The Vietnam War

The Vietnam War

DVD - 2017
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"The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick : Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's ten-part, 18-hour documentary series, The Vietnam War, tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history as it has never before been told on film. Visceral and immersive, the series explores the human dimensions of the war through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides -- Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as combatants and civilians from North and South Vietnam. Ten years in the making, the series includes rarely seen, digitally re-mastered archival footage from sources around the globe, photographs taken by some of the most celebrated photojournalists of the 20th Century, historic television broadcasts, evocative home movies, and secret audio recordings from inside the Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon administrations. The Vietnam War features more than 100 iconic musical recordings from greatest artists of the era, and haunting original music from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross as well as the Silk Road Ensemble featuring Yo-Yo Ma"--Publisher.


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Nov 11, 2017

I, too, am a VN vet (4 tours) and a sort of historian (2 degrees worth). However, I found this work very compelling; it is comprehensive and well-researched. My Vietnamese neighbor says the translations he listened to are accurate. Well done and thorough, and I highly recomment it.

Oct 21, 2017

As a VN vet and a very amateur scholar of the war , history of the country and a Ken Burns
fan, my hopes were not realized, I was rather disappointed. would only rate it a C+ or B-.

Poor narration, incomplete interpretation of Vietnamese to English, glossing over many
important events, the obsession with Moopy Crocket's family , addition of
sound effects to silent movie footage, questionable interviewees, a definite bias, the nearly
complete refusal to acknowledge the efforts of the Navy & Air Force and position that the
ground war was almost the whole war, stock footage from other films and much more that
can't be recalled from nearly 18 hours of program.

To me, a better resource is the film "Vietnam: the 10,000 day war" . Unfortunately KB's effort
leads me to believe that he is either getting tired or never had much interest in the subject.


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