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Hurricane Katrina The Storm That Drowned A City (Nova)


Picture: C+ Sound: B- Extras: C- Episode: B



It is absolutely bizarre how badly the media has been covering, to outright ignoring, the real story behind what happened in The South after Hurricane Katrina. There are endless politics involved and plenty of blame to go around as the ugliest and worst things about it keep coming out in the media every day. However, no one has given a thorough look at when went wrong technically and been specific or detailed about it. Enter the ever-reliable series Nova to deliver Hurricane Katrina The Storm That Drowned A City.


To its credit, it stays away form the politics of the whole situation, though it does explicitly explain that even scientists tried to alert authorities and did not listen or want to hear. The hour-long show begins with the coming storms, then explains the levee situation, including excellent animation that anyone could understand. Then it explains how even people there were not taking any of it seriously and paid high prices as a result. Then, we see in painstaking detail the fallout of the storm and the catastrophe that is in many ways without precedent. However, this is the most factual and inarguable side of what happened and political spin cannot change that or bring back the joy of the people, lost wealth, lost property or lost lives. This is journalism at its best.


The letterboxed 1.78 X 1 image has detail limits it would not have if it would have been anamorphically enhanced, but it is new and still good enough. The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo has Pro Logic surrounds and is a new recording that reflects that. The usual limited extras, including video descriptive services, DVD-ROM printable educational materials and a weblink are included.



- Nicholas Sheffo


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