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Battle 360: The Complete Season 1 [Blu-ray]

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For nearly a decade, the legendary World War II aircraft carrier USS Enterprise held a pivotal place on the turbulent seas of war, engaging in some of the fiercest multi-front battles ever witnessed in modern combat. The only carrier to be front and center in every major sea conflict in the Pacific, the Enterprise and her crew's battles were marked by by intense firepower, instinct and a 360°-coordination between surface ships, the aircraft above, and the submarines below. In each episode using incredible CGI visualizations, BATTLE 360° follows the Enterprise and its men through another conflict of WWII as they fight off the enemy from the air, sea, and underwater.

BATTLE 360°: THE COMPLETE SEASON ONE includes all 10 original episodes on 3 discs.

BONUS FEATURE: Additional Scenes

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For nearly a decade, the legendary World War II aircraft carrier USS Enterprise held a pivotal place on the turbulent seas of war, engaging in some of the fiercest multi-front battles ever witnessed in modern combat. The only carrier to be front and center in every major sea conflict in the Pacific, the Enterprise and her crew s battles were marked by by intense firepower, instinct and a 360°-coordination between surface ships, the aircraft above, and the submarines below. In each episode using incredible CGI visualizations, BATTLE 360 follows the Enterprise and its men through another conflict of WWII as they fight off the enemy from the air, sea, and underwater.

BATTLE 360: THE COMPLETE SEASON ONE includes all 10 original episodes on 3 discs:

BONUS FEATURE: Additional Scenes

DISC ONE (4 episodes, approx 232 min): Call to Duty / Vengeance at Midway / Jaws of the Enemy / Bloody Santa Cruz

DISC TWO (3 episodes, approx 174 min): Enterprise vs. Japan / The Grey Ghost / Hammer of Hell

DISC THREE (3 episodes, approx 174 min): D-Day in the Pacific / Battle of Leyte Gulf / The Empire s Last Stand / Bonus


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By John Thomas Anderson TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
There have been lots of documentaries on the Second World War and more specifically on the Pacific War. Some good such as the World at War, Battlefield's Greatest Sea Battles and my personal favourite Victory at Sea; others not so good. But this Battle 360 series is definitely unique. There's nothing else even remotely like it!

First of all it's done in mostly CGI format similar to the Dogfights series or the Greatest Tanks series that is also done by these folks. Using CGI to show the battles in a way that simply couldn't be done with just film footage. While some may object to this, it definitely allows them to show scenes that never got filmed such as the night heavy cruiser battle at Guadalcanal as one example. And they do intersperse the CGI with some film clips and more importantly interviews with as many veterans as they could find.

The other thing that makes this series unique is that the entire Pacific War is seen through the prism of the U.S.S. Enterprise. The most highly decorated American warship of World War II! With any other ship, this would normally be too restrictive. But here it actually works since the Enterprise was the only American warship that was involved in every major battle of the Pacific except Pearl Harbour and the Battle of the Coral Sea. So you start with the preliminary skirmishing, progress to the battle of Midway, come to the episode in the war where the Enterprise is the only functioning carrier left (appropriately entitled Enterprise vs. Japan), then less than a year later is part of an armada of over 16 american carriers, the battle of Leyte Gulf where the Imperial Navy was shattered once and for all and finally Victory! It's a fascinating progression!

It's not perfect of course.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Purchase Jan. 1 2011
Format:Blu-ray
This is a perfect gift for any serious World War II buffs. The Enterprise was one of the most storied airraft carriers from the War in the Pacific. I bought this for my brother in-law who pretty much knows everything about WWII and he had this series on his wishlist. Having it in Blu-ray lets you watch in in high definition. Enjoy!

Peter
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic history! May 13 2008
By J. Norberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I am thrilled to have this released so quickly onto DVD. It just ended on the History Channel, and three months is a good turnaround time.

I am a little biased in my anticipation, as my grandfather is one of the veteran "stars" of this series. (My last name is the same as his in case you are interested.) He appeared in seven of the ten episodes and, as one of the sailors who served on board Enterprise during the entire war, I couldn't be prouder of him!

Anyway, my intent was not to just review my grandfather's role in the show, as this is really a terrific series. There is a good blend of veterans and current "field experts" to give a variety of angles. Some of the heroics outlined truly give you chills, and the story of this amazing ship is phenomenal.

