AN IMPERFECT BUT CAPTIVATING LOOK AT THE FINAL DAYS OF WWII: JAPAN’S LONGEST DAY

JAPAN’S LONGEST DAY Pros:  Fascinating from a historical perspective; strong acting and directorial style Cons: Introduces literally hundreds of characters, making it difficult to follow the unfolding storyline Released to mark the 35th anniversary of the famed Toho Studios, 1967’s Japan’s Longest Day (a.k.a. Nihon no ichiban nagai hi) details the events from late July 1945 until the official

PBS’S COMPREHENSIVE AND ILLUMINATING EXAMINATION OF THE BOMB

THE BOMB on PBS Pros: Detailed and immensely provocative, with plenty of moments both comical and sobering Cons: This documentary asks the hard questions and is quite provocative: itt’s not the flag-waving piece some viewers might desire Timed for broadcast to roughly coincide with the seventieth anniversary of the concluding events of World War II,

“…NOW I AM BECOME DEATH…THE DESTROYER OF WORLDS:” HOW WE BUILT THE BOMB

HOW WE BUILT THE BOMB on Discovery Channel Pros:  Accessible, captivating,  and informative, with a wealth of astounding archival footage Cons:  Actual interviews not included Made for the Discovery Channel networks and first broadcast in mid 2015 to mark the seventieth anniversary of the Trinity Test, How We Built the Bomb takes the form of a dramatized