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The Pacific [Blu-ray]

James Badge Dale , Joseph Mazzello    Unrated   Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
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Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg have long since shown that they can spin a good World War II yarn. But while their previous collaborations (Saving Private Ryan, which they starred in and directed, respectively, and Band of Brothers, for which they were part of the producing team) were set in Europe, The Pacific is their first look at the conflict with the Japanese on the other side of the world--and the two executive producers, along with an outstanding cast, an able crew, and a slew of top-notch writers and directors, have done a superb job. In making a 10-episode HBO miniseries (on five discs, with a sixth containing bonus material) that combines real events and participants with other dramatic elements newly created for the project, the filmmakers took a personal, experiential approach, focusing in particular on three marines, all of them real individuals: Robert Leckie (played by James Badge Dale), an aspiring writer who sees his first action at Guadalcanal, falls in love while on leave in Australia, and later suffers serious war wounds; John Balisone (Jon Seda), who performs heroically at Guadalcanal, earns a Medal of Honor, and is then sent home to help sell war bonds, only to return to action at Iwo Jima; and Eugene Sledge (Joseph Mazzello), who enlists later than the others, but not too late to witness and take part in some unimaginable horrors (books written by Sledge and Leckie about their experiences were used as source material for the miniseries). Of course, no one who's never been in combat can understand what it's really like, but through these three, and other men as well, we get some idea of the debilitating effects of war, both physical and psychological, and how those who managed to survive it might cope. As Leckie would write, "There are things men can do to one another that are sobering to the soul. It is one thing to reconcile these things with God, but another to square them with yourself."

A number of episodes depict the characters at home, on leave, or otherwise away from the field of battle, but the greatest impact comes from the extraordinarily powerful fighting scenes in which the marines--exhausted, half-starving, riddled with malaria, and enduring the appalling conditions (from extreme heat to relentless, torrential downpours) of an impenetrable, unforgiving jungle--battle an implacable, fanatical foe who would much rather die than surrender or be taken prisoner. A sequence in Part Five, when we're with Sledge as he lands at Peleliu for his first real action, is especially gripping; battles at night and in the rain at Cape Gloucester in Part Four, on Iwo Jima in Part Eight, and on Okinawa in Part Nine are also wrenching, but really, all the fighting sequences manage to convey the sheer, visceral terror the men experienced. To the filmmakers' credit, a number of real WWII veterans are on hand to share their memories, both in a 49-minute featurette on disc 6 and during the short introductions to each episode narrated by Hanks. Other extras include a 22-minute "making of" piece and a brief but interesting description of the cultural differences that made the conflict between the Japanese and the Americans even more brutal than it might have been. Kudos also go to the packaging and design of the boxed set; the menus are easily navigable, offering a synopsis of each episode. --Sam Graham

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Band of Brothers producers Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks present this gripping World War II miniseries that chronicles the U.S. Marine Corps' operations in the Pacific Theater. Follow three marines--Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone, PFC Robert Leckie, and Cpl. Eugene Sledge--as they engage Japanese forces in Guadalcanal, Cape Gloucester, Peleliu, Okinawa, and Iwo Jima. Jon Seda, James Badge Dale, Joseph Mazzello star. 10 episodes on six discs. 8 3/4 hrs. total. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio, French DTS 5.1, Spanish DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital stereo, Polish Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English (SDH), French, Spanish, Polish, Portuguese, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, Czech, Greek, Korean; featurettes.

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying Series Worth Watching July 10 2010
Overall this series offers an excellent recreation of war in the Pacific theatre.

Acting is uniformly good throughout and, as is to be expected from Spielberg, the production values are high.

There are a few slow moments but these are easily overshadowed by the battle sequences.

