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5.0 out of 5 stars He has seen war., 11 Nov 2011
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This review is from: The Pacific / Band Of Brothers [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
This has to be one of the best value for money box sets you can get (£37 at the time of writing). I already owned Band of Brothers on dvd and was going to buy the Pacific on blu ray but thought i may as well upscale BoB at the same time for a few more quid.

I was pleased I did.

The black case is not just a slip containing two tins as i thought it might be, its a good case containing the two series in their own inserts as well as a passport style case with a bonus disc with a documentary called "He has seen war".

If anybody has not seen these series before they are, in my opinion, one of the best things that have ever been on telly. In terms of war films i like saving private ryan, the thin red line, battle of britain and platoon, so that should give you some idea if you share my tastes.

As each series contain ten episodes you get a chance to really get interested in the characters and to care about their plights. This adds a dimension that you don't really get with films.

There are really powerful moments that make you stop to think how brutal the war must have been, and others (such as the liberation of the death camp) that show you some of the autrocities people could commit against their fellow man.

The thing that sets these apart for me is the interviews with surviving veterans at the start of each episode. There is one interview where an ex US soldier talks about how he felt engaging with the enemy and being ordered to kill someone who, in another situation, he may have been friends with. At times these interviews can be moving as they recall the horrors they lived through and the friends they lost. Nothing could set the scene for the episode more beautifully.

The series scrubs up very well on blu ray, the d day drops and the battle in Carentarn in particular are stunning.

The bonus documentary was a plesant surprise, and gives a really good account of how the heroes of easy company struggled to get back to the normality of everyday life. I never thought about how difficult it must have been to resume your life after having served in a World War, it is really well made and gives the whole thing an even greater personal element.

I actually watched that this evening, i thought it was apt given today is 11.11, and i know have even greater respect for those we remembered today.

I know i've gone on a bit but in summary, brilliant piece of telly, i slightly prefer BoB to the Pacific, and this should be given to A-level history students to watch as homework.
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Initial post: 3 Dec 2011 23:19:26 GMT
D. Covent says:
Hello,

I'm interested in this box. Unfortenatly, the band of brothers box only has english subs accoding to the info here. Is this correct or has it also dutch (nederlands) subtitles?

Thx

Posted on 10 Dec 2011 10:20:50 GMT
Yes please. could you plz tell us what subs do both pacific and band of brothers have? i would really like to know if Greek subs are included on both of them. Thank you in advance

Posted on 20 Dec 2011 20:46:32 GMT
Well, you only need to take a look at the product description on this page:

Language and Subtitles

The Pacific
Audio: English 5.1, French 5.1,Castilian 5.1, Polish 2.0, Czech 2.0, Hungarian 2.0
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Castilian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, Bulgarian, Croatian, Greek,
Hebrew, Portuguese, Romanian, Serbian, Slovenian, Turkish

Band of Brothers
Audio: English 5.1, French 5.1
Subtitles: English, Arabic, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Swedish, Turkish

Bonus Disc
Audio: English 5.1
Subtitles: English, French, Italian, German, Castilian Spanish, Dutch

Posted on 30 Apr 2012 12:58:56 BDT
Last edited by the author on 30 Apr 2012 13:00:16 BDT
streetyson says:
BoB was a fantastic piece of entertainment - but really not that great for A-level or any other level of history. Historically BoB was a significant improvement on Saving Private Ryan (which did not do anything like accurately portray events at Omaha - for example replacing British landing craft and British crews, many who died, with good old GI's, and then sending the US team on an historically unrealistic mission). BoB was definitely more mature, and the storyline all based more on actual events, but notably it's still one sided: just the US. Historically the US were outnumbered by British-Commonwealth troops until after the Battle of Normandy, and the British-Commonwealth forces faced the majority of the German defenders (including 3/4 of the panzer divisions) until the Bulge. But where are the Brits? The only time we see them in BoB is either when they get "rescued" by Easy Company or when they try to tell a British tank how to attack and the Brits ignore them and come a cropper. Hardly balanced treatment, and very misleading. The rescue of 100 British paras by Easy Company did actually take place, but 2300 other paras got back without their help. Why is it that American productions have not only to over-glamourize their own history but, if they bother including other allies, only ever seem to go out of their way to show-up those allies???

In reply to an earlier post on 1 May 2012 07:59:52 BDT
Sometimes Amazon's description is wrong, I would really like to know if this box has portuguese subtitles as well... Could someone who owns the box please check this information for me? Thanks a lot.
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