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Art Of War (A&E Television Show) [DVD]

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All warfare is based on deception. Therefore, when capable of attacking, feign incapacity; when active in moving troops, feign inactivity. When near the enemy, make it seem that you are far away; when far away, make it seem that you are near. - Sun Tzu

Sun Tzu was the Nostradamus of warfare and his book Art of War, written 2,400 years ago, is still the ultimate how-to guide for winning at war. This two-hour special from HISTORYTM weaves together the epic story of Sun Tzu himself, and relives a war in which his tactics posthumously saved a city from defeat a victory at war that paved the way toward the unification of China. Art of War is an emotional, epic and ultimately visual understanding of Sun Tzu s lessons, telling the story of other great battles in history, from Rome to the Civil War, WWII, and present day, that help to illustrate that on the battlefields of war, people who understand strategy are the most dangerous weapons of all.

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  • Directors: David W. Padrusch
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: August 25, 2009
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002DY9KQ6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,144 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By M. Ferguson on September 10, 2009
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I found this History channel look at 'The Art of War' simply fascinating! I can't say anything to the quality of the dvd. I'm just purchasing it now. I kind of stumbled into this when it aired a week or two ago. I couldn't stop watching. It was amazing to see how the Civil War, Vietnam, and World War II were fought and ultimately won/lost based on the teachings of Sun Tzu. I only wished they would have included Iraq as well. Also intriguing was the mystery sourounding Sun Tzu himself. I definately recommend this for anyone even remotely interested in stuff like this. It's interesting from an entertainment point of view, and you might even learn something!
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The History Channel has done it once again! It has produced another stellar documentary. This is top-notch entertainment. "Art of War" examines three major American war conflicts: Vietnam, WWII, and the Civil War. How they are won or lost? That's the question these scholars and the principles of THE ART OF WAR will answer. It's all very fascinating! The battle scenes are exciting; the visuals stunning. The narrative is gripping. Awesome music! Despite historical debates regarding Sun Tzu and THE ART OF WAR, there's no denying their significance and influence for wartime success--even in every day life. For readings of THE ART OF WAR try the following translations:

The Art of War by Sun Tzu and Thomas Cleary
The Art of War by Sun Tzu - Special Edition by Sun Tzu and Lionel Giles
The Art of War: Sun Zi's Military Methods (Translations from the Asian Classics) by Sun Zi and Victor H. Mair
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- Computer Graphic and Human Actors make this DVD interesting.

- It excitingly and skillfully illustrates how some battles or wars were won based on Sun Tzu's principles. These battles took places during the American civil war, World War II and Vietnam war.

- The over-doing of the conversation makes me wonder how accurate this document is compared to history books. For example, the back cover of this DVD reads "Sun Tzu was the Nostradamus of warfare..." In the film, the narrator says "Sun Tzu predicted the outcome of the Vietnam War and the Allies' landing in Normandy..." No, Sun Tzu could not do that. He died thousand of years before these historical events.

- In short, the DVD is informative and entertaining. It's the only one of this kind. I own it.
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Studying Sun Tsu "The Art of War" will help you in the everyday battles of life. You should still buy the book or download "The Art of War" Book. The book is the best way to all of his principals of war.
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I will make this review short.. to avoid redundancy you can view the product information and other reviews.
As a student of military history and a former grunt, I can say this video puts it all together, excellent visuals, clear story telling and narration.
Sun Tzu's manual comes to life here.
Of course there is violence, death, this is The Art Of War, however, nothing most of you haven't seen on the nightly news.
I do take issue with those who say the USA lost the war( the narrator states this) in Vietnam.. NOT so. We were never defeated on the battlefield. We were defeated politically at home.. we lost the will to stay the course. This Video relates to the battlefield. This video does an excellent job in it's full presentation.. A Must Buy
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as an old marine AND army officer & gentlebean, i found this documentary both intriguing and informative. i would make it mandatory watching for any cadet and all recruits into any branch of the military.
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Libraries will find this outstanding DVD a popular pick, offering a fine historical and biographical review. ART OF WAR reviews Sun Tzu, who wrote ART OF WAR over 2,400 years ago. This special from History blends a biography of Sun Tzu with a survey of war's lessons and great battles in history and is a pick for any military library in particular. Highly recommended.
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Sun Tzu's principles are presented in a variety of expositions from ancient to modern conflicts, which aptly illustrate lessons from his treatise. As a World War 2 student, the applications of his principles were apt. Like Machiavelli's advice to his Prince, Sun Tzu's advice to his sovereign, succeeds because the lessons are encapsulated in pithy, easily digested short lessons, each standing on its own. Some of the battle sequences are a bit repetitious, particularly the CGI but this is a minor flaw.
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