'Vietnam,' 'Combat!' DVDs out by Memorial Day
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VIETNAM: THE TEN THOUSAND DAY WAR Finally available again on DVD, this acclaimed 1980 docuseries (from onetime CNN correspondent Peter Arnett and a Canadian production company) takes a clear-eyed look at an earlier era's seemingly unending American involvement in a far-flung, little-understood country. Narrated by Richard Basehart, a wealth of archive footage and first-person interviews detail the progression of this "most mysterious war" in straightforward style, through 25 fast-moving half-hours (after hourlong intro outline), stretching three decades from World War II to 1975's fall of Saigon. Compact case includes helpful maps; $40, Time Life.
COMBAT! COMPLETE SEASON 1 ABC's gritty '60s drama of World War II infantry "brothers" (Vic Morrow, Rick Jason) finally gets season treatment. Included are syndication prints and bonus interviews from earlier semi-season DVD sets, highlighting career-making work from directors like Robert Altman and Richard Donner. Season 2 arrives today, season 3 on June 4 and season 4 on July 16; $40 each, RLJ/Image.