Hearts and Minds (Blu-ray + DVD)
The Forever War. Goes On
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- Number of Discs: 3
- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 52 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: June 17, 2014
- Originally Released: 2014
- Label: Criterion Collection
- Blu-ray/DVD Features:
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: 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 Davis's unused footage, including excerpts from interviews with presidential adviser George Ball, broadcast journalist David Brinkley, French journalist and historian Philippe Devillers, and political activist Tony Russo; additional excerpts from General William Westmoreland's interview; additional audio excerpts from presidential adviser Walt Rostow's interview; and scenes from a funeral and a military hospital in South Vietnam
- One Blu-ray and two DVDs, with all content available in both formats
- PLUS: a booklet featuring essays by Davis, film critic Judith Crist, and historians Robert K. Brigham, George C. Herring, and Ngo Vinh Long
- Special Edition
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Directed by||Peter Davis|
|Edited by||Lynzee Klingman|
|Produced by||Bert Schneider & Peter Davis|
|Director of Photography:||Richard Pearce|
Academy Awards 1974 - Best Documentary Feature
Rating: 5/5 -- Provocative Vietnam War docu with violence, racial slurs. Full Review
Common Sense Media
Rating: 5/5 -- It's a cinematic essay of constant movement and provocation, a record of one man finding his way through the fog of war. Full Review
Rating: 4/5 -- Hearts and Minds is a tough film but it is no mere rehash of sad events. It is always aware of the primacy of man when man's given even half a chance.
New York Times
The faces, intonations, backgrounds of Hearts and Minds -- even its small gestures and sometimes very long pauses -- speak as eloquently as its words. Full Review
...A tough film....It is always aware of the primacy of man when man's given even half a chance.
New York Times
A reminder of how the best documentaries can resonate years after their release.
A landmark in documentary feature films, this Academy Award-winning documentary is an insightful critique of the US's cataclysmic involvement in Vietnam. The film exposes the duplicitous nature of the American government, obsessive in its quest to squelch Communism and advance its own imperialist agenda, documented here in a media-savvy trail of propaganda ranging from archival footage, excerpts from press conferences, newsreels, and clips from jingoistic Hollywood war pictures. Director Peter Davis also uses damaging interviews (including disturbingly racist comments from US soldiers and General William Westmoreland), pop music from the period, and material he shot himself in Vietnam to create an indelible visual essay against war. Eschewing narration, the film has a cinema verite style, which gains its power from juxtaposition and the severity of its images. Released only two short years after the January 1973 agreement that brought home U.S. troops, the film stands as one of the strongest films condemning the war and the America's involvement in it. HEARTS AND MINDS's title derives from a now-infamous speech given by former President Lyndon Johnson in which he stated, "The ultimate victory will depend on the hearts and minds of the people who actually live there."
- Theatrical release: March 1975.
- When the film won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature, outspoken words of protest were voiced by conservative Hollywood. Host for the evening Bob Hope was among them.
- Peter Davis continued to film political works, among them the award-winning THE SELLING OF THE PRESIDENT, a television documentary.
- Interviewees include Clifford Clark, Daniel Ellsberg, General William Westmoreland, and Robert Kennedy, among others. Footage includes excerpts from addresses by Presidents Eisenhower, Truman, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon.
- The prescient film was rereleased theatrically in select American cities in 2004.
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