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Honor and Glory - America's Elite Military Honor Guards (History Channel) (2005)

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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Closed-captioned, 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: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 27, 2005
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,614 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Their elegant drills are as precise as a Swiss clock. Their rhythmic cadences evoke 200 years of order and unity. Their music stirs a nation's pride. They are the honor guard units of America's military, soldiers whose skills dazzle the world. Get a rare look inside these elite teams, from the rigorously selective acceptance process through the notoriously intense training. Watch in awe as the Marine's famed Silent Drill Platoon spins and tosses bayoneted M1 rifles for 10 minutes without a word. Work escort duty with the legendary Old Guard the oldest active unit in the Army -and march with the prestigious 144-piece Marine Band, known as "The President's Own." Thrill to this flag-waving celebration of the military's best America's foremost symbols of excellence, discipline and teamwork.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The Honor and the Glory", in a word, inspiring!!! June 28, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
After viewing A&E's "The Honor and the Glory", I found a new sense of patriotism. The young men and women who are fortunate enough to become members of the elite organizations examined in the video, can only be called the finest our country has produced. I wish that every young person I know could see the segment on the Marine Silent Drill Team. I'm sure they would find encouragement and would gain an understanding of the value of discipline, hard work, and self-confidence.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Honor and Glory: I was there December 2, 2003
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
From 1969 to 1971 I had the honor of serving with the Army's ceremonial unit in Washington -- "The Old Guard" -- which is one of the units featured in this documentary. The film does a masterful job of capturing the spirit and the essence of not just the The Old Guard, but the ceremonial units of all four of the armed services. The film's production values are outstanding, and it does a wonderful job of capturing all of the color and pageantry, and in many cases the sorrow and solemnity, inherent in the work that these units do. What it does best, however, is reflect the mentality of the troops who serve in these units -- the privilege they feel in serving, the gratitude and deep respect they feel for those whose sacrifices they honor. For anybody who sheds a tear when Memorial Day comes around each year, this film will deepen your appreciation, heighten your love of country, and give you a deserved sense of satisfaction over the way that we, as a people, are true to our promise not to forget out fallen heroes.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointing! February 25, 2011
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I'm a former member of the United States Navy Ceremonial Guard. As a former member of the guard I was terribly disappointed in this documentary. While I certainly appreciate the attention given to the United States Marine Corps Silent Drill Team and to the United States Army Old Guard - Tomb Guards, I was bothered by the limited attention given to the other branches of service. The Coast Guard was barely mentioned at all, the Navy Guard Unit was extremely limited and not well represented. In fact, the most attention for the Navy Unit was focused on the female Lieutenant that served at the time as the Commander of the Guard and the fact that at the time she was the first, and only female Guard Commander... so what! This was a documentary about the units, not about breaking gender barriers. Based on the documentary one would believe that only the Army's Old Guard does burial details and that only the Air Force Guard does Firing Party Volley details, none of this is true. Each unit does burial details on a regular basis, each unit has a Drill Team, a Color Guard, Pall Bearer Specialists and more. The Guardsmen and Guardswomen that serve in these elite units are special young people that are carefully selected, highly trained and they serve with pride and distinction. I would have liked to have seen a documentary that highlighted all of the units and their special and unique qualities. It should also be noted that every one of these units has a specific assignment related to military duty, they are not simply toy soldiers! One other thing that really bothered me too was the fact that there was little effort to show only the best of the best. I don't know who the individuals were that approved the final edits but the footage I saw showed flaws that should have never been allowed to be captured on film. Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Quality August 30, 2010
By Beejay
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The History Channel does it again. Great quality. Great detail. Very moving and touching video.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Long-time Coming May 20, 2011
By JudyK55
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I first saw this VHS tape about 10 years ago, and unfortunately lost it in a move across town. I have looked for it ever since, since it is one of the most patriotic and stirring films I've ever seen. The DVD was a little different than the VHS I had, but the content was still along the same lines. It shows the dedication and drive of all the individuals connected with the armed services Honor Guards. What I consider particularly moving, is the Marines Silent Drill Team. They are awesome, the skill and precision using razor-sharp bayonets--all in silence! I can watch this DVD for hours. There, of course, is the added bonus of learning the history of all the different branches of the service. I plan to re-watch this DVD on all patriotic holidays, flag days and any other occasion that warrants it!
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By acanal
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History Channel has done a great job with the "Honor and Glory - America's Elite Military Honor Guards" DVD. It really gives one insite into the life of our Militray Honor Guards. Very informative and easy to view.
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