Atomic Cafe (2-DVD Collector's Edition)

A hot spot in a cold war.
Atomic Cafe (2-DVD Collector's Edition)
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Format:  DVD  (2 Discs)
item number:  XRI 13440D
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DVD Features:

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 28 minutes
  • Video: Black & White / Color
  • Released: October 27, 2008
  • Originally Released: 1982
  • Label: New Video Group
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Collectors Edition
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • (Unspecified) - English
  • Interactive Features:
    • Interactive Menus
    • Scene Access
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Biographies

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring , &
Directed by , &

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 26


User Ratings: 2,515
Viewers old enough to remember "duck and cover" drills and homemade fallout shelters (and suits!) will get a special charge out of "Atomic's" many archival gems. Full Review
Los Angeles Times
Aug 10, 2018
[A] kicky 1982 cult classic....A blast to watch, particularly at this often head-scratching moment in American history.
Los Angeles Times
Aug 10, 2018
Rating: 8/10 -- While some of the specific elements of The Atomic Cafe were already passe at the time of the film's release in 1982, the prevailing spirit of Loader and the Raffertys' documentary remains just as potent. Full Review
The Gate
Dec 20, 2018
The Atomic Cafe provokes a surprising number of laughs, from a soundtrack of awe-inspiringly tasteless '50s pop songs to its extracts of horribly acted army films warning of Commies on the home front. Full Review
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Oct 10, 2018
The Atomic Café at times feels like an essay film, but its points come across cumulatively, subtly. Full Review
Village Voice
Jul 31, 2018
Rating: 3/4 -- The Atomic Cafe is a chilling memory of life in the first years under the mushroom umbrella. Full Review
Chicago Sun-Times
May 8, 2019
...Amusing and provocative content...
Mar 17, 1982

Product Description:

A hilarious, harrowing collection of government propaganda films intended to "educate" the public about nuclear war. Among the featured shorts are Burt the Turtle showing school children how to "duck and cover," a happy family going about its daily routine in a fallout shelter, and several army training films.

Plot Synopsis:

Compilation documentary, five years in the making, by filmmaker Kevin Rafferty, journalist Jayne Loader, and film researcher and archivist Pierce Rafferty, using newsreel and archival footage from the 1940s and 1950s during the height of America's Cold War paranoia.


Production Notes:

  • Archival research by Pierce Rafferty.

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  • UPC: 767685134405
  • Shipping Weight: 0.37/lbs (approx)
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