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‘China Beach’ Finally Released on DVD After 25 Years!

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It’s hard to believe that “China Beach” went off the air 25 years ago, but even harder to believe it took that long to get onto DVD. It was all about the song rights.

The box set is now available for a cool $275 from TimeLife or $375 from Amazon. The series includes 62 episodes and over 300 songs (those darn, wonderful songs!). The songs were so important to the show, including the song that played over the opening credits — “Reflections,” by Diana Ross and The Supremes. You can’t get any better than that!

“China Beach” aired from April 26, 1988 to July 22, 1991. It was one of those shows that should have gone for ten seasons … it was that good. I am still surprised it didn’t have the viewership. In my humble opinion, it was arguably one of the best television series ever written. Maybe the timing was wrong for it? I don’t know.

Buy “China Beach: The Complete Series” on Amazon

For those of you who never saw it, “China Beach” told the story of the 510 Evacuation Hospital and R & R at an American Army Base in Vietnam. The series focused not so much on the war itself, but the nurses, doctors, soldiers, and entertainers at the base, and all of the horrors of war, the stress of their jobs, and the friendships they made.

What turned out to be one of the best and most liked storylines was the unlikely friendship that developed between the “All American” and wholesome — but opinionated and caring — First Lieutenant Army Nurse Colleen McMurphy (Dana Delany) and the tough and guarded prostitute/business woman, K.C. Koloski (Marg Helgenberger). There was a great chemistry (meaning friendship) between these two woman, and that friendship was one of the most intriguing storylines of the series.

China Beach: Dana Delany

The superb cast also included Nan Woods (Cherry White), Michael Boatman (Samuel Beckett), Robert Picardo (Dick Richard), Tim Ryan (“Natch” Austen), Concetta Tomei (Major Lila Garreau), Brian Wimmer (Bonnie Lamier), Nancy Giles (Frankie Gunsen), and Jeff Kober (Evan “Dodger” Winslow), to name a few.

China Beach Box SetThere were many wonderful, heartbreaking, frightning, and moving episodes. I really am excited that they are now available for everyone to see again, or to see for the first time.  Either way, it will be a real treat!

As a side note, Dana Delany and Marg Helgenberger (who’ve both had successful careers since “China Beach”), are available for a new series or project. Wouldn’t it be fun to see them work together again? Just saying…

Did you watch “China Beach” when it first aired on TV? Are you excited about the DVD release? Please leave us your comments below.

Kim is married, has two teenagers and lives in Seattle. She is a freelance writer for Reel Life With Jane, and has written two screenplays and is starting a third. Her ultimate goal is to see one make it to the big screen, and be part of that process. She grew up watching TV and movies with her grandmother, and her favorites are “Meet Me in St. Louis” and “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” Her favorite TV show is “Bones,” and she loves reading, writing, spending time with family and friends, travel, helping with fundraisers, and enjoying good food and wine. Follow Kim on Twitter at @kimberlystrand1.

Kimberly Strand has written posts on Reel Life With Jane.


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3 comments

  1. I’m SO glad this is finally on DVD! One of my favorite shows ever. Although, yeah, I’ll have to wait for the Netflix release or something. I’d have to take out a second mortgage to get the box set.
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  2. Can’t wait to see the series again! But for crying out loud, why can’t they separate seasons on DVD. That is a lot of money for someone to plunk down!

  3. I can’t believe that they are finally releasing China Beach on DVD. I unfortunality found the series towards the last season and a half but I got a chance to watch some episodes in syndication. . I am just now thrilled that it is avalble I know I have been driving the local DVD stores crazy asking if there was ant release date for the show. And like someone else said, I can’t afford the box set so I am glad that they are also selling the individual seasons.

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