History Channel released one of its most impressive box sets yet earlier this year with the release of WWII in HD: Collector’s Edition. That four-disc set took audiences in the lives of just a handful of members of the “Greatest Generation.” It was the follow-up to the network’s equally impressive military history piece, Vietnam in HD. Now for all the military history lovers out there, History Channel has combined both mini-series into one full six-disc set featuring both presentations in their entirety.
War in HD is a good gift idea for the military history lover in anyone’s house this holiday season. The entire thing starts with the hugely acclaimed WWII in HD. This series takes viewers through the history of WWII from its earliest days before the United States’ entrance to its final days. This mega set even includes the bonus segment, “The Air War” from the previous releases of WWII in HD. Presented in full HD, the footage culled for the presentation that is WWII in HD looks outstanding, even on standard def DVD. And new light is shed on life on the frontlines and stateside from the interviews collected for this mini-series. One of the most intriguing factors of WWII in HD is the drastic difference in support for the war. Whereas support for the war in both the Pacific and in Europe was overwhelming from America, support for the war in Vietnam was quite different.
Support for the War in Vietnam went from being in support of the troops to being completely against the men fighting the war. But now thanks to the inclusion of Vietnam in HD those who perhaps have always had a certain view of how things went down get an entirely new view of what really happened. It’s intriguing to see the progress made in support of South Koreans in the fight against the North. From new schools and much needed medicines, American forces did a lot to try and help the South Koreans. Just as intriguing to learn from this double disc portion of War in HD was that despite the draft being in full effect, nearly one-third of the men serving in Vietnam by the late 1970’s were actually volunteers. Considering how many were drafted into service (and that number is given), that one-third of enlisted men were volunteers is still quite eye opening. It changes the view of things from that angle. And for that matter, viewers actually learn that about four years in the war, North Vietnamese casualties far outnumbered those of American forces. Narrator Michael C. Hall (Dexter) explains that the measure of victory in Vietnam was not by ground taken (as was the case in WWII), but by the body count. That perhaps is what makes the Vietnam War so controversial more so than what happened during the war. That military brass openly said that was the measure of victory set off both citizens back home and the men serving on the frontlines. There is so much more eye opening material that audiences will appreciate from Vietnam in HD than just what is noted here. On the note of the forces fighting the war, there is a discussion on the part of deciding whether to save the life of a fellow soldier or decide if one of the locals was a North Vietnamese fighter. That brief moment makes for quite the discussion. And it’s just one more of the many topics raised in this half of History Channel’s new War in HD box set.
War in HD is available now. It can be ordered online at http://shop.history.com.
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