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Band of Brothers / The Pacific (Special Edition Gift Set) [Blu-ray]

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Product Description

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.

The Pacific-

The Pacific is an epic 10-part miniseries that delivers a realistic portrait of WWII's Pacific Theatre as seen through the intertwined odysseys of three U.S. Marines - Robert Leckie, John Basilone and Eugene Sledge. The extraordinary experiences of these men and their fellow Marines take them from the first clash with the Japanese in the haunted jungles of Guadalcanal, through the impenetrable rain firests of Cape Gloucester, across the blasted coral strongholds of Peleliu, up the black sand terraces of Iwo Jima, through the killing fields of Okinawa, to the triumphant, yet uneasy, return home after V-J Day. The viewer will be immersed in combat through the intimate perspective of this diverse, relatable group of men pushed to the limit in battle both physically and psychologically against a relentless enemy unlike any encountered before.

He Has Seen War- is an exclusive documentary that examines the postwar lives of veterans of both Band of Brothers and The Pacific. From their initial steps at reintegrating into civilian life to the lasting impact the war had on each of their lives, He Has Seen War features Easy Company and 1st Marine Division veterans and their families relaying their own unique stories. Complemented by renowned historian and author Donald L. Miller as well as rarely seen archival and documentary footage, He Has Seen War captures the struggle and ultimate triumph of a generation who, after helping rescue the world from unprecedented calamity, reclaimed their lives and re-forged a country.


Band of Brothers-
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 Fetzer
The Pacific-
Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg have long since shown that they can spin a good World War II yarn. But while their previous collaborations (Saving Private Ryan, which they starred in and directed, respectively, and Band of Brothers, for which they were part of the producing team) were set in Europe, The Pacific is their first look at the conflict with the Japanese on the other side of the world--and the two executive producers, along with an outstanding cast, an able crew, and a slew of top-notch writers and directors, have done a superb job. In making a 10-episode HBO miniseries (on five discs, with a sixth containing bonus material) that combines real events and participants with other dramatic elements newly created for the project, the filmmakers took a personal, experiential approach, focusing in particular on three marines, all of them real individuals: Robert Leckie (played by James Badge Dale), an aspiring writer who sees his first action at Guadalcanal, falls in love while on leave in Australia, and later suffers serious war wounds; John Balisone (Jon Seda), who performs heroically at Guadalcanal, earns a Medal of Honor, and is then sent home to help sell war bonds, only to return to action at Iwo Jima; and Eugene Sledge (Joseph Mazzello), who enlists later than the others, but not too late to witness and take part in some unimaginable horrors (books written by Sledge and Leckie about their experiences were used as source material for the miniseries). Of course, no one who's never been in combat can understand what it's really like, but through these three, and other men as well, we get some idea of the debilitating effects of war, both physical and psychological, and how those who managed to survive it might cope. As Leckie would write, "There are things men can do to one another that are sobering to the soul. It is one thing to reconcile these things with God, but another to square them with yourself." A number of episodes depict the characters at home, on leave, or otherwise away from the field of battle, but the greatest impact comes from the extraordinarily powerful fighting scenes in which the marines--exhausted, half-starving, riddled with malaria, and enduring the appalling conditions (from extreme heat to relentless, torrential downpours) of an impenetrable, unforgiving jungle--battle an implacable, fanatical foe who would much rather die than surrender or be taken prisoner. A sequence in Part Five, when we're with Sledge as he lands at Peleliu for his first real action, is especially gripping; battles at night and in the rain at Cape Gloucester in Part Four, on Iwo Jima in Part Eight, and on Okinawa in Part Nine are also wrenching, but really, all the fighting sequences manage to convey the sheer, visceral terror the men experienced. To the filmmakers' credit, a number of real WWII veterans are on hand to share their memories, both in a 49-minute featurette on disc 6 and during the short introductions to each episode narrated by Hanks. Other extras include a 22-minute "making of" piece and a brief but interesting description of the cultural differences that made the conflict between the Japanese and the Americans even more brutal than it might have been. The menus are easily navigable, offering a synopsis of each episode. --Sam Graham

Special Features

Special Edition Gift Set Exclusive-
He Has Seen War- Never-before-seen documentary that examines the postwar lives of veterans of both Band of Brothers and The Pacific.

Band of Brothers-
We Stand Alone Together: The Men of Easy Company:
80-minute documentary
The Making of Band of Brothers: 30-minute featurette Ron Livingston’s Video Diaries
The Premiere in Normandy
Blu-ray Exclusive Features-
In The Words of Easy Company: Dynamic, optional picture-in-picture commentary
In The Field with the Men of Easy Company: Interactive field guide, featuring timelines, maps, soldier profiles and much more.

