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China Beach - Press Release and Package Cover for 'Season 2' Individual DVD Set

Available in stores on January 7th

Posted by David Lambert
China Beach - Season 2


"China Beach changed my life. Not only as an actor, but
as a human being. It was the first time that I realized
my responsibility as an actor. We would be telling stories
of a time that ripped apart our country twenty years
earlier but also the worlds of people who were still
alive today. It was important to get it right."
- Dana Delany (First Lt/Captain Nurse Colleen McMurphy)

"I remember one [letter] from a brigadier general who said
he thought no work of entertainment could ever recapture the
pain and joy he experienced. Then along came China Beach,
bringing back all the madness, glory, and tragedy of the
Vietnam War. He could hear the thump-thump of the helicopters,
he could feel the stinging chill of a monsoon rain, he could
taste the salt of tears shed for a fallen comrade, he
remembered the acts of quiet heroism performed by so many young
men and women." - Co-Creator/Executive Producer John Sacret Young



Street Date: January 7, 2014

This January, StarVista/Time Life invites viewing audiences to revisit the 510th Evacuation Hospital and R&R center (otherwise known as the "Five and Dime") with CHINA BEACH: THE COMPLETE SEASON TWO. Capturing all 17 episodes from the award-winning 1989 season - including the landmark "Vets," featuring moving interviews of real-life veterans intercut with scenes from the show and "Tet '68," which TV Guide hailed as #87 on its "100 Greatest TV Episodes of All Time" List - plus substantial bonus features, the five DVD set will be available on January 7 for $29.95.

Inspired by the real-life experiences of women and men who served at China Beach - part EVAC Hospital, part USO entertainment center, with a backdrop of the iconic music of the era - Dionne Warwick, The Righteous Brothers, Jimi Hendrix, James Brown, Chuck Berry, The Mamas & the Papas, Paul Anka, Jefferson Airplane and many more - CHINA BEACH: THE COMPLETE SEASON TWO transports viewers to a very distinct time and place, where unforgettable, compelling and poignant stories unfolded. Along with the lauded ensemble cast, which featured Army nurse Colleen McMurphy (Dana Delany), Red Cross worker Cherry White (Nan Woods), and civilian worker K.C. Koloski (Marg Helgenberger), THE COMPLETE SEASON TWO also featured talented guest stars including Oscar winner Kathy Bates ("American Horror Story," "Harry's Law," Misery), Oscar nominated Kevin McCarthy (Death of a Salesman, Innerspace) and Dennis Farina ("Law and Order," Midnight Run). Nominated for six Primetime Emmy Awards, the show captured "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series" for Dana Delany.

The two-part season two opener, "Lost and Found," welcomes journalist wannabe Wayloo Marie Holmes (Megan Gallagher), who immediately and embarrassingly has her derrière dotted with shrapnel, and finds by-the-book Pvt. Frankie Bunsen (Nancy Giles) throwing reason out the window as she performs with a young, white soldier who convinces her that he's Chuck Berry. Throughout, the season deals with race riots following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., the Tet Offensive, POWs, desertion, and the heart-shattering loss of one of their own, cut down by the straight, clean shot of a lone sniper. The season highlights include "Vets," a groundbreaking episode that made television history and became a centerpiece of the series, offering moving interviews of real-life veterans intercut with scenes from the show, as well as "Tet '68," in which Dr. Richard (Robert Picardo) and Dodger (Jeff Kober) defend the hospital during the Tet Offensive. The season concludes with McMurphy leaving the steamy wilds of 'Nam for the flat plains of Kansas in "The World."

  • Featurette: Voices of War: The Real China Beach
  • Interviews: Michael Boatman, Marge Helgenberger and Robert Picardo
  • Episode Commentary

  • Walk On By by Dionne Warwick and Spooky by Classics IV (Disc 1)
  • (You're My) Soul and Inspiration by The Righteous Brothers (Disc 1)
  • All Along the Watchtower by Jimi Hendrix (Disc 1)
  • Santa Claus Is Coming to Town by Loretta Lynn (Disc 1)
  • Thanks for the Memory by Bob Hope with Shirley Ross (Disc 1)
  • I Got You (I Feel Good) by James Brown (Disc 2)
  • Louie, Louie by The Sandpipers (Disc 2)
  • No Particular Place to Go by Chuck Berry (Disc 2)
  • Dedicated to the One I Love by The Mamas & the Papas (Disc 2)
  • White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane (Disc 3)
  • Where the Boys Are by Connie Francis (Disc 3)
  • Magic Carpet Ride by Steppenwolf (Disc 3)
  • Nowhere to Run by Martha & the Vandellas (Disc 3)
  • Crazy by Patsy Cline (Disc 4)
  • Crimson and Clover by Tommy James and the Shondells (Disc 4)
  • Are You Experienced? by Jimi Hendrix (Disc 4)
  • Wild Thing by The Troggs (Disc 5)
  • A Whiter Shade of Pale by Procol Harum (Disc 5)

In an era of testosterone-driven Vietnam movies such as Platoon, China Beach, created by award-winning journalist and Vietnam vet William Broyles, Jr. and John Sacret Young, delivered the war from a unique perspective: that of the women, military personnel and civilians who were present during the conflict. Set in the Vietnam locale of China Beach, at the "Five and Dime," also known as the 510th Evacuation Hospital and R&R center, the cast was made up of US Army doctors and nurses, officers, soldiers, Red Cross volunteers and civilian personnel, either on leave or at the end of their tour of duty. Many episodes and story lines were based on real-life stories of those who served, stories brought to rich life by a supremely talented ensemble cast featuring many actors beginning to make their marks on the industry, including Dana Delany (First Lieutenant/Captain Nurse Colleen McMurphy), Marg Helgenberger (K.C. Kolowski), Michael Boatman (SP4 Sam Beckett), Robert Picardo (Captain Dr. Dick Richard) and Ricki Lake (Holly Pelegrino). The other side of the camera boasted such accomplished talents as multiple Emmy Award-nominee series co-creator & executive producer John Sacret Young and co-executive producer John Wells, who would go on to executive produce "ER" and "The West Wing." A critically-acclaimed fan favorite during its four year run (1988-1992), the highly touted show and its cast were the recipients of numerous industry accolades and awards including one Golden Globe for Best Drama (1990), two Best Actress Emmy Awards for Dana Delany (1989, 1992), a Best Supporting Actress award for Marg Helgenberger (1990), a People's Choice Award for "Favorite New Dramatic TV Program" (1989), a prestigious Peabody Award, a Humanitas prize, a Writers Guild award, and 29 Emmy Award nominations in total.

Street Date: January 7, 2014
DVD SRP: $29.95 (5 Discs)
Running Time: 13 hours 52 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0

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