who will be intrigued by a collection like this one), but with various History Channel imprints broadcasting around the clock - and sometimes in high-def - it's not exactly mandatory to add this one to your collection. But eighteen hours of stuff blowing up? It's hard not to be a little intrigued....
DISC 1: Inspector America (America's Wake Up Call / A Bridge Too Old / Shaky Foundations)
DISC 2: Inspector America (Gold Rush Sewer / Dam This City / Abandoned)
DISC 3: Titanic's Achilles Heel
DISC 4: The Hindenburg / What Went Down: Hindenburg / Tech Effect: The Hindenburg
DISC 5: Engineering Disasters 4, 5, 6, & 7
DISC 6: Engineering Disasters 8, 9, 10 & 11