Your trolley is empty :(
Seconds From Disaster - Volume 1 DVD
Seconds From Disaster - Volume 1

Seconds From Disaster - Volume 1

DVD Region 4 Director : Various

Suitable for mature audiences 16 years and over.
Sorry, this product is not currently available to order.

Customer reviews

Review by Bronwyn on 3rd July, 2012
5 stars "Brilliant must-see documentary!"

This series of discs have been fantastic to watch. They explain in minute detail how, when and why these disasters happened. Every aspect has been looked into and explained very thoroughly. These would be an excellent learning tool for older students. If you are thinking of buying these just go ahead. You won't regret it.

Review by Dave on 2nd May, 2012
4 stars "Unbelievable value for money to the documentary buff. "

Both Volume 1 and Volume 2 of “Seconds from Disaster” are great value for money DVD sets which document why and how a particular disaster took place. The documentaries are based on the official post disaster reports and are very detailed in counting down the steps that helped contribute to the disaster occurring. A great purchase, I give the documentary content is 5 star but using the original broadcast aspect ratio of 4:3 in my opinion make it a 4 not a 5 star package.
Great value for everyone that enjoys good documentaries.

Review by Raymond on 24th September, 2009
4 stars "Very well done, but not widescreen"

These are a fantastic set of documentaries on various disasters. I thoroughly enjoyed them and found the value for money absolutely outstanding. You get 12 episodes and each one is quite in depth – though I did check for further details on some of the disasters online afterwards to get a better overall picture. The only downside is that the episodes are not widescreen so either you watch it stretched or at normal aspect ratio. But this is a tiny issue when compared to everything you get.



Release date NZ
March 2nd, 2009
DVD Region
Region 4
Number of Discs
Length (Minutes)
All-time sales rank
Top 5000
Buy this and earn 360 Banana Points
Product ID



Dramatic examinations from infamous moments in history leading up to some of the world's greatest modern disasters such as the Mont Blanc tunnel fire and the Concorde disaster leave all too familiar memories.
This ground breaking show blends advanced Computer Generated Images, archival footage, re-enactments, forensic science, dramatic eyewitness accounts and expert testimony to depict the sequence of events that explains the fatal countdown in each devastating event and reveal what actually happened.

6 disc set – total run time 564 mins.

Volume 1 looks at 12 destructive real life disasters:

Crash Of The Concorde
4th July 2000, a hundred people from Munchen Gladbach in Germany board the world’s first supersonic airliner, Concorde, on a charter flight to New York. The Concorde catches fire on take off and crashes into a nearby hotel one mile from the end of the runway.

Tunnel Inferno
24th March 1999, beneath Europe’s highest mountains lies the eight mile long Mont Blanc road tunnel. When a freight truck catches fire, the result is a deadly inferno. A three-day fire-fight reveals why traffic tunnels all over the world could be just seconds from disaster.

Care De Lyon Crash
27th June 1988, in Gare De Lyon, Paris, a frantic train driver calls the stationmaster at Gare De Lyon with terrible news. His train is out of control, heading downhill towards one of Paris’ biggest stations. After desperate attempts to slow the train and hysterical calls to the Paris station, he leaves his cab and moves passengers to the rear of the runaway train.

Fire On The Star
6th April 1990, people board the ferry, ’Scandinavian Star’, for the night crossing from Norway to Denmark. Many are off to visit family for the holiday weekend. Few will reach their destinations; one in three of them will be dead within 6 hours.

Collision On The Runway
27th March 1977, due to a bomb scare at Las Palmas Airport in the Canaries, Spain, two jumbo jets are diverted to Los Rodeos Airport in Tenerife. When both planes prepare to take off on the same runway, disaster strikes.

Pentagon 9–11
11th September 2001, The Pentagon: a symbol of power in defence of freedom. Twenty three thousand men and women work within its 5 concentric walls. At 8:15am a plane receives clearance for take-off from Dulles Airport Washington DC. On board are 64 people…5 of them are planning mass murder.

Inferno At Guadalajara
22nd April 1992, a subterranean infrastructure of sewers, telecommunications, electricity and water keeps every modern city alive. We take them for granted until something goes wrong and on this day in the Mexican city of Guadalajara things went very wrong.

Amsterdam Air Crash
4th October 1992, Schiphol Airport Holland, the fate of flight El Al 1862 led to one of the biggest aircraft modification programmes in recent history when it crashed into two apartment blocks. Two of the plane’s engines had sheered off completely, creating a huge fireball, and a design concept aimed at saving lives actually caused the deaths of 43 people.

Wreck Of The Sunset Limited
22nd September 1993, a tugboat pushes a chain of barges up the Big Bayou Canot near Mobile, Alabama. It’s a foggy night and the barge collides with a rail bridge. The bridge is damaged. 5 Miles away the Amtrak Sunset Express hurtles towards the bridge at 72 miles an hour. 8 Minutes later the train crosses the bridge and is derailed.

Meltdown At Chernobyl
26th April 1986, at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Ukraine, a routine test is being carried out. But human error occurs, the test goes wrong and the situation spirals out of control. The nuclear reactor core breaks down and within 56 seconds there is an explosion. 6 Tonnes of radioactive fuel is ejected into the sky rising 1 km into the air like an eruption. The worst nightmare within the world’s nuclear industry comes true.

Fire On The Ski Slope
11th November 2000, a funicular railway winds its way up the Kitzsteinghorn Mountain in Austria. It’s a beautiful day and 162 passengers are making the short trip to the world famous ski slopes. As the train enters a tunnel, passengers realise there is a fire on board.

Bali Bombing
12th October 2002, the peaceful island of Bali, Indonesia was stunned by the worst terrorist attacks since 9–11. At 11:07pm a bomb explodes at the busy Paddy’s Bar in Kuta Beach, Bali. Fifteen seconds later, a second, massive blast devastates the Sari Club across the road. Then a smaller third bomb – a calling card – explodes outside the US Consulate in another part of Bali.


2006 Won – New York Festivals – Gold Medal Television Documentary and Information Programs
2006 Nominated – Emmy – Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Lighting Direction & Scenic Design


Discuss this product

(If you require assistance from Mighty Ape, please contact us.)

You might also consider...

$29.99 $19.99
In stock
Hurry! 3 left in stock
$19.99 $12.99
Hurry! 4 left in stock
Hurry! 1 left in stock


If you think we've made a mistake or omitted details, please send us your feedback.

Send feedback