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  • Actors: Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston, Donnie Wahlberg, Frank John Hughes, Neal McDonough
  • Directors: Kirk Acevedo, Dexter Fletcher
  • Format: NTSC, Widescreen, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Closed-captioned
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: HBO Home Video
  • Release Date: Nov. 5 2002
  • Run Time: 705 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (647 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006CXSS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,942 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Band of Brothers (DVD)

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An impressively rigorous, unsentimental, and harrowing look at combat during World War II, Band of Brothers follows a company of airborne infantry--Easy Company--from boot camp through the end of the war. The brutality of training takes the audience by increments to the even greater brutality of the war; Easy Company took part in some of the most difficult battles, including the D-day invasion of Normandy, the failed invasion of Holland, and the Battle of the Bulge, as well as the liberation of a concentration camp and the capture of Hitler's Eagle's Nest. But what makes these episodes work is not their historical sweep but their emphasis on riveting details (such as the rattle of a plane as the paratroopers wait to leap, or a flower in the buttonhole of a German soldier) and procedures (from military tactics to the workings of bureaucratic hierarchies). The scope of this miniseries (10 episodes, plus an actual documentary filled with interviews with surviving veterans) allows not only a thoroughness impossible in a two-hour movie, but also captures the wide range of responses to the stress and trauma of war--fear, cynicism, cruelty, compassion, and all-encompassing confusion. The result is a realism that makes both simplistic judgments and jingoistic enthusiasm impossible; the things these soldiers had to do are both terrible and understandable, and the psychological price they paid is made clear. The writing, directing, and acting are superb throughout. The cast is largely unknown, emphasizing the team of actors as a whole unit, much like the regiment; Damian Lewis and Ron Livingston play the central roles of two officers with grit and intelligence. Band of Brothers turns a vast historical event into a series of potent personal experiences; it's a deeply engrossing and affecting accomplishment. --Bret Fetzer

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tony Stefanyk on April 30 2009
Format: Blu-ray
Probably my most favorite series of all time. These 10 episodes really make you feel like you're in the action. Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg have done an amazing job, and a real tribute to the veterans and our current day soldiers. On Blu-ray it is of course incredibly clear. You will not regret this purchase.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Craven on July 20 2009
Format: Blu-ray
Quite simply, the best WWII series ever. It is still as amazing now as the first time I watched it.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on Oct. 17 2002
Format: DVD
Band of Brothers is an HBO original series, based on the book of the same name by historian Stephen Ambrose. It is the true story of a company of American warriors in World War II - E (Easy) Company of the 506th Infantry Regiment, a component of the famed 101st Airborne Division. Band of Brothers is based in large part on the accounts of surviving members of that group. It follows the men of Easy Company from their gruelling training at Camp Toccoa, Georgia, through their airborne drop into France on D-Day; their involvement in Operation Market Garden and the Battle of the Bulge (where they gained great notoriety as the "battered bastards of Bastogne"); their conquest of Hitler's Eagle's Nest; and the end of the war.
If you've seen Stephen Spielberg's fictional World War II epic Saving Private Ryan, you already have some inkling of the horror and constant peril accompanying the allies' assault on Fortress Europe in 1944. Ambrose's true account of the remarkable soldiers of the 101st Airborne will leave you wondering how any of these fellows survived at all. That they not only survived but achieved victory is a tribute to their training and their hardihood, but most of all their devotion to one another. The title is based on Henry Plantagenet's battlefield oration to his outnumbered and beleaguered men on St. Crispian's Day in Shakespeare's Henry V:
"He that outlives this day, and comes safe home, Will stand a tip-toe when the day is named, and rouse him at the name of Crispian. He that shall live this day, and see old age, Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours, and say 'To-morrow is Saint Crispian:' Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars and say 'These wounds I had on Crispin's day....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Derek Puzak on March 29 2009
Format: Blu-ray
"Saving Private Ryan" was a film that pulled no punches in its take on the events of World War II. It was an unglamorous film that freely showed us the horrors of high intensity warfare without playing up the glory and honor of such a seemingly noble event. When Steven Spielburg and Tom Hanks announced the mini series "Band Of Brothers," the speculation as to whether this would be a "mini-Ryan" soon began flooding in.

And for good reason. "Band of Brothers" is absolutely the spiritual successor to "Saving Private Ryan." The grainy, washed out camera work is in full effect here, giving the series the same gritty realism as its big budget movie brother. Stylistically, the mini series is shot much the same way. Hand held shaky-cams and genuine set pieces are everywhere. For all intents and purposes, the series tries to serve as bonus material to an already epic Hollywood movie.

Don't let the statement fool you. "Band Of Brothers" is just as epic and powerful as "Ryan" ever was. Instead of focusing on the logical controversy of risking the lives of a handful of soldiers to extract just one, the series focuses more on the historical events that surrounded the battle-weary Easy Company paratroop regiment of the 101st Airborne Division.

B.O.B. takes a few liberties for the sake of dramatic play up, but never fails to pay homage to the incredibly taxed veterans of that very division. The series actually follows the accounts of the book of the same name, written by Stephen Ambrose. Depending on who you speak to (Ambrose or the actual 101st veterans), some events were grossly misrepresented, or entirely true. It would be far more plausible to say that past Hollywood takes on WWII have been far more lenient with their historical accuracy, however.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Trickey on Oct. 3 2002
Format: DVD
My husband and I watched every single episode of this epic the first time it was shown on HBO and I must say, I have watched almost every episode a second time when it was rerun. Quite simply, this is one of the best movies (the word "mini-series" does not do it justice) that has ever been made. You laugh, you cry and you get to know these real men very well by the time of the last part. I wish all children in schools across the US could see this in history class and I wish we would all take time to tell the veterans how much we appreciate the sacrifices that they made for us.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Antonio Di Donato on Dec 20 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This set shows all that WW2 was. A brutal, killing meat grinder all over the European, Asiatic and Russian areas of the world. They all died for some hope that this war was to be the last war for humanity. Yes the infliction of tremendous pain on some worldly people was and still is unforgivable.
That said, the series is terrific well filmed and well acted. If it was not for the fact that we were watching a movie, you could swear that you were there. A colossal undertaking which represents those times as they were.
Maybe the makers and sellers of this series could take a dollar from each sale and give it to veterans associations to benefit all those warriors who put it on the line so that we may be free today.
Antonio
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