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Tour of Duty - The Complete First Season
     

Tour of Duty - The Complete First Season

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Director: Terence Knox, Stephen Caffrey, Kevin Conroy, Tony Becker

Cast: Terence Knox, Stephen Caffrey, Kevin Conroy, Tony Becker

 
Long before Band of Brothers, television viewers witnessed the horror of war firsthand with the acclaimed television series Tour of Duty. Each episode is presented as originally aired in 1.33:1 full-frame and accompanied by closed-captioned audio rendered in English Dolby Digital Stereo. Trailers are the only bonus materials of any kind included in this

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Long before Band of Brothers, television viewers witnessed the horror of war firsthand with the acclaimed television series Tour of Duty. Each episode is presented as originally aired in 1.33:1 full-frame and accompanied by closed-captioned audio rendered in English Dolby Digital Stereo. Trailers are the only bonus materials of any kind included in this release.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Christina Urban
Tour of Duty, television's first gritty drama about the Vietnam War, came to the airwaves in September 1987, six months after Oliver Stone's Platoon claimed the Academy Award for Best Picture. During its three-season run, the show offered a harrowing look at what an infantryman went through during a Southeast Asian "tour." Set in South Vietnam in 1967 at the fictional Firebase Ladybird, Tour follows the operations of multiethnic Bravo Company, led by the fresh-faced Lt. Myron Goldman (Stephen Caffrey) and his second-in-command, battle-hardened veteran Sgt. Zeke Anderson (the amazing Terence Knox). Each week's episode consists of different, invariably dangerous missions against the North Vietnamese Army, a fact hammered home when major players die during the course of a season -- a gambit still beyond the pale in television drama. The first season included in this DVD set introduces the men of Bravo Company and opens with Lt. Goldman, who has just come "in-country" from the States, butting heads with the more experienced Sgt. Anderson during a firefight. The episode "Notes from the Underground" -- a showcase for actor Miguel Nunez Jr. as Pvt. Marcus Taylor -- finds Taylor captured by the NVA and befriending an "enemy" doctor. Racial tensions flare in "Burn, Baby, Burn," an episode that touches on the many problems, in addition to opposing forces, that faced black and Hispanic soldiers in Vietnam. In "Nowhere to Run," Pvt. Danny Purcell (Tony Becker) is devastated when he accidentally kills an eight-year-old while pursuing a Vietcong soldier. Knox really shines in "Roadrunner," in which Anderson finally connects with the emotions he hides under his tough-guy exterior, after receiving an unsettling letter from home. Although short-lived, Tour of Duty ranks with TV's very best dramatizations of war: hard-hitting and at times bloody, the series provides such a connection to the characters that you can't look away.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/08/2004
UPC:
0043396052055
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
16:43:00

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Tour of Duty - The Complete First Season 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just received my DVD set and was unpleasantly surprised to find that the original soundtrack of 1960s rock tunes had been replaced by mid-80s techno music. I don't remember too many specifics of this series but what I do distinctly recall is the cool opening credits with a Rolling Stones tune blasting over. The original music was appropriate and edgy, but this new version ( I can only guess that the people who put this DVD together were unwilling to pay royalties to use '60s era rock classics)is not just bad, it's distracting. Light techno jazz as the platoon is entering a village? That's how bad this soundtrack is.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was extremely disappointed when I watched this DVD set and donated it to the public library. The original TV-series had great music from the 60s and early 70s that fit perfectly into the Vietnam era (Painted Black from the Rolling Stones is the great intro song). But this set has replaced the original music with a techno soundtrack that completely destroys the atmosphere of the show. The series has a great plot and characters and should be a must see for anybody interested in the Vietnam war. Many aspects of the war (good and bad) get covered in different episodes and the characters develop over time (if they survive).
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's about time Tour of Duty came to DVD. In world where one could obtain Futurama and Dark Angel on DVD, we need to have some serious dramas available. I've always wanted to get Tour of Duty on DVD (or even VHS). I hope sales go well enough for seasons 2 and 3 to be sold also.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first series that my husband actually sits through and hasn't had a comment on the accuracy of the clothing, or weapons or some other little detail that could be missed by some one not involved. He constantly critiques military movies when he sees the wrong patch on a uniform or a patch upside down. What he loves most is when an area comes up that his team was working in. He served six and a half years as a Green Beret in Viet Nam. He loves it and wants us to collect every season.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i just hope that this the original version and not the 2nd version. the original had the original soundtrack. but at least its finally here!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a definate keeper series. Now that we have almost viewed the whole set 1, I am begging for the other 2 seasons
Miss_Anthrope More than 1 year ago
Terence Knox (as Sgt. Zeke Anderson) absolutely makes this series. The show didn't last very long and many of the main characters from Season 1 don't make it through the following seasons, but that's the reality of a Vietnam War drama.
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A lot of action makes this DVD a fine movie for Vietnam fans