DVD: Winter Soldier


On January 31, 1971, more than 125 Vietnam war veterans, representing every major combat unit to see action in the war, gathered at a Howard Johnson's hotel in Detroit to heal a nation...and themselves. They risked everything their careers, their friendships, their families to talk about the atrocities they had committed or witnessed in the prsence of officers while stationed in Vietnam. These veterans saw themselves as winter soldiers battling against the wrongs of the war and the brutal training that had made them capable of unthinkable violence. Eighteen filmmakers calling themselves the Winterfilm Collective including Barbara Kopple ("Harlan County, USA"), Robert Fiore ("Pumping Iron"), and Lucy Massie Phenix ("You Got To Move") captured this extraordinary event. Rarely seen since its 1972 Cannes premiere, WINTER SOLDIER has been called one of the most powerful anti-war films ever made and remains to this day a remarkable plea for peace. It was finally released in DVD form for public distribution in April 2006.

A conversation with the filmmakers
Seasoned Veteran: The Journey of a Winter Soldier
American Division (1971 short)
Theatrical trailer
First Marine Division (1971 short)
"The Winter Soldier files" downloadable on DVD-ROM (Adobe Acrobat Reader required)
Stills gallery from the original negatives of V.V.A.W. photographer Sheldon Ramsdell
Close captions in English
French and German subtitles
"Raw and unadorned...A live hand grenade brought home from a distant battlefield." N.Y. Times
"Utterly wrenching, timely historical...Winter Soldier is crucial viewing!" Entertainment Weekly
"Winter Soldier should be a voter registration requirement!" Michael Atkinson, Village Voice