Hearts and Minds (1974) DVD9 The Criterion Collection
Through filmed interviews and archive footage, the Vietnam war is examined from both American and Vietnamese points of view. The show establishes that the U.S. financed France's attempt to retain its Indo-Chinese colony after WW2, and that the American public was lied to by every administration since Truman in regard to American aims there. We hear the opinions of people on every side of the issue: government officials, General Westmoreland, a medal of honor winner, other veterans, a draft deserter, their parents, Vietnamese officials, corrupt Vietnamese businessmen, monks, and peasants.
The title was taken from a phrase used by President Lyndon Johnson to justify the escalation of American involvement in Vietnam: "the ultimate victory will depend on the hearts and minds of the people who actually live out there."
In the intervening year, the finest documentary yet to have been made about the war was released—Hearts and Minds, directed by Peter Davis. It would win the 1974 Academy award for Best Documentary. Criterion has now released the film on DVD using a new high definition digital transfer.

DVD9 | NTSC 16:9 | 01:51:57 | 6.49 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Genre: Documentary, War

Disc Features:
* New digital transfer, enhanced for widescreen televisions
* Audio commentary by director Peter Davis
* English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
* Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

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