There is a ton of CGI, and this could perhaps be both the strength and weakness of the show. I know my grandfather grew weary of it and felt it was ridiculous, but at the same time it gave us re-enactments of some of the battles that would otherwise not be possible. Overall, the CGI gave a dimension to this series that really blows you out of the water (no pun intended.)

If you are a history buff, Navy buff, or WW2 buff, you should watch this show. You'll get a fantastic snapshot of a fantastic ship whose story is unequaled by any other American ship during WW2.
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring Epic May 28 2008
By That Guy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
For content, this series has it all. This ten-episode epic on the history of the USS Enterprise (CV-6) during WWII is an insightful, all-encompassing look at one significant thread of the Pacific campaign. Like the Forrest Gump character, the Big E seems to be at nearly every famous and significant moment in this bloody conflict. Of note, each episode is about 55 minutes long, so you really get your money's worth.

As for the production, it is a mixed bag. The production in all areas is extremely similar to the History Channel's "Dogfights".

First, CGI is mixed liberally with historical footage, some of which may not be from the actual event referenced. If you are not a fan of using copious amounts of CGI to tell a story, you may not enjoy this. Note, the viewer cannot mistake the CGI for the real thing.

Second, interviews are conducted with both actual participants and modern "experts". The interviews with actual participants are priceless. The modern personnel are a bit less so.

Third, the sound production is very poor. An over-emphasis on sound effects constantly drowns out the dialog. This is especially offensive when it steps over the soft spoken veterans whose tales are so inspiring. Deafening explosions are interspersed with quiet dialog, making the audio frustrating and, at times, painful.

This series could have been a bit better with a little more attention to production values.

All in all, a worthy tribute to the gallant E and her heroic crews. I thank you for your service. May God Bless each and every one of you.
26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Correct graphics and better narration and it would have been perfect! Oct. 1 2008
By JP - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I loved the show and purchased the DVDs as soon as they were released and have thought long and hard about what kind of rating to give this series. I finally decided that, unlike some of the other reviewers, I simply could NOT give it 5 stars for one simple reason - am I the only one who got sick of, or even noticed, the use of some of the same graphics over and over again!?!?

For the time and care they spent/used correctly identifying the different classes of ships, both USN and IJN, and then generating the different graphics representing each different class of ship/type of plane, it is almost unforgivable that they often used the wrong one when it came time to produce each individual episode!

The most glaring example that comes to mind was the repeated use of the Hornet and Enterprise sailing together during the Doolittle raid sequence. I saw it several more times in later episodes, when every self-respecting Navy and/or military history buff knows that the Enterprise was the ONLY Yorktown class carrier left after Guadalcanal. But there it was in later episodes, those supposedly depicting 1944, another Yorktown class carrier sailing right next to "The Lucky E" - big as day!

Almost as bad was, during the battle of Savo island sequence, they showed the correct profile for the Vincennes (Chicago class) but, during the action scenes, they repeatedly used the graphic for the Indianapolis class, with its huge observation tower over the forward superstructure. Another glaring example, also during the first Guadalcanal episode was when they showed the same graphic for the Fleet carrier Shokaku and the Light carrier Ryujo (which didn't even have a super structure)!

I also saw several different sequences where they called, by name, another class of IJN battleship (Nagato, Fuso, etc) but always showed the Kirishima graphic from Guadalcanal, and also confused American battleship classes as well. And there were several instances, American and Japanese where they used the incorrect type of ship (and aircraft) entirely! They would mention a battleship but the graphic would be a heavy cruiser, etc.

I would say all this was simply skimping on the budget except for the fact that all the proper graphics HAD ALREADY BEEN CREATED!! So it was simply a combination of lack of respect for the subject matter and/or the (so-called) technical advisor(s) were asleep at the wheel and did not double check their reference materials before finalizing the visuals. Heck, I'm nothing more than a naval history buff but I can tell the difference between the Akagi and Kaga on sight, to say nothing of the North Carolina and the South Dakota classes!! And even my son knows the difference between a battleship and a heavy cruiser. I would have done a better job for free!!

And how many times did we have to listen to the narrator say "The Enterprise and her sister ship Saratoga" or "The Enterprise and her sister ship Wasp"?!? Every Navy buff knows they were NOT sister ships!

