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The Vietnam War (History Channel) (2008)

History Channel  |  NR |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: History Channel
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, 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: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: January 15, 2008
  • Run Time: 346 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000WOSB0K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,744 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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At a total cost of more than 3.1 million lives, the Vietnam conflict is, to date, America s longest and most controversial war. It also marked the first time TV journalists ventured out to the frontlines to bring the spectacle of combat into American living rooms. Across the nation, Americans watched, captivated by the surprise Tet Offensive and the slow-motion tragedy of the 77-day Battle of Khe Sanh, and witnessed the courage and skill of American soldiers at decisive engagements like Ia Drang Valley, Con Thien, and Dak To.

Now THE HISTORY CHANNEL presents a comprehensive 2-disc set that profiles the decision-makers and chronicles each key event in the Vietnam war, from the advisors arrival in 1959 to the airlift from the roof of the American Embassy in 1975. Archival footage and interviews with historians and veterans reveal the military and political strategies in play, and CBS News archives take viewers to the frontlines to witness the daily struggles of American servicemen and women.

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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars MY Uncle Says July 11, 2008
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My Uncle went to Vietnam, volunteer, and though he said he found it to leave out some information, he found the entire documentary quite thorough in its details of the war as he remembered it. He pointed out only a few details that they brought out about the reasons for going, the problems with the stay, and the internal combustion of the government who tried to fight the war instead of letting the soldiers fight it that he thought were really interesting, and really true to his opinion of what happened to the war. He felt all and all that this documentary was good for someone that was there, and certainly good for me, who wasn't even alive then.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not fully comprehensive, but focused and accurate May 11, 2008
This History Channel documentary does not intend to be a fully comprehensive account about the Vietnam War, but a selection of decisive points in the war. It has good footage, most of it appears to be exclusive. The explanation about the battles selected becomes even stronger with the personal accounts of military involved in them. In fact, a very fine acquisition to a war video collection.
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26 of 33 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The View of a Viet Nam Combat Vet November 22, 2010
By seth
I've read all the reviews, I've seem all the movies and Documentaries,nothing comes close to what Viet Nam was like for the Combat Vet. I served 3 tours in Viet Nam and what this does not show like all the others, was the smells and oders of the dead and dying ,that is something you can never forget or never describe. The true sounds of the war. What it felt like to see your best friend in pieces on the ground. I to was a Volenteer, and came back 3 times total, not because I loved it but I was young dumb and single. I really thought I could save a Dad with kids from going over. War is War I won't go into the details this missed or was right about it. When I came back from my last tour I was in the Hospital For over a Year. During the last few month I was able to leave the hospital for afew hours, that I loved , what I hated we were not allowed to wear our uniforms off base. Seems they were offencive to many of the locals. The things that went on in that country cost me alot , my first heart attack at 29, 3 bouts with cancer, at 61 I can bearly walk, but that is ok I am better off then many. For many many year I hate what the war did to me and others , I hated the way We were treated when we came home, I hate the fact that many more died after coming home from everything for cancer to taking their own lives. For year I could not stand watching how good the troops were treated when they were coming home from other wars, I felt cheat again, I was jealous. Two weeks ago that all changed. I was in a Fry's store (a supermarket ) It was Vetern's week so Had on a Viet Nam vet hat and shirt. I was standing looking at something and felt a light tapping on my back. Read more ›
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Some aspects are enlightening....others are not July 19, 2010
I was looking for more information than this documentary provided. The segments on the Khe San and the city of Hue were worth watching, and it provides you a good insight into how the Marines did an oustanding job DEFEATING the NVA in the city of Hue/citadel, even though the Marines were greatly outnumbered. I didn't care about the personal accounts from the journalists and the segment called "Command Decisions"----would have just preferred a narrative. Anyway, I was expecting a more comprehensive narrative about the war....but it may capture some aspects of the war that you won't see in other documentaries. It sounds like the National Geographic doc on Vietnam may have been a better choice for what I was looking for.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good item! July 23, 2009
I bought this for my father, a Vietnam War veteran, and he loves it! The History Channel is usually pretty reliable when it comes to documentaries, and this one is no exception. Highly recommended!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Real expression of Combating Soldier's
Face and Mind in Vietnam War !

From the first scenes,Anxiopus,Horror-stricken,shrinked American Sodiers
due to unidentified multiple,continuous Gun Shot from surronding jungles
made scenes real!. From ventured frontline pictures of TV journalist
gave different feelings from propogandism.
After President Kennedy began sending US.Military Advisor Group,
US began to dip into muddy-lake ! In 1964,After the TonKing Gulf Incident,
President Johnson started massive North Vietnam bombing with B-52 and
Escalation of US.involvment including Combating Infantries.
Battle of Khe Sanh by US.Marine remind me The Fall of Dien Bien Phu following
Surrender of Frace ! anyway vivid struggle of US.Marine, undermassive Artillery
fire,repeated waves of Infantry Assault, inevitable emergecy Air Transport
under enemy and drastic massive bombing of B-52 was really undesireable to
remaiing families and all Americans.
this series by the History Channel is excellent and rare footages which not
routinely adhered to chronological orders but case by cases of IMPORTANT BATTLES !
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24 of 36 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Woefully short of the mark ! May 21, 2008
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I bought this to get a start-to-finish understanding of the Vietnam War...why it occured, why the US involvement, how it ended. None of this is apparent and it dwells much to long on specific battles and worse, journalists ! The History Channel is usually first-rate but this isn't.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vietnam War Documentaries
unique archived footage of the Vietnam War. as a Veteran of that war i own several documentaries on that event in history. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Robert E. Riegel
3.0 out of 5 stars no history, just war footage and veteran interviews
It's very incomplete. The only benefits are the war footage and the veteran interviews. What was Vietnam's history? How and why did the USA get involved in Vietnam? Read more
Published 11 months ago by God is a refuge for us (Psalms 62:8)
5.0 out of 5 stars Best telling of key Tet Offensive battles.
As a veteran of First Battalion Fifth Marines who fought in the Citadel of Hue in February 1968, I can assure you this is the best telling of that fight. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Big Billy
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD SERIES!
Published 13 months ago by TERENCE J KESSOCK
3.0 out of 5 stars The Vietnam War ( History Channel)
I thought this was the same program I watched once on TV. The program had the same opening picture as on the cover of the DVD, so I assumed the contents were also the same. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Og Ogelby
5.0 out of 5 stars A waste
If you watch this its a great movie but you have to wonder what the hell LBJ was doing fighting the war in the White House he was an idiot cost people their lives . Read more
Published 18 months ago by Robertd5150
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Vietnam Vets perspective
Although not fully comprehensive (which apparently it's not meant to be) this film is well done for what it does cover. Read more
Published on September 26, 2012 by Elvin Pelvin
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Let me make this clear, I don't want to misrepresent myself. I was in the U.S Army from 1972-1974 and 1978 to 1998. I didn't go to Vietnam. The U.S. had less than 50,000 troops there in 1972 and didn't need Military Policeman/ sentry dog handlers (my job). I did participate in the first Gulf... Read More
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