- Number of Discs: 5
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 14 hours, 6 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: May 27, 2008
- Originally Released: 1999
- Label: A&E Home Video
- 5-Disc Set
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
More questions about the modern world are answered in this installment in the History Channel's MODERN MARVELS series. ENGINEERING DISASTERS examines how failures in engineering partly led to large-scale catastrophes such as Hurricane Katrina, but also looks at how huge improvements have been made in the aftermath of such events. The show draws on some impressive computer technology to illustrate how these failures in engineering have occurred, and also uses state-of-the-art animation to demonstrate how engineers have worked to make the modern world a safer place. Eighteen episodes from the show are included here.
Description by New Video Group:
Error is inevitable in all human endeavors, but when the undertakings are engineering feats of enormous proportions, the smallest mistakes may have devastating consequences. From the Exxon Valdez disaster to a nuclear meltdown at a secret government facility, to the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina, MODERN MARVELS chronicles over 40 of history's most devastating catastrophes and reveals the lessons learned from each one.
In 18 thrilling episodes, HISTORY® dramatizes the world's most notorious engineering failures, using state-of-the-art special effects to investigate not only what went wrong, but what can be learned from these spectacular disasters. The catastrophes recounted led to the creation of Superfund sites for the cleanup of toxic waste; improved safety standards for cars, planes, and ships; and new techniques for building roads, bridges, and buildings that will withstand nature's most destructive forces.
Dark clouds with silver linings, MODERN MARVELS: ENGINEERING DISASTERS presents the tragic, yet invaluable, handmaidens of technological progress.