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THE VIETNAM WAR, an 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. Not edited for Television.
|1||HDClosed CaptioningVideoDéjà Vu (1858-1961)||After a long and brutal war, Vietnamese revolutionaries led by Ho Chi Minh end nearly a century of French colonial occupation. With the Cold War intensifying, Vietnam is divided in two. Communists in the North aim to reunify the country, while America supports Ngo Dinh Diem’s untested regime in the South.||1:22:36||$6.99||View in iTunes|
|2||HDClosed CaptioningVideoRiding the Tiger (1961-1963)||President Kennedy inspires idealistic young Americans to serve their country and wrestles with how deeply to get involved in South Vietnam. As the increasingly autocratic Diem regime faces a growing communist insurgency and widespread Buddhist protests, a grave political crisis unfolds.||1:23:42||$6.99||View in iTunes|
|3||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe River Styx (January 1964-December 1965)||With South Vietnam in chaos, hardliners in Hanoi seize the initiative and send combat troops to the South, accelerating the insurgency. Fearing Saigon’s collapse, President Johnson escalates America’s military commitment, authorizing sustained bombing of the North and deploying ground troops in the South.||1:55:12||$6.99||View in iTunes|
|4||HDClosed CaptioningVideoResolve (January 1966-June 1967)||Defying American airpower, North Vietnamese troops and materiel stream down the Ho Chi Minh Trail into the South while Saigon struggles to “pacify” the countryside. As an antiwar movement builds back home, hundreds of thousands of soldiers and Marines discover that the war they are being asked to fight in Vietnam is nothing like their fathers’ war.||1:54:41||$6.99||View in iTunes|
|5||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThis Is What We Do (July 1967-December 1967)||American casualties and enemy body counts mount as Marines face deadly North Vietnamese ambushes and artillery south of the DMZ and Army units chase an elusive enemy in the Central Highlands. Hanoi lays plans for a massive surprise offensive, and the Johnson administration reassures the American public that victory is in sight.||1:25:33||$6.99||View in iTunes|
|6||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThings Fall Apart (January 1968-July 1968)||At the onset of the Tet holiday, North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces launch surprise attacks on cities and military bases throughout the South, suffering devastating losses but casting grave doubt on the Johnson administration’s promise that there is “light at the end of the tunnel.” The President decides not to run again and the country is staggered by assassinations and unrest.||1:25:03||$6.99||View in iTunes|
|7||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe Veneer of Civilization (June 1968-May 1969)||Public support for the war declines, and American men of draft age face difficult decisions and wrenching moral choices. After police battle with demonstrators in the streets of Chicago, Richard Nixon wins the presidency, promising law and order at home and peace overseas. In Vietnam the war goes on, and soldiers on all sides witness terrible savagery and unflinching courage.||1:48:10||$6.99||View in iTunes|
|8||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe History of the World (April 1969-May 1970)||With morale plummeting in Vietnam, President Nixon begins withdrawing American troops. As news breaks of an unthinkable massacre committed by American soldiers, the public debates the rectitude of the war. An incursion into Cambodia reignites antiwar protests with tragic consequences.||1:49:25||$6.99||View in iTunes|
|9||HDClosed CaptioningVideoA Disrespectful Loyalty (May 1970-March 1973)||South Vietnamese forces fighting on their own in Laos suffer a terrible defeat. Massive U.S. airpower makes the difference in halting an unprecedented North Vietnamese offensive. After being re-elected in a landslide, Nixon announces Hanoi has agreed to a peace deal. American prisoners of war will finally come home—to a bitterly divided country.||1:49:48||$6.99||View in iTunes|
|10||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe Weight of Memory (March 1973-Onward)||While the Watergate scandal rivets Americans’ attention and forces President Nixon to resign, the Vietnamese continue to savage one another in a brutal civil war. When hundreds of thousands of North Vietnamese troops pour into the South, Saigon descends rapidly into chaos and collapses. For the next forty years, Americans and Vietnamese from all sides search for healing and reconciliation.||1:48:11||$6.99||View in iTunes|
|11||HDClosed CaptioningVideoAn American Woman in a War Zone||Under the stress of serving as an Army nurse at the 71st Evacuation Hospital in Pleiku, South Vietnam, Lieutenant Joan Furey faced a personal betrayal.||2:51||Season Only||View in iTunes|
|12||HDClosed CaptioningVideoBehind the Lines at Long Binh||Most American military personnel stationed in Vietnam never saw combat. They served instead on bases as clerks, cooks, mechanics, MPs. The largest U.S. base in Vietnam was Long Binh Post, twenty miles from Saigon.||5:05||Season Only||View in iTunes|
