Great History, BAD BAD BAD DVD
Greg Bulmash | Lynnwood, WA United States | 08/21/1999
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This is the worst DVD transfer I have ever seen. You may have to fiddle with the settings on your DVD player or you'll be cursed with a major amount of buzzing and crackling no matter what the volume on your TV or sound system.Mine was also defective, showing about three minutes of Triumph of the Will before returning to the main menu. I tried it both on my home theater DVD player and my DVD ROM (just in case one might have been having problems like the sound issue). It failed to play in both.No wonder these DVD's are so cheap. They're cheaply made. Quality is an afterthought. I can't even believe that anyone at the company that made them watched them because anyone with a shred of integrity wouldn't have let them out the door.I am SORELY disappointed. Sadly I opened the volumes I bought, so I'm stuck with them. I'll probably get rid of them in a garage sale someday.Do yourself a favor, buy one of the more recommended VHS versions, or wait until a company that actually cares about quality puts out a new edition. These are AMAZINGLY bad."
Balanced, penetrating and deeply moving
C. Tomlinson | Austin, TX USA | 01/29/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you're a patriot, if you're a pacifist, if you're a Christian, Muslim or Jew - do yourself and your fellow man a favor and see this documentary. This is no Michael Moore rant or a Chomsky polemic. This film explores the whole phenomena of the American military and the American empire in the voices of regular citizens like you and me as well as the players that make it happen today. It starts with Dwight Eisenhower's fairwell to the American people in which he cautions against the growth of the Military-Industrial complex and follows its growth up to the present telling the stories of people like a Vietnamese woman who emigrated in 1975 and is now a weapons engineer. There's the retired police officer whose son died in 9/11 and who we see moved along in his thinking as the war in Iraq develops. This film holds a mirror up to each one of us and asks us to take a long hard look at who we have become."
Interesting but not good value.
David Segrove | Phoenix, AZ United States | 06/30/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"While the content of these videos is very interesting and informative. The quality of the footage needs a little bit to be desired. Remember, this is not a documentary!!!! These films were made as propaganda films and should be viewed as such. While many of the facts contained in the films are accurate, they are a little biased, but that's what to expect from propaganda films.As a part of history, I think these films are valuable. They are certainly worth watching (but as I said before, not as a documentary). I think they are a little overpriced for what you get."