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5.0 out of 5 stars
An Appropriate Tribute, 21 Feb. 2006
We missed some of the episodes when this series was first shown on TV and although I purchased the soundtrack on CD (very evocative main theme and incidental music by Michael Kamen) I didn't actually buy the boxed set of DVD's until last Christmas (2005). We watched them over the holiday with our neighbour (who hadn't seen any of the original TV series), two episodes at a time.
There is absolutely no doubt that the story of the 101st Airborne had to be told; and what makes the telling paticularly poignant are the interviews with some of the survivors at the beginning and end of each episode and on the bonus documentary. As has been said in other reviews, the action sequences and sound effects are so realistic you actually begin to get some idea what it must have been like to be under fire. One of the best action sequences has to be the capture of the gun emplacements that are shelling the Normandy beaches, which is still cited today as a "text book" acion. The two episodes in the Ardennes(The Battle of the Bulge)are particularly harrowing.
It is impossible to watch this and not feel enormous admiration and a deep sense of gratitude for these ordinary young guys doing extraordinary things in the face of unimaginable horror. It's not difficult to see why the title for this epic series is so appropriate. I defy anyone to watch this and not be moved.