The Pacific: The Complete HBO Series 
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All ten episodes of the fact-based HBO historical drama mini-series. The series tells the intertwined stories of three US marines - Eugene Sledge (Joseph Mazzello), Robert Leckie (James Badge Dale) and John Basilone (Jon Seda) - during America's battle with the Japanese in the Pacific in the Second World War. Episodes are: 'Guadalcanal/Leckie', 'Basilone', 'Melbourne', 'Gloucester/Pavuvu/Banika', 'Peleliu Landing', 'Peleliu Airfield', 'Peleliu Hills', 'Iwo Jima', 'Okinawa' and 'Home'.
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movie, and this is a case in point. This is a story of 3
men who fought through the Pacific Theater campaign
of WW2. The source material, are 4 books written by
by men who were there, and we see the that war with
all its complexity on the human spirit, and in parts it
is very UGLY. Remember, in war, good men have to
do bad things, and here we see it all...
This series is as good as any of the movies on the
Pacific War made in recent years, and concentrates
on the main battles, but also includes the little known
battle of the Island of Peleliu, which covers 3 episodes.
Peleliu was a bloodbath, and the first battle were the
Japanese dug in to defend to the death. To say this
battle was horrific, is an understatement, and here
we see some very gruesome things, but this is war,
and we see the psychological effects it has on the.
troops. Brave men fall apart after so much violence.
After the Battle of Okinawa, the Americans had over
26,000 psychiatric casualties, and the troops were
exhausted, and this was one of the main reasons
the USA dropped the Atom Bomb. Think what you
want about the A-Bombing of Japan, but I feel they
had no choice, and besides that, the Japanese were
as bad as the Nazis, and would have never given up
If you have any interest in the Second World War. this
is worth watching.
My biggest criticism of The Pacific is that the story is a little fragmented. It’s not that it is particularly difficult to follow, rather that it lacks a sense of overall cohesion. When characters appear and then disappear I feel it takes a lot of momentum out of the series.
It also could have benefited from a bit more exposition and background information. I knew the Iwo Jima episode was going to be a meat grinder, for example, but I would guess the context and significance (or lack thereof depending on your view) would be lost on a lot of viewers. For better or for worse these types of programmes are important history lessons for some people, and I think a few seconds of an island-hopping map graphic at the start of each episode is too limited and a missed opportunity.
That said, the last episode is arguably the pick of the bunch. It’s an episode set after the fighting is over but in many ways it hits the hardest, with the knockout delivered at the final credits when you see the real people who were being portrayed in the series and what happened to them after the war. For me, the final episode grasped a bunch of loose hanging threads and made something great out of them.
To say it isn't as good as the series set in Europe is being disrespectful to the'grunts' who fought their island-hopping war in the Pacific. It is indeed superb and as realistic as any of the modern films and tv series set in wartime but certainly isn't a copy of BOB --- it has its own identity, real colourful characters and bags of action which never holds back from the horrors and bloody gore of death and injury.
The series wouldn't work if it wasn't backed up by quality actors both in the roles of the combatants and the civilians. There are some story lines set both in the USA and Australia that are a respite from the military campaign and the degradations suffered by the Marines in their fight against both the Japanese and the jungle conditions ----- my own view is that both areas were presented well and perhaps can draw a wider audience as the series is not entirely action and blood 'n guts.
English subtitles plus a multitude of languages and subtitles and copious bonus features. The presentation of the box set is the best I have ever owned. Hard covered book-like enclosure and 6 discs in their individual holders.
is no wham, bang, blood and guts for the sake of it war yarn. There's plenty wham and bang and blood and guts but ONLY as part of the narrative,
any sex and violence is part and parcel of the whole.
I am a real critic of war movies set in the 20th. century, mainly because I and my family served and have to say that there's nothing at all
that is over-dramatised or tasteless about THE PACIFIC or indeed BAND OF BROTHERS, it is carefully researched and there is a sincere respect held by the actors for the men and women they portray.
It's perhaps not totally appropriate to file the DVDs under 'Entertainment'... I feel it's intended to be and succeeds at being, much more.
Others who view the mini series may disagree but it is only my opinion.
I would highly recommend to anyone that is interested in the war or anything to do with it or someone looking for something good to watch