A 5-part Miniseries

DVD - 2019
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In April 1986, an explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics becomes one of the world's worst man-made catastrophes. This gripping 5-part HBO miniseries tells the powerful and visceral story of this event and its aftermath.
Published: [Los Angeles, CA] :, HBO Home Entertainment,, [2019]
Branch Call Number: DVD F CHE
Characteristics: 2 videodisc (approximately 321 minutes) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
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Oct 13, 2020

A must see!! Considering that the world seems to have (on average) a nuclear accident once every ten years (approx.) The last one being 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster ....we are probably due for another one soon & it would be good to be armed with some basic knowledge about what happens during a nuclear accident & its impact post accident.

VaughanPLTiziana Sep 30, 2020

An excellent docudrama / HBO miniseries about the 1986 Chernobyl explosion disaster that was caused by a nuclear accident at a power plant in Ukraine (formerly part of the Soviet Union). Due to the major explosion, over 100 radioactive elements were released into the atmosphere and the radiation levels were so extremely high that inhabitants around the area were forced to evacuate their homes. Great acting plus a riveting account of a tragic event in history that has had unfortunate, lasting effects.

Sep 15, 2020

Highly recommend this mini-series as it really opens up a window on what life was like in Soviet Russia and how self-interest (both personal and national) and incompetence led to the disaster. Not an easy movie to watch though, as the cost in human and animal life was clearly painted though it did not always, thankfully, appear on-screen.

JCLSarahZ Aug 17, 2020

The series was well done. My chief complaint: all of the actors spoke English, (lots of British accents) but documents and other print (also, news broadcasts and public announcements) were in Russian with no sub-titling or translation.
For me, this docudrama brought up as many questions as it answered. I'm planning to check out Svetlana Alexievich's Voices from Chernobyl to learn even more about this disaster and the people involved.

Jul 31, 2020

Fantastic mini-series! Acting was superb, even though all the Russians had British accents. It was very depressing, but I highly recommend watching it. (Note: There are a couple of scenes where they were shooting dogs, although the actual killing wasn't shown. If you would have trouble watching that, you can easily skip around that part.)

Jul 25, 2020

Statistically, nuclear power is a safe source of power. However, nothing is safe if corruption and incompetence reign in the industry. This movie will scare people. It is that well done. Gripping, and the acting was outstanding.

Jun 11, 2020

If this is not the best mini-series I have ever seen, I don't remember what the best one was. The true story is well known and the acting was excellent in every character that came across the screen. I do not remember single second that was boring on uninteresting. There were a couple of what I thought was dead ends but they came together at the end. I highly recommend this one. It made me want to read more about the whole event.

sjpl_javier Mar 25, 2020

This docu-series showcases the consequences of "saving face" and the penalty for "whistle-blowing" in authoritarian governments.

If you are tired of watching contagion-type movies but still want to see the effects of terrible leadership during a national crisis, watch this gripping story based on true life events.

Mar 09, 2020

The uglier history is, the greater the imperative that it never be forgotten.
This well produced docudrama is graphically obligatory in its realism as an historically accurate portrayal. The intimate details presented within the vast scope of "Chernobyl", deftly elucidate the complexities that led to the original disaster...and personalizes examples of its toll.
More than a depiction of technocratic irresponsibility, it is also the TRUE story of a subjugated people's indomitable courage....and how the faintest glow of TRUTH still managed to project itself through the blackness of the Communist state.

ReadingAdviser_Sally Mar 07, 2020

This is a very well executed show but I found it very difficult to watch. It is disturbing, chilling, disillusioning, sad and so, so bleak. Phenomenal acting and film production but pretty graphic and disturbing to watch.

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ArapahoeTina Feb 06, 2020

There was nothing sane about Chernobyl. What happened there, what happened after, even the good we did, all of it... all of it, madness.

Oct 20, 2019

Thanks to contributors at wikiquote, many pages of full context quotes for peruse:

Archive photos shown on screen as the music Vichnaya Pamyat (Eternal Memory) plays during the postscript at the end of final episode:
Valery Legasov
Various scientists who participated in the battle to clean up Chernobyl (Ulana Khomyuk was createdto represent them all)
Boris Shcherbina
Images from the actual trial
Anatoly Dyatlov
Valery Khodemchuk
Abandoned rooms in Pripyat
The Bridge of Death
The miners
The interior of damaged reactor building 4
Pripyat from above (2 miles away from the nuke plant with almost 50,000 people in 1986)
... and more.

Oct 20, 2019

Thanks to contributors at wikiquote, many pages of full context quotes for peruse:

Like many peoples living in perpetual civil wars, long famines and subjects of ruthless dictators, an old woman who had lived through many hardships was ordered by a soldier to evacuate:

I'm 82. I've lived here my whole life. ... You're not the first soldier to stand here with a gun. When I was 12, the Revolution came. Tsar's men, then Bolsheviks. Boys like you marching in lines. They told us to leave. No. Then there was Stalin and his famine, the Holodomor. My parents died. Two of my sisters died. They told the rest of us to leave. No. Then the Great War. German boys, Russian boys. More soldiers, more famine, more bodies. My brothers never came home. But I stayed, and I'm still here. After all that I have seen... so I should leave now, because of something I cannot see at all?


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