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Vietnam War: America's Conflict (2008)

Documentary , Various  |  PG |  DVD
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Product Details

  • Actors: Documentary
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 6, 2008
  • Run Time: 1406 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0014CKCEC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,683 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Be an eyewitness to the conflict that divided our nation and changed the very fabric of society. This collection of harrowing and compelling footage traces the evolution of this conflict from a regional military engagement to an ever-expanding war that ultimately spanned three U.S. Presidents. From strategic political move to the immediacy of jungle warfare and the weapons with which the war was waged, Vietnam: America''s Conflict captures the sweep of history and the agony of a generation.

Program list:

  • 1st Air Cavalry in Vietnam
  • 1st Infantry in Vietnam
  • 4th Infantry Division
  • 9th Infantry Division
  • 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment
  • 82nd Airborne Division
  • The Airmobile Division
  • The American Navy in Vietnam
  • Another Day of War - The USAF in Vietnam
  • Battle (Part 1)
  • The Battle of Khe Sanh
  • Beans, Bullets and Black Oil (Narrated by Henry Fonda)
  • Contact - Ambush (Part 2)
  • A Day in Vietnam
  • The Drill Sergeant
  • The Face of Rescue
  • A Few Good Men
  • For Thou Art With Me
  • Full Blade
  • The Gentle Hand
  • Hall of Honor
  • The Hidden War in Vietnam
  • History of the Air Force - Vietnam and After
  • Khe Sanh: Victory for Air Power
  • Know Your Enemy: The Viet Cong
  • Marines, 1965
  • A Nation Builds Under Fire
  • Night of the Dragon
  • No Substitute for Victory
  • Operation Montagnard
  • POW - A Report on Captivity in Southeast Asia
  • Progress to Peace
  • Ready to Strike
  • Red Chinese Battle Plans
  • Report on Marine Activities
  • River Patrol
  • Sand and Steel
  • Screaming Eagles in Vietnam
  • Sky Soldiers
  • Small Boat Navy
  • Sparrow Hawk
  • There is a Way
  • This is Parris Island (Marine training 1969)
  • To Save a Soldier
  • Twenty Five Hour Day
  • The Unique War
  • The United States Air Force in Vietnam
  • Vietnam: The Big Picture
  • Vietnam: P.O.W. Code of Conduct
  • Vietnam Crucible
  • Vietnam! Vietnam!
  • War and Advice
  • Why Vietnam

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    46 of 50 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Selling of a War February 16, 2010
    These documentaries are riveting viewing for 2 reasons: For the extent and level of propaganda put out by the government to sell this war to the American people, and for the other extreme, the brutal footage of the war itself, as in the "To Save a Soldier" segment on disc 4, which shows such incredible heroism among the enlisted men and women. Some are in b&w, some color, and most are in good condition despite their age. There are some clips you will see in more than 1 film, especially the one of Sgt. Bill Belch speaking Vietnamese as he shows villagers how to use a gun. Part spin, part deception, and part truth, this set is a treasure trove for anyone interested in Vietnam, where now the Ford Motor Co. has an assembly plant 35 miles from Hanoi (in a strange twist of fate, Robert McNamara was once a president of Ford).

    Disc #1:
    1: "Why Vietnam" starts with a speech by LBJ, that is interspersed with Hitler and Chamberlain at Munich, a short history of Vietnam including a clip of Pres. Eisenhower. Also Dean Rusk, and Robert McNamara saying "We seek no wider war."
    2: "There is a Way." This one is quite lame...fun and frolic with the Air Force...and also somewhat degraded in film quality.
    3: "War and Advice." US advisors teaching Vietnamese soldiers. "American Special Forces are present, but will not take action until fired upon."
    4: "Another Day of War." A day in the life of an Air Force pilot.
    5: "1st Air Cavalry." Helicopters in 1965, with the innovation of using helicopters instead of road vehicles.
    6: "Marines 1965." Includes footage of the April, 1965 invasion of the Dominican Republic, and another LBJ speech clip. This one quite degraded in quality and is in sepia tones.
    7: "Year of the Dragon.
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    54 of 62 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Important footage ... April 13, 2009
    As the son of a Vietnam Veteran I find this DVD set to be very useful and in many cases found factual the histories of certain units. If you're anti-war and anti-military don't watch these films but if you're genuinely interested in military history and the history of the Vietnam War buy these. They're cheap.

    Sure, it's the "government" perspective ... but it is what it is. If you can get past the dated style of narration, there is also a lot of information in these films which is very factual. I personally learned the timelines of some operations my dad's division was involved in. And this is footage of the main units serving in The Nam compiled in one place for less than ten dollars. I also got to learn about a riverine Navy Unit an uncle of my mother was involved with. I would ask him about it myself but unfortunately he's dead due to Agent Orange.

    The people that put this DVD set together are really doing the public a service. I have some of these films already but I had to go to the National Archives and copy them myself. I've gathered up films like these and done my own interviews to help tell the story about my dad's unit, but there were some films on this set I didn't find or even know about and now I'll go look for them on my next visit to the National Archives.

    If you want the "truth" about the Vietnam War talk to the Veterans who were there. That's as close as you'll get. People who weren't there or don't have family members or friends who were there and to tell them what it was like aren't going to know what really happened there. Maybe if people start to document the histories of the Vietnam Veterans the public will have a better understanding.
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    21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Typical Military "stuff" May 25, 2010
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    A whole slew of military produced short movies the likes of which I remember from my service days. There's no blood, no guts, no sitting in holes for hours on end. It's all bright and shiny and, we ALWAYS win !!

    It's palatable for a while then you just have to turn it off before you feel the need to wrap yourself in a flag and eat apple pie or something.

    Maybe if you've served this isn't worth the money to you as you might have already seen them but, one important aspect is the whole sense that Vietnam will be "easy". These shorts were obviously produced early in the Vietnam war as the mood is one of overconfidence towards the whole SE Asian campaign.

    There's some value to owning this set so, I'd say get it if you already have some Vietnam media but, if you're looking for Vietnam footage that provides a truer picture maybe "Hearts and minds", "In the year of the pig", "Cronkite's: The Vietnam War", "Two days in October" or, if you recently struck it rich: "Vietnam: The ten thousand day war".
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    18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great for collectors June 4, 2009
    Unlike others who have interjected their personal political views about this set, based on their feelings about the war, I am restricting myself to commenting on quality and content.

    Given that, this is a very good set. A series of DoD and DoA training films (whether you consider that "propaganda" or not is up to you). It gives a good snapshot of how the war was presented to those in the military during their training.

    It is also a good source for hobbyists as it shows uniforms, equipment, and terrain. That itself is worth the 5 stars.
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