New York City, September 11, 2001. The morning everything changed. Ten years after the World Trade Center attacks, HISTORY presents the SEPTEMBER 11TH MEMORIAL COLLECTOR S EDITION, a collection of specials that document a day none of us will ever forget. The collection includes: the Emmy-Award winning 102 Minutes That Changed America, an intensely personal perspective of the tragedy as it was experienced by people around New York… Hotel Ground Zero, the incredible tale of the 940 tourists, visitors and staff in the Marriott WTC Hotel, located beneath and between the Twin Towers… The Miracle of Stairway B, the story of 12 firefighters, three office workers, and a Port Authority police officer who survived the collapse of the North Tower… The Day the Towers Fell, a riveting special that reveals the never-before-told stories of eyewitnesses, including amateur and professional photographers, caught in the horror of the World Trade Center tragedy.



There are over 100,000 stories concerning the people of New York who were in Manhattan on that fateful day. This documentary shows the footage that some of them shot that day on video cameras. With superb editing it concentrator’s less on the news footage of the towers falling but more on the reactions and emotions of the people who were either living in Manhattan or working there. With all the footage available I daresay a dozen films could be made as good as this one but the film makers did make a good choice of footage to use. We see the reaction of people watching the news feed in Time Square, in the bars and on the TV.

The photographers speak very movingly about the experience; the photos are stark, horrifying, and sad depictions of victims, the haunted faces of the firefighters, the frightened people running from the scene, the nuclear winter-type atmosphere, the remains of the edifices, and the firemen putting the American flag on top of rubble. The final selection presented on the Memorial Edition is “Hotel Ground Zero”. The vivid impressions of 7 survivors who were guests and employees of the Marriot Hotel that was crushed when the twin towers of the World Trade Center collapsed on September 11th 2001. Each one of them tells us the story of themselves and the people who shared with them the danger and the anxiety of suddenly being trapped in what could have been their last moments alive but the courage, survival instinct and real acts of heroism that suddenly appeared

The DVD comes with slightly over four hours of material packed onto two discs. Starting with 102 Minutes that Changed America, History has assembled four documentaries of varied perspectives to help shape a proper view of what happened on that terrible day roughly a decade ago. The A/V Quality is pretty sharp, but it lacks any incredible clarity that would come with an HD remaster. However, the Dolby 2.0 Stereo track is strong enough to help bring every spoken moment to life. I’d recommend a cautious purchase.



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