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Modern Marvels: Engineering Disasters 20 DVD

Modern Marvels: Engineering Disasters 20 DVD

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  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Run Time: 50 Minutes
  • Region: Region 1 Region?
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Language: English
  • Studio: History Channel
  • DVD Release Date: December 6, 2006

This hugely popular, gripping series continues to examine catastrophic failures from street-level to low earth orbit. Get the inside scoop on the worst that technology has wrought.

  • For over a decade, MODERN MARVELS has brought grand stories to life.
  • The ultimate celebration and investigation of engineering excellence.
  • Brand-name disasters: BP, American Airlines, NASA, Skylab, and more.


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.

If it can go wrong, it will. Disasters – not “acts of god” but the catastrophes man has visited upon himself – have been the price paid throughout history for progress. To ignore them, to refuse to learn from them, would be an act of hubris far greater than the mistakes that lead to them in the first place. In this all-new episode, MODERN MARVELS® continues its tradition of insightful, exacting analysis of the causes and consequences of the biggest disasters of the technological era. Get a total picture of the terrible events as you hear firsthand from survivors.

Learn of the BP refinery in Texas City, Texas, which suffered a series of explosions in March 2005 that decimated a large portion of the facility and killed 15 workers. Discover how a series of mechanical malfunctions and a disregard for safety led to one of the worst industrial accidents in the United States. Then examine the unusual series of events that caused American Airlines flight 587 to fall from the sky. Find out what happened in Times Beach, Missouri, when a local waste hauler oiled down dusty roads with oil laced with dioxin. Look at what went wrong with NASA's Skylab in 1974. Finally examine the fire that destroyed the gas company Praxair in June of 2005. Interviews with survivors help complete the picture.

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