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Art of War (2009)

| , David W. Padrusch  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: David W. Padrusch
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: August 25, 2009
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002DY9KQ6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,454 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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All warfare is based on deception. Therefore, when capable of attacking, feign incapacity; when active in moving troops, feign inactivity. When near the enemy, make it seem that you are far away; when far away, make it seem that you are near. - Sun Tzu

Sun Tzu was the Nostradamus of warfare and his book Art of War, written 2,400 years ago, is still the ultimate how-to guide for winning at war. This two-hour special from HISTORYTM weaves together the epic story of Sun Tzu himself, and relives a war in which his tactics posthumously saved a city from defeat a victory at war that paved the way toward the unification of China. Art of War is an emotional, epic and ultimately visual understanding of Sun Tzu s lessons, telling the story of other great battles in history, from Rome to the Civil War, WWII, and present day, that help to illustrate that on the battlefields of war, people who understand strategy are the most dangerous weapons of all.

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
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I found this History channel look at 'The Art of War' simply fascinating! I can't say anything to the quality of the dvd. I'm just purchasing it now. I kind of stumbled into this when it aired a week or two ago. I couldn't stop watching. It was amazing to see how the Civil War, Vietnam, and World War II were fought and ultimately won/lost based on the teachings of Sun Tzu. I only wished they would have included Iraq as well. Also intriguing was the mystery sourounding Sun Tzu himself. I definately recommend this for anyone even remotely interested in stuff like this. It's interesting from an entertainment point of view, and you might even learn something!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stellar depiction of Sun Tzu's THE ART OF WAR July 11, 2009
By RJRo20
The History Channel has done it once again! It has produced another stellar documentary. This is top-notch entertainment. "Art of War" examines three major American war conflicts: Vietnam, WWII, and the Civil War. How they are won or lost? That's the question these scholars and the principles of THE ART OF WAR will answer. It's all very fascinating! The battle scenes are exciting; the visuals stunning. The narrative is gripping. Awesome music! Despite historical debates regarding Sun Tzu and THE ART OF WAR, there's no denying their significance and influence for wartime success--even in every day life. For readings of THE ART OF WAR try the following translations:

The Art of War by Sun Tzu and Thomas Cleary
The Art of War by Sun Tzu - Special Edition by Sun Tzu and Lionel Giles
The Art of War: Sun Zi's Military Methods (Translations from the Asian Classics) by Sun Zi and Victor H. Mair
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By Cestmoi
- Computer Graphic and Human Actors make this DVD interesting.

- It excitingly and skillfully illustrates how some battles or wars were won based on Sun Tzu's principles. These battles took places during the American civil war, World War II and Vietnam war.

- The over-doing of the conversation makes me wonder how accurate this document is compared to history books. For example, the back cover of this DVD reads "Sun Tzu was the Nostradamus of warfare..." In the film, the narrator says "Sun Tzu predicted the outcome of the Vietnam War and the Allies' landing in Normandy..." No, Sun Tzu could not do that. He died thousand of years before these historical events.

- In short, the DVD is informative and entertaining. It's the only one of this kind. I own it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Buy... March 22, 2010
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I will make this review short.. to avoid redundancy you can view the product information and other reviews.
As a student of military history and a former grunt, I can say this video puts it all together, excellent visuals, clear story telling and narration.
Sun Tzu's manual comes to life here.
Of course there is violence, death, this is The Art Of War, however, nothing most of you haven't seen on the nightly news.
I do take issue with those who say the USA lost the war( the narrator states this) in Vietnam.. NOT so. We were never defeated on the battlefield. We were defeated politically at home.. we lost the will to stay the course. This Video relates to the battlefield. This video does an excellent job in it's full presentation.. A Must Buy
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good in so many ways... February 28, 2010
The DVD explains Sun Tzu's Art of War and uses it to examine D-Day, Gettysburg and the Tet Offensive. In fact the DVD touches on each of the wars, seeming to focus a large amount of time on the Vietnam conflict. They use Sun Tzu's ideas on how war should be run as a template to compare the different sides, the factors, and the commanders. It was interesting and frankly, I found the discussion about the Tet Offensive the most interesting. Let's face facts, World War II and the American Civil War has been analyzed, examined, explored and explained to death. But while I have books on Vietnam I rarely find ones that truly helps me understand WHY we lost. This DVD really DID explain to me how both sides fought the war and, according to the rules made by Sun Tzu, why the US lost and the Northern Vietnamese won.
Now, the special effects were sometimes OK, but I have to say they were not great. In the Battle of Gettysburg they show some soldiers aiming their muskets into the sky! And it could get pretty bloody, violent, and racy. They showed a bloody hospital scene in the part about the Civil War and a realistic knife fight between an American GI and a German soldier. There was also a scene, shown twice I believe, of hookers acting as spies for North Vietnam. Very shapely, sexy girls in tiny dresses. My older nephew had to leave the room when they were about to saw off a Civil War soldier's leg. He didn't ask about the hookers but if you have younger kids I suggest not letting them watch it till you have. It is in Color, 94 minutes long, and while very good does not cover the Art of War completely. So I would suggest getting a book copy - but be warned some are better than others. I would shop around!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars view from the trenches February 3, 2010
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as an old marine AND army officer & gentlebean, i found this documentary both intriguing and informative. i would make it mandatory watching for any cadet and all recruits into any branch of the military.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellence October 6, 2009
By Ned
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This book is complete copy of the television program which allows me to watch it over and over. I love the speedy delivery.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book that should be required reading.
The lessons of this DVD are well presented and illustrated. So much of today's news is taken up with opinions from every quarter. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Happy Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Missing name on package
Published 2 months ago by Morten Dethloff
5.0 out of 5 stars Good to Know Info.
Studying Sun Tsu "The Art of War" will help you in the everyday battles of life. You should still buy the book or download "The Art of War" Book. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Free Tv
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Reading
Proved to be superior to "The Book of Five Rings." It is more direct than Miyamoto Musashi.'s volume. AMAZING HOW WAR HAS EVOLVED THROUGH OUT RECORDED HISTORY
Published 7 months ago by Richard R. Ashbaugh
4.0 out of 5 stars Good summary in a video
I remembered this from The History Channel, and found it to be quite informative. Granted, it's not the complete book, but it's a good visial supplement. And quite entertaining.
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars great
This is a very entertaining video on the concepts of Sun Tsu. Also very educational and presented well. If interested in Sun Tsu, I recommend it.
Published 8 months ago by Mike Fiddle
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
Watch it every time it's on TV, and own this DVD as well.

I would love to know which translations/books were used to write the script. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Brian Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars The Art of Death Nobody Wins in a War
It is amazing that a war strategy that was developed thousands of years ago in China is used and practiced in modern day warfare, now if only someone could develop the Art of... Read more
Published 10 months ago by AlanWarner
3.0 out of 5 stars Art of War
Was disappointed...Thought I was getting the movie.. I can clearly see this is a documentary.. Lots of talk and explanations..Saw the very same thing on you tube.. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Hajja Fareedah
5.0 out of 5 stars Sun Tzu lives on
This was a gift for my son and he absolutely loved it. This is the same show that aired on the History Channel. Well made
Published 11 months ago by Deborah
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