"Then, Again, and Beyond" goes one step beyond the earlier version of Brian Wizard's Viet Nam War documentary. This DVD has a 66 minutes running time due to the addition of a third segment that takes Brian's combat story into history as a permanent display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Chantilly, Va.
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Part 1, Thunderhawks, is an amazing depiction of a day in the life of an Assault Helicopter Company in Viet Nam, composed of unique combat footage shot by the crew of Pollution IV in 1969. Part 2, Make Friends Not War is a healing return trip to Viet Nam 30 years after Brian's return from war. Part 3, Smoke'n Our Way into History, is a showcase event at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum, Chantilly, Virginia, forty years after Brian's return from the Viet Nam War, that keeps alive the story of smokeships forever with his donation of his combat flight helmet, as seen in action in Thunderhawks, his platoon scarf, photo and the installation of the smoke generator Brian found, bought, and is now installed on the Huey on display at the SI NASM that has a history of being a smokeship, (Smokey III) like Brian's smokeship, Pollution IV.
This film is forty years in the making and may not be finished yet.
To enhance the latest version of this award-winning video, (winner of Best Documentary of the NY Indie Film Fest: 2005 in its earlier version) are two new music videos, Your Days are Numbered, and Smoke’n Our Way into History, as well as the old standard, (I don’t want) Permission to Kill, all written and performed by Brian Wizard and friends.
Review from a fellow airman-
Bravo my friend, and I mean that sincerely. Hands down, that is the best documentary about the helicopter war by a veteran I have seen to date. The three major parts: 1969, 1999, and the Smithsonian dedication represents a true full circle experience yet put on film.
Your film stands alongside "The Shadow of the Blade" as the two best video presentations about the Army helicopter experience, for successfully reaching beyond the threshold of the undefined, and reconfirming the elements that bind us together, those of the in-country Army helicopter fraternity.
Not only was your narration insightful, genuine and perfectly in-sync with the images, they were also playful and honest too. Your documentary ends a 40 year drought of unfulfilled explanations of what went on over there in Nam and fills a huge void to the benefit of viewers now, and in the future.
Congrats Brian, you've done a great service to the community of man, because of your not forgetting, history has gained a whole new bunch of pages in the chronicle of that particular time, place and human activity.
John Brennan: SP5 Flight Operations Coordinator with the 114 AHC, 1970-71, noted Viet Nam historian and author of the books, "U.S. Army Helicopter Names in Viet Nam", and "U.S. Army Helicopter Nose Art in Viet Nam."