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The History Channel Serves Up A Fitting And Personal Six Part Miniseries Tribute To Those Who Served During Vietnam,
This review is from: Vietnam in HD [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Emulating the formula that worked so successfully with its impressive "WWII in HD," the History Channel set its sights on a new generation of hero with "Vietnam in HD." All of the trademark production values are present including actual footage shot by soldiers in battle as well as high profile actors incorporated into dramatic vocal recreations. While all of the newly filmed material looks stellar in its HD presentation, the real Vietnam filmstock quality varies depending upon the source material. It has, however been cleaned and restored to an admirable degree and many of the images (as they were culled from private sources) have not been utilized before in other Vietnam projects. This found footage provides "Vietnam in HD" a real intimacy. The six part miniseries is both a harrowing and realistic look at the Vietnam conflict as well as a fitting tribute to the men who served. While few documentaries can hope to cover every angle of this complicated situation (and I'm sure many will point out the subjects that were not covered in depth--for example, almost all focus is on ground forces), "Vietnam in HD" scores in an area that counts the most--it honors the soldiers in a very personal way.
The basic narrative presentation recounts the stories of 13 men and women, and we see the war unravel from their perspective. From soldiers, to medical personnel, to reporters, to those on the homefront--this covers a myriad of individual experiences while highlighting key components and chapters of the war itself.
Episodes: (1) The Beginning 1964-1965, (2) Search & Destroy 1966-1967, (3) The Tet Offensive 1968, (4) An Endless War 1968-1969, (5) A Changing War 1969-1970, and (6) Peace With Honor 1971-1975.
The miniseries is narrated by Michael C Hall (Dexter) and features a large and diverse vocal cast including James Marsden, Blair Underwood, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Zachary Levi, Armie Hammer, Dylan McDermott, Dean Cain, Adrian Grenier, and Edward Burns among many others. From the build-up of troops in 1965 to the fall of Saigon a decade later, "Vietnam in HD" expertly balances the recreations (that are told through the words of those that are portrayed) and documentary footage. It is a must for anyone interested in the topic! KGHarris, 11/11.
Bonus features: Sadly, the 2 disc set contains NO supplemental material.
NOTE: While this set still has NO extras, a bonus disc is included with the DVD release with 51 minutes of additional footage if purchased through History Channel website. Makes me wonder why they just didn't include this with the set. Here are a few of the features.
Behind-the-Scenes "Intern Vets"
Film Corps "The Seawolves"
Helicopters in Vietnam
Huey Helicopter: Deconstructed
Cu Chi Tunnels: Deconstructed
Vietnam Country Deconstructed
Aircraft Carrier Deconstructed
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Initial post: Dec 2, 2011 10:04:45 PM PST
Kevon Huntley says:
Given the high price of the set if ordering from "History Channel' it's hard to think of it as a "Bonus" disc. However it will be interesting to see if future shipments include the extra disc on other sites like Amazon. Perhaps History wants to give people a reason to order direct from them and be the exclusive sellers of sets with the extra disc.
Posted on Dec 10, 2011 9:40:24 AM PST
Thankyou for reviewing this as a DVD not a statement on whether the war was right or wrong.
Posted on Jan 16, 2012 12:46:57 PM PST
D. Demro says:
I ordered the set from the History Channel solely for the additional DVD and I'm glad I did! I enjoyed the commentary by the vets that saved their film all those years. Most said they never took it out of the box until they heard the History Channel was looking for film personally shot by vets. This series of DVDs were a refreshing change from most of the documentaries that are so politically slanted. Most of them make no mention of the atrocities committed by the VC to the people of S. Vietnam. These examples alone could fill volumes yet they are never mentioned by the media. I also noticed while viewing footage of ABC, CBS and NBC shot during the war, that it was always the same old story - American soldiers causing suffering to villagers while the VC are hailed as the "people's army" simply trying to "unite" the country. Sadly this is what is being taught in the schools and the real truth is never told by anyone other than those who survived the terror of the communists and lived to escape. I've interviewed many of the Hmong people here in Wisconsin and the Vietnamese who made it out alive and they tell quite a different story than what was depicted by our own media! Thank you History Channel for making the effort to produce something without all the anti-American crap found in other products such as Edward Rasen's Fighting Forces Vietnam and Vietnam War Secrets.
In reply to an earlier post on May 6, 2013 6:02:39 AM PDT
Thank you for your insights and well-written review.
In reply to an earlier post on May 10, 2013 10:47:37 PM PDT
His characterizing the misguided who went along with the wrong policy of being in Vietnam in the first place as being "heroes" is political. It is also bunk: since when is being in the wrong, and advancing a wrong, "heroic"?
In reply to an earlier post on May 10, 2013 10:48:50 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 10, 2013 10:52:53 PM PDT
In view of the fact that it is a history of the US in Vietnam, not a history of the North Vietnamese in their own country and civil war, there is no reason to counter the wrongs of the US with the childish, "They did it too!" non-argument.
Yes: the conflict was a civil war between Vietnamese and Vietnamese. So, yes: the effort on both sides was about uniting the country.
Nor does it surprise that many Vietnamese will tell you what you want to hear, in view of your easily discerned style of "interviewing" with a not-so-hidden agenda. Some Vietnamese are grateful to the US because they fear the consequences if not. Some are right-wingers who had been on the corrupt South Vietnamese US-funded gravy train. Some are not grateful for the poisoning of their country with Agent Orange, and establishing a booming business in artificial limbs.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 26, 2015 12:49:31 PM PDT
Were you there carrying a rifle or anything else? If so, lets us know more about you. I was there and always admired the courage of the NVA and VC. Apparently you hold a grudge which puts my admiration to test.
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