The Vietnam War

The Vietnam War

DVD - 2017
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The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick 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. Ten years in the making, 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.--Publisher.
In an immersive 360-degree narrative, Burns and Novick tell the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never before been told on film. The Vietnam War features testimony from nearly 80 witnesses, including many Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides. Six years in the making, the series brings the war and the chaotic epoch it encompassed viscerally to life. Written by Geoffrey C. Ward, produced by Sarah Botstein, Novick and Burns, it 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, revelatory audio recordings from inside the Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon administrations and more than 100 iconic musical recordings by many of the greatest artists of the era. The film will be accompanied by an unprecedented outreach and public engagement program, providing opportunities for communities to participate in a national conversation about what happened during the Vietnam War, what went wrong and what lessons are to be learned. In addition, there will be a robust interactive website and an educational initiative designed to engage teachers and students in multiple platforms.--kenburns.com
Publisher: [Arlington, Virginia] :, PBS Distribution,, [2017]
ISBN: 9781531701734
1531701736
Branch Call Number: DVD 959.7043 Vietnam
Characteristics: 10 videodiscs (approximately 18 hr.) :,sound, color, black and white ;,4 3/4 in.
digital, optical, surround, stereo, rda
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NTSC, rda
video file, region 1, rda
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Jgrooms
Nov 05, 2017

As with all of Burns’ efforts, this is visually stunning. It is now part of the historiography and unfortunately becomes “the history” which it is most certainly not. It is rememberace through a filter of soundtrack, digitally remastered and audio enhanced. It provides very little background on Vietnamese history, the French colonial period and post 45 ops. And unlike its PBS predecessor doesn’t have the interviews with high level participants on all sides. For example, Giap. I’m curious if these would be available to Burns re copyright? I’ll guess they were, but they were not ‘stylisticly’ good enough for his art. The best way to understand this conflict is the PBS series & Karnow in tandem.

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winston16
Oct 25, 2017

Riveting. 18 hours long and every minute is worth watching. I was a teenager when the Vietnam war was in full swing and it has been fascinating to remember how it affected my life at the time and how in retrospect, it has affected and influenced our lives since then. One of the soldiers who is interviewed throughout the series is a local man who volunteered to serve his country and did so honorably, then later became a peace activist. Not easy to watch at times, but so worth it. Don't miss this one.

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