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The Pacific - Complete HBO Series - Amazon Exclusive (Includes: Inside The Battle Of Peleliu) [DVD]
The Pacific - Complete HBO Series - Amazon Exclusive (Includes: Inside The Battle Of Peleliu) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Joe Mazzello

11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brutal, 2 Nov 2010
There are many negative reviews of this mini series due to comparing it to Band of Brothers set in the European arena of the 2nd World War. The Pacific war holds no comparison to the European encounter. Given that the series is delivered in the same format with veterans giving their memories and views of their involvement it becomes clear that whilst the European war allowed heroes to be created in the Pacific this brutal guerilla environment cannot produce the same closure for its audience. In both the books on which the pacific is based are documented atrocities of the most awful kind. Its not attractive reading and therefore should not produce a sanitised xbox view of war which I feel too many of todays audience are expecting. This brutal series lays out a true depiction of the Pacific war and its effects on its combatants. It cannot show a picture of the overall war including the Japanese view as it is based on two books written by American veterans who experienced this awful war as it was fought on the front line. The veterans inability to glorify this episode of human history and their humble recollecting of the real horror of this warfare is a testament to their extraordinary courage that they must have endured. Its insulting for people to view this as entertainment and criticise the producers for not producing more real characters as if its a game. Its a very factually accurate depiction of this part of the 2nd world war. Frankly anybody who has read both books may find this version slightly sanitised as the brutality and the overall actions of both Americans and Japanese may have been too much for an audience too stomach. It deserves 5 stars just because it shows real war and yes it may disappoint many of todays audience but that may be more to do with their gung ho version of war rather than the shear brutality of this encounter. Hopefully we may never see the like of this warfare again and if the making of the Pacific adds to that happening its served as a lasting testament to those involved. Is is good TV? i doubt whether war at this level can ever or should ever be entertainment but if war films are to be made then this certainly is the way to make them. I suspect it again sets a standard that is difficult to match.


This Is England [DVD] [2006]
This Is England [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Thomas Turgoose
Price: 2.91

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars this is england, 6 Jan 2010
This review is from: This Is England [DVD] [2006] (DVD)
Its quite important to view this film in its real context. Unlikely as it seems this may be the last time this plot line could be valid. Yes there were skinheads in the early eighties as there were in the 70's. They were tribal and could be nasty but they were not feral and that's the foundation of the film. It's a spin on radicalisation where the characters are not that committed apart from the vulnerable. A reasonable view at the time whereby people were charged with political views but chose to suppress them until allowed to vote. Its also from a time where violence was still seen as abhorrent. Beneath the surface changes were taking place to shift society to a more violent model. Interestingly we are exposed to the first acceptance of foul language from an 11 year old. His profanity again an important social statement. I was born in 1945 and we simply never swore, we knew the words but we could not use them they would have made us feel ashamed. This is the lull before the storm and it permeates the film. Seen from today the relationship between the gang leader and the boy would be seen as paedophiliac although when I grew up our gang ranged from 18 to 9. It shows a world about to happen and unsurprisingly did happen. From bored teenagers to stoned thugs is not such a short journey as we have found to our cost. From lonely Muslims to the feeling of belonging to an Islamic gang is no different. A strong social statement encapsulates the period perfectly but, correctly, can supply no reason for where we have ended.


This Is England [Blu-ray]
This Is England [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Thomas Turgoose
Price: 7.46

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is England, 6 Jan 2010
Its quite important to view this film in its real context. Unlikely as it seems this may be the last time this plot line could be valid. Yes there were skinheads in the early eighties as there were in the 70's. They were tribal and could be nasty but they were not feral and that's the foundation of the film. It's a spin on radicalisation where the characters are not that committed apart from the vulnerable. A reasonable view at the time whereby people were charged with political views but chose to suppress them until allowed to vote. Its also from a time where violence was still seen as abhorrent. Beneath the surface changes were taking place to shift society to a more violent model. Interestingly we are exposed to the first acceptance of foul language from an 11 year old. His profanity again an important social statement. I was born in 1945 and we simply never swore, we knew the words but we could not use them they would have made us feel ashamed. This is the lull before the storm and it permeates the film. Seen from today the relationship between the gang leader and the boy would be seen as paedophiliac although when I grew up our gang ranged from 18 to 9. It shows a world about to happen and unsurprisingly did happen. From bored teenagers to stoned thugs is not such a short journey as we have found to our cost. From lonely Muslims to the feeling of belonging to an Islamic gang is no different. A strong social statement encapsulates the period perfectly but, correctly, can supply no reason for where we have ended.


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