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As another foreign war dominates today's news, the Vietnam conflict has once again become a hot political topic. This Emmy Award-winning history of the first American war to be widely televised traces the history of U.S. intervention in Southeast Asia and the stories of the soldiers on both sides. From Roots of a War to The End of the Tunnel, the series offers a detailed chronicle of the war that changed everyone involved.
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4.5

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4.0

Worth Watching, Confusing Organization

By Daryl

from San Francisco, CA

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Comments about PBS American Experience: Vietnam: A Television History DVD 4PK:

This is a four-disc, 11-hour series on the Vietnam War, probably the most comprehensive one for understanding the whole story.

It was made in 1983, so it is somewhat dated visually if you really have become accustomed to high def. However the advantage of its age is that the producers were able to interview key players who are now no longer with us.

My main negative comment is the sequencing of the second half of the series. The episodes are organized thematically. However it has the effect of making the story disjointed from a chronological standpoint. Therefore the story does not flow from one episode to the next. You find yourself lurching backwards and then forwards in time. For example, the episode on Cambodia ends with the communist takeover in 1975. But then the next episode in the series starts in 1968. I understand the need for the thematic organization of the series but I would have ordered the sequence differently so that the thematic organization was preserved without sacrificing the chronology as much.

Despite this, the program is worth watching. One plus is that the producers included entire episodes on the homefront and the domestic divisions caused by the war, as well as an episode on the effects of the war on Cambodia and Laos. Unfortunately, the My Lai massacre is given only passing reference. But fortunately there is another American Experience episode focused just on this one topic.

The program does not mention the resettlement of Vietnamese refugees in the US and the birth of the Vietnamese-American community. Nor does it discuss the fate of the mixed-race Amerasian children left behind and efforts after the war to resettle them in the US.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Epic production

By RanDann

from Hotchkiss, CO

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Comments about PBS American Experience: Vietnam: A Television History DVD 4PK:

Great history of Vietnam. Episodes show all the details many of which were missed during this period. Before, during and final chapters of our involvement.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Most balanced and complete to date

By Light Commander

from Reno, Nevada

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Comments about PBS American Experience: Vietnam: A Television History DVD 4PK:

I use this series in my classroom. I use clips, but I could show the whole series with no worries. It does not replace primary document inquiry nor use of the texts, but as a visual history it is incomparable. I recommend this series for anyone that wants to know more with a fair and balanced report.

(53 of 53 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Good, but less than excellent original

By Vansaje

from Birmingham, Alabama

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Comments about PBS American Experience: Vietnam: A Television History DVD 4PK:

First shown in 1983, "Vietnam: A Television History" by WGBH Boston is one of the best and most important documentary series ever on television. Unfortunately, when it was later made part of the American Experience series and into DVD, the editors decided to remove certain sequences and even cut one entire episode (the last, titled "Legacies"). The original first two episodes have been cut in half and form one episode in the DVD version. I am certainly not the only person who believes the original TV broadcast and then release on VHS is better than the this abridged DVD version. PBS should offer the original, unabridged version of this documentary on DVD.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

NO HOLDS BARED INFO

By RIVER RAT 1969

from Gerrmantown, MD

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Comments about PBS American Experience: Vietnam: A Television History DVD 4PK:

This DVD gave a lot of info about areas and units that were not in my location which was the Delta.

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