The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick DVD & Blu-ray

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This immersive ten-part, eighteen hour documentary film series directed by acclaimed filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, tells the epic story of one of the most divisive, consequential and misunderstood events in American history, as it has never before been told on film.
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This immersive ten-part, eighteen hour documentary film series directed by acclaimed filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, tells the epic story of one of the most divisive, consequential and misunderstood events in American history, as it has never before been told on film.

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 the 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.

Special Features

  • The Making of The Vietnam War
  • Additional outtakes:
    • The March Down the Ho Chi Minh Trail
    • An American Woman in a War Zone
    • Delivering Bad News
    • Hero Pilot of North Vietnam
    • Tigers, Elephants and Helicopters
    • For No Reason at All
    • Fellow Warriors Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan
    • A Vietnam War Deserter in a West Point Classroom
    • Facing the Draft Board
    • Behind the Lines at Long Binh
    • Captured Spy and an American Interrogator

Episodes

  • Episode 1: Déjà vu (1858-1961)
  • Episode 2: Riding the Tiger (1961-1963)
  • Episode 3: The River Styx January (1964 - December 1965)
  • Episode 4: Resolve (January 1966 - June 1967)
  • Episode 5: This Is What We Do (July 1967 - December 1967)
  • Episode 6: Things Fall Apart (January 1968 - July 1968)
  • Episode 7: The Veneer of Civilization (June 1968 - May 1969)
  • Episode 8: The History of the World (April 1969 - May 1970)
  • Episode 9: A Disrespectful Loyalty (May 1970 - March 1973)
  • Episode 10: The Weight of Memory (March 1973 - Onward)

 

Producer: Ken Burns, Lynn Novick, Sarah Botstein
Production Company: WETA; Florentine Films
Copyright Year: 2017
Rating: TV-MA
Director: Lynn Novick, Ken Burns
Narrator: Peter Coyote
Writers: Geoffrey C. Ward
Number of Discs: 10
Length: 1003 minutes
Subtitled: Y
Subtitle Languages: English (SDH)
Language Track: Spanish
DVI: Y
Audio Format: 5.1 Surround
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen
Content Warning: The following program contains scenes which may not be suitable for all audiences. Viewer discretion is advised.

