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  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BCI / Eclipse
  • DVD Release Date: December 11, 2007
  • Run Time: 672 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000XUF6N8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,682 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"Vietnam War Secrets is an explosive documentary series revealing many long-time classified secrets on the Vietnam War and what was truly behind it. Producer Edward Rasen spent five years battling the U.S. Department of Defense for release of classified films and documents that will reveal a great deal of the factual truth. Mr. Rasen has also exposes the real situation in Viet-Nam through a first-time interview with General Nguyen Khanh, ruler of southern Viet-Nam during 1964-1965; and, Frank Snepp, former CIA chief analyst in Saigon from 1972 through April 29, 1975."

There are thousands of books, tens of thousands of newspaper and magazine stories and hundreds of hours of television reports have been produced about what is commonly called the Viet-Nam War. However, we are still in the dark on many events and actions as to why and how. Unfortunately, most Americans including military personnel were ignorant about Viet-Nam and the true nature of events from 1945 to the fateful day of April 30, 1975. We have been misled by political rhetoric and propaganda generated by U.S. presidents and their staffs. Unfortunately, the truth became the first casualty of war. Now some of the answers are revealed in "Vietnam War Secrets" a 4 disc box set. Through these never before released top secret documents and interviews, these facts undermine many myths which long have masqueraded as the truth. Edward Rasen is the former ABC News producer in Viet-Nam and Cambodia who uncovered the Killing Fields and has been a finalist for the annual Overseas Press Club award for best foreign reporting. He served in Viet-Nam as a combat infantryman and, Long Range Recon team leader plus, graduated from the MACV-5th Special Forces Group RECONDO School.

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Only the truth will free you from political bigots and propaganda.
Edward Rasen Jr.
Unless you wish to spend what will almost certainly be the dullest evening of your life, I'd avoid this.
FictionFan
This really takes away from the subject matter, which is undoubtetly very important.
Karl May

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Edward Rasen Jr. on March 14, 2008
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Vietnam War Secrets is a professionally produced eleven-hour documentary series. Some episodes such as Great Victory are History channel style reports replete with maps, diagrams, illustrations and rare film footage; another about US Navy aircraft carriers is hosted by Chet Huntley of NBC News. Others are new, full-length interviews with among others, General Nguyen Khanh, the former leader of South Viet-Nam; and Frank Snepp, the CIA's chief analyst in Viet-Nam from 1972 to 1975.

All the interviews and host segments were shot on 16mm film or high definition video in professional television studios with professional cameras, lighting and audio equipment. Accusations by Karl May are outright lies. Apparently, Karl May does not like the message so he resorts to lies to discredit the production.

The interview with General Khanh is the first he has given since ruling Viet-Nam and he discloses the incompetency of U.S. Ambassador Maxwell Taylor and military commander General William Westmoreland; and, that Westmoreland engaged in petty revenge against Vietnamese generals who criticized or disagreed with his bankrupt military strategy. Stanley Karnow never mentions this feud in his seminal book.

Frank Snepp reveals that U.S. Ambassador Graham Martin was incompetent and out of touch with reality which resulted in thousands of Vietnamese agents and employees being sacrificed to the North Vietnamese. Stanley Karnow does not mention such in his book. Karl May does not mention these startling interviews in his bogus review.

Karl is like the dorky nerd you knew in grammar school who was constantly taunted and ridiculed but because he was dimwitted could only reply "I know you are, but what am I."

I will match my credentials anytime against Karl May.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Paul on February 6, 2008
Vietnam War Secrets is a set of four DVDs that exposes former classified documents that the American public had no knowledge of until now. The DVDs are not an action packed military movie narrated by a current film star, but a narrative of what really happened, from beginning to end, narrated by Mr. Rasen who to his credit is not only a Vietnam Veteran, but a long-time researcher/journalist, writing specifically about Southeast Asia and the Vietnam War. His perspective and his knowledge of the war and all the research he prepared to accomplish an accurate chronology is commendable. The DVDs include rare photos, US Army film footage, statistics, reports, documents, and interviews. For anyone interested in military history or for students who are engaged in research, this is an excellent source. It would be hard to imagine any other set of DVDs that has recorded such an extensive chronology of the war. In addition, there is a written booklet with a complete chronology,a Table of Contents with a synopsis of each subject. It is impossible to view and digest all the material in one sitting, however, it would prove to be a fine reference tool.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Raffone on January 1, 2008
There isn't any video or television series that exposes so much about America's longest and most unpopular war. This ten-hour series on four DVDs is essential for anyone seeking answers or a better understanding of the undeclared war Vietnam and the secret bombing campaigns against Laos and Cambodia. The producer was a news producer for ABC News in Vietnam and Cambodia plus served in Vietnam as a combat infantryman.

Mr. Rasen cuts through decades of myths and propaganda and exposes how President Lyndon Johnson was selling 2 million bushels of grain to the Soviet Union during the mid-1960s so it would not collapse after two years of drought and famine. Meanwhile, he sent American soldiers to Vietnam to allegedly stop the communists from taking control. In reality, Johnson didn't care about Vietnam and thought the military operation would last 6 to 12 months and the soldiers would return home to cheering crowds and he could take advantage of the situation to silence conservative Republicans who opposed his welfare and civil rights programs.

Also, revealing are the rare, previously unseen films from the U.S. Army, the National Liberation Front in South Vietnam and the Pathet Lao in Laos, plus incredible interviews with Nguyen Khanh, former leader of South Vietnam and Frank Snepp, the CIA's chief analyst in Saigon until the final days before the North Vietnamese Army occupied the city. Both tell startling stories of incompetent U.S. officials including U.S. ambassadors and other high-ranking officials. It is amazing such incompetence is only now being revealed.

This series should be required viewing for all Vietnam veterans, their children and grandchildren because as Mr. Rasen says "the first casualty was truth." There are so many secrets revealed in this series that it would take pages to discuss. For less than $20, this is a truly great bargain.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By FictionFan on May 9, 2009
I made the mistake of watching this DVD recently in an effort to learn a little more about the Vietnam War. As an academic, my area of expertise is confined to religious wars fought several centuries ago, but I was keen to understand more about these years, and the terrible atrocities committed on both sides during the Vietnam War. While I don't doubt that Mr Rasen has some respectable credentials as a Vietnam Veteran I am frankly astonished he claims to have any as an`explosive' documentary maker. The promise, that through "these never before released top secret documents and interviews" the real truth about the War will emerge, is just not, in my view, delivered upon. From the outset, the narrator's delivery and style of presentation left me utterly bewildered. Sitting at a desk, speaking in a long monotonous drone, and then simply interspersing this with archive footage of soldiers in action, does not constitute an explosive documentary. A good example of what to expect would be the fact that Mr Rasen repeats, over what looks like a poor PowerPoint demonstration, for minute after tedious minute, not only the casualty numbers, but the endless numbers of the crippled, maimed, wounded, and depressed. List after list after list of men and women killed in helicopters, planes, on the ground, in hospital...it is truly relentless; astonishingly,the only things to gaze upon while this is underway are the figures themselves. Breaking down the deaths of every single member of the American military in Vietnam into torturous categories and sub-categories is something which only the dullest of books should do. I had hoped to learn from this DVD, but ultimately, after an hour of what can only be described as excruciating boredom I switched off.Read more ›
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