The Pacific [6 Discs] [DVD] [2010]

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  • Release Date: 10/06/2015
  • Rating: NR
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Overall Customer Rating:
99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (787 out of 801)

Special Features


  • Anatomy of The Pacific War
  • Making The Pacific
  • Profiles of The Pacific
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis


The Pacific
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, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • James Badge Dale
    James Badge Dale - Robert Leckie
  • Joe Mazzello
    Joe Mazzello - Eugene Sledge
  • Jon Seda
    Jon Seda - John Basilone
  • Bill Hunter
    Bill Hunter
  • Joshua Biton
    Joshua Biton



Overall customer rating

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99%
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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Spectacular Gut-wrenching Experience

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    WEVINDOODS
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    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.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Must see!

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    Icantwin
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    The Pacific is a 2010 television series produced by HBO, Playtone and DreamWorks that premiered on March 14, 2010. The series is a companion piece to the 2001 miniseries Band of Brothers and focuses on the United States Marine Corps' actions in the Pacific Theater of Operations within the wider Pacific War. Whereas Band of Brothers followed the men of Easy Company of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment through the European Theater, The Pacific centers on the experiences of three Marines (Eugene Sledge, Robert Leckie and Medal of Honor recipient John Basilone) who were all in different regiments of the 1st Marine Division. It features the 1st Marine Division's battles in the Pacific, such as Guadalcanal, Cape Gloucester, Peleliu, and Okinawa, as well as Basilone's involvement in the Battle of Iwo Jima. It's based primarily on the memoirs of two U.S. Marines: With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa by Eugene Sledge; and Helmet for My Pillow by Robert Leckie.[3] It also draws on Sledge's China Marine[4] and Red Blood, Black Sand, the memoir of Chuck Tatum, a Marine who fought alongside Basilone on Iwo Jima. Like Band of Brothers, this 10-part mini series focuses on real, actual people who served in the war. If you enjoyed B of B, you're in for a treat. This beautifully produced, amazing piece of television history must not be missed. I gave this five stars, but it deserves ten.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent series

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    2017
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    This was an extremely well written, directed and cast series. The resolution is of the highest quality. For under $20 you get the entire 10 part series on five disks plus a bonus features disk that has three parts on the characters and making of the series as well as historical perspectives. If you are a history buff you will find this movie very interesting. Be warned there is of course a lot of graphic violence the effect of which is amplified if you have a home theater system. I had to do some fast forwarding. What really makes the series is the excellent casting and writing. You really are put on an intimate level with the character and each character is casted after an actual Marine who was there. Robert Leckie became a prolific author and wrote several novels. Eugene Sledge also wrote on his experiences. Oh and it is all packaged in a very cool tin. Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg did a really superb job with this. Maybe they can come up with a movie based on this series. Well worth the price I paid for it.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great series

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    cchiatt
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    Tom Hanks is a great historian, taking books written by the characters and turning it into a miniseries. It just reinforces the appreciation I have for the greatest generation who fought in the South Pacific during WWII and the conditions they had to endure to defeat the Japanese. It's graphic, it's sad, happy for those who made it through, yet had to deal with the memories of what they had to do. And tragic for the families of those who didn't make it home and were buried on islands in the Pacific. Being retired military but not deployed to a war zone in my career, it brought the death, carnage, and what happens a home to light during the war. in that time. The last episode is the toughest, but it ties the series characters and their real life counterparts. Honestly I was tearing up big time by the end of this series, if you don't turn in your man card! I recommend this series whole heartedly. While I haven't watched "Band of Brothers" in its entirety I will be.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Finally A proper depiction Of War In The Pacific

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    spawn
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    This series originally aired on HBO. It was so emotionally detailed, the way they show the life of these men. It will hit you like a punch to the stomach and open your heart to the heart break that our soldiers suffered during the war with Japan. It made me sad and proud for the men that gave their lives so we may enjoy our freedoms. There are parts that just break you down when we see these brave men come back the war and find they no longer fit in our society. Like square pegs in round rounds holes. You can't help but feel for the men that come back and scream in the night because of the terrors they lived during the war. At the end of the series Hanks and Spielberg flew that last remaining soldiers from the war with Japan. To Honor them for their service. It was heart breaking to see them some in wheel chairs. There are also some interviews with some of these soldiers talking about what really happened. I was moved to tears.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Iconic Marine Corps Combat Series...

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    Defender64

    Unbelievably well adapted combat series with attention to detail for realism down to the last thread. This is a realistic series that pulls no punches and shows you how horrifying combat was for those Pacific Marines. The film work is amazing as you are drawn out of reality and into the gut wrenching hell that was the Pacific war. I would like to see the battles of the Tarawa atoll and Saipan addressed by the same team of Spielberg and Hanks in the same honorable fashion they have crafted this series. "The Pacific" is definitely a must see series for any United States Marine. D. Shull, SGT. USMC(R) 1981-1987

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best visual description or the Pacific Theatre

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    Jess
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    Hard to watch at points, gritty and raw. Very similar the style and feel of Saving Private Ryan and Band of Brothers, often darker, as was the reality of the war being fought on the islands in the Pacific during WW2. Still, a masterpiece, if you know a Marine, or have heard stories of the Marines fighting in the Pacific, this series of films will resonate. Not for the weak stomached, this will make you cringe and leave you shaken at what horrors the brave US men and women faced in the often forgotten Pacific Theatre. Hitler was an evil that had to be destroyed, but sadly the European fight overshadowed what was happening on the other front. Watch it. Well worth the money, and watch it in Blu-Ray, the quality is awe inspiring.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    absolutely love it

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    mrs52811

    unlike most i did not see band of brothers before making this purchase. so i had no expectations of this movie at all. i love military history, and anything about WWII. this was a great movie had me captivated from beginning to end and i plan on watching it again. it might be good to know a little history of the war in the pacific before you watch! i love how it follows closely to the real lives of many great war heroes! just to know its based on real lives make the story all the better! the war scene that take place at night are a little hard to follow and can get confusing at times, but im still very happy that i bought this movie.

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