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The Vietnam War (History Channel)

4.0 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

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At a total cost of more than 3.1 million lives, the Vietnam conflict is, to date, America s longest and most controversial war. It also marked the first time TV journalists ventured out to the frontlines to bring the spectacle of combat into American living rooms. Across the nation, Americans watched, captivated by the surprise Tet Offensive and the slow-motion tragedy of the 77-day Battle of Khe Sanh, and witnessed the courage and skill of American soldiers at decisive engagements like Ia Drang Valley, Con Thien, and Dak To.

Now THE HISTORY CHANNEL presents a comprehensive 2-disc set that profiles the decision-makers and chronicles each key event in the Vietnam war, from the advisors arrival in 1959 to the airlift from the roof of the American Embassy in 1975. Archival footage and interviews with historians and veterans reveal the military and political strategies in play, and CBS News archives take viewers to the frontlines to witness the daily struggles of American servicemen and women.

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Product Details

  • Actors: History Channel
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: January 15, 2008
  • Run Time: 346 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000WOSB0K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,357 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Clarence Oliver VINE VOICE on July 11, 2008
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My Uncle went to Vietnam, volunteer, and though he said he found it to leave out some information, he found the entire documentary quite thorough in its details of the war as he remembered it. He pointed out only a few details that they brought out about the reasons for going, the problems with the stay, and the internal combustion of the government who tried to fight the war instead of letting the soldiers fight it that he thought were really interesting, and really true to his opinion of what happened to the war. He felt all and all that this documentary was good for someone that was there, and certainly good for me, who wasn't even alive then.
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This History Channel documentary does not intend to be a fully comprehensive account about the Vietnam War, but a selection of decisive points in the war. It has good footage, most of it appears to be exclusive. The explanation about the battles selected becomes even stronger with the personal accounts of military involved in them. In fact, a very fine acquisition to a war video collection.
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I've read all the reviews, I've seem all the movies and Documentaries,nothing comes close to what Viet Nam was like for the Combat Vet. I served 3 tours in Viet Nam and what this does not show like all the others, was the smells and oders of the dead and dying ,that is something you can never forget or never describe. The true sounds of the war. What it felt like to see your best friend in pieces on the ground. I to was a Volenteer, and came back 3 times total, not because I loved it but I was young dumb and single. I really thought I could save a Dad with kids from going over. War is War I won't go into the details this missed or was right about it. When I came back from my last tour I was in the Hospital For over a Year. During the last few month I was able to leave the hospital for afew hours, that I loved , what I hated we were not allowed to wear our uniforms off base. Seems they were offencive to many of the locals. The things that went on in that country cost me alot , my first heart attack at 29, 3 bouts with cancer, at 61 I can bearly walk, but that is ok I am better off then many. For many many year I hate what the war did to me and others , I hated the way We were treated when we came home, I hate the fact that many more died after coming home from everything for cancer to taking their own lives. For year I could not stand watching how good the troops were treated when they were coming home from other wars, I felt cheat again, I was jealous. Two weeks ago that all changed. I was in a Fry's store (a supermarket ) It was Vetern's week so Had on a Viet Nam vet hat and shirt. I was standing looking at something and felt a light tapping on my back.Read more ›
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I thought this was the same program I watched once on TV. The program had the same opening picture as on the cover of the DVD, so I assumed the contents were also the same.
However, This was CBS reporter Roger Mudd introducing the DVD.
There were different servicemen being interviewed than what I remember.
I was hoping to have obtained the same program.

That said, this dvd was pretty good and I would recommend it to anyone.
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Just because it is educational does not remove the merit of its fifth star. The truth of lies by close presidential advisors is made clear, not diminished. The story of Khe Sanh is clearly told. Any high school American History class can make good use of this documentary to discuss the Iraq war.
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The information is very good. It is just that with the History Channel you get their segments with their logos to start and finish frequently which are a bit off-putting. The action was well presented and admittedly gory but real.
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By BSS on July 23, 2009
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I bought this for my father, a Vietnam War veteran, and he loves it! The History Channel is usually pretty reliable when it comes to documentaries, and this one is no exception. Highly recommended!
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GREAT REFERENCE ON THE VIETNAM WAR. VERY TROUBLING TIMES! AS A SOLDIER DURING THAT PERIOD, I HAD THE EXPERIENCE OF HAVING THE UNIT I WAS IN (6TH ARMORED CAVALRY REGIMENT- FT MEADE MD)- SENT TO THE PENTAGON FOR RIOT CONTROL DUTY IN OCTOBER 1967. THERE WERE THOUSANDS OF ANTI-WAR PROTESTORS ON THE GROUNDS OF THE PENTAGON, AND WE HAD TO RESCUE THE MP'S.
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