34 Reviews
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Kenneth
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4.0 star rating
06/24/22
This was a monumental undertaking,
Review by Kenneth on 06/24/22 review stating This was a monumental undertaking,
This was a monumental undertaking, even for Ken Burns and company. It was of course to discuss everything, but I feel that, as usual, Ken friends did a very capable well-balanced job. The unit I spent sixteen months of my two years in-country was not mentioned. It arrived in VN in May 1961 and left in March 1973, but due to the nature of our work (intelligence) was not mentioned because we were never there...I did not expect that it would be. As usual, Ken did a much better job than probably anyone else could have.
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MARY
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5.0 star rating
06/07/22
PBS and Ken Burns
Review by MARY on 06/07/22 review stating PBS and Ken Burns
This was a replacement copy for my library. This item is an absolute classic. Thank you PBS and Ken Burns for providing excellent content for our collections.
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STEVEN
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5.0 star rating
06/01/22
Excellent informative, educational documentary on
Review by STEVEN on 06/01/22 review stating Excellent informative, educational documentary on
Excellent informative, educational documentary on the era that I grew up in. Thanks for having my 6 Brothers, Welcome Home! I have a great respect for you.
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Julus
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5.0 star rating
05/31/22
Ken Burns Vietnam
Review by Julus on 05/31/22 review stating Ken Burns Vietnam
This series and I know this is a business, but this history should be free of charge, and available to everyone.
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PETER
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5.0 star rating
03/21/22
Quality and Truth
Review by PETER on 03/21/22 review stating Quality and Truth
Ken and Lynn make the Best Movies ever made, and whats most important they tell you the truth.
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Debra
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5.0 star rating
02/01/22
An amazing story and well done
Review by Debra on 02/01/22 review stating An amazing story and well done
So informative on a war I didnt understand.
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Melissa
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5.0 star rating
01/07/22
was gift for a family
Review by Melissa on 01/07/22 review stating was gift for a family
was gift for a family member and was greatly enjoyed
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Carmelita
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5.0 star rating
10/30/21
Videos
Review by Carmelita on 10/30/21 review stating Videos
Great collection. My hubby loves it
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JAMES
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5.0 star rating
09/21/21
The movie on the history
Review by JAMES on 09/21/21 review stating The movie on the history
The movie on the history of the Vietnam War by Ken Burns is by far the best Ive ever seen. I only wish it wasnt so expensive so I could by several for my friends that served during the Vietnam War.
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Rcporter
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4.0 star rating
06/30/21
Very good series, just one big nit to pick
Review by Rcporter on 06/30/21 review stating Very good series, just one big nit to pick
Watched this during fundraising time on TV. Decided to buy it so that I would always have it. Every time I watch it I get ticked at LBJ, McNamara, Westmoreland, and Nixon et al. all over again. I was born in 64 so I dont remember any of it. My dad was on a carrier so he didnt have any information to offer either. So interested to see how this whole thing got started. It is not mentioned if congress ever approved a declaration of war, so was the whole thing unconstitutional to boot? Excellent production, story line, and matching soundtrack. The one nit pick is...when we watch this on PBS we are watching it for free. As such it has been pointed out that you have to put up with commercials, since they are paying the bills that allow you to watch it for free. However, when I buy the series I am paying the bill so I expect and demand that it be commercial free. At the beginning (and at the end!) of every disc we have to put up with the advertising of the trust funds etc. that have donated to PBS. Good for them, I dont want to see it - since I have now paid for the discs myself. But we have to see the same 1-minute intro and then the same 1:26 VIP list on every single disc. It is just as bad as almost any commercial disc that you buy where you have to watch ten minutes of previews before getting to the movie that youve paid for. We get too much advertising in our lives - it would be nice if these PBS discs would be one of the few respites that we get from that continuous onslaught. It may seem like a nit pick, but it is a very big deal to me. I will consider whether or not to buy any more PBS discs now since they have become just as bad as everybody else.
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Ben
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5.0 star rating
06/01/21
I was born in 71,
Review by Ben on 06/01/21 review stating I was born in 71,
I was born in 71, didnt even consider how sleazy Presidents could be with human lives, sending untrained soldiers to die, for no real reason, politics....
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MARLENE
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5.0 star rating
05/21/21
The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novak
Review by MARLENE on 05/21/21 review stating The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novak
My review rating is based on the episodes of The Vietnam War I had watched on PBS, a couple of which I missed. I told some friends about how interesting the film was. They mentioned they would like to see it. After they helped me out I purchased The Vietnam War as a thank you gift. My friends and I are big fans of films by Ken Burns.
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Sheila
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5.0 star rating
05/01/21
Outstanding series.
Review by Sheila on 05/01/21 review stating Outstanding series.
Outstanding series.
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Chuck R.
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5.0 star rating
04/06/21
I learned so much.
Review by Chuck R. on 04/06/21 review stating I learned so much.
I served in Viet Nam as a helicopter pilot in 1969. I have since learn a good deal about the background of the war. Seeing the first hour and a half of the series brought my understanding to a much higher level. Circumstances in politics in both the USA and North Vietnam had a great affect on bringing the USA into the conflict. McArther said we should not engage in another war in Asia. Others said it was a no win situation even before we committed troops and aid to the area. The saying that if you dont learn from history you are bound to repeat it has proofed to be unfailingly true.
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Devhtuck
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5.0 star rating
04/06/21
My political maturity
Review by Devhtuck on 04/06/21 review stating My political maturity
This amazing film is only at E7, yet I have spent 7 evenings in tears. I was a young adult who changed her political alignment during this war. What brilliant film-making. The personal recollections from both sides are eye-opening. Must have my sons and grandsons see this.
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Barb
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5.0 star rating
04/06/21
Excellent and very revealing
Review by Barb on 04/06/21 review stating Excellent and very revealing
I was in college, medical school, and post graduate training all during this war. I watched my friends fear their draft notices and attended 2 funerals. I learned more from this documentary than I ever saw in the news. I did not support the violent protests, but did agree with the peaceful demonstrations wholeheartedly. This was a poorly conceived and directed military effort with no clear goals. The dedication of the north Vietnamese was always stronger than that of the southern population and certainly of the Americans ordered to fight there. The amount of dishonesty engaged in by our government was so much more than I suspected. One of the veterans interviewed said it best: we were the last generation to believe that our government would not lie to us. Superb documentary. Ken and his teams very best since The Civil War [and he has done some great ones.]
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J. C.
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5.0 star rating
04/06/21
A treasure! So glad I bought this for my library.
Review by J. C. on 04/06/21 review stating A treasure! So glad I bought this for my library.
Im watching the entire 10 episodes for the third time as it has completely captivated me. New feelings surface every time. Ive cried, yelled at the screen, stood frozen in shock, and danced around the room singing to the music. Its inspired deep conversations as well as passionate discussions. I feel like Ive seen a part of history that has occurred during my lifetime, during my childhood, but was never talked about. Well, it is being talked about in this film and it is so well done! Thank you for making this film. It is a treasure beyond description.
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Rick
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5.0 star rating
04/06/21
The best Vietnam documentary
Review by Rick on 04/06/21 review stating The best Vietnam documentary
As a purple heart veteran, I highly recommend this documentary. I served as a platoon right guide with D Co. I/5/1 USMC. This documentary covers the US military and political involvement, Viet Cong, both North and South Vietnam, Russia, China and all other aspects of the war. The interviews provide the viewer with a variety of opinions on the US involvement. My friend Jeff Butch was one of the marines interviewed. His thoughts reflect my own personal thoughts on our involvement. Watch the DVD to know my thoughts on the war.
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Top T.
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5.0 star rating
04/06/21
Best documentary of Vietnam Ive ever seen
Review by Top T. on 04/06/21 review stating Best documentary of Vietnam Ive ever seen
From a Vietnam Marine Veteran - I never understood a lot of the whys in what we faced until seeing this film. It all makes sense now. It documents how the country and its political ineptitude set up 58,000 Americans to die for a senseless cause. Brilliantly detailed story and every American needs to see this film to understand what we went through only to be spit at when we got back home.
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Papa J.
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5.0 star rating
04/06/21
Government At Its Worst
Review by Papa J. on 04/06/21 review stating Government At Its Worst
Absolute proof that the want of political power killed 3.5 million people. Best display of French and American arrogance I have seen. What more proof do the citizens of the world need to know that government must be kept in check and made to prove the need for conquest. What governments do best is lie to perpetuate their own well being. Repeal the 17th Amendment and return control of the Senate to the states where Mr Madison intended for it to be.


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