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The History Channel Presents D-Days in the Pacific (2006)

Chester Nimitz , Douglas MacArthur  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Chester Nimitz, Douglas MacArthur, World War II
  • Format: Black & White, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 25, 2006
  • Run Time: 276 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FOQ032
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285,088 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Six documentaries: Death at the Tideline, Closing the Jaws, The Final Graveyard, The Bloody Hills of Peleliu, Biography: Admiral Chester Nimitz, Biography: General Douglas MacArthur

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Though most people associate D-Day with the massive invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944, a "D-Day" is actually a military term for any amphibious operation, and few theaters during WWII saw as many battles as did the waters of the Pacific, where more than 100 D-Days were waged.

The ultimate guide to the epic campaign orchestrated by American forces in the Pacific, this two-volume set includes the following documentary features: DEATH AT THE TIDELINE: Follow America's earliest amphibious invasions, including the ill-equipped landing on Guadacanal; CLOSING THE JAWS: America's forces gain new expertise and power, and Nimitz and MacArthur have the enemy on the run; THE FINAL GRAVEYARD: Relive the battles that pierced Japan's defenses and brought the war to a close; THE BLOODY HILLS OF PELELIU: Incredible combat footage documents one of the deadliest battlegrounds of the Pacific; BIOGRAPHY: ADMIRAL CHESTER NIMITZ: Discover the story behind the man who turned a shattered fleet into a devastating naval powerhouse; BIOGRAPHY: GENERAL DOUGLAS MACARTHUR: Learn how this fabled general was able to defeat a seemingly unstoppable Japanese war machine.

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Though most people associate D-Day with the massive invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944, few are aware that "D-Day" is actually military code for any amphibious operation--and few theaters during World War II saw as many battles as the waters of the Pacific, where more than 100 D-Days were waged. The ultimate guide to the epic campaign orchestrated by American forces, THE HISTORY CHANNEL® PRESENTS: D-DAYS IN THE PACIFIC includes the following documentary features: Death at the Tideline examines dozens of the more than one-hundred D-Days waged in the Pacific. Closing the Jaws focuses on America's rapidly improving tactics, while The Final Graveyard brings the war to a close as Japan's defenses are finally pierced. A sweeping overview based on eyewitness accounts, THE HISTORY CHANNEL® PRESENTS: D-DAYS IN THE PACIFIC rounds out the whole of the Pacific struggle with two A&E BIOGRAPHY® programs featuring Admiral Chester Nimitz and General Douglas MacArthur, and a documentary about one of the deadliest battles of World War II, The Bloody Hills of Peleliu. DVD Features: Interactive Menus; Scene Selection

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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Coveage of the Pacific Theater April 12, 2009
Format:DVD
Although this is not a in-depth study of the Pacific war, it goes into areas usually not covered by other videos of this genre, such as Victory at Sea, et al.

The program begins with the first American island invasion at Guadalcanal and covers the major invasions in chronological order as we battled our way to the Japanese homeland. What is interesting is that as it begins to cover a battle it displays a small info of text giving the date and the distance from Tokyo where the invasion is takng place. It's a nice reference to the viewer.

What differs this from most of the other similar programs is that it also mentions the blunders made by the American forces in this campaign, such as the Higgins boat landing craft being grounded on reefs 1,000 yards from the beaches of Tarawa Atoll that caused the unnecessary deaths and casualties of hundreds of Marines - a problem they could have avoided if they hadn't been so reluctant in using the tracked and armored LVT's which could have crawled over these barriers. It shows the growth in the knowledge and proficiency of the American forces as they went from being novices to seasoned veterans in these island invasions.

It also gives due credit to the role of the U. S. Army in the Pacific theater, an often overlooked and undermentioned chapter involving the brave soldiers of this proud branch of our U.S. military.

The quality of the sound and video is very good and a large percenatge is in color, I'm not sure if it is original color film or colorized afterward but it adds a nice dimension to the program. There are also alot of snips I have not seen before, and being a WWII buff have a nice collection of programs.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars d-days in the Pacific July 26, 2010
By tfh
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Remembering the many sacrfices on far flung beaches of the pacific. Well presented and not overdone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A chance to see my parents' experiences. January 27, 2014
By Mary L.
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Although the reviews that say the images are always the same, let's face it. There is just so much archival footage available and this puts it to good usage. New and earth shattering revelations...no. Good clear overviews of decisive battles (and the Pacific theater is too often ignored) yes. I enjoyed it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars D-Day in the Pacific April 10, 2013
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I've enjoyed this dvd very much and learn a little more about a subject that has always interested me, the men who landed on these beaches knowing some weren't coming back.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Some good, some atrocious November 2, 2011
By Frank
Format:DVD
Disk 1 was great.
On Disk 2, "Admiral Chester Nimitz" was great.
I had recently seen "The Bloody Hills of Pelileu" in another collection.
The "General Douglas MacArthur" selection is one of the WORST trumped-up fictional hagiographies using selected facts of Douglas MacArthur possible. It's given a little balance if you watch "Admiral Chester Nimitz."
It's available on netflix.
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