While this may seem nit-picking to some (and don't get me wrong, I still LOVE the series and can't wait to see next season), after the care they took building the graphics in the first place, and hyping up "the respect and dedication of the men and women of Enterprise rent-a-car", how hard could it have been to ensure the correct graphic was being used? Once again - where were the so-called "technical advisors"? Would the extra expense really have broken the budget?

While certainly not as bad as some movies depicting WWII Naval battles (a Korean war era Essex class with angled bow and Jets at Midway with the graphic "USS Yorktown", a WWII Essex class with the graphic "IJN Akagi"?!?!? Yes the movie Midway is pretty awful if you are a history buff), it did lessen my enjoyment of the show a little.

Another thing that really got annoying after 4 or 5 episodes was the narration. After the 300th time hearing "PULLED THE TRIGGER FILLING HIS COCKPIT WITH 50cal HOT LEAD" I began to wonder just what it was this narrator thought he was reading for; a serious historical documentary or a videogame?

It was at this moment that I suddenly realized that this program might not even have been produced for Navy and/or history buffs!! While it was assumed we would probably tune in, I think this program was really created for the younger generation of first-person shooter videogame junkies!! The ones who think Pearl Harbor happened during the Civil war and D-Day was on July 4th. The kind that might play "Medal of honor" or "Pacific Theater Of Operations" or "Battleship" and get momentarily distracted by the graphics of this show while flipping through the channels on their way to the latest MTV produced sleaze-fest or wrestling program, and linger for a minute thinking it's an advertisement for a new videogame!

But I must say that these gripes did not significantly diminish my enjoyment of the show, it's still a pretty cool concept and I am looking forward to seeing what they do with the second season. It only diminished it enough to take away one star because, with more respect to the accuracy of the graphics and the narration, this would be a true 5-star product and one of the best shows ever made about the war in the Pacific during WWII.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Battle 360: Complete Season 1 Blu Ray Feb. 14 2011
By Simon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Perhaps the most authorotative visual documentary style on WWII in the Pacific focusing on the U.S.S. Enterprise carrier set against stunning computer generated visual graphics that take you into the heart of the battle. Cleverly choreographed scenes derived from actual living [and deceased] eye witness reports, - true-life accounts of the Enterprise's exploits and the airmen who served and fought aboard this most intrepid of WWII carriers to ever see such distinguished combat service in the Pacific ocean.

The Blu Ray version is excellent in HD, and has 'user friendly' graphics to easily help navigate your way around episodes and/or chapters in the Enterprise's history right up until her painful post-war decommissioning and eventual scrapping.

Soundtrack is only two-channel however, [left and right, - not surround] but most up-to-date HDMI equipped amplifiers will give you listenable 'incremental surround' if that's your liking. Emphasis here would be on actual period news footage, narration, interviews with surviving servicemen, aided by state of the art computer graphics or CGI, with nice textures and realism to the airplanes and ships involved.

Episode one includes stunning CGI re-enactment of a Japanese G4M 'Betty' bomber 'slicing across' Enterprise's rear deck with her stbd wingtip, - slicing off a parked Douglas Dauntless's tailplane as the rear gunner fires undauntedly at the doomed Betty as she scythes/cart-wheels into the see just off of her stern in a huge fountain of water and debris....

Great stuff for war buffs and history fanatics, like me!
14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good Show, Disappointing DVD Set Dec 14 2008
By Dan Thompson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I'll save space and say that I agree with the other posts that laud the show for it's quality and usefulness.

Unfortunately, the DVD set is seriously flawed. Amazon lists the aspect ration as 1.33:1 and technically that is correct. But, just as the History Channel did with the Dogfight series, the DVDs are actually letterboxed 16:9 matted into a 4:3 frame. Why the History Channel continues to use this outmoded format for their DVD releases is a mystery. Even cheap direct to video DVD releases are in anamorphic format. I can author a disc in anamorphic format on my home PC so it can't be that hard or expensive to do.

If you have an older home theater system, this set being letterboxed may not matter to you but if you have a HDTV with your DVD player connected via HDMI, it is likely that you will not be able to watch this in other than letterbox format without lowering the resolution of your system.

Come on, History Channel, move your DVD releases into the 21st Century.
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