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Fireworks! (Nova/WGBH)


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



People love fireworks, but their history is richer, longer and deeper than anyone but only the biggest fans know.  That is why the Nova installment on the history of Fireworks! is so good.  The nearly hour-long show cuts back and fourth between the modern celebration of them and their actually amazing legacy.


We see how different mixes produce different colors, how some of these are still secret and have been kept secret for centuries, how they have been used as spectacularly for entertainment and peace as they have been for war.  The Chinese, English and Italians had a particular hand in the cultivation of them.  In modern times, particular attention is paid to the Zambelli Family and their fireworks business, which is legendary.


The “first family of fireworks” is shown in rare form, with all the family together and the factory still alive before it burned down, as well as the last giant display as The Pittsburgh Pirates say a farewell to Three Rivers Stadium in their last game played there before the stadium was unnecessarily torn down before its time for two other stadiums paid with tax payer dollars that never quite made sense unless you were a big money beneficiary.  Still, the display is nothing short of stunning and one you will likely not see anywhere else, distinguished by the expertise of The Zambelli Family.  Be sure to catch this one.


The letterboxed 1.78 X 1 image is colorful and clear enough, but should have been anamorphically enhanced.  With that said, the colors of the fireworks hold well, but would have been that much better otherwise.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo has no surrounds, but are clean, clear and when the explosions hit, just loud enough.  Again, there are no major extras, but you do get DVD-ROM printable materials.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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