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Band Of Brothers (Widescreen)

Damian Lewis , Ron Livingston , Kirk Acevedo , Dexter Fletcher    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (610 customer reviews)
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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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it a lot. I wish I loved it. Sept. 27 2011
By K. Gordon TOP 50 REVIEWER
I'm probably going to movie hell, and break records for unhelpful votes
for not thinking this 10 part, 10 hour mini-series is perfect.

And I did find the last 2 episodes tremendously powerful.

But while it is beautifully, spectacularly produced, and is in many
ways a fascinating history lesson, I had a hard time connecting to it

6 of the first 7 hours seemed like one non-stop battle after another,
with very little time or focus given to characters. And when it we get
to know people, they often felt like 'types', overly familiar from
other war films.

And to be embarrassingly honest, there are so many characters, dressed
in their look-alike army gear that I spent way more time than I wanted
wondering 'which guy is that?'

I also felt, while it tried to be real and gritty, it still glamorized
war a bit. Sort of trying to have its pacifist cake, and eat its
heroism and glory too,

Certainly worthwhile, and I am very glad I saw it, but I think I was
way over prepared by years of hype.

To be fair, at least a few professional critics eased my guilt by
sharing my reservations. I'm not the only evil/crazy one on the planet.
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