World War II 360 [Blu-ray]
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It was a war-and a series of military campaigns-like no other. HISTORY puts viewers in the middle of the action with two revealing programs that use cutting-edge computer graphic animation and the latest technology to bring a 360-degree view of the Second World War. In Battle 360°, follow the only carrier to be front and center in every major sea conflict in the Pacific. The USS Enterprise and its men fought saw some of the fiercest multi-front battles ever witnessed in modern combat as they fought off the enemy from the air, the sea, and underwater. Then, travel with Gen. George S. Patton, Jr. as he leads his heroic soldiers in North Africa, in the invasion of Sicily, and in the charge across Europe to defeat Hitler's Third Reich. Patton 360° weaves a mix of CGI battle scenes, interviews with historians and men who fought under Patton, and commentary by modern-day military experts, offering a dramatic analysis of the brilliant strategy and leadership Patton exemplified as he beat back the Nazi tidal wave in WWII.
BATTLE 360: 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 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 FEATURES: Additional Footage
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However, if you don't already own either series; this is the better way to acquire them since the complete collection is only about ten to fifteen dollars more than either series bought separately! So then the question becomes; should I buy this? And in the case of Battle 360, that is a resounding YES. While in the case of Patton 360, it is a MAYBE. Here's the skinny on both series:
BATTLE 360 is a fascinating ten episode, mostly CGI series on the war in the pacific seen through the eyes of the USS Enterprise. The most highly decorated vessel of the United States Navy! And since the Enterprise was involved in every major action of the Pacific War except Pearl Harbour; it works very well indeed to show all the major events of that campaign. I rate it a strong four stars. You can read my complete review on it here - Battle 360: The Complete Season 1 [Blu-ray]
PATTON 360 is a sequel series of sorts that does the same thing for the ground war in Europe. Namely covering the war through the campaigns of General George S. Patton. However, since Patton was only involved in the Mediterranean and French campaigns; it's much more limited in scope. I rate it an average three stars.Read more ›
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For all you history buffs, "World War II 360" is over 17 hours of battle action in the Pacific. It has two complete series from the History Channel. The first called Battle 360 covers the war career of the USS Enterprise (Star Trek fans, feel free to drool), which was the only carrier to be front and center in EVERY battle in the Pacific during the war. The amazing story is told through historians, Top Gun graduates (once more, feel free to drool, my husband loves Top Gun), and sailors who were actually THERE.
The USS Enterprise was a giant carrier that was equipped with tons of high-artillery machine guns, a large crew, and a deck carrying several small aircraft ready to take to the air for scouting or battle. Not only are the individual battles exciting, but there are a few funny stories put in too like of a drunk guy relieving himself in a stairwell. The first battle was discovering America had been pulled into the war in the first place with the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese. In one terrifying moment, a Japanese pilot whose aircraft was damaged attempted to crash it right into the USS Enterprise, but one American's quick thinking saved the carrier. He jumped into one of the American aircraft and fired away at the Japanese aircraft which through off its trajectory and it scraped the deck and the aircraft of the American but coasted off to crash in the water. The Captain had been watching at the time and requested the hero immediately come see him in his office where he gave the officer two promotions for his bravery.
Almost the entire sequence of battles is done in a CGI format that makes it look like a really cool video game, but it is fascinating to watch, especially in Blu-ray. The bonus features are additional footage from these stories.
The second series is Patton 360 following General George S. Patton Jr. leading soldiers into North Africa, in the Sicilian invasion, and marching across Europe to take down Hitler's Third Reich. In the same manner as the Pacific battles, these fights are also animated in a video game format where historians and soldiers can talk about the strategies used in detail. Once again the bonus features consist of additional footage of these accounts.
If you are a history buff and are particularly interested in battles, how they came about, strategies, and all the excitement that comes with them, this is a set for you!
I especially liked the Patton series because it didn't present Patton as the worlds best general. It showed his strengths and weaknesses as well as what his men thought about him. The show lets you draw your own conclusions by offering both sides. It was great being able to listen to the old veterans tell their tales as well. What an incredible and humble group of people.