Band of Brothers producers Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg re-team to produce this ten-hour World War II miniseries based on the books With the Old Breed by Eugene Sledge and Helmet for My Pillow by Robert Leckie. Additional interviews conducted by the filmmakers in collaboration with Hugh Ambrose (son of late Band of Brothers author Stephen E. Ambrose) detail the arduous odysseys of U.S. Marines Sledge, Leckie, and John Basilone from their first skirmishes in Guadalcanal to their eventual return to American soil following V-J Day.~Jason Buchanan
Exclusive features include:
Profiles of The Pacific intimate portraits of the real marines featured in The Pacific
Making The Pacific 30-minute feature providing an inside look at the making of this epic miniseries
Anatomy of the pacific war - historical documentary on the events that influenced the merciless brutality in the Pacific theater
Timothy Van Patten
Bruce C. McKenna
George P. Pelecanos
James Badge DaleRobert Leckie
Joe MazzelloEugene Sledge
Jon SedaJohn Basilone
Stephen F. WindonCinematographer
Blake NeelyComposer (Music Score)
Geoff ZanelliComposer (Music Score)
Hans ZimmerComposer (Music Score)
Anthony PrattProduction Designer
Bruce C. McKennaExecutive Producer
Gary GoetzmanExecutive Producer
Graham YostExecutive Producer
Steven SpielbergExecutive Producer
Tom HanksExecutive Producer
Tony ToExecutive Producer
Year of Release
6 Discs, DVD
Digital Theater Systems (akin to 5.1), Dolby Digital w/ sub-woofer channel, stereo
Picked it up for 10 bucks when it was on sale. Tremendous value. Very well made mini series on the pacific theater of war.
Packed with extra content. Enhanced view provides a lot of depth and insight which enriches the show.
One note about the field guide/UI: the field guide feature does not work on my ps4. It also did not work initially on my sony 4k player. I eventually got it to work on my 4k player by tweaking a bunch of settings. Honestly not sure which particular setting did the trick but I guess the point is, if the field guide does not work for you, try playing with the settings of your player for a little bit and it might just work.
One more negative is that the sound does not work out of box. Did not work on my ps4 nor the 4k player out of the box. Again had to adjust the settings to make it work. I have never had this issue with other blu ray discs that I own (not that I own many).
Still, 5 star for the show itself. Really appreciate the film makers and cast members pouring their heart into this production. Wish to see more movies and TVs like this one.
I loved Band of Brothers (Dir and Produced by Spielberg & Hanks as well) and didn't know about this series until I saw it sitting on the shelf at my local Best Buy. It was on sale at the time for $10 so how could you go wrong with that? Only 3 episodes in and it seems not as riveting as the aforementioned series nor does it draw me in. Don't get me wrong, it's good, but seems to be missing the magic of BofB. The other flaw I would say is the packaging (tin case Blu ray version) the inside case opens up, or should I say rolls out into this line of DVDs longer than my arm and gets very flappy and flimsy. It's the dumbest disc packaging I've ever seen in my entire life. Instead of a book of discs it's like a scroll of discs that folds into itself, but once you "unroll it" it's becomes very unmanageable. Stupid. But I will continue to watch the series none-the-less. Shane from TWD is in the series too.
Tom Hanks and Spielberg hit it out of the park again with another fantastic homage to the heroes and experiences of WW2. It's worth noting that even though it's a WW2 drama, it's different from Band of Brothers in almost every way possible. Band of Brothers, in my mind, is a celebration of the brotherhood and courage of Easy Company 101st Airborne. It gives a glimpse into the heroism and resolve of the soldiers who endured some of the worst that the American forces faced in the war in Europe from DDay, Carentan, Market Garden, Bastogne, and a few other key engagements.
The Pacific continues the trend of a character driven narrative with high production value but tells a much darker and more abysmal story of the horrors that the 1st Marines faced at Guadalcanal, Peleleiu, Okinawa, and Iwo Jima. The supporting cast is rather large, though the main focus of this series is on 3 particular individuals; Bob Leckie, John Basalone, and Eugene Sledge - the material for most of the series was taken from Bob Leckie's autobiography "Helmet for my Pillow" and Eugene Sledge's autobiography "With the Old Breed: at Peleliu and Okinawa". While there are some scenes which visually romanticize the American vision of the rugged bare-chested marine fighting the "Japs" in the pacific - the charm is quickly overshadowed by the horrors of the non-conventional warfare our marines faced in the Pacific theatre. The Japanese warriors who engaged in night attacks, banzai bayonet charges, and suicide attacks are portrayed in a very dark and terrifying manner that definitely does justice to the brutality of the combat which took place. While Hollywood typically demonizes America's enemies in these sorts of features - the writers did a good job of respecting the Japanese as people and giving an accurate portrayal of the motivations of combatants on both sides of the conflict.
What this series does that Band of Brothers didn't is show the difficulties of the soldiers who returned from the war and the mental toll that the war in the Pacific took on them. There are some scenes that are real tear-jerkers, having felt especially bonded to the characters and their experiences.
While I think I prefer Band of Brothers if I had to pick a favorite, I still greatly admire The Pacific as a spectacle that stands on its own. It shares a very different story than Band of Brothers and I would highly recommend.
Note: This series is especially violent and gratuitous in its portrayal of many of the themes of the war in the pacific. Everything from the violence, the language, and the secksual content is quite R-rated so this might not be the most appropriate for younger audiences.
The production value of the series is absolutely phenomenal as is the overall quality of the series. Don't go into this thinking it's a show where you'll come out screaming, "YEAH AMERICA!!!"
The series is a harrowing and often horrifying look in the one of the most brutal times of warfare. Stunning work overall that needs too be watched by anyone remotely interested in World War II and isn't interested in rose-tinted glasses and romanticism about how horrifying that time really was.
This show does an exceptional job of showing the WWII pacific theater. Does an excellent, almost ethereal, palpable job of showing the horrors of that time in history. You really need to know what you are getting into before watching. It is not for the squeamish but should be applauded for that as it pulls no punches illustrating the horrors those soldiers experienced and the toll it took on all of them.
I watched this after watching the Band of Brothers. While I felt it did not reach the level of Band of Brothers it is still a fine production. The extras are excellent as was the $10 sale price I found at Best Buy. Would recommend watching The Pacific then Band of Brothers if you have not seen either.
Love it. Great re-enactments cinematography just like band of brothers. Another great HBO production w/actual interviews from the real marines who the series portrays. Very good highly recommend! Didnt give 5 star cuz its not available in 4K.