|13||HDClosed CaptioningVideoCaptured Spy Interpreter||For years, Nguyen Tai had been in charge of espionage, assassination, and sabotage in and around Saigon. In 1970, he was captured. CIA Agent Frank Snepp was tasked with finding out what he knew.||11:08||Season Only||View in iTunes|
|14||HDClosed CaptioningVideoDelivering Bad News||In early 1968, while the Tet Offensive raged in South Vietnam, Lieutenant Vincent Okamoto was based in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He was assigned to deliver bad news to families who lost loved ones in Vietnam.||4:37||Season Only||View in iTunes|
|15||HDClosed CaptioningVideoDraft Board||Craig McNamara, the son of Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, felt the divisions caused by Vietnam as acutely as anyone. In 1969, he faced the Oakland Draft Board.||3:33||Season Only||View in iTunes|
|16||HDClosed CaptioningVideoFellow Warriors||John Musgrave, a Marine veteran who served at Con Thien in Vietnam where he was wounded. After returning home, Musgrave struggled with survivor’s guilt and depression. Today, he counsels active-duty soldiers and other veterans who are having trouble adjusting to life after their service in Iraq and Afghanistan. “Life is worth living. Any struggle it’s worth it. We’ve been through hell already. We don’t need to put ourselves through any more hell now that we’re home. The enemy that we’re struggling with now is as deadly as any enemy we’ve ever faced on the field of battle only it’s inside of us.” –John Musgrave||20:37||Season Only||View in iTunes|
|17||HDClosed CaptioningVideoHero Pilot||Nguyen Van Bay rose from humble beginnings to be the leading ace of the tiny North Vietnamese Air Force, credited with shooting down seven American planes.||5:13||Season Only||View in iTunes|
|18||HDClosed CaptioningVideoWar Deserter West Point||In 2013, 33 years after he fled to Canada to avoid serving in the Army during the war, Jack Todd visited the U.S. Military Academy at West Point to share his story with the cadets.||6:54||Season Only||View in iTunes|
|19||HDClosed CaptioningVideoTigers, Elephants and Helicopters||Ron Ferrizzi, who served with the Army's 1st Air Cavalry Division as a crew chief in a scout helicopter, grew well acquainted with the wildlife of Vietnam’s Central Highlands and learned that even tigers and elephants could be casualties in war.||3:12||Season Only||View in iTunes|
|20||HDClosed CaptioningVideoPBS Previews: The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick||This program takes a look at creation of the upcoming series from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick: THE VIETNAM WAR. Featuring interviews with the filmmakers, behind-the-scenes footage, and exclusive clips from the series, this program will give viewers an advance look at this Fall's most anticipated film.||25:00||Free||View in iTunes|
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Let’s give it a chance before rating it
Gave it a five stars to balance out the unfair negative reviews put out there prior to it even being released. I’m a huge fan of Ken Burns’ work and his style and the good that it does in popularizing good history. I’m also a huge Nine Inch Nails fan and I think the choice of Trent Reznor for the musical score is simply brilliant. I’ll give a followup review after seeing at least a few chapters but if it’s anything like his work on the Civil War or Roosevelts or the Congress or Huey Long we’re in for an incredible series.
No matter what your political persuasion or personal feelings towards the war...
...this is the best and most thorough documentary I've seen on The Vietnam War to date, and I've seen a lot of them. I was born in 1968, a turning point in the American war in Vietnam. My family background is more conservative and Republican. This project of course is done by PBS and Ken Burns. They no doubt lean the other way. However, I can say that after watching this I feel they have done their very best to be balanced and include all sides, fairly recording what really happened in Vietnam. If your background or frame of reference is like mine, please don't write this off as liberal revisionist history. That it is not. There is plenty of respect and tribute (as there should be) given to American soldiers who sacrificed everything, including their very lives (more than 58,000 of them). Sufficient attention is also given to both South and North Vietnamese perspectives and sacrifices.
As an American, I now teach English and live in Asia, having been to Vietnam multiple times in the last ten years. I think this documentary has the potential to shine a revealing light on this difficult chapter of our shared history with Vietnam. Maybe it could even help heal some of the lasting hurts, or open up new possibilities for the future. Some will say my thoughts are idealistic here. Whatever the case, no matter what your background or opinion on the war may be, this documentary offers something for anyone who cares about history.
Amazing, Complex and Sad Story
Every American should watch this series. Vietnam was a complex mess and an example of how the French and the United States attempted to decimate a group of people yearning for independence (just like we did when we fought the British!)
(PS: I’d suggest watching all the Ken Burns videos. What a wonderful contribution he has made for us)