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War is hell but this drama is great,
This review is from: The Pacific - Complete HBO Series - Amazon Exclusive (Includes: Inside The Battle Of Peleliu) [DVD] (DVD)
If you are reading this you are likely to want to know one answer first of all- is this as good as band of brothers? The simple answer is yes and what I'd like to immediately add is it's also different enough to stand up on its own 2 feet.
With Band we had a fairly military centric view of things. With the Pacific the nature of the conflict allows substantial time away from the front. Indeed episode 3 plays out entirely in Australia where the marines regroup and replenish for later battles. It's only here you see a bit of retraining there is no "boot camp" episode where you slowly get to meet the men. This allows us to see them not covered in mud and blood shooting at the Japanese in the distance but actually having some fun. This is where you start to care more for the men rather than just being in fear of the carnage.
However when the battles happen they erupt with the viciousness and realism you have seen in recent big budget war films. Bodies rip apart, guns roar and the scenes are very visceral. It's heart racing stuff and always impeccably well directed.
Realism is the goal here and at times that is hard to watch, America was sneak attacked by an Asian country and subsequently phrases like "yellow monkeys" and "dirty Japs" were regularly used and genuinely meant this is uncomfortable for the modern viewer. There's also an episode that focuses on the fact war takes its toll on young men's minds as well as their bodies and I am glad these areas were given proper attention because the series does a very good job of showing "heroes" as real and flawed human beings.
So this is pretty much a "must see" for those who want to see high quality war drama.
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Initial post: 25 May 2010 11:29:17 BDT
Min Kazianis says:
Very well written & accurate review with which I am in complete agreement.
In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jun 2010 10:10:25 BDT
i would like to know, in band of brothers there are the old soldiers who actually fought in easy company talking at the beginning of each ep. are there the actual soldiers talking at the beginning of each ep in this series?
In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jun 2010 01:06:44 BDT
Philip Lawrence-Hoyte says:
Yes it follows the same format as Band of Brothers with old soldiers recounting their experiences.
In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jan 2011 10:08:28 GMT
Last edited by the author on 11 Jan 2011 10:09:50 GMT
C. W. Bradbury says:
I found 'The Pacific' to be rather bland/depressing, concentrating too much on the misery of combat to the detriment of everything else. As Winston Churchill explained so well following his adventures in the Sudan:- "There is nothing in life more exhilarating than to be shot at, without result.". In my opinion, Band of Brothers struck the better balance.
Posted on 16 Jan 2011 08:26:11 GMT
Maurizio Costantini says:
The Pacific: Complete HBO Series [Blu-ray] 
theres audio in ita in this box?
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