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Vietnam War With Walter Cronkite

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For decades, the war in Vietnam was the central drama on the stage of Southeast Asia. It was an intensely publicized war, the first television war that came roaring into the living rooms of America every night. Walter Cronkite tells the story of the long and divisive conflict as seen through the eyes of CBS News. Dan Rather, Morley Safer and Ed Bradley report the stories of American courage, failed programs, an elusive enemy and ultimately an end to a tragic war. It is all graphically shown in these superb CBS documentaries which tell the story of the most divisive war in American history and its effect on those who fought it.

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Product Details

  • Format: Dolby, NTSC, Color, Black & White
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Timeless Media Group
  • DVD Release Date: March 1, 2008
  • Run Time: 720 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009KU95
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,383 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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These three DVDs are actually the news clips appeared on CBS during the 60s' and 70s'. They are very worth buying if you want to know how the war appeared on TVs of the American families. Many scenes are touching, deeply moving and difficult to find elsewhere. For those who are younger than 40 like me, these DVDs can tell us what has really happened during the Vietnam War (though only from the eyes of western reporters).
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By Nicedawg on September 21, 2004
Im surprised not more has been said or written about this fantastic piece on the vietnam war. The footage and stories from the reporters in Nam were simply mesmerizing.

Basically there are several stories by reporters including a teenage looking dan rather. Walter cronkite is the host from a studio although he is on location sometimes...the stories are rarely seen footage...I've been watchign vietnam documentaries for years and until I saw this dvd I had never seen some of the footage shown...actual firefights and interviews with soldiers in the bush...its captivating....

I liked the story about the sequence with the vc sniper, also the rebellion by charlie company after the good lieut. leaves and is replaced by a more gung ho one...the company refuses to follow orders and go down a road because they know its set up for an ambush....great drama.

The story about the taking of a hill is another one....great footage and details about going up a hill and getting ambushed by snipers and then hit by their own artillery...

this DVD set is really well done and footage that you've rarely seen before....not in PBS, letters home from vietnam, or anything else....many hours of nam...you'll feel like you're actually in the bush for once...
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When deciding on a good Vietnam documentary I knew I wanted something extensive and with plenty of first hand accounts. This brought me to this DVD and the PBS Television History of Vietnam DVD. After reading the reviews of the PBS version I was dismayed to see that there were things left out from the original production and decided on the Cronkite set. With all that said, I'm not sure how much of the PBS series duplicates the footage on this series, nor do I know if this series includes parts that were left out of the PBS series. I never saw the PBS series so I cannot comment on a comparison between the PBS set and this one. It would certainly be something I'd like to know, so if anyone has seen both and would like to comment, please do.

So, in looking at this documentary on its own, I can say without hesitation that it was immensely entertaining and informative. What you are getting is about 12 hours of CBS news footage. Some of it has narration by Cronkite to bring the viewer into the scene and frame a specific topic or event, but the majority of footage is simply the news broadcasts of the day as they were shown back then. The set is divided into 11 different parts. These episodes follow a loose chronology beginning with The French falling at Dien Bien Phu and going all the way up to the fall of Saigon. However, the episodes are more thematic and therefore jump around in time.

The stories selected for the DVD are engrossing. I didn't find myself bored for one instant during the entire length of the documentary. I also appreciate the large amount of human interest stories included. Things might have gotten dull for me if they showed 12 hours of combat footage.
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I used portions of the DVD in a course I taught on the "History of Television". Many of the segments are the closest thing that you can come to recreating for students today what was meant by the often used phrase "living room war" or "television war"...of how television affected Americans' perception of the war and the power that the visual image had in emotionally affecting viewers. Many of my college students were profoundly affected themselves in viewing images from those CBS news reports--such as the report on "enemy body counts", where a helicopter airlifts a netload of Vietnamese corpses or a segment where we learn of young Americans who eventually died in the process of claiming and relinquishing nameless hills. The students experienced first-hand a sense of what it was like in the 1960s/1970s to turn on your television and have to deal with war and death, and the cognitive dissonance the nearly 40-year-old images created in their minds.
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These are the evening news stories I grew up with. It's a great experience to see them again years later, with the perspective we have today. If you like this series you might also enjoy John Laurence's book about his years as a television reporter in Vietnam: "The Cat From Hue."
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By J. Crouch on September 28, 2009
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As an infantry dog handler, I was interested to see the story on Charlie, 2/7, since I was there and was on point that day. As a dog handler, I went out on log day and worked until the next log day. Our unit, 25th Scout Dog Platoon, worked with 2/7 and 1/7. Charlie 2/7 was everyones favorite. The guys were good and knew what they were doing. Delta Co was called "no DEROS Delta" (DEROS is the day you are scheduled to leave country). Alpha was filled with newbies my first time out with them. Not a good situation. I had good friends in Bravo, but Charlie was the best to be out with. Charlie Co had fewer casualties because they knew what they were doing, not because they refused to do anything. The medic they interviewed was the best.

I had read the Stars and Stripes version of what happened (I still have the article). It was a propaganda piece from the Army standpoint, this video was the same thing from a different perspective. Stars and Stripes was basically a story saying that the troops know what they are doing and won't accept faulty orders. This video presents the troops as more a group of kids in survivor mode and mostly against what they were doing. There were a lot of guys that fit that description (me included), but it is a generality and doesn't give the sense of commaraderie and sacrifice that existed. I walked point all the time and never questioned the guys behind me once. The camera crew stayed with the CP so they did not come out to the road until all the controversy was over. The pieced together a story that fit their perspective. Interestingly, the TV crew never mentioned the dog! I suspect it was because it didn't fit their story. We did know why they wanted us on that road. Battalion had ordered an arc light (B52 drop) and neglected to extract us.
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