- Additional Details
- Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: May 30, 2007
America suffered a series of tragic technological failures during this promising decade. Examine the most famous of these events in minute detail.
- For over a decade, MODERN MARVELS has brought grand stories to life.
- Disco music and platform shoes weren't the only disasters of the 70's.
- The ultimate celebration and investigation of engineering excellence.
Celebrating ingenuity, invention and imagination brought to life on a grand scale, MODERN MARVELS® tells the fascinating stories of the doers, dreamers and sometime-schemers who created everyday items, technological breakthroughs and man-made wonders.
The 70's - the rich and heady era that encompassed everything from the Vietnam War to the personal computer to the Bee Gees - also gave us some of our nation's most sobering, life-ending technological failures.
What went wrong? What could have been done? What have we learned? These all-important questions are addressed in this decade-spanning episode of MODERN MARVELS.
With the aid of 3-D animation, forensic engineering experts, and footage of the actual disasters, learn about these incredible events.
Examine one of the most mysterious maritime disasters of the decade: the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Then see how close we came to all-out war due to a faulty circuit board. And find out what happened at Buffalo Creek Dam that terrible February day in 1972. Finally, delve into the horrifying explosion of a supertanker in Los Angeles harbor.
Discover the catastrophes that befell us during the "Me Decade" in ENGINEERING DISASTERS OF THE 70S.