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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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PBSAmerican Experience: Vietnam: A Television History DVD 4PK
 
4.6

(based on 10 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Worth Watching, Confusing Organization

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...Read complete review

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.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good, but less than excellent original

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...Read complete review

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.

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5.0

The Creme de la Creme of Vietnam War Documentaries!

By RICO Attorney

from Vancouver, WA

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19 Oct 2015

Everyone,regardless of political or social stripe, must see this excellent documentary! Both political candidates and high school students need to absorb the significance of the materials critically researched and thoroughly analyzed.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Best Documentary on the Vietnam War!

By RICO Attorney

from Vancouver, WA 98663

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

Based on Stanley Kranow's book "Vietnam A History," this documentary must be viewed by all persons interested in learning the particular aspects and inconsistencies about America's involvement in that conflict!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A staggering accomplishment!

By Joseph

from Bronx, NY

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

It's not an easy task to portray a war that lasted roughly 30 years in 11 hours and yet, PBS has achieved it. Some might say PBS had it easy because it found so much footage - it was the first war covered extensively by television - but, though the footage was a blessing, going through all of it to make a coherent selection was an enormous task. PBS deserves to be congratulated for having succeeded brilliantly (where the networks would have failed)!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good Product

By KJ

from Chicago, IL

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

I remember watching this program quite a few years ago. Excellent. But it seemed to me that a few episodes were not included in the box set.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Worth Watching, Confusing Organization

By Daryl

from San Francisco, CA

Verified Reviewer

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.

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