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Posted: 6/15/2009 9:59:13 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/16/2009 4:18:03 PM EST by myitinaw]
Gents,

I was wandering around Sam's Club the other day, and I came across this DVD set:

VIETNAM America's Conflict

Over 23 hours of documentary footage from the Vietnam War.






It's absolutely worth the $5 price tag.


Just a friendly heads-up.













Link Posted: 6/15/2009 10:02:58 PM EST
I picked up my copy from the $5 bin at Wally World.

Only watched the first disc so far.
Link Posted: 6/15/2009 10:08:11 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/15/2009 10:26:37 PM EST by GI-45]
Very cool find! It looks like a compilation of government-produced films from the 1960s. How's the picture & sound quality? (I buy a lot of these discount documentaries on DVD; some are great shape, others look like the film was run through a cheese grater, copied to VHS, and then "bumped" to DVD. )

Here's a list of films that it contains (according to Amazon):

- 1st Air Cavalry in Vietnam
- 1st Infantry in Vietnam
- 4th Infantry Division
- 9th Infantry Division
- 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment
- 82nd Airborne Division
- The Airmobile Division
- The American Navy in Vietnam
- Another Day of War - The USAF in Vietnam
- Battle (Part 1)
- The Battle of Khe Sanh
- Beans, Bullets and Black Oil (Narrated by Henry Fonda)
- Contact - Ambush (Part 2)
- A Day in Vietnam
- The Drill Sergeant
- The Face of Rescue
- A Few Good Men
- For Thou Art With Me
- Full Blade
- The Gentle Hand
- Hall of Honor
- The Hidden War in Vietnam
- History of the Air Force - Vietnam and After
- Khe Sanh: Victory for Air Power
- Know Your Enemy: The Viet Cong
- Marines, 1965
- A Nation Builds Under Fire
- Night of the Dragon
- No Substitute for Victory
- Operation Montagnard
- POW - A Report on Captivity in Southeast Asia
- Progress to Peace
- Ready to Strike
- Red Chinese Battle Plans
- Report on Marine Activities
- River Patrol
- Sand and Steel
- Screaming Eagles in Vietnam
- Sky Soldiers
- Small Boat Navy
- Sparrow Hawk
- There is a Way
- This is Parris Island (Marine training 1969)
- To Save a Soldier
- Twenty Five Hour Day
- The Unique War
- The United States Air Force in Vietnam
- Vietnam: The Big Picture
- Vietnam: P.O.W. Code of Conduct
- Vietnam Crucible
- Vietnam! Vietnam!
- War and Advice
- Why Vietnam

Here's another good one that I can recommend:



Link Posted: 6/15/2009 10:22:59 PM EST
Originally Posted By GI-45:
Very cool find! It looks like a compilation of government-produced films from the 1960s. How's the picture & sound quality? (I buy a lot of these discount documentaries on DVD; some are great shape, others look like the film was run through a cheese grater, copied to VHS, and then "bumped" to DVD. )

Here's a list of films that it contains (according to Amazon):

1st Air Cavalry in Vietnam
1st Infantry in Vietnam
4th Infantry Division
9th Infantry Division
11th Armored Cavalry Regiment
82nd Airborne Division
The Airmobile Division
The American Navy in Vietnam
Another Day of War - The USAF in Vietnam
Battle (Part 1)
The Battle of Khe Sanh
Beans, Bullets and Black Oil (Narrated by Henry Fonda)
Contact - Ambush (Part 2)
A Day in Vietnam
The Drill Sergeant
The Face of Rescue
A Few Good Men
For Thou Art With Me
Full Blade
The Gentle Hand
Hall of Honor
The Hidden War in Vietnam
History of the Air Force - Vietnam and After
Khe Sanh: Victory for Air Power
Know Your Enemy: The Viet Cong
Marines, 1965
A Nation Builds Under Fire
Night of the Dragon
No Substitute for Victory
Operation Montagnard
POW - A Report on Captivity in Southeast Asia
Progress to Peace
Ready to Strike
Red Chinese Battle Plans
Report on Marine Activities
River Patrol
Sand and Steel
Screaming Eagles in Vietnam
Sky Soldiers
Small Boat Navy
Sparrow Hawk
There is a Way
This is Parris Island (Marine training 1969)
To Save a Soldier
Twenty Five Hour Day
The Unique War
The United States Air Force in Vietnam
Vietnam: The Big Picture
Vietnam: P.O.W. Code of Conduct
Vietnam Crucible
Vietnam! Vietnam!
War and Advice
Why Vietnam

Here's another good one that I can recommend:

http://www.nulime.com/img/id248456/n/Vietnam-Retrospective-DVD.jpg



Whats up with the A2 HGs on that rifle?
Link Posted: 6/15/2009 10:31:26 PM EST

Originally Posted By chewbacca:
Originally Posted By GI-45:
Very cool find! It looks like a compilation of government-produced films from the 1960s. How's the picture & sound quality? (I buy a lot of these discount documentaries on DVD; some are great shape, others look like the film was run through a cheese grater, copied to VHS, and then "bumped" to DVD. )

