The DVD explains Sun Tzu's Art of War and uses it to examine D-Day, Gettysburg and the Tet Offensive. In fact the DVD touches on each of the wars, seeming to focus a large amount of time on the Vietnam conflict. They use Sun Tzu's ideas on how war should be run as a template to compare the different sides, the factors, and the commanders. It was interesting and frankly, I found the discussion about the Tet Offensive the most interesting. Let's face facts, World War II and the American Civil War has been analyzed, examined, explored and explained to death. But while I have books on Vietnam I rarely find ones that truly helps me understand WHY we lost. This DVD really DID explain to me how both sides fought the war and, according to the rules made by Sun Tzu, why the US lost and the Northern Vietnamese won.
Now, the special effects were sometimes OK, but I have to say they were not great. In the Battle of Gettysburg they show some soldiers aiming their muskets into the sky! And it could get pretty bloody, violent, and racy. They showed a bloody hospital scene in the part about the Civil War and a realistic knife fight between an American GI and a German soldier. There was also a scene, shown twice I believe, of hookers acting as spies for North Vietnam. Very shapely, sexy girls in tiny dresses. My older nephew had to leave the room when they were about to saw off a Civil War soldier's leg. He didn't ask about the hookers but if you have younger kids I suggest not letting them watch it till you have. It is in Color, 94 minutes long, and while very good does not cover the Art of War completely. So I would suggest getting a book copy - but be warned some are better than others. I would shop around!