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Tour of Duty - Complete Third Season

4.6 out of 5 stars 72 customer reviews

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Product Description

21 episodes on 5 DVDs.

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Company B's harrowing experiences as a combat unit during the Vietnam War come to a close with Tour of Duty's third season in 1989, which marked the end of this critically acclaimed television series. The episodes contained in this set are among the most dramatic of the entire program's run, as established and new characters alike meet the brutal realities and futility of the war head-on. Departing from the regular cast this season is Kim Delaney's Alex Devlin, but among the recurring players is Carl Weathers, as by-the-book Col. Brewster; Kyle Chandler (Early Edition) as Pvt. Griner; Greg Germann of Ally McBeal as the ill-fated Lt. Beller; and Lee Majors as a world-weary and middle-aged PVC (his son Lee Majors II also appears as his character's son in "Three Cheers for the Orange, White and Blue"). Story-wise, it's a downbeat season, with episodes delving into the My Lai massacre (a multi-episode arc beginning with "A Bodyguard of Lies"), racial tension ("Odd Man Out"), and finally, the challenges facing vets upon their return to the States (season closers "The Raid" and "Payback"). The solid, unsentimental writing and performances that earmark the series as a whole are in full effect in all 20 episodes of season 3, which netted an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Sound Mixing, and a Viewers for Quality Television Award for series lead Terence Knox. As with the previous Tour of Duty boxed sets, season 3 offers no supplemental features, and replaces the period pop music that dotted the show's soundtrack with a generic incidental score. While unfortunate, neither factor should prevent viewers from exploring this excellent show. --Paul Gaita

Special Features

  • 21 episodes on five discs

Product Details

  • Actors: Terence Knox, Carl Weathers, Lee Majors, Stephen Caffrey, Gregg German
  • Directors: Stephen Caffrey
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 5, 2005
  • Run Time: 970 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009I8QGS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,890 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Tour of Duty - Complete Third Season" on IMDb

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By F. E. Coffing on June 27, 2005
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This series is a favorite of my husband's. Recently retired CW4, he spent 6 1/2 years in Viet Nam as a Green Beret. He constantly picks movies on that era apart with critique about dates, uniforms, insignia, equipment, place names etc. Well you get the idea. He has been delighted with the accuracy of the series.

Several of the episodes on the earlier editions had reference to actions he was actually involved in! He paid special attention to those. We both love the series and can't wait for the last one to come out. If you can't believe the opinion of a man who was actually there and saw it, who can you believe?
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I'm so glad they are going to release this as my tapes of the third season are mostly worn out. We also get more episodes (20) as compared to just 16 in season 2. The boys in Tour Of Duty also steer away from most of the soap opera style episodes and the focus is now more on combat and the soldiers realizations of the futility of the Vietnam war. Some of my favorite episodes of the series were in this season especially when Carl Weathers-from the Rocky movies joins the cast and as a special forces Col. His character and acting are superb and add so much to the series. Lee Majors also joins for a few episodes as an old soldier in his third war.

Whether Tour Of Duty has real music from the 60's or the same old tired tracks we have heard throughout the series is irrelevant. Sure it WOULD be nice to hear those songs, but it seriously doesn't ruin the whole experience. If I want to hear 60's music I can always pop a cd in my stereo and listen. I bought the other two DVD sets to experience the best war series ever, not music.

To me the content of these episodes makes this the second best season. Each soldier's tour comes full circle and for better or worse they all have to deal with the problems of overstress from war, recovery the horrors they have seen, and come to grips with their part in it all whether good or bad. The series could not be complete without the closure that is given to topics that have been nagging the soldiers throughout their tours.

I doubt after watching all 20 of these episodes anyone who has complained about the music will still be complaining because of the gripping content of each episode.
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This series takes me back to when I was in Vietnam. In a way I cannot explain. I think of the guys and what we went through together. It may not be for everybody but it helps me heal.
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"I WISH I had read the reviews on Amazon about the removal of the original music score, before I bought all three seasons of this great TV series. I struggled through the pilot episode of Season One last night. Without the original music score, Tour Of Duty has no ambiance, and it's going to be very difficult to watch all three seasons listening to that really atrocious generic music score that Sony substituted in place of the original music."

It's been some time since I've written the above review, and I've had a chance to watch many of the episodes. Despite the missing music, the stories are great. I'm still not pleased about the music, but I'm enjoying the episodes. I've upgraded my rating from 1 star to 3 stars. If the original music score was used, this series would surely rate 5 stars.
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I went to Amazon U.K. and found this great series WITH ORIGINAL SOUND TRACK MUSIC! The down side was it is only available to play in zone 2. I contacted both Amazon U.K. and Amazon U.S. but they are not much help. I think many Nam vets who own this series would be very happy to repurchase this series as most of us feel ripped off as we bought the series not knowing the music was gone. That was a great disapointment. Amazon, we want you to sell us this series WITH the original sound track! Are you listening?
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I love this Show and I was waiting for this particular Season for a long time now. Soundtrack ? who cares about the cheap muzac, I am just glad they ever came out with this series on DVD at all. I have all the episodes in VHS and the music does help the show feel like it happened during the Viet Nam era, but is not the music that makes the show but the story, characters, actors and the sweet HUEYS flying all over the place. I recomend this DVD and the complete 3 seasons.
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"Tour of Duty" was a tremendous television show. It's a shame that it only lasted three seasons. It is one of my all time favorite television shows. Along with "Magnum:P.I." it stands as a shining example of showing Vietnam veterans in a positive light instead of the stereotypical brooding, psyhologically damaged loner that has become so prevalent in film since the end of the conflict in 1975. As a Nam Vet I greatly appreciate that positive message and the television show is superbly produced and highly entertaining as well as historically enlightening. All in all a great show and a great value.
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loved it except for cloying female reporter who took up too much time as an unnecessary romantic ploy. Otherwise sympathetic (or not) enjoyable characters & plots. Everyone else in the entire series could act. My guess is that she was the wife or girlfriend of one of the producers. Other women with smaller roles were mostly likable. My boyfriend who was in Viet Nam found it cathartic. Her appearances had me ranting & gnashing my teeth….otherwise terrific series!
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