American Experience: Vietnam - Television History

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Overview

The 11-hour documentary Vietnam: A Television History uses archival footage in order to tell the story of America's involvement in Southeast Asia from 1945 through 1975. The disc offers a standard full-frame transfer. English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. Supplemental materials include access to the American Experience website.
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Overview

The 11-hour documentary Vietnam: A Television History uses archival footage in order to tell the story of America's involvement in Southeast Asia from 1945 through 1975. The disc offers a standard full-frame transfer. English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. Supplemental materials include access to the American Experience website.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Access to the American Experience website
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/27/2004
  • UPC: 783421261099
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  • Source: Wgbh / Pbs
  • Time: 11:00:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 6,056

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Disc 1
1. The Cheapest Way to Security [9:11]
2. A History of Struggle [6:14]
3. Uncle Ho's Viet Minh [14:24]
4. Negotiations With France [12:09]
5. Dien Bien Phu and Geneva [17:46]
1. Premier Diem [9:52]
2. Consolidating Power [10:25]
3. A War of National Liberation [12:34]
4. Buddhist Resistance [7:21]
5. A Coup [14:51]
Side #2 -- Disc 2
1. New Governments [9:50]
2. The Gulf of Tonkin [7:51]
3. Viet Cong Attacks [7:50]
4. A Gradual Buildup [14:16]
5. No Retreat [15:46]
1. Enlistment [6:47]
2. A Hidden Society [16:35]
3. Doubts [4:09]
4. A Village Raid [:33]
5. Battlefield [10:16]
1. Political Solutions [8:39]
2. The Viet Cong [11:16]
3. On the Ground and in the Sky [11:25]
4. The American Imperialists [14:20]
5. Ho Chi Minh Trail [9:55]
Side #3 -- Disc 3
1. Public Relations Offensive [13:30]
2. Hue: Imperial Capital [12:45]
3. Mixed Messages [9:57]
4. Pressures on the President [15:32]
5. Talking and Fighting [3:50]
1. American Support [12:03]
2. Local Businesses [9:55]
3. Dien Bien Phu and Geneva [6:54]
4. The Phoenix Program [:11]
5. Vietnamization [11:24]
1. Laos [9:54]
2. Sihanouk's Balancing Act [9:33]
3. Lon Nol Takes Charge [8:12]
4. The Nixon Doctrine [6:53]
5. The Khmer Rouge [21:02]
Side #4 -- Disc 4
1. Coming Home [11:13]
2. Schisms [8:52]
3. Secret Talks and State Visits [10:15]
4. Agreement on the Table [17:53]
5. Peace at Hand [7:21]
1. Sharpening Debate [12:00]
2. Protest to Resistance [5:54]
3. The Campaign of 1968 [10:43]
4. Moratorium and Mobilization [5:43]
5. New Battlegrounds [9:36]
1. Ceasefire [13:00]
2. American Promises [10:04]
3. The North Advances [11:02]
4. Saigon Before the Rainy Season [7:10]
5. Evacuating Saigon [14:19]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Disc 1
   Play Roots of a War (1945-1953)
   Play America's Mandarin (1954-1963)
   Scene Selection
      Roots of a War (1945-1953)
      America's Mandarin (1954-1963)
   DVD-ROM Features
   Accessibility Options
   Other Products of Interest
Side #2 -- Disc 2
   Play LBJ Goes to War (1964-1965)
   Play America Takes Charge (1965-1967)
   Play America's Enemy (1954-1967)
   Scene Selection
      LBJ Goes to War (1964-1965)
      America Takes Charge (1965-1967)
      America's Enemy (1954-1967)
   DVD-ROM Features
   Accessibility Options
   Other Products of Interest
Side #3 -- Disc 3
   Play Tet 1968
   Play Vietnamizing the War (1968-1973)
   Play Cambodia and Laos
   Scene Selection
      Tet 1968
      Vietnamizing the War (1968-1973)
      Cambodia and Laos
   DVD-ROM Features
   Accessiblity Options
   Other Products of Interest
Side #4 -- Disc 4
   Play Peace Is at Hand (1968-1973)
   Play Homefront USA
   Play The End of the Tunnel (1973-1975)
   Scene Selection
      Peace Is at Hand (1968-1973)
      Homefront USA
      The End of the Tunnel (1973-1975)
   DVD-ROM Features
   Accessiblity Options
   Other Products of Interest
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BEWARE: This Is NOT the Original Series

    If you are looking for the same content contained in the award-winning PBS documentary series, DO NOT buy this item. In its DVD incarnation, "Vietnam: A Television History" has been gutted and watered- down. Entire segments are missing others have been edited beyond recognition. Here are some examples from the first episode alone: In one case, an interview with a French official has been deleted. In that interview (which is in the original series and on VHS), the official makes a memorably racist statement in which Vietnamese rebels are referred to as “red termites,” i.e. vermin to be exterminated. (Such a remark gives insight into the attitude of at least some of the French leadership at the times, and provides a graphic example of the dehumanizing aspects of colonizer-colonized relations.) Episode one also features a blatant omission concerning the French exploitation of Vietnamese rubber plantation workers. Here, the DVD not only edits out footage of workers in a plantation (with extremely vivid images of the slicing of the tree bark to extract the rubber), but it omits an entire interview with a Vietnamese national describing the brutal treatment suffered by rubber workers. This man recalls a popular expression of the time in which the workers were known as “fertilizer” because so many of those who died were buried beneath the trees among which they toiled. The edits I have seen so far (episode one) clearly seek to minimize Vietnamese suffering under the French colonial system. I can only imagine what the later episodes, dealing with American involvement, omit. The producers seem to want to put a fresh “spin” on their documentary—watering down harsh imagery and language, and thus sanitizing the war. This is a shameful achievement for an American media icon such as PBS. It is all the more appalling given the stature of the original program. Educators should be especially concerned. If you remember the series on TV or video, and are interested in showing it as a DVD to your students, be aware that the DVD does NOT contain all you may remember. The fact that PBS allows this to be sold as though it is identical to the original is fraudulent, and pressure must be put on PBS to restore this documentary to its original, UNcensored version.

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