The Destruction of Humanity Greatest Hits
I read once that the movie was significant because, of all the TV depictions of nuclear war, this was the first to show people at ground zero instead of focusing on distant mushroom clouds, and wide-eyed guys in military command centers telling their superior officers “Sir, the missiles have destroyed Washington.” No, The Day After showed people either bursting into flame or vaporizing before they could. However, you first have to sit through an hour of character development. And I did, only to discover that Sci-Fi cut out all the X-ray parts. You don't see any living things directly killed by the nukes.
Which makes most of the beginning of the movie pointless, of course: the rationale behind showing us the farmer, his wife and their young children was to make us feel bad when they turn into X-rays.
But Sci-Fi cut out all the horrifying bits except the part where Steve Guttenberg survives. What a cheat! Luckily, I found the unedited clip on YouTube. Too bad I didn’t think to look there before I wasted an hour on the movie.
So here’s a business idea: since most disaster movies make you sit through several hours of bad plot just to reach a minute or two (at best) of world-shattering special effects, why not put out a greatest-hits DVD showing nothing but disaster porn money shots? With none of the boring disaster foreplay and disaster dirty talk. Comets and asteroids crashing into the earth, the Yellowstone supervolcano obliterating the western