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The Vietnam War: A Film By Ken Burns and Lynn NovickHDTV-MAClosed Captioning

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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.

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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)

The Vietnam War: A Film By Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
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  • HD Version
  • Genre: Nonfiction
  • Released: Sep 17, 2017
  • CCin English

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