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Dear America: Letters Home From Vietnam [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Actors: Tom Berenger, Ellen Burstyn, J. Kenneth Campbell, Richard Chaves, Josh Cruze
  • Directors: Bill Couturié
  • Writers: Bill Couturié, Richard Dewhurst
  • Producers: Bill Couturié, Bernard Edelman, Thomas Bird
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Hbo Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Nov. 2005
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ARXF7S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,478 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Chapman on 15 Feb. 2006
Format: DVD
While visiting friends in Washington DC during the spring of 1989, I saw for the first and only time what I believe to have been the full-length version (132 minutes) of 'Dear America'. Having a close friend who fought in Vietnam and contributed to Edelman's book, I was naturally very interested. It was deeply moving. Since then, only the 86-minute version seems to have been screened and made available on video. I had hoped that the DVD, which was a long time coming, would offer the programme complete and am bitterly disappointed that the central section, harrowing but absolutely vital to its integrity, is still missing. This appears to make the gradual transition from the escalation of the war and its darkening mood to withdrawal and aftermath much too abrupt. In short, for me the impact of the film has been seriously undermined. What a shame! Is there even a small chance that HBO will think again and give us the uncut version soon?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By I. J. Leitch on 27 Aug. 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Please make this wonderful documentary available to UK viewers. Many years ago I had it on video but sadly lost it during my travels. I am sure that if it were available on DVD outside of North America it would have a huge market.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By I.P.MacTaggart on 1 Jan. 2005
Format: VHS Tape
A trully excellent and touching film, compiled entirley of film footage of the era with actors narating letters that where sent home by the troops.
A definate 5* Documovie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TidusD on 12 July 2013
Format: DVD
I am going to make this very short. This is an amazing film, a testimony to the absolute devastation of war, and people forget how awful it is.they forget that people die, kids die, lives are ruined, haunted.The letter left at the black wall from a mother to her son William R Stocks is probably the most beautiful and upsetting thing that i have ever read and I read it in the book many years ago The emotion in that letter cuts into me like a knife and made me realise long ago War is a futile, barbaric waste of life,a failure of Democracy. No family deserves to lose anbody like this. Such a waste. R.I.P. William R Stocks you sounded like a sweet guy.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mark H TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Aug. 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I stumbled across this some years ago when it popped up on tv. I then spent a bit of effort trying to track down a copy as it wasn't the easiest thing to be able to get hold of about 10 years ago. But it was worth every minute I spent.

The documentary is a wonderful montage of newsreel and cine-cam footage from the Vietnam war, a fantastic soundtrack of music from the time and all this a backdrop to the letters of GI's sent from the battlefields and field hospitals to their loved ones back home. The letters are read by a who's who of stars from the late 1980's and it is strangely compelling to hear people like Robert De Niro, Michael J Fox and Robin Williams telling the stories of young soldiers in the words of these brave, and all too often abandoned, young men.

Some of the footage and letters are funny, some parts are action packed, war-movie exciting and some are aggravating. For the most part though it is humbling and compelling. There are two points in this film that I usually find tears in my eyes and I'm sure some of you will experience similar things. What it does do far better than any war film could is show the mundane, the joyous, the tragic and the futile nature of war as it really is. A theatre where young men are sent to fight and die for things they have no control over and even less stake in. This documentary shows us all the faces of war with a captivating style.

As I say, to hear the personal words of young men in war read out over the footage of bloodshed, boredom and youthful exuberance and a soundtrack of joy and protest is immensely effective. It is entertaining of course, and perhaps in order to get to people and sound out it's message it has to be. However that doesn't take away from what is one of the best and most compelling war documentaries you are ever likely to see.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ian on 10 May 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Brilliant documentary that really touches your emotions.The soundtrack really compliments the story and helps to bring to life the despair felt by the young men who were sent to fight the war. There is no commentary which works really well as the viewer is left to follow the story by original news reports and the letters written by the soldiers themselves. A very moving documentary and certainly worth watching by anyone interested in the war. Top marks!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M8 on 21 Jun. 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I so agree with Jeff Chapman, the missing 46 minutes from the original tv broadcast is vitally important to understanding the massage that 'Dear America' was trying to make. Please Hbo re edit this to include the original footage and you will then be true to everyone involved in it's production. People like me will buy copies again for those vital missing minutes. As it is, it stands up against the other 'respectable' vietnam doc's. This deserves to stand head and shoulders above the dross, of rehashed discs. It is a story worth telling as the original producers and author wished.
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