5 Blu-ray Discs, being released October 26, 2010
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!