Thursday, April 11 2013, 03:32 PM MDT
DVD Review: Vietnam - The Ten Thousand Day War
Vietnam: The Ten Thousand Day War
Rated: Not Rated
Street Date: April 9, 2013
Available On: DVD
The Film: Peter Arnett’s award-winning documentary series from 1981 looks at the Vietnam War from a variety of social and political angles. Presented in 26 episodes with a running time of nearly 12 hours.
The Extras: None
Recommendation: I don’t know if I’ll ever truly understand the Vietnam War, but Peter Arnett’s “The Ten Thousand Day War’ does a fine, albeit somewhat dated, job of trying to untangle the events that led to the conflict and the various decisions made along the way by a constantly changing cabinet of political and military officials. Produced by Michael Maclear for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and narrated by Richard Basehart the documentary at times feels a little scatterbrained, but the interviews with top ranking officials seem fairly candid and the archival footage is astonishing. The Vietnam War was truly the first “living room war” where the general public was given a less censored view of the horrific aspects of combat and this in and of itself is an intriguing element to behold as it clearly played a part in fueling disillusionment and animosity towards the war.
-Ryan Michael Painter