Here's a list of films that it contains (according to Amazon):

1st Air Cavalry in Vietnam
1st Infantry in Vietnam
4th Infantry Division
9th Infantry Division
11th Armored Cavalry Regiment
82nd Airborne Division
The Airmobile Division
The American Navy in Vietnam
Another Day of War - The USAF in Vietnam
Battle (Part 1)
The Battle of Khe Sanh
Beans, Bullets and Black Oil (Narrated by Henry Fonda)
Contact - Ambush (Part 2)
A Day in Vietnam
The Drill Sergeant
The Face of Rescue
A Few Good Men
For Thou Art With Me
Full Blade
The Gentle Hand
Hall of Honor
The Hidden War in Vietnam
History of the Air Force - Vietnam and After
Khe Sanh: Victory for Air Power
Know Your Enemy: The Viet Cong
Marines, 1965
A Nation Builds Under Fire
Night of the Dragon
No Substitute for Victory
Operation Montagnard
POW - A Report on Captivity in Southeast Asia
Progress to Peace
Ready to Strike
Red Chinese Battle Plans
Report on Marine Activities
River Patrol
Sand and Steel
Screaming Eagles in Vietnam
Sky Soldiers
Small Boat Navy
Sparrow Hawk
There is a Way
This is Parris Island (Marine training 1969)
To Save a Soldier
Twenty Five Hour Day
The Unique War
The United States Air Force in Vietnam
Vietnam: The Big Picture
Vietnam: P.O.W. Code of Conduct
Vietnam Crucible
Vietnam! Vietnam!
War and Advice
Why Vietnam

Here's another good one that I can recommend:

http://www.nulime.com/img/id248456/n/Vietnam-Retrospective-DVD.jpg



Whats up with the A2 HGs on that rifle?

Probably some post-war photo of a training exercise, picked out by someone who didn't know any better. When I saw that photo, I thought to myself, "The National Archives must have millions of Vietnam War photos to choose from, and this is the one they pick to put on the box?"

That being said, it is a terrific collection of films produced by the Dept of Defense during the war.


Link Posted: 6/16/2009 1:41:42 AM EST
I searched for the "10,000 Day War" DVD set a while back..... Crazy mad price...like over $200 bones!
Any ideas where to find this collection reasonable in price?
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 4:01:31 AM EST
[Last Edit: 6/16/2009 4:09:04 AM EST by postino]
Originally Posted By dogpatch06:
I searched for the "10,000 Day War" DVD set a while back..... Crazy mad price...like over $200 bones!
Any ideas where to find this collection reasonable in price?


I tried my local library...They didn't have it, but another library in the area did...but they wouldn't allow it to be transferred to my library...and my library card isn't good at the other county's library...

...Otherwise I'd copy it and happily burn in copyright hell...

I remember watching this in the 80's (I think)...it was really spooky; I was making dinner one night and I heard Basehart saying..."The Marines return to Viet Nam"...(It was the embassy evac episode)...I had the shakes...I was sure someone was going to knock on my door and drag me back in...
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 5:21:39 AM EST
I just checked my local library and they have 10,000 Day War on video tape.
Sure wish it were DVD.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 7:32:40 AM EST
Originally Posted By TexSquirrel:
I just checked my local library and they have 10,000 Day War on video tape.
Sure wish it were DVD.


There's free programs to convert it to DVD format if your PC can connect to your VCR (I use VistualDub Sync to capture, and TMPGEncoder to convert). I've converted a lot of old movies to DVD. But how many cassettes is it on??? That was a long documentary...IIRC, Amazon says 600 minutes for the DVD set...that's only 10 hours...Seems like the series was longer than that...
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 8:07:26 AM EST
It said it was 6 video tapes.

I'll look into converting it.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 8:34:54 AM EST
[Last Edit: 6/16/2009 8:35:28 AM EST by HK-USP]
Yep, wife just picked me up the Vietnam DVD set in the $5 bin at Walmart along with Thin Red Line. Not too sure if that was a good movie or not.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 8:47:55 AM EST
Wow. Very cool.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 9:14:48 AM EST
Originally Posted By TexSquirrel:
It said it was 6 video tapes.

I'll look into converting it.


When I do a 2 hr VHS movie, the longest part is converting a 2 hr uncompressed AVI capture down from 20GB to 4.37GB (or whatever a DVD+R is) VOBs...It takes ~7 hrs on my PC...I let it run overnight...and I boost the audio with Cool Edit 2000...

There's commercial progs that do it all easier but they cost $$$...

