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Band Of Brothers (Widescreen)

Damian Lewis , Ron Livingston , Kirk Acevedo , Dexter Fletcher    NR (Not Rated)   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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant July 20 2009
By Craven
Quite simply, the best WWII series ever. It is still as amazing now as the first time I watched it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not be better!! April 30 2009
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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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Real Deal Oct. 17 2002
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Series, amazing quality! Aug. 23 2009
This is one of the most accurate depictions of life as a soldier during world war two. Following Easy Company through their basic training all the way through the capture of Hitlers Eagles nest. Amazing Story, great acting, and thanks to HBO splurging for a HUGE budget for special effects, this is one of the best Series they have ever made! If you love WWII stories this is one you cant miss!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some reviewers just don't get it. March 15 2004
By Spencer
While I appreciate the bad reviews of this mini-series (I always look at those first to gain a real objective view of material befire I purchase it) I cannot help but be a little upset by the reviewers that say that this is yet another "Americans beating the badguys" "Rambo-esque" "War glorifying" etc. picture churned out by the Spielberg-Hanks propaganda machine. Some of you who have watched this series and commented on it's inaccuracies and Ambrose's failure to make solid his book by using more sources just don't get it.
This movie is not about glofiying war, it is not about America beating the bad-guy, it is not about being a WW2 documentary. It is about a group of men relating their stories. What they remember about a great hardship in their lives. I think that Ambrose does these men a little justice and mercy by letting the storytellers tell their experiences and not tearing them down for the sake of accuracy. Let the men tell it how they remember it. It gives us in a younger generation some insight to how it was for these men, not neccessarily whether they were on this side of germany or not. It is not a portal into the past for the sake of preserving history, it is a portal into the past through the eyes of those who lived it for the sake of preserving their memories.
I did not really get the idea that this film was about glamorizing the American war machine. Those who watched this movie and saw G.I.Joe, Rambo, Discrimination against Germans must already have a deep seeded hatred for American and it's foreign policies. Germans running away or surrenduring to the Americans was common. Those who have actually read through the history of the Europan Invasion know that the German army was under a great deal of stress.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as "Battleground "(1950) the movie... Jan. 23 2003
By nagappa
I hate to disturb the almost perfect 5 star viewer rating, but "Band of Brothers" is no where nearly as good as "Battleground" (made in 1950 and starring Van Johnson).
"Battleground" also depicts the men of 101st Airborne division, albeit of the "I" Company. But, unlike "Saving Private Ryan" and "Band of Brothers", "Battleground" does not resort to mock-heroics or false philosophizing. Unfortunately, "Battleground" is available only on VHS.
While I don't deny that both "Saving Private Ryan" and "Band of Brothers" are important movies from a historical perspective and that these stories are well worth telling today, I have problems with both movies depicting GIs with too modern a body language for the era, using inappropriate dialogue and idioms, and having too much "attitude".
In all the three episodes of "Band of Brothers" that I watched, the acting was mostly mediocre, with the actors swaggering and giving the impression of "look at me, I am a cool WWII GI". The GIs look a tad too smart for front line, the uniforms look too clean (with brushed cotton texture) and the haircuts look too perfect. The compter-generated effects are all too evident. The tracer bullets look too video-game like. In the "Bastogne" episode, the parachute supplies falling on Bastogne almost look cartoonish.
I had a laugh with some reviewers saying "Band of Brothers" is the best war movie, ever, period, etc., etc. To them I say get hold of copies of movie greats like "The Story of GI Joe", "Halls of Montezuma", "The Desert Rats", "The Bridges of Toko-Ri", "Battleground", or "Pork Chop Hill". These are the real five-star movies!
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best military movie out there
one of the best military movie out there,better than Saving Private Ryan but not as good as the modern war movies like Apocalyse Now or Full Metal Jacket. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Toronto
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for the collection!
Came super fast. Such a great series!
Published 25 days ago by Melissa Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Amazing series! If you're into World War II like I am, buy this series. Worth the money!
Published 1 month ago by Mathew McFall
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Miniseries
Yet another miniseries of inestimable quality by HBO. Not only is the acting and scripting great, but it's based on real life stories and accompanied by interviews of the men they... Read more
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Published 1 month ago by Matthieu Desroches
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo
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Published 1 month ago by Nicole Cloutier
5.0 out of 5 stars Best war series ever!
Best war series I've ever seen. Terrific acting and just so well written.
Published 1 month ago by Bobby Mac
5.0 out of 5 stars Like it was!
Like it was! Incredible portrayal, very close to what must have happened. Kudo's to the production team.
Published 1 month ago by Bill
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great package, especially on sale. Awesome series and storyline.
Published 1 month ago by Paolo Cirone
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