While F.T.A. has been making the rounds as a fuzzy-looking bootleg video for years, Docudrama Films' DVD release of this little-seen documentary about Jane Fonda's touring anti-war show for American military personnel during the Vietnam War marks the movie's first authorized appearance on home video. F.T.A. (meaning either "Free The Army" or "F--k the Army" depending on how frank the cast wanted to be at any given moment) has been transferred to disc in widescreen format, letterboxed at 1.78:1 on conventional televisions and enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16x9 monitors. The source print is less than perfect, showing some black speckling throughout, but there are very few emulsion scratches and the sharpness and color balance of the transfer are very good indeed, and given how bad most of the pirate editions of F.T.A. looked (some so poor that the credits and subtitles were all but impossible to read), this is a remarkable improvement and looks at least as good as most documentary films of the period. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo, retaining the original monophonic sound mix, and the fidelity is good, though only so much can be done with field recordings from the early 1970's. The sketches and interviews are mostly in English (those that aren't are translated with burned-in subtitles), with no multiple language options or subtitles included. As a bonus, this disc includes a twenty-minute interview with Jane Fonda conducted for this release in which she talks with no small emotion about the creation and evolution of the F.T.A. show, the making of the documentary, and her feelings both positive and negative about the project more than thirty-five years later. F.T.A. is a bit shaky as entertainment, but as a glimpse of a crucial moment in American history it's invaluable, and Docudrama Films are to be congratulated for finally making the film available to a wide audience for the first time.
Disc #1 -- F.T.A. 1. On the World Stage [10:07] 2. The Playing Field [6:47] 3. A Brand-New Day [10:34] 4. A Racist War [8:26] 5. A Genocidal War [5:25] 6. FTA in the Philippines [12:51] 7. The Movement's Moving On [9:01] 8. A Bomb's Aftermath [7:40] 9. Save Our Soldiers [4:42] 10. Prejudice on Base [9:07] 11. No One Knows [9:01] 12. Point the Gun [3:15]