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!