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HBO's "Rome" or "Band Of Brothers"

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Initial post: Nov 30, 2012 4:41:28 PM PST
A Customer says:
My husband loves history and I want to give him one of these two series on dvd this year. As history buffs, which do you recommend and why? Thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2012 4:53:41 PM PST
I haven't seen "Band of Brothers." "Rome" is a fine series, though it takes some liberties with history for the sake of drama, but the writers and producers obviously did heavy research and include some extremely interesting historical details (one I remember is that in that day, horses had saddles but no stirrups).

Be warned, however: the series earns a definite R rating for all the display of flesh, so it may make your husband a much more devoted fan of Roman history than you anticipated! I don't mean it's just a sleazy skin flick, but it does not shy away from showing upper-class Roman ladies, enjoying themselves with willing men.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2012 6:11:34 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 4, 2012 7:41:53 AM PST
John M. Lane says:
I liked both series, but confess to being partial to "Band of Brothers." My dad and his generation fought WW II and it's less remote than "Rome."

Most of the men I know prefer it to "Rome."

Posted on Nov 30, 2012 6:41:04 PM PST
Bubba says:
I _really_ liked "Band of Brothers, have watched it a few times, and would watch it again; "Rome" was OK and I don't think that I'd watch it again.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2012 6:26:45 AM PST
If your husband does not have them, you may also want to consider

I, Claudius (35th Anniversary Edition)

Fall of Eagles

Posted on Dec 3, 2012 10:04:27 AM PST
Both are good, B of B is closer to reality, IMO, "Rome" is more entertainment (although well produced & researched entertainment). If it was for me, I'd prefer "B of B".

Posted on Dec 3, 2012 10:10:07 AM PST
DarthRad says:
BoB is way better than Rome, especially so because it was mostly all true (a few inaccuracies and artistic license changes were introduced into the otherwise true story).

Only the first season of Rome was any good. It jumped the shark the second season

Posted on Dec 4, 2012 5:32:51 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 6, 2012 5:54:07 AM PST
W.T. Keeton says:
For a history buff, BoB is about as good as it gets. I watched part of the first season of Rome, and while it definitely had its merits, it is ultimately a melodramatic soap opera in a historical setting. It's very well done, but it is what it is. There's nothing wrong with being that, and Rome is very entertaining at times. But it's not really an "apples to apples" comparison to put it up against Band of Brothers, which was basically a historical re-enactment, though it also functions as a solid drama in the classic "war movie" style of storytelling.

Posted on Dec 4, 2012 4:39:09 PM PST
Peony says:
I agree with the previous posters about the pros and cons of the two choices. But I also think you might want to factor in which period of history your husband prefers. If he's really into ancient history, then WWII stuff might not be the best choice, and vice versa. In the interest of full disclosure, though, I'm a HUGE fan of BofB, and every male family member I've given it to loved it, too. :)
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