A 5-part Miniseries

Blu-ray Disc - 2019
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In April 1986, an explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics becomes one of the world's worst man-made catastrophes. This epic five-part miniseries dramatizing the events surrounding the 1986 nuclear accident, as told through the stories of the brave men and women who made incredible sacrifices to save Europe from unimaginable disaster.


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Feb 23, 2020

This series is good because there are concerted efforts, in some films, to convey the notion that nuclear power is not as dangerous as it is, and that its effects don't last long. This film puts a critical stance to those who believe nuclear power will solve the world's problems. Nuclear radiation in any form and for any purpose is lethal (anti-life).

Feb 17, 2020

Chernobyl may be one of the best television programs ever produced.  In many ways, as the gripping and occasionally grisly story of a courageous truth-teller attempting to cope with official Soviet self-deception, it recalls another HBO production, the underrated Citizen X, made two decades earlier.  Yet it is superior in virtually every way, as the standards of made-for-cable features have risen significantly since then.  Not only does Chernobyl take place on a larger scale with a bigger cast, more impressive special effects, and higher stakes, it somehow also manages to be considerably more subtle, shedding light not only on the hidden costs of a society built on lies, but, most unexpectedly, the limits of both science and politics.

mazinwhistler Feb 10, 2020

This 5-part miniseries is a fabulous recount of the Chernobyl disaster that took place in 1986. Admittedly, it took me to getting through the first two episodes to start enjoying it as they are so disturbing because of the way things played out in during the immediate aftermath of the incident. The lies and cover ups while people are essentially being sent to their deaths (firefighters to name a few) as they deal with the immediate problem are pretty hard to take but even harder to stomach are the civilians who come out to watch the disaster unfold and without knowing put their lives at risk. It is a story of courage for there are many who stood up and spoke out to ensure that proper measures were taken to deal with the problem properly. Brilliant filmed and well worth watching.

Feb 05, 2020

Wow. I finally understand what happened to chernobyl event. Tragic for the people and animals that have died during the events. Really good to check that miniseries. It explained everything. It is almost same with Deepwater Horizon the movie. The way people who thinks money; Have it to be finished right away than checking to make sure everything is ok. “Hurry up, We don’t have time to make sure it's alright. Go!” It has been going on to this day..

Feb 01, 2020

I had recently watched a documentary on the collaborative building of the second sarcophagus which was built over the site in 2017. I thought that this DVD was another documentary. Boy was I wrong. It is a masterpiece; a human account of the events at Chernobyl. I remember that here in Canada we were relieved that the wind was blowing east and not west. The fallout from the melt down is still having effects decades later and it is totally a lesson to be learned. The acting is great; the story is great; the bald and blunt truth of the effect and the horror of the Soviets is an impact on everything decent and humane. Watch the ending for epilogues of the main people involved.

Groszerita Jan 31, 2020

If you are unfamiliar of the story of chernobyl, this is the miniseries to start with. It is truly horrifying and intense.

Jan 30, 2020

For a fact-based drama, this is one of the best, if not the best, that I have ever seen. Also for me the bonus toward the end is now I have some understanding of how a nuclear reactor works, and the danger it can pose. The script was excellent, and acting was good. The human aspect of the disaster was well portrayed. The evil bureaucrats, the selfless individuals who risked their lives to save others, and the scientists who were committed to let the truth out at all costs. Toward the end you begin to care a lot about these 'heroes'. This is a very good 5-hour time investment for me for sure.

LoganLib_Cassie Jan 21, 2020

In April 1986, an explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics becomes one of the world's worst man-made catastrophes. This mini series was probably one of the most talked about documentaries in 2019. While it felt very realistic with impeccable acting and higly detailed cinematography, it was certainly not easy to watch. There are many scenes that made me queezy and I had to look away. But it is a story that should be told and I appreciated the way the film makers did not sugar coat anything and really focused on the human cost of the tragedy.

Jan 20, 2020

This series was good to watch it went through a lot of what happened. They took some liberties so it would not get boring and twice as long. They also explained what they were and what happened to the people who it affected, they were the heros of the story. And the world got lucky.

Jan 19, 2020

We need to keep Alberta nuke free, so we can never generate this kind of disastrous situation here.

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ArapahoeTina Feb 06, 2020

There was nothing sane about Chernobyl. What happened there, what happened after, even the good we did, all of it... all of it, madness.

Oct 20, 2019

Thanks to contributors at wikiquote, many pages of full context quotes for peruse:

Archive photos shown on screen as the music Vichnaya Pamyat (Eternal Memory) plays during the postscript at the end of final episode:
Valery Legasov
Various scientists who participated in the battle to clean up Chernobyl (Ulana Khomyuk was createdto represent them all)
Boris Shcherbina
Images from the actual trial
Anatoly Dyatlov
Valery Khodemchuk
Abandoned rooms in Pripyat
The Bridge of Death
The miners
The interior of damaged reactor building 4
Pripyat from above (2 miles away from the nuke plant with almost 50,000 people in 1986)
... and more.

Oct 20, 2019

Thanks to contributors at wikiquote, many pages of full context quotes for peruse:

Like many peoples living in perpetual civil wars, long famines and subjects of ruthless dictators, an old woman who had lived through many hardships was ordered by a soldier to evacuate:

I'm 82. I've lived here my whole life. ... You're not the first soldier to stand here with a gun. When I was 12, the Revolution came. Tsar's men, then Bolsheviks. Boys like you marching in lines. They told us to leave. No. Then there was Stalin and his famine, the Holodomor. My parents died. Two of my sisters died. They told the rest of us to leave. No. Then the Great War. German boys, Russian boys. More soldiers, more famine, more bodies. My brothers never came home. But I stayed, and I'm still here. After all that I have seen... so I should leave now, because of something I cannot see at all?


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