‘NOVA: Hindenburg – The New Evidence’ Is An Interesting Look At One Of The Worst Disasters In Aviation History

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Air transportation has seen a lot of highs and just as many lows throughout its history.  From the Wright brothers’ first powered flight, to Charles Lindberg’s solo trans-Atlantic flight, to Amelia Earhart’s flight around the world and more, the highs are many.  The lows have been just as many.  From the still unsolved disappearance of Flight 19 in the Bermuda Triangle, to the now infamous crash of the airship Hindenburg and so many other crashes, those lows are enough to fill their own history book.  Speaking of the Hindenburg, more than 84 years have passed since the airship went down in flames over New Jersey.  To this day, the exact cause of the incident still remains a mystery, but a new episode of NOVANOVA: HindenburgThe New Evidence – aims to answer that question.  The investigation into the fire that destroyed the airship serves as the episode’s foundation and ensures audience’s engagement and entertainment in its own right.  It will be examined shortly.  The general presentation herein makes for its own appeal and will be discussed a little later.  Considering all of the noted content, the DVD’s pricing proves to be its own positive.  It will also be examined later.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the DVD.  All things considered, they make the DVD an interesting new episode of NOVA.

PBS Distribution and PBS’ recently released presentation of NOVA: HindenburgThe New Evidence is a unique new addition to the long-running science-based series.  Its interest comes in large part through its central story.  The story in question focuses on the investigation into what exactly caused the airship Hindenburg to go down in flames more than 80 years ago in New Jersey.  The investigation in question spends most of its time focused on mooring ropes that were dropped from the airship as it prepared to land and how they may or may not have caused the spark that ignited the hydrogen that caught fire.  Not to give away too much, but while the investigation proves the ropes may have in fact caused the fatal fire, ultimately speculation still remains by the story’s end; that and conjecture.  The science aspect here is how the story ties itself to NOVA’s bigger science theme, which is interesting, leaning how the airship’s electrified body may have actually led to the fire, not sabotage.  That blending of history and science is certain to keep audiences engaged and entertained throughout the presentation’s nearly hour-long body.  Speaking of that blend of history and science, it plays just as much into the program’s appeal.

The general presentation of this episode of NOVA makes it appealing because it really is more than just another episode of NOVA.  Instead of just being one overall feature filled with facts and narration, it presents elements of another PBS series – History Detectives – along with the more science-based elements of NOVA in one.  Having those “hosts” so to speak to take viewers along through the story personalizes the presentation and in fact makes it connect with viewers that much more.  Keeping all of that in mind, the general presentation works directly in tandem with the story to make for more than enough reason for audiences to watch.  To that end, there is one more item to examine.  That item in question is the DVD’s pricing.

The average price point for NOVA: HindenburgThe New Evidence is $21.48.  That price was obtained by averaging prices listed through Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Books-A-Million, and PBS’ store.  The DVD was not listed through Target at the time of this review’s posting.  Now for a program, such as this, that is a little bit expensive.  That is undeniable.  At the same time though, the separate listings reveal prices, there are listings that are well below that figure.  Amazon and Walmart each list the DVD at $17.96 while Best Buy’s listing of $17.99 barely tops that figure.  Meanwhile, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Books-A-Million, and PBS each list prices that exceed the average, at $24.99 each.  So while the average price and some of the separate listings are somewhat expensive, there are also listings that come in at less than $20.  To that end, those less expensive listings will not break anyone’s budget.  What’s more, considering the unique presentation featured within the DVD, it makes the less expensive listings more appealing even as the episode comes across like episodes of certain shows on other commercial cable networks, which will remain nameless here.  Keeping this in mind along with the content featured in this episode of NOVA, the whole proves mostly worth watching at least once.

PBS and PBS Distribution’s recently released DVD presentation of NOVA: HindenburgThe New Evidence is an intriguing addition to the series’ history.  It stands out stylistically from so many other of the series’ episodes.  That applies in its examination of what brought down the airship and the general presentation thereof.  That is not an entirely bad thing, but at the same time, does detract somewhat from the presentation.  Even with that in mind, it is still worth watching at least once.  The pricing for the DVD proves to be at least somewhat positive, too, considering that there are some less expensive listings for the DVD.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the DVD and its presentation.  All things considered, they show this episode of NOVA to be imperfect but still entertaining and engaging.

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