Band Brothers & Pacific Van Pack (Blu-ray)
- Language: : English
- Product Dimensions : 1.4 x 13.5 x 17 cm; 80 Grams
- Item Model Number : R-115809-8
- Media Format : Blu-ray
- Run time : 20 hours and 42 minutes
- Release date : 11 December 2013
- Actors : Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston, Shane Taylor, Donnie Wahlberg
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1)
- Studio : Roadshow
- ASIN : B00LKEZ3IY
- Number of discs : 12
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From executive producers Tom Hanks Steven Spielberg and Gary Goetzman the two critically acclaimed 10-part HBO Miniseries Band of Brothers and The Pacific blu-ray gift set with exclusive never-before-seen documentary He Has Seen War featuring surviving veterans of Easy Company and the 1st Marine Division.
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BOB has the feel of Saving Private Ryan 60th Anniversary [DVD] [1998 ], not surprisingly as Hanks and Spielberg produced the series, and this is arguably a case where the series has outdone the award winning film.
Although the series boasts superb action sequences it is totally character driven and is about the developing relationships, on a professional level, of a group of men learning their craft as a team and performing to the best of their ability for the greater good of the group----they may not have seen it as such at the time, for them it was a case of survival and looking after your friend in the next fox-hole, but ultimately this is what wins battles and wars.
I warmed to every actor in each episode---they brought the characters to life. And not surprisingly when you saw the real soldiers (those that are still alive) interviewed at the end it brought more than one tear to my eye.
TP is much more action driven; the battle scenes range from the grand scale of the beach landings to gut wrenching hand-to-hand combat. All magnificently filmed, and with the aid of CGI's.
Acting is top class, I think everybody punched above their weight.
There were some graphic scenes of the deprivations suffered by the troops, and we were not spared the horrors of fighting for your life against a barbaric enemy that just might have made you respond in kind---that's life and death sadly.
Great box set, and BOB is the one I revisit often.
I was pleased I did.
The black case is not just a slip containing two tins as i thought it might be, its a good case containing the two series in their own inserts as well as a passport style case with a bonus disc with a documentary called "He has seen war".
If anybody has not seen these series before they are, in my opinion, one of the best things that have ever been on telly. In terms of war films i like saving private ryan, the thin red line, battle of britain and platoon, so that should give you some idea if you share my tastes.
As each series contain ten episodes you get a chance to really get interested in the characters and to care about their plights. This adds a dimension that you don't really get with films.
There are really powerful moments that make you stop to think how brutal the war must have been, and others (such as the liberation of the death camp) that show you some of the autrocities people could commit against their fellow man.
The thing that sets these apart for me is the interviews with surviving veterans at the start of each episode. There is one interview where an ex US soldier talks about how he felt engaging with the enemy and being ordered to kill someone who, in another situation, he may have been friends with. At times these interviews can be moving as they recall the horrors they lived through and the friends they lost. Nothing could set the scene for the episode more beautifully.
The series scrubs up very well on blu ray, the d day drops and the battle in Carentarn in particular are stunning.
The bonus documentary was a plesant surprise, and gives a really good account of how the heroes of easy company struggled to get back to the normality of everyday life. I never thought about how difficult it must have been to resume your life after having served in a World War, it is really well made and gives the whole thing an even greater personal element.
I actually watched that this evening, i thought it was apt given today is 11.11, and i know have even greater respect for those we remembered today.
I know i've gone on a bit but in summary, brilliant piece of telly, i slightly prefer BoB to the Pacific, and this should be given to A-level history students to watch as homework.
package with the never before released documentry aswell i couldnt
help myself i had to get it.
for me bob is 10 plus for story and viewing ect
but paciffic is a solid 8 for me it just didnt have the closeness of the
story line that bob had, and came accross with the story line a bit fractured
but having read bits and pieces form the producers and surviving soldiers,
fighting the japanese, this was how was so i guess they have stayed true to the
real life experiences which is good. my mistake is comparing the 2 series together
they were fighting a very diffrent enemy in the pacific area of operations.
what i would love is for the producers of each to consider a 10 part similer tv series
on vietnam or even korea,heres hoping.
When the series was released on TV I sat there eagerly awaiting and wasn't dissapointed. Having it on Blu ray just makes it even better.
When The Pacific was announced I was slightly apprehensive, thinking there was no way they could better Band Of Brothers. In a way they didn't, it perhaps fell slightly short of a lot of peoples expectations. The series as a whole is a lot more shocking and gruesome than Band of Brothers, and it seems to lack a little cohesiveness. Nonetheless I was enthralled by the series and went out to by Robert Leckie's - Helmet for my pillow and Eugene Sledge's - With the Old Breed. Both books amazing and I would thoroughly recommend them.
I was dissapointed when this box set arrived as it had been damaged and torn on the outer covering, this was not caused by postage it was packaged that way, which annoyed me, however Amazon kindly offered me a partial refund which was a pleasant surprise.
Overall this is superb box set giving you 20 hours of the closest action you can get to what life was like for American troops during WW2. It would be nice if someone filmed a feature length series about the German side of things.