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The Pacific [Blu-ray]

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Polish, Portuguese, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, Czech, Greek, Korean
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Ages 14 and over
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: HBO Home Video
  • Release Date: Nov. 2 2010
  • Run Time: 400 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 96 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B001VNB54A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,286 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Pacific, The (BD)

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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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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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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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then this is a great companion to the series. The visuals are realistic and the sound quality is great. Although I didn't think the story was told as well as Band Of Brothers and I didn't feel the personal connection with the characters as with BoB, the The Pacific was still very good.

Certainly the war was tough on these Marines and that was definitely apparent through the interviews with the surviving soldiers and their families. I'm going to watch it again with the "Enhanced Viewing Experience" where there are picture in picture interviews throughout the episodes that provide context and first hand descriptions of the events presented.

The Amazon price is great ($59.99 CAD as of this writing), but I was able to find it in the mall at HMV for the same price - sans delivery wait time.
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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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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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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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ComparIng Band of Brothers to the Pacific is, to use an overused cliche, like comparing apples to oranges. Both are in my view masterpieces. But the Pacific delves so deeply into the human psyche, and does so so honestly and deftly that it achieves something different than Band of Brothers. It by no means shares the cohesion and camaraderie of Band of Brothers, but the beauty of this series - aside from flawless acting, directing, etc. - is that it is in no rush to develop the characters. The end result is a rich interpretation of what the Pacific theatre of WWII was like from many vantage points.
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This is probably the clearest looking blu-ray I've ever owned. I could recommend it even to someone who doesn't like World War II movies just so they can show it off. The colours are the richest and most vibrant I've ever seen, and there is very little soft spots or annoying digital noise reduction to be found.
The series itself is the best HBO series out there (well tied with Band of Brothers), and is just as good as Band of Brothers, despite what many people say. This series is more about the three main soldiers than following a different soldier in each episode, as Band of Brothers did. The way the series plays out allows you to grow connections with the characters on screen, something that I found hard to do in Band of Brothers.

I will recommend you buy this from amazon.com, as it is way over-priced here.
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