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From the moment "China Beach" debuted in 1988, with its iconic opening credits set to the Supremes' "Reflections" as its theme song, it was hailed as groundbreaking television. In an era of testosterone-driven war movies, "China Beach" delivered a unique perspective: the Vietnam War through the eyes of women!
"China Beach" was perhaps the best drama ever presented about the true horrors of the Vietnam War and its effects on the lives of the soldiers and civilians involved. Week after week, the war was brought front and center into American homes by master storyteller, John Sacret Young.
Never-before-released on DVD or VHS:
*3-DVD set includes the 2-hour pilot & all original episodes of the first season
*Original music of classic hit songs as they were played in the original broadcast, including classic hits by: Aretha Franklin, Martha & The Vandellas, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Rolling Stones, The Temptations, Jimi Hendrix
*Bonus features include highlights from the 25th Anniversary cast reunion; pilot episode commentary by series co-creator & executive producer John Sacret Young and director/producer Rod Holcomb; exclusive interviews with Dana Delany & Chloe Webb; featurette "China Beach: How It All Began"

Review

"Captivating, unforgettable, and not to be missed" --LA Times

"...conspicuous excellence all around... Clearly exceptional television." --The Washington Post

"...it is an innovative, inspired... Grade A." --People Magazine

Product Details

  • Actors: Dana Delany, Michael Boatman, Marg Helgenberger, Robert Picardo
  • Directors: Mimi Leder
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Time Life Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 30, 2013
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (198 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00D2UMHVA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,374 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

I loved the characters, and the stories are very well written.
Slyvia
The good news for those looking to make a Season One purchase, this is exactly what you would get in the Complete Series package.
K. Harris
While never glorifying war (far from it!), China Beach always showed great respect for the men and women who served in Vietnam.
P. H. Sherrod

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Earlier this year, Time Life and Star Vista finally released the "China Beach" set that fans had been awaiting for over 25 years! Of course, it came with a rather hefty price tag. If you are interested in the Complete Series, go straight to the source and do a quick Internet search of Time Life with China Beach to get the best price available. Suggested selling price for the Complete Series is 199.95 with a Collector's Edition available at 274.95. Do NOT pay second hand seller prices on this site! I am pleased, however, that they have also portioned off Season One for a regular and priced-right DVD release. This does make me nervous, though. Whether or not future seasons will get individual releases is still up in the air and will undoubtedly be dependent on sales of this set. The good news for those looking to make a Season One purchase, this is exactly what you would get in the Complete Series package.

The three disc set has the seven episodes of Season One:
1) China Beach Pilot
2) Home
3) Hot Spell
4) Somewhere Over The Radio
5) Waiting For Beckett
6) Brothers
7) Chad Ong

The third disc has two extended featurettes:
1) China Beach: How It All Began: The show's creators wax nostalgic about the program, its influence and importance, and the cast. They are especially proud of this achievement.
2) Highlights From The 25th Anniversary Cast Reunion: This is a great peek at many of the major cast members now. They contrast how they appear in present day with the series finale (which had aged them). My only comment is that I watched this with someone who had not seen the series in its original run. Seeing who attended, who was in the series finale and who was not, was a little bit of a plot spoiler for newbies.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Janice/Robert W. Laird on December 26, 2013
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Was very disappointed to realize that no closed captioning was available on the Season 1 set. Really, how difficult is it to include captions? (Yes, I tried to get captions through the television...) Loved this series when it originally aired and was looking forward to seeing it again. But would have preferred captions!!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By crazycatlady on January 20, 2014
I have to recommend this superb series for its wonderful, affecting storylines, its respectful look back at the Vietnam War and
its particular look at the women who participated in that war and the attitudes and values of that time, and the great acting by all
of the cast members. This was a show that has long deserved to be issued on DVD. Was it worth the wait? Yes, for all the reasons
mentioned. Then why only three stars?. Well, after so many years of waiting for the DVD release, fans of the
show deserved better. The picture quality is so-so, with some scenes so dark they're hard to watch. And the lack of captions is
a real drawback for a show that depends on literate, somber, soft-spoken dialogue. For all the years this show's followers have
anticipated the DVD release, a better job could have been done. Don't miss this show by any means, but be prepared for the
drawbacks of the DVD set.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By asugar2 on November 6, 2013
China Beach was a Critically acclaimed series that ran from April 1988 to July 1991. Finally after a 25 years wait and hundreds of requests from fans, it's available on DVD in 2013!

China Beach was one of my most favorite shows back in the day. It has been so long that I didn't realize that Marg Helgenberger, who plays Catherine Willows in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, was the same actress as the very Hot Redhead, Karen Charlene "K.C." Koloski, a heroin-addicted prostitute and later black-marketeer that I had a crush on as a teen. Also didn't realize that Dana Delany who played Katherine Mayfair on the Desperate Housewives and played Megan Hunt on the ABC drama series Body of Proof was the same actress as China Beach's Nurse Colleen McMurphy. They both looked different with red hair in China Beach (Nowadays Blond). Also surprised to see Robert Picardo, the Emergency Medical Hologram (EMH), "The Doctor", on Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and some Star Trek movies and played Richard Woolsey in the Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis and Stargate Universe was the same actor as Dr. Dick Richards on China Beach (who had hair back than).

Only complaint, as someone mentioned earlier, with No Sub-Titles nor Closed-Captions which my wife needs (she's not deaf) just unable to comprehend actors talking in an accent whether it's a Texas, Southern, Mid-Western, Bronx, Brooklyn, New Jersey, Boston, Scottish, Cockney, Irish, Aussie, Hispanic, Hip-Hop/Ghetto Talk, Cajun nor French-Canadian. She really needs English Subs (so do I sometimes) which especially should be available since we're paying up the yin-yang on these DVD sets. Seems like the more expensive the DVD and BD Sets are missing Subs and CC whereas the cheap TV DVD sets have Subs or CC..
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28 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Edward Aycock on September 8, 2013
I didn't start watching "China Beach" regularly until Season Two (the 1988-89 season) so over the years, I've never seen all the episodes of Season One. The pilot is stunning. The photography, the story, the clothes and that tear jerking climax - it sets up the show perfectly and introduces each characters. The first three episodes of Season One, while enjoyable, are at times a little weak. Yes, the show is set during the VietNam War but instead of the war being the backdrop, at times it feels like an afterthought. Instead, we get a lot of intrigue with Cherry's mission to find her brother, KC's black market ventures and McMurphy being wooed by a "zoomie," complete with a really unconvincing jet ride through the clouds. We also get stories about air conditioners, laryngitis and a rather painful scene where the woman are all in a bunker together during an air raid and discuss their first times. (I didn't know they had segregated bunkers when everybody was scrambling for their lives.) Watching these early episodes, (save the pilot) I can see why some of the real-life nurses who served in VietNam were wary of the show.

But luckily, the show gels with the episode "Waiting for Beckett." From then on, Season One closes out with some good episodes and the actors really get to know their characters (if you watch closely, you'll see that Lila never refers to herself as military in Season One; she was retrofitted as brass in Season Two and suddenly her character makes a lot more sense.) It's a great setup for Season Two when John Wells joined the producing team and the show grew much darker- and better.
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