BOSTON (March 7, 2007) — WGBH Boston Video will release Kaboom!, a special two-disc DVD set, on March 20, 2007.


Follow an explosive trail through the ages, starting in ninth-century China, where alchemists stirred up a concoction meant to provide eternal life. Instead, the strange mix blew up in their faces — and the first pyrotechnics were born. Intrigued by the magical formula, Roger Bacon made a bigger bang by confining the black powder inside a tube. "When the flame of the powder catcheth the soul of a man," noted the medieval friar, "it burneth exceeding deep." The way now paved for high explosives, nineteenth-century industrialist Alfred Nobel — known variously as the merchant of death´ and the founder of the Nobel Peace Prize — in turn pushed the nitroglycerin to its dynamite potential. Carrying on this legacy, physicist Robert Oppenheimer unleashed the terrible beauty of the atomic bomb, ironically hoping its awesome power might render war obsolete. What will be our next experiment in search of the ultimate explosion?


Everybody loves firework — but why? Behind the dazzling displays and fiery explosions is a colorful past as well as a complex and secretive science that goes back over 1,000 years. Discover the chemical secrets that put the bang in the rocket and the fizz in the Roman candle. Join NOVA and travel to Italy, England and Pennsylvania to discover the chemical secrets that put the bang in the rocket and the fizz in the Roman candle. Meet the Zambelli family, the "First family of fireworks," and see the spectacular results of secrets passed down through generations. Watch master pyrotechnicians show how intricate fireworks displays are created. Discover how elaborate computer controls turn a celebration at Pittsburgh´s Three Rivers Stadium into amazing split-second science. Then enjoy some of the world´s most astounding public fireworks displays, including the record-setting millennial celebration at the Eiffel Tower.

To order any DVD release from WGBH Boston Video, including Kaboom! The Sizzling Story of Explosions call (800) 949-8670 or visit www.shop.wgbh.org.

Since its launch, WGBH Boston Video has released many critically acclaimed public television programs on DVD and video, including the Emmy Award-winning The Miracle of Life and The Elegant Universe (NOVA), The French Chef with Julia Child, David Copperfield (Masterpiece Theatre), The Joy of Stress, Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy, Sister Wendy´s American Collection, Evolution, and Africans in America. Recent releases include The Inspector Lynley Mysteries (Mystery!), Degrassi Junior High, Origins (NOVA), They Made America, and Building Big with David Macaulay.

PRODUCT NAME: Kaboom! The Sizzling Story of Explosions
RUNNING TIME: Approximately 2 hours
SRP: $29.95
PREBOOK: 2/20/07
STREET: 3/20/07

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