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Tour of Duty Season 1 [Import]

Terence Knox , Stephen Caffrey , Aaron Lipstadt , Bill Duke    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed... July 18 2004
By A Customer
How can there be no original sound track in this DVD??? Initially, I wanted to buy this D.V.D very much, as these series has being part of my teenage days. Without the Original Sound track, it makes me feel that something is not there in these Series...
I prefer to own a set of DVD with the Original Sound Track than having some missing feelings for it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good show, good music July 18 2004
I wish I could give this show 500 stars to counteract some of the reviews here that seem to think Tour of Duty is nothing more than a soundtrack.
This is an incredible show, with outstanding plots and wonderful actors. TOD manages to tell meaningful stories about world-shattering events on a personal level, without resorting to melodrama or overblown special effects. This tv show compares well with the best of the big screen, where characters and plot are often sacrificed for big explosions and fancy camera work.
I watched the entire first season in less than a week. I can't wait for Season 2, with or without the Rolling Stones.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paint it (with different music) Feb. 23 2006
'Tour of Duty' is one of my favourite televisions series. It didn't last very long, but while it did, it presented a fairly realistic depiction of life in a squad of soldiers in Vietnam. Together with the series 'China Beach', it began to open doors to a difficult subject for the American public to deal with -- the American public, after all, got to see the Vietnam war almost live, day by day, year after year, in their homes on the television sets, the first war for that to happen. The controversial nature of the war and 'peace' aftermath made dealing with the subject tricky, but the writing, acting and direction in this series was superb.
The story follows an infantry company 'in-country', Company B, that is made up of a typical mixture of young, green recruits (often draftees) and a few experienced leaders, on their one-year tour of duty in Vietnam; the series began (and this video begins) in 1967, one of the early hot years of the conflict. The base is a typical firecamp, nicknamed Ladybird, with bunkers, sandbags, jungle surroundings, and lots of mud.
Stars of the series include many second-tier Hollywood film and television actors, who are all much better actors than their stature might indicate. Key figures included experienced and battle-hardened Sgt. Zeke Anderson (portrayed by Terence Knox, who has been star or guest star on dozens of television series) and relatively-new officer Lt. Myron Goldman (Stephen Caffrey, soap opera star also noted for some quality film work), as they work together to guide a group of men through the literal and metaphorical minefields of the Vietnam war. Other actors include Eric Bruskotter, Joshua Maurer, Kevin Conroy, Stan Foster, and Tony Becker.
In the pilot to the series, the men have a mission to destroy a hidden NVA base headquarters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better TOD with generic music than no TOD at all. July 18 2004
I thank Zev Braun and his top notch advisers for telling our story right, and Sony for offering it to a new generation at risk. Once again, our precious youth are being sent into harm's way by a weak president, based on lies and disinformation.
All you teenagers: buy and watch this before you enlist! And if you still do, God bless you and keep you from harm. HUA?
To Sony: I'll buy season 2, and season 3 no matter what. But yes, I'd also like to see the original music, and I'd buy season 1 again if a version with the original was released.
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Although I suppose I shouldn't be, I am continually amazed that people would give 100% negative reviews based on music rights not being negotiated.
Yes, its not entirely the same show without the music. Yes some scenes loose their initial effectiveness (or even don't make sense - see the references to Marvin Gaye playing on the radio when the music has been replaced by muzak). However, I found that after the first few shows, I didn't miss the music anymore - indeed without it, I found myself concentrating more on what was going on, the nuances of the characters and their reactions to each situation, instead of tapping my foot to the music.
I'd go so far as to say ToD might be a better show without the songs, if you watch it as a commentary about the issues surrounding the Vietnam period of US history.
In the first season, the show had the support of the US Armed Forces, and it showed - equipment and for most of the season, the focus was on the war. Later episodes of the season began to focus more on the characters and the effect of being in Vietnam had on them as people. The best example of this is in Short Timer, where Taylor is faced with the realization that Vietnam is where he belongs, and "re-ups" when he could be going home at the end of his tour. The observation is made that this makes him a "lifer".
I loved this show when it was first on CBS. For the longest time, I hoped it would be released on VHS, but then DVD came along and I knew that with the growing popularity of TV on DVD, it was only a matter of time before ToD was released.
The thing is, if sales are low for season one, the other two might not be released.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 5 days ago by Roy Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Dvd!!!!
I highly recommend using Amazon for the site to buy it from because from beginning to end is top notch service & shipment!
PLUS if you buy here... Read more
Published on July 19 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars One unhappy lady!!!
As a die hard TOD fan i am desperate to buy this on DVD, but i just can't do it!!!!!!
How could anything replace the original music, especially those first few beats of the... Read more
Published on July 16 2004 by Miss M J Parris
5.0 out of 5 stars Missed the Music, but the stories are still GREAT
At first I missed the music, but by the time we were done watching the complete set, I never knew the music was missing. Read more
Published on July 15 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars ...but -5 stars for the music
Like a broken record...I can't believe they took away the original music.
I loved this series (I was 11 in 1987) and have been awaiting its DVD release for a long time. Read more
Published on July 15 2004 by J. Hickman
5.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed but glad to see TOD on DVD
When I saw the DVD at the store my heart skipped a beat. However, I am one of those purists who was also disappointed with the music or lack thereof. Read more
Published on July 15 2004 by Michael A. Smith
2.0 out of 5 stars Wrong Music = No Sale, Sorry
Tour of Duty without the original music, especially 'Paint It Black'; I don't think so. It just wouldn't be the same. I am sure if I had never seen the originals it would be ok. Read more
Published on July 14 2004 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Show, Can't wait for season 2
This show is amazing, I wish they release the 2nd season soon along with all seasons.
Published on July 13 2004 by Metch
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