Thursday, May 24, 2018

Father's Day Gift Guide - THE VIETNAM WAR DVD

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. 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.

THE VIETNAM WAR” is currently available on DVD and Blu-ray, has a run time of approximately 1080 minutes on 10 discs. The DVD SRP is $99.99 and the Blu-ray SRP is $129.99. There are over 100 minutes of extra bonus footage.  The film is also available as a digital download. 

My Thoughts

The Vietman War is a documentary series that gives us a look at what life was like for those who fought in this terrible war. The documentary was inspired by events, and thus gives us a truly personal feel for what these people endured and how their lives were changed by war. There are several people's voices that are heard through this documentary, from men on the front lines to witnesses to lived some of the horrors first hand.  You'll experience the heartbreaking that soliders faced, strategies that were used, and even get a glimpse in the eyes of the enemy we fought.  Most of all, you'll be touched by the loss of life and how it effected so many people.

This was a fantastic documentary and an educational look at a war that cost so many lives, and ended without a real resolution. There is great historical footage included as well as excellent reenactment scenes.  In addition to the documentary, the DVD also includes bonus features like information on the making of the documentary.  All in all, an excellent addition to any documentary collection that took ten years to create. It would make a great gift for any man in your life this Father's Day.