Published on February 17th, 2012 | by Chris0
Vietnam in HD (2011, Blu Ray)
Its no secret that I was torn on the History Channel's WWII in HD. I thought it was a borderline near-celebration of gore and violence. "OOhhh, lookit all the death and blood and carnage and destruction! Isn't it terrible!" All the while selling tickets outside the tent... and leaving parts out that American audiences might find objectionable....
Thankfully, Vietnam in HD is quite the opposite, and its actually an interesting and insightful look into the Vietnam War. Is it a complete picture? No, but I don't think it claims to be. Does it still contain a fair amount of HD violence and death? Yes, but its not presented in the same way, or in the same quantity. Here its part of the documentary aspect. Shown, but not with that "reality TV" sort of feel to it....
For example: There's that one infamous scene where the suspected VC collaborator gets shot right in the head and left on the street. When this scene started playing I was like "I wondered when they'd trot this one out." But to my amazement, and satisfaction (for lack of a better word), they cut it short of showing the nastiest bits. This kind of restraint is what separates the two. If you've seen this clip in its entirety, you know what I am talking about. Necessary to show, but we don't really *need* to see *all* of it.
It's also not as long as the WWII version. This probably helped a lot to avoid that same feeling, keeping with only what was necessary to get the points across, rather than trying to cram as much remastered footage as they could.
And the footage, its really some impressive stuff. Some of it you've likely seen before. A lot of it you haven't, I hadn't. And all of it (well OK most of it) looks like it was shot yesterday.
Another aspect of this documentary that I found incredibly interesting, was the inclusion of the story of Joe Galloway, along with interview footage from Joe himself. If the name sounds familiar in the context of war movies, it should. He was the author of "We Were Soldiers Once, and Young", which is of course what the movie "We Were Soldiers" was based off of. Once again I've had to re-examine my opinion of *that* movie based on the footage and story told in this one. One of these days I will have to revisit it, with all this new context in mind.
As a documentary it comes across much better than WWII in HD. It tries to paint a picture of the war from start to finish, but only in the context of a few people and their stories. Because of this there are a lot of events and stories that *aren't* told, but hopefully someday will be.
I'll have to go 8/10 on Vietnam in HD. I would go higher, were it longer and more in-depth... but it is after all a much more refined and focused picture than its counterpart.
Vietnam in HD [Blu-ray]
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Their story is in danger of being lost to history. The men who came home from the Vietnam War represent a second silent generation. These are the men who won every battle in a lost war. Using the same experiential approach to storytelling as WWII in HD, HISTORY gives these veterans a voice...
DVD InformationBinding: Blu-ray
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Manufacturer: A & E Home Video
Original Release Date:
- Region A/1
- Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC
- 282 minutes
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: Vietnam In HD [DVD] (DVD)
My husband served for 3 tours in Vietnam and has never seen a really accurate and well - put- together, unbiased dvd on the this subject. He saw portions of this on the history channel and really was impressed. I bought this for him and he has used it to explain to our children more of what he experienced there. What he wasn't able to put into words before, he now can explain. Our whole family has been educated not only about the war, but about what was happening in every aspect during this time, i.e. what was happening in the states, in our government, in their government etc. It is just very well done and honors those who served their country during a time of riots and the explosion of television and its coverage of the war. I recommend this for everyone to see.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Excellant for relieving old memories,
This review is from: Vietnam in HD [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
I was there from '66 to '67 just before things heated up wth TET Offensive in Jan '68. I was disappointed that my
location ( AnKhe - Stationed as a MP Sentry Dog Handler with the 212th MP Co Det "O" ) was never mentioned.
Nor was the First Air Calvary Base there - the largest base camp in 'Nam housing the majority of all Choppers ).
But this omission is true of every other Vietnam Video I have watched. And I'll never understand why.
But for all the other this this video documents it is well-done. I'm glad I purchased it for my library.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
lots of good war footage; but almost no history, and too much like a movie,
This review is from: Vietnam In HD [DVD] (DVD)I really enjoyed WWII in HD, so I was looking forward to "Vietnam in HD".
"Vietnam in HD" starts with 1964. The USA went to war to kill commies. That's just about as much history as you get. The rest is war footage. The lack of history prior to 1964 was disappointing to me.
Unlike "WWII in HD", the footage in "Vietnam in HD" was produced more like a movie than a documentary. It seemed like its purpose was more to entertain than to educate. This was also disappointing to me.
At the end of the Battle of Inchon episode, they described that battle as a triumph and huge success for USA forces. Really? That screamed propaganda to me. That was about 50 minutes into DVD #1. Based on the footage and narration, it was not a huge success.
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Summary: Vietnam in HD is quite the opposite, and its actually an interesting and insightful look into the Vietnam War. Is it a complete picture? No, but I don't think it claims to be.