Fulvue Drive-In.com
Current Reviews
In Stores Soon
In Stores Now
DVD Reviews, SACD Reviews Essays Interviews Contact Us Meet the Staff
An Explanation of Our Rating System Search  
Category:    Home > Reviews > Documentary > Vietnam > In Country: A Vietnam Story (Documentary)

In Country: A Vietnam Story (Documentary)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: D     Documentary: B-



There has been an explicit effort not to deal with history since the 1980s and especially in the last few years.  One of the topics mostly avoided to the point of shame has been Vietnam, but many of the surviving soldiers have still not made the journey back (to Danang in particular), which is why the documentary In Country: A Vietnam Story (2006) is all the more interesting.


Three Army buddies reunite and go back after over 30 years to see what happened to the country they once fought in with blind faith.  The twist is that the narrator and host Chris Moore is a respected journalist from Pittsburgh, PA and the groundbreaking public television station WQED.  He served over there and goes back to try to capture the changes and painful memories that can and should never be altered in this hour-long reflection of the past and present.


Made more poignant by an ugly repeat of the Vietnam fiasco, which is never noted throughout the production, the men are brutally honest and open about the past and present.  They talk about atrocities and morals, how things there affected the rest of their lives and talk as if the mistakes may not be made again.  Sadly they are, making this possibly the last program of its kind on the matter before we enter a new era of disturbing self-reflection over the latest fiasco and proof here then as now that there are always soldiers who tried to do the right thing.  Their results can only be as good as and only reflect the morality of those above them.


I wonder if we will see programs like this about Iraq in 35 years.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is a collage of all kinds of video and film, with various qualities and some film footage obviously from an older video source, but it is watchable enough, while the Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo has varied sound quality, but is professionally edited.  There are no extras.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


 Copyright © MMIII through MMX fulvuedrive-in.com