Blu-ray, DVD Release: Hearts and Minds

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 17, 2014
Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.95
Studio: Criterion

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The Vietnam War is examined in Hearts and Minds.

A startling and courageous film, Peter Davis’s landmark 1974 documentary Hearts and Minds unflinchingly confronted the United States’ involvement in Vietnam at the height of the foment that surrounded it. The film’s title is based on a quote from President Lyndon Johnson: the ultimate victory will depend on the hearts and minds of the people who actually live out there.”

Using a wealth of sources—from interviews to newsreels to footage of the conflict and the upheaval it occasioned on the home front—Davis constructs a powerfully affecting picture of the disastrous effects of war.

The winner of the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 1975, the explosive and  persuasive Hearts and Minds is an overwhelming emotional experience and one of the most important nonfiction film ever made about this devastating period in history.

Criterion’s Blu-ray/DVD Combo edition of the film contains the following features:

• High-definition digital restoration, supervised by director Peter Davis and cinematographer Richard Pearce, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
• Audio commentary featuring Davis
• A collection of over two hours of never-before-seen outtakes from the film, including interviews with presidential adviser George Ball, broadcast journalist David Brinkley, French journalist and historian Philippe Devillers, political activist Tony Russo, and General William Westmoreland
• One Blu-ray and two DVDS, with all content available in both formats
• A booklet featuring essays by Davis, film critic Judith Crist, and historians Robert K. Brigham, George C. Herring, and Ngo Vinh Long


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About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.