The Pacific:
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
Blu-ray Exclusive Features-
The Pacific Enhanced Viewing: Learn more about the Marines and gain a deeper historical understanding while watching this 10-part, 10-hour, picture-in-picture experience.

Product Details

  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 13
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: November 8, 2011
  • Run Time: 1235 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (302 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,112 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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With a history aficionado (in general) and a World War II buff (in particular) on my holiday shopping list, I always face the inevitable crisis about what to get them. Arguably, HBO's 2001 miniseries "Band of Brothers" and the 2010 offering "The Pacific" are two of the most significant narrative works to emerge on the contemporary entertainment scene. Spearheaded by the powerhouse collective of Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, these two massive enterprises showcase different aspects of the Great War. While initially dubious of the hefty price tag (although I picked one up when Amazon had it deeply discounted), there is no denying that the appearance of the Special Edition Gift Set is both handsome and deluxe. As a gift or if you don't already own the two shows, this would be an easy recommendation. However, if you do have one or both of the programs--I'm not sure that this qualifies as a necessary upgrade.

I will make some comments about the programs for newbies in a moment, but let's get down to the facts for those who are already familiar with the two miniseries and just want to know about this specific item.

Packaging: The DVD discs are placed within a large hardbound book with thick cardboard pages on which glossy photographs accompany the inserts. It's akin to having a coffee table book with DVDs inside. There are two discs housed on each two page spread (one side only) and I have no issues with too much glue or scratched discs which can be problematic in similar sets. It's really quite a nice layout. The book itself is then housed in a the simple box pictured which seals magnetically. Granted, the size of the overall package may not sit easily with your traditional DVD collection--but it is designed as a real centerpiece.
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First of all: I waited to get both Band of Brothers and the Pacific together and this box set was perfect for me. It was only slightly more expensive than buying each series individually but the box is of great quality and the blu rays look great as well. I haven't seen the exclusive documentary yet but I plan to soon.

I had seen Band of Brothers many times over the years but never the Pacific for some reason. After enjoying Band of Brothers for the 10th time when I got this box set, I watched the Pacific. I think part of the appeal of Band of Brothers is that you can watch it many, many times and it gets better everytime. You start to relate with the characters and understand their plights. When you watch something for the first time, it's kinda hard to remember who is who under their helmets or why you should care. That's how I felt during the Pacific. Only watched it once but I found it hard to care like I did with Band of Brothers. Now that being said, there is no doubt in my mind that I will watch it again and there is also no doubt that it will grow on me further.

Both series are absolutely incredible. What I said above about the Pacific was just a nitpicking personal experience. Taken alone, each EPISODE could be it's own movie. The production qualities are fantastic and the action is amazing. Much better than many movies today.

And the blu rays quality and sound is astronomical. I would often turn to my girlfriend and go "Look at the detail on the jacket!!!" or "SURROUND SOUND!!" when bullits were flying through the rear speakers on Pelilieu in the Pacific.

Great box set. HIGHLY recommended.
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I bought this for my husband who really enjoys reading history and war books. He was excited when he opened this. If you have to get your nose out of a book every once in a while, these DVD's are really worth watching. We have both really enjoyed watching them together.
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Most videos may be good enough to view once or twice, but it is a rare one indeed that is worth buying. This a quality set that will be passed down to our grandchildren. This shows what kind of Americans preserved freedom during WWII and why they are known as "the greatest generation". So glad we bought this set.
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My two favorite HBO series together in one complete box set. As much as I enjoyed both of them when they were on originally, having the entire set to watch straight through without commercials is even better. The bonus features on each disc allow for an even better understanding of how these particular units contributed to their respective operations. The background and other materials on the bonus disc was quite enjoyable as well. The packaging is great...very convenient storage, and looks great on one of the bookshelves in my Man Cave.
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Band of Brothers/The Pacific Special Edition Gift Set, is a beautiful set of dvd's that has been added to my sons collection, It was sent in very good time and packed sturdy to protect the dvd's. The dvd's are in a beautiful box with each dvd inside a heavy album type display with pictures and story line to follow. Amazon you have outdone your self with this item. We are very happy with it. Thank You so much. I am quite sure that if anyone else buys this item, they will be very happy with is like we are..
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Great way to get them both.Most places offer them seperately but this site offered both together at a FANTASTIC price.Postage was a really great deal also.
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