I'll have to see if I can find the VHS version...
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 9:15:55 AM EST
[Last Edit: 6/16/2009 3:15:25 PM EST by GI-45]

Originally Posted By HK-USP:
Yep, wife just picked me up the Vietnam DVD set in the $5 bin at Walmart along with Thin Red Line. Not too sure if that was a good movie or not.

<––––––(Avatar from "The Thin Red Line") I love that movie. A little on the artsy side, but fantastic nonetheless.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 10:36:56 AM EST
I checked Wally World, but nada. No Sam's club in my (red) neck of the woods either. Bummer - I really wanted a copy.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 10:39:47 AM EST
[Last Edit: 6/16/2009 10:43:33 AM EST by TexSquirrel]
I'll check my Wal-Marts in my area and get an extra for you if I find them.
I'm going to go check one of the now.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 10:43:04 AM EST

Thank goodness!
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 11:08:25 AM EST

Originally Posted By TexSquirrel:
http://www.pullig.com/pics/Made_in_USA.jpg
Thank goodness!

...just FYI, that collection is more than $5. And I don't think Wal-Mart carries it (but Barnes & Noble or Borders might).

Link Posted: 6/16/2009 12:26:01 PM EST
Well the Wal-Mart close to work didn't have it.
But I picked up the Thin Red Line for $5.
Some guy was walking by and gave me his opinion of the movie.
He said he was in Vietnam.
Then he started talking about what it was like there and which Vietnam movies were most "like being there." (Platoon and Full Metal Jacket)
Luckily I've learned enough to just shut up and listen.(I was just 8 years old when Vietname ended)
He did most of the talking and I learned some interesting stuff.

I also got a 4 DVD set of 20 old WWII movies.
Looks like Daddy is going to get to watch his movies the next few evenings.
Payback for all the Pokemon and Princess movies I've endured lately.

Not a bad way to spend $10.
But now I have to re-save that $10 for my next NoDak NDS-16A1.
Hope they don't release them too soon.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 12:26:47 PM EST
Originally Posted By GI-45:

Originally Posted By TexSquirrel:
http://www.pullig.com/pics/Made_in_USA.jpg
Thank goodness!

...just FYI, that collection is more than $5. And I don't think Wal-Mart carries it (but Barnes & Noble or Borders might).



I'll also check Half Priced Books.
They have used movies too.

Link Posted: 6/16/2009 3:21:39 PM EST

Originally Posted By TexSquirrel:
Well the Wal-Mart close to work didn't have it.
But I picked up the Thin Red Line for $5.
Some guy was walking by and gave me his opinion of the movie.

He said he was in Vietnam.
Then he started talking about what it was like there and which Vietnam movies were most "like being there." (Platoon and Full Metal Jacket)
Luckily I've learned enough to just shut up and listen.(I was just 8 years old when Vietname ended)
He did most of the talking and I learned some interesting stuff.

I also got a 4 DVD set of 20 old WWII movies.
Looks like Daddy is going to get to watch his movies the next few evenings.
Payback for all the Pokemon and Princess movies I've endured lately.

Not a bad way to spend $10.
But now I have to re-save that $10 for my next NoDak NDS-16A1.
Hope they don't release them too soon.

It's an amazing movie, but don't expect it to be a Pacific Theater version of "Saving Private Ryan." The story & characters are much more fluid; kind of hard to follow at times. But it has awesome cinematography and a powerful score by Hans Zimmer. The attack on the Japanese bunker (where my avatar comes from) is absolutely fantastic.

After I saw that movie, I absolutely had to have an M1 Garand. Tons of M1 Garand pr0n throughout.

Link Posted: 6/16/2009 4:16:56 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/16/2009 4:27:16 PM EST by myitinaw]
"Night of the Dragon" on disc 1 is narrated by Charlton Heston and it alone is worth the $5.

The quality of the episodes greatly depends on the quality of the documentary itself.
Some are fantastic, others average.

But overall there's a ton of retro goodness in these documentaries.





For the Retro Forum contributors that cannot find it locally, send me an IM
and I can make a Sam's run, and arrange for their purchase and shipment.

At no profit for myself!








Link Posted: 6/16/2009 4:30:10 PM EST
Originally Posted By GI-45:
After I saw that movie, I absolutely had to have an M1 Garand. Tons of M1 Garand pr0n throughout.


Oh no, you should have warned me before I bought it.
I don't need Garands tempting me!
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 9:07:24 PM EST
So I found the giant $5 DVD bin at my local Wal-Mart. Started rummaging around trying to find this set of DVDs, and just when I was about to give up, bing! There it was.
Link Posted: 6/17/2009 9:07:00 AM EST
Originally Posted By GI-45:
So I found the giant $5 DVD bin at my local Wal-Mart. Started rummaging around trying to find this set of DVDs, and just when I was about to give up, bing! There it was.


I hear you. The same thing just happened to me. Damn that's a big bin full of DVD's!!!!
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