The Atomic Cafe (Blu-ray)

A hot spot in a cold war.
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Blu-ray Details

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 28 minutes
  • Encoding: Region A
  • Released: December 4, 2018
  • Originally Released: 1982
  • Label: Kino Classics

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Total Count: 26


User Ratings: 2,515
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 film fails to offer even the barest social context for its material. Full Review
Time Out
Feb 9, 2006
It's often hilarious and frightening, because of how little we understood about atomic energy and how cheerfully the public accepted its terrors... The Atomic Café's half-life is far from over. Full Review
SF Weekly
Aug 9, 2018
Rating: 10/10 -- As funny as it is frightening, The Atomic Cafe is a genius, tongue-in-cheek retrospective of a far less cynical time, and the lies that the government used at the time to justify their new power. Full Review
Film Threat
Aug 21, 2018
Deserves national attention.
New York Times
Aug 31, 2004
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
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

Product Description:

Armageddon has never been so darkly funny as in The Atomic Café. This 1982 cult classic juxtaposes Cold War history, propaganda, music and culture, seamlessly crafted from government-produced educational and training films, newsreels and advertisements. Taken together, these sources cheerily instruct the public on how to live in the Atomic Age, how to survive a nuclear attack (!) ... and how to fight and win a nuclear war. As a U.S. Army training film advises, "Viewed from a safe distance, the atomic bomb is one of the most beautiful sights ever seen by man." Returning to home video in a sparkling 4K digital restoration created by IndieCollect, The Atomic Cafe is an absurdist blast from the past that would be downright laughable if it weren't so eerily relevant to our fake news present.

Special Features: Selection of government propaganda films (courtesy of the prelinger archives) | Filmwax radio interview with Kevin Rafferty, Jayne Loader, and Pierce Rafferty | Audio excerpts from Jayne Loader's CD-ROM "Public Shelter" | Trailer


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  • UPC: 738329235802
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