The real story behind the longest, most controversial war in modern history. Known as history's first "living room war," the Vietnam conflict is presented in this nearly 10-hour documentary with clarity, authority, and ins... more »ight, complete on 2 DVDs. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Peter Arnett and narrated by Richard Basehart (Moby Dick, La Strada), Vietnam: The Ten Thousand Day War covers the entire conflict, examining the shifting attitudes of the United States toward Vietnam from 1945, when the battleground was known as French Indochina, to 1975, when Saigon fell to the North Vietnamese. This superb award-winning series of programs re-examines without blame or judgment the rise and fall of America's 20-year commitment to the war in Vietnam. Forceful and evocative, with film clips shot by both sides, it revisits the time and place that molded a generation and changed the course of American politics forever.« less
"I've owned and treasured an incomplete VHS set of this marvelous series since the late 80's, and now I know where part of my tax refund is going. This fascinating documentary series from the late 70's walks a very fine line between scholarship and pure entertainment. Although the delivery is decidedly dry, representing well the less sensationalistic Cronkite-era jounalistic dignity, this very long series never ceases to inform and absorb you. Viewers who have come of age in the CNN/Oliver Stone era may have a tough time NOT being told who the villians are, but man oh man is it a blessed relief for sentient humans. Vietnam:The ten thousand day war, is as close to agenda-free as you will ever see these days. The roles and experiences of the 3 Presidential administrations, the Vietminh, and the anti-war demonstrators are studied in minute detail, never betraying for a moment any editorial slant at all. The day-long running time allows for an exhaustive look at all aspects of the conflict including several with which most of us are unfamiliar, the early stages of the conflict and the role of the French for example, spending almost 2 hours on Dien Bien Phu alone. The film spends a great deal of time following the enormous diplomatic complexities the conflict entailed, instantly making fools of all the pundits of any political stripe who nursed any number of pat, absurd "Why don't we just leave??" or "Why don't we just flatten them??" notions. The one thing I can promise the casual historian or political science major is this; you will walk away from the experience of this documentary series knowing a great deal more about the Vietnam war and era than you did before you sat down. It is, without a doubt the most scholarly and objective documentary on any subject I have ever seen, and yes, that includes Burns's The Civil War."
The Truth About Vietnam
D. Knox | USA | 06/20/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Produced at a time when the public's conception of the war was at an impass, Vietnam: The Ten Thousand Day War was not only a document of one of the darkest chapters in American History, but an indictment of war as a whole.This unflinching documentary will take places you never thought you'd see. The jungles, the cities, the back roads, the fields, even the mountains of what was once an idyllic paradise, all are the backdrop for a journey of horror. Combining news, military, and independent documentary footage, we are transported through the entire spectrum of the conflict. We see it all, from the end of French Occupation, through the arrival of military "advosors", Tet, and the fall of Saigon. You'll even examine the war at home.If you are still questioning why this tiny country in southeast asia was so crucial to our country's history, make this the first and last documentary you watch on the subject. You'll never be the same again."
Excellent balanced account
C. Hubble | 07/31/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I borrowed this video from a library and watched it with several Vietnamese from Hanoi who were studying overseas and had experienced the war in the North. They thought it gave a very balanced account of events even though it had been made by Americans. I later used the series when teaching Vietnamese History at Asmara University and at a South Korean university. I found it excellent."
Email the folks at Image Entertainment!
C. Hubble | 08/19/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I love this series. I teach at the college level and desperately want my students to see this! I was too broke to buy the DVD series the first time now I cannot find it anywhere. When is it going to be re-released? Does anyone know anything? Where to write the distribution company perhaps?
The folks at Image Entertainment own the rights to this series and have told me they have no plans to re-release it. If you want it re-released find their web-page (just put Image Entertainment in your search engine) and email them and let them hear from you! Its the only way to get them to understand how badly people want this re-released. Otherwise I fear it is lost to history."
The "World at War" of Viet Nam
C. Hubble | 10/20/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Undeniably, the best single series about America's involvement in the Viet Nam war. From the meager beginnings in Communist China through the fall of Saigon, this wonderfully accurate and detailed series covers the Viet Nam war in a style that will fascinate any historian, and captivate every viewer. The production quality is top notch, underscored by superb narration from Richard Basehart. In short, this series is to the Viet Nam war what the "World at War" series was to World War II. Buy it and watch it, so that we may never forget how it all happened, and help us prevent it from reoccurring in the future."