Where can I buy cheap dvds online for Vietnam War Complete Series DVD? Watching a Ken Burns documentary is the closest you can get, on television, to reading an American history textbook. If nothing else, there¡¯s the length: Archival materials, one-on-one interviews, and illustrated maps combine to make hours of material. But there¡¯s also the patiently didactic pacing, and the neatly consecutive installments, titled like chapter headings. And while other documentarians opt for subjects that illuminate a subculture, profile an individual, or hone in on a little-known story to bring its details to a wider audience, Burns¡¯ approach is the opposite: breadth. Eleven hours on the Civil War; 12 hours on the national parks; 14 hours on the Roosevelts ¡ª all characterized by an earnest patriotism that goes hand in hand with his longstanding partnership with public television.
Buy dvds on line for Vietnam War Complete Series. And yet it seems, at times, that Burns and his co-director Lynn Novick could have produced twice as many episodes and still not found a way to answering the docuseries¡¯ central question: Why did this awful thing happen ¡ª and keep happening, even when so many decisionmakers knew better? ¡°The Vietnam War¡± is a remarkably blameless history, but it is also a damning one. In the four installments reviewed, Burns, Novick, and writer Geoffrey C. Ward lay out a political history of America¡¯s involvement in Vietnam in which the opportunities to turn back and prevent more needless death are enumerated over and over again. At the same time, and most powerfully, ¡°The Vietnam War¡± centers one-on-one interviews with anti-war protestors, Pentagon personnel, bereaved families, and of course veterans ¡ª both American and Vietnamese. The strength of ¡°The Vietnam War¡± comes from these 80-odd interviewees, who offer a glimpse into the psyches of people on all sides of the conflict ¡ª from reluctant American draftees to enthusiastic North Vietnamese recruits. What is most striking is how their emotions about the war, even now, seem to be just under the surface of their day-to-day lives. Veteran John Musgrave¡¯s voice cracks, in the first episode, as he describes trying to explain to his children why daddy still needs a nightlight.