Johnstown Flood

Johnstown Flood

Director: Mark Bussler Cast: Richard Dreyfuss, Jeniffer Lee Dake, Charles King

DVD (Black & White / Wide Screen)

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Narrated by Richard Dreyfuss and directed by Mark Bussler, Johnstown Flood, tells the story of the massive flood that destroyed the town of Johnstown, PA, on May 31, 1889. Using old photos, etchings, recreated footage, and dramatic readings of first-hand accounts, this black-and-white film explores the history of the town, which, at the time of the flood, had become a major center of steel production in the U.S. Dreyfuss describes how the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club, a resort for the wealthy (one of its patrons was Andrew Carnegie) allowed the dam to fall into disrepair and the reservoir to fill far higher than the engineers who built the dam had ever intended. Heavy rains contributed to the problem, and, on the day of the flood, the water overflowed and the dam collapsed, sending a huge gusher of water coursing through the Conemaugh River Valley, destroying everything in its path. When the water reached the town, nearly an hour later, the wave was cresting nearly 40 feet high. More than 2000 people were killed -- drowned, crushed by debris, or burned in fires caused by the cataclysm. In the aftermath, people around the country rallied to help the survivors rebuild the town. The DVD features audio commentary from historian Richard Burkert of the Johnstown Area Heritage Association. ~ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide

Product Details

Release Date: 07/10/2007
UPC: 0646032041590
Original Release: 2003
Source: Janson Media
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [B&W, Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:04:00
Sales rank: 39,534

Special Features

Full-length commentary track by Richard Burkert, Executive director, Johnstown Area Heritage Association; 20-minute mini-documentary and interview with Richard Burkert providing additional information on the history of the Johnstown Flood; "The Johnstown Flood," and 1889 piano illustration by Alberto Rivieri, performed by Patricia Prattis Jennings exclusively for this DVD

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Johnstown Flood
1. Intro [5:20]
2. May 31st, 1889 [3:38]
3. The Lake [2:10]
4. The Storm [1:50]
5. The Dam Breaks [1:10]
6. First Victim [2:01]
7. Destruction [6:36]
8. Johnstown, 3:37 [3:35]
9. Survivors [3:39]
10. The Great Fire [7:48]
11. June 1st, 1889 [4:14]
12. The Dead [2:20]
13. Anna's Story [1:56]
14. Aftermath [2:46]
15. Lynch Mob [2:20]
16. Recovery [:00]
17. Johnstown Today [3:41]
18. Credits [2:31]

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Johnstown Flood 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent documentary.
Guest More than 1 year ago
made me want to learn more about the history of our country.