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U.S. film. This powerful film creeps up on your emotions; it's very well acted with intense subject matter. The setting is shortly after the Cuban Missile Crisis when fallout shelters and Civil Defense educational films were common.

The teachers and students of a rural elementary school are thrown into a panic when their school's warning system goes off. There are four different colored codes, this one is yellow, which means a nuclear attack will occur within one hour.

The principal gathers everyone on the playground and designates teachers to walk home groups of students. They all hope it's a false alarm—but no one knows so they have to assume the threat is real.

One of the groups is lead by the anxious Mrs. Andrews who becomes dazed as the walk continues. Back at school someone has informed the administrators that it's a false alarm (is it?) so they drive looking for the teachers to let them know everything is okay. However, the children tell Mrs. Andrews that if they cut through a field it will be faster to their homes. Now off the main road, Mrs. Andrews and her group of children become convinced that a nuclear attack is imminent, (and maybe it is).

The story follows how the children and Mrs. Andrews deal with the coming end-of-the-world. The story packs a powerful punch, is based on a real-life situation and the ending will leave you freaked out. William Daniels, Nancy Marchand, Estelle Parsons, James Frawley, Doug Chapin, Miles Chapin, Jane Connell, Richard Hamilton, Kathryn Hays, Judith Lowry, Alice Playten.

Note: This film occupies a smaller area on a 16:9 television than the typical 4:3 screen size but it's still completely enjoyable.

Plus these bonus selections...

U.S. Civil Defense film. Short film that explain the dangers of an atom bomb exploding in your vicinity and what you must do if you see the flash! "There was a turtle by the name of Bert, and Bert the turtle was very alert; when danger threatened him he never got hurt, he knew just what to do... He'd duck! [gasp] and cover! Duck! [gasp] and cover! He did what we all must learn to do... You and you, and you and you! [bang, gasp] Duck, and cover!"

U.S. Civil Defense film. Atomic tests at the Nevada Proving Grounds show the after-blast effects on well-kept homes, homes filled with trash and combustibles, and homes painted with reflective white paint. This film explains that cleanliness is an essential part of civil defense preparedness and that it will increase your survivability. Some of the most spectacular atom bomb explosions and destruction ever filmed.


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A Damn Fine Cold War Drama Review by Jake

I've been researching Cold War cinema for a while now. I chiefly am focusing on 80s films, but Ladybug Ladybug serves as an ingenious prelude to the humanity and insight of the films to come. Another knockout from the husband-wife team of Frank and Eleanor Perry, the duo behind 1962's Lisa and David. It is a phenomenally shot story about the children of a rural elementary school contending with the results of a nuclear warning system going off, indicating there will be a strike within an hour. Bonus points for the voice of KITT himself, William Daniels, debuting here, and for the haunting score being provided by Dark Shadows composer Bob Cobert.

Love the geometric style of the disc art. Menus are peculiar, but function. Disc plays fine. Aspect ratio is very strange, but zooming in fixes that. The actual case came quite cracked, but so long as you have a way to store the disc at all, shouldn't be the end-all be-all. Overall, I'm glad there is somewhere to get this gem of independent cinema. Consider me a patron.

[Reply from Video Beat:]
Thank you for your review. We’re sorry the case arrived broken, you should have told us and it would have been replaced. Regarding the small picture dimensions, it’s mentioned in the title description and was only remastered this way as to not lose picture quantity. The source material is less than 720x480. Too bad, but it’s a very rare film, and it’s so worth seeing we felt it should be in our catalog regardless of screen size. (Posted on 12/16/18)

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