China Beach - Complete Series (Season 1, 2, 3, & 4) DVD
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Season 1 From the moment "China Beach" debuted in 1988, with its iconic opening credits set to the Supremes' "Reflections" as its theme song, it was hailed as groundbreaking television. In an era of testosterone-driven war movies, "China Beach" delivered a unique perspective: the Vietnam War through the eyes of women! "China Beach" was perhaps the best drama ever presented about the true horrors of the Vietnam War and its effects on the lives of the soldiers and civilians involved. Week after week, the war was brought front and center into American homes by master storyteller, John Sacret Young. Never-before-released on DVD or VHS: *3-DVD set includes the 2-hour pilot & all original episodes of the first season *Original music of classic hit songs as they were played in the original broadcast, including classic hits by: Aretha Franklin, Martha & The Vandellas, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Rolling Stones, The Temptations, Jimi Hendrix *Bonus features include highlights from the 25th Anniversary cast reunion; pilot episode commentary by series co-creator & executive producer John Sacret Young and director/producer Rod Holcomb; exclusive interviews with Dana Delany & Chloe Webb; featurette "China Beach: How It All Began" Season 2
Season 2 welcomes journalist wannabe Wayloo Marie Holmes (Megan Gallagher), who embarrassingly quickly finds her derriere dotted with shrapnel, and Private Frankie Bunsen (Nancy Giles), who, just like all the other characters, has to discover the surreal China Beach reality, and deal with the loss of one of their own.
Season 3 of China Beach explores the most unlikely relationship between nurse Colleen McMurphy (Dana Delany) and entrepreneur K.C. Kolowski (Marg Helgenberger). These most opposite women forge a comradeship through the year, starting in the first episode, "The Unquiet Earth," when both are held hostage in the notorious tunnels in Vietnam. This is set to iconic songs including "Stand By Me" by John Lennon, "Piece of My Heart" by Janis Joplin, "Crystal Blue Persuasion" by Tommy James & The Shondells, "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" by Manfred Mann, "Brown-Eyed Girl" by Van Morrison and many more.
Season 4 In season 4, China Beach rips up the calendar and breaks apart time, flashing back in the characters' lives to when they first arrived in Vietnam, and then forward, bringing them home post-war with all the difficulties, challenges and, at last, recovery and healing that so many veterans experienced. In the final episode, the characters gather for a reunion twenty years after the war and then journey to the Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D. C., bringing all that they carry-what they saw and experienced, the scars both real and emotional, and yet the overwhelming feeling of how valuable they felt while they served at China Beach. As nurse Colleen McMurphy so memorably says, " I couldn't save them all, but I saved some."
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