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Band of Brothers
Based on the bestseller by Stephen E. Ambrose, the epic 10-part miniseries Band of Brothers tells the story of Easy Company, 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, U.S. Army. Drawn from interviews with survivors of Easy Company, as well as soldiers' journals and letters, Band of Brothers chronicles the experiences of these men who knew extraordinary bravery and extraordinary fear. They were an elete rifle company parachuting into France early on D-Day morning, fighting in the Battle of the Bulge and capturing Hitler's Eagle's Nest at Berchtesgaden. They were also a unit that suffered 150 percent casualties, and whose lives became legend.]]>
An impressively rigorous, unsentimental, and harrowing look at combat during World War II, Band of Brothers follows a company of airborne infantry--Easy Company--from boot camp through the end of the war. The brutality of training takes the audience by increments to the even greater brutality of the war; Easy Company took part in some of the most difficult battles, including the D-Day invasion of Normandy, the failed invasion of Holland, and the Battle of the Bulge, as well as the liberation of a concentration camp and the capture of Hitler's Eagle's Nest. But what makes these episodes work is not their historical sweep but their emphasis on riveting details (such as the rattle of a plane as the paratroopers wait to leap, or a flower in the buttonhole of a German soldier) and procedures (from military tactics to the workings of bureaucratic hierarchies). The scope of this miniseries (10 episodes, plus an actual documentary filled with interviews with surviving veterans) allows not only a thoroughness impossible in a two-hour movie, but also captures the wide range of responses to the stress and trauma of war--fear, cynicism, cruelty, compassion, and all-encompassing confusion. The result is a realism that makes both simplistic judgments and jingoistic enthusiasm impossible; the things these soldiers had to do are both terrible and understandable, and the psychological price they paid is made clear. The writing, directing, and acting are superb throughout. The cast is largely unknown, emphasizing the team of actors as a whole unit, much like the regiment; Damian Lewis and Ron Livingston play the central roles of two officers with grit and intelligence. Band of Brothers turns a vast historical event into a series of potent personal experiences; it's a deeply engrossing and affecting accomplishment. --Bret FetzerSee all Editorial Reviews
80-minute documentary: "We Stand Alone Together: The Men of Easy Company"
30-minute "Making of Band of Brothers" featurette
The premiere in Normandy
Blu-ray exclusive: Picture-in-picture commentary
Blu-ray exclusive: Interactive field guide
I believe this is the best mini series I have ever seen!!!! I have watched a number of times and still enjoy watching it. It is truly a great story.Published 8 hours ago by 2321
A marvelous depiction of the training and battles of the men in the 101st Airborne Division during WWII. These men become real and important to the viewer during the 10 episodes. Read morePublished 9 hours ago by Kathryn Schlendorf
If you have an interest in history, especially of WWII, you will want to we this series, I especially enjoyed seeing the development of characters as a result of the horrors of... Read morePublished 11 hours ago by Rosalyn R. Donaldson
Band of Brothers is a gritty and beautiful story of a group of WWII soldiers. The realism is shocking at times, but war cannot be romanticized. Read morePublished 12 hours ago by KarenS50
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|Band Of Brothers Format for Hearing Impaired||
If you buy the US region of this then yes- it does have closed captioning. HBO is required to CC all of their (new) programming based on the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990. I double-checked this on blockbuster and it notes that it does have CC.
You should note- that individual videos... Read More
Dec 10, 2007 by Lawa | See all 21 posts
|RIP Major Winters||
Was unaware until (3/4/2011) - as I happened to be glancing through the Amazon offering of Band Of Brothers DVD's - that the real Major Richard (Dick) Winters past away on January 2, 2011. It immediately brought to my own mind and emotions again, just how "mortal" we all really are. ... Read More
Mar 4, 2011 by William Bash | See all 7 posts
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I'm a former Vietnam-era Marine. Don't worry about the language used because, for combat ground-pounders, it is considerably censored. This series is one of the best that I've ever watched, and as real as it gets "on-screen".
I'd venture to say that your children, no matter what their... Read More
Dec 10, 2007 by David Burrell | See all 37 posts
|Band of Brothers [Blu-ray]||
the UK blu-ray of BOB is region Free so, if you want to buy the cheeper UK version you won't have a issue playing it. It's got the exact same discs and extras on it. I own the UK import and have no issues playing it.
Jan 15, 2013 by B. Ackerman | See all 8 posts
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Thank you, but I DO have the closed captions option on my TV turned on. Now what? I tried asking HBO directly but all they told me was to turn on the non-existing menu option for closed captioning.
Mar 12, 2009 by Arya | See all 7 posts
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