If you enjoy this series, read the books by E. B. Sledge and Robert Leckie from which it is based. They retell in vivid detail the true horror of this war in all its inhumanity and filth in a way that motion pictures cannot quite reach.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Entertaining and Educational Overall. Aug. 23 2010
The series follows a group of young men throughout WWII from just after Pearl Harbour to after VJ Day. Our heroes start at Guadalcanal, sojourn in Melbourne, then to Peleliu, Iwo Jima, and the sad tail of civilian strife on Okinawa. The series was very good...but not great. The actors and producers were just not able to produce that final level of 'grit' makes it truly realistic. The incessant insects, the lack of water, being constantly soaked to the skin for days... not quite there. Same with the actors, good overall, but nobody was excellent. You are always watching a good show but never taken to that visceral emotional level that a truly great movie or series does. (For example, Season 1 of ROME)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent but heavy July 12 2012
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Even though I'm not quite done it yet, I find the Pacific extremely heavy--it's not as entertaining as Band of Brothers, the characters are not quite as lovable, and the themes seem considerably darker. Notwithstanding, the acting, cinematography, and budget all seem a step up. Overall, these factors combine to make it feel more realistic and less "hollywood" than BoB.

In summary: an excellent series, especially if you want to know more about the American Pacific Assault, but very emotionally intense.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE GREAT MOVIES! Feb. 20 2012
I Can not say enough about this movie,so true to fact, like you were living every moment for real,it made you cry and sometimes smile but it gave you an idea what those boys that served our countries went through. And what got to me and i am sure other viewers, they did not know what to expect.The movie The PACIFIC showed all of that and then some . Great performance and as true as your going to get. ----jma.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Dec 6 2013
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This is one of the best accounts of the Pacific War I have ever seen. It is hard to watch in many places as it depicts war as accurately as is possible in a movie. I have read Helmet for My Pillow, the book this is based on and it follows that very well. If you appreciate this type of movie I highly recommend it. The other thing is all the characters in the movie are based on real people, using their real names. At the end, there is a very interesting summary of all the main characters involved.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The book is better. Aug. 30 2012
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I read the book, which is a bit choppy (with 5 or so `stories' running at the same time), but it gives the reader a pretty broad based view of the conflict from air, naval-air, US POW's, USMC and the replacements. The HBO series sticks to a simpler plot. The obvious comparison to Band Of Brothers further disappoints. The characters in Pacific don't resonate like the BOB's ones and Pacific suffers from the lack of likeable characters that we can empathise with. Really, without reading the book, I wouldn't have picked up the story, the show is all over the place with too many unlikeable cast members. Not the best HBO WW2 series and it's a good job I only paid $49 through Amazon, not the store price which is double.

In summation, if you liked Band of Brothers, Pacific will disappoint. The DTS 7.1 sound is pretty good though.....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Pacific Jan. 19 2012
Movie follows a story of three men who fought in the Pacific theatre during world war two. It follows closely the heroic adventures in battle and dramatically depicts the negative changes to each of their lives throughout varies the various battle campaigns they participated in and struggled through in the Pacific fighting the Japanese during world war 2.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Almost as good as Band of Brothers July 7 2014
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I watched this series a couple of years ago but wanted to own it myself so I bought the Blu-ray set. I can't wait to watch it again. Maybe not quite as good as Band of Brothers but still excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The CD set was a birthday gift and my hubby was very pleased. Thanks
I am very impressed with the service I received and the quickness in the receiving it . The CD set was a birthday gift and my hubby was very pleased.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece!
I have no words enough to describe how I love this series. The production's approach was simply great. Whether you like History or not, this series is a must-watch.
Published 2 months ago by Harold Saracino
4.0 out of 5 stars I paid my own shipping.
I was going to order a number of movies but you did your same sneaky thing of hiding access to free shipping once I submitted my order so I cancelled the rest of my order and paid... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Arend Jan Mulder
3.0 out of 5 stars Band of Brothers a better story
The Pacific is a good product, however, not as good as Band of Brothers. Band of Brothers followed a set of characters thru the war. Read more
Published 3 months ago by George D. Oyagi
4.0 out of 5 stars This is Good but Band Of Brothers is Amazing
I found this show Good but not as good as Band of Brothers.

Still, if you enjoy war movies and great character building like Band of Brothers then give this a go for... Read more
Published 3 months ago by MAG
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
Watched this twice on TV and had own it !
Based on real soldiers and their experiences in the Pacific during WW II . Read more
Published 3 months ago by Marni Ellen
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Home Run for Spielberg / Hanks
The Pacific is as good as Band of Brothers, another WWII HBO series that Spielberg and Hanks were involved with. The Pacific's battle scenes are better done... Read more
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