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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. Kudos also go to the packaging and design of the boxed set; the menus are easily navigable, offering a synopsis of each episode. --Sam Graham
I cried during several parts. So emotionally charged were the scenes that I was overwhelmed at how much this "Greatest Generation" gave up to fight this war. Read morePublished 1 hour ago by Ron K.
Have viewed half the episodes so far. Not quite the quality of "Band of Brothers" mainly because it focus a lot on the people and not the war. Read morePublished 5 hours ago by Don L
Excellent series that kept my interest. Well written and factual.Published 7 hours ago by Hollings M. Belcher
Awesome series! Highly recommend! These men and all who fought beside them in WWII were heroes!Published 9 hours ago by Curtis Rogers
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To be honest, I'm not even sure if it's mentioned.
Starts on Guadalcanal, moves to Cape Glouster, to Peleliu, a little bit of Iwo Jima and Okinawa.
That's at least where all of the fighting in the series takes place.
Nov 27, 2012 by Ty Webb | See all 3 posts
Waste Trap Door was and still is the leader of this negative campaign. He's out to make everything political, and carries the mentality that if you don't agree with him you are wrong.
Nov 23, 2011 by Ty Webb | See all 4 posts
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I just saw that amazon not only matched the price but went $2 lower. Looks like amazon came through this time.
Dec 19, 2010 by kem | See all 10 posts
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I have an Oppo Digital BDP-83 Blu-Ray player with the latest firmware. (http://oppodigital.com/blu-ray
Dec 30, 2010 by Mark Frautschi | See all 10 posts
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Not a clue ... having the same problem .. and I can exchange it either ... didn't come in widescreen and I didn't notice ... until the second viewing
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