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on 4 May 2011
I first saw this as a 5 year old in the 80's and remember absolutely loving it. Having to put up with dodgily edited, poorly recorded VHS (home recorded) copies for all these years I was delighted to see these avaialble on DVD at long last.
The story is much the same as more modern series like Band of Brothers in that it follows a group of young men through the carnage of war. The trench scenes with the mud and the rats put more modern offerings like the trench to shame. The characters are fantastic, Cleary (Paul Hogan) was a hero of mine at 5, however my appreciation for this series has grown over the years from enjoying the banter and the battle scenes to really appreciating the extremes these men were forced to endure and it heightened my interest in the war to the point I now read alot around it in my spare time.
The battle scenes are still great, the scale of the production would not look out of place today and the feeling of futility and waste only gets worse with every watch. I also like the fact that although an Australian production it does not try to glamourise the ANZACS at the expense of other nations who fought in the war mentioning the Canadians victories and showiing that the English also did their bit (unlike american offerings that sometimes try and claim they were the sole winners of the wars, Private Ryan etc).
I cant recommend this series enough. If you have any interest in war films or history, if you like a bit of action, if you loved Band of Brothers and the Pacific you will love this series. This is not a gamble to buy in terms of quality of production and acting.
As for who is selling it I cant remember who I bought mine off but other than having Dutch writing on the cover the discs were faultless and complete and I wasnt that bothered about the cover anyway quite frankly. I also had included the making of Anzacs which was good to see.