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You haven’t seen a documentary until you’ve watched a PBS documentary. They’re some of the most beautifully shot depictions of historical events and some of the best storytelling on television. One of their biggest documentary series is the Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s The Vietnam War.
This 10-disc DVD set features the entire 18-hour documentary series that originally aired on PBS. It’s a complete immersion into one of the country’s most divisive wars. You’ll see testimony from some of the events that occurred in a way that’s never been shown before. Burns and Novick have almost 80 witnesses that contributed to their documentary that include civilians, those who fought, those who opposed the war, and even people on both sides from North and South Vietnam. That’s incredible to see how everyone viewed this monumental war on all sides.
It took ten years to perfect this documentary, and I think the wait was worth it! The digitally remastered archival footage is fascinating to see especially for those who did not live during that time. The Vietnam War documentary features photos, historic television broadcasts, home movies, and secret audio recordings. These recordings come from inside the presidential administrations of Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon.
Another unique addition to this series is the original music used from the era with a mix of original recordings from some of today’s artists like Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) and the Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma.
Full of special features this DVD series is rich with history on a huge era for the United States. See it all broken down from setting up the events as early as 1858 to the end of the war in the mid 1970’s. Because this documentary is so long, you can watch it as ten episodes making it easy to stop and go back when you have time or sit down and watch it all at once.
For the history lover on your gift list, this is the ultimate DVD documentary series. The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick DVD is truly an amazing experience for all viewers and something that should be shared!