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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.
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. 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
Making The Pacific: Go behind the scenes and take an inside look at the making of the miniseries
Anatomy of the Pacific War: Explore the historical influences and cultural perceptions that led to the merciless brutality in the Pacific theater of World War II
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This program follows 3 Marine heroes, their comrades and their sacrifice against a fearless enemy. You will feel every emotion as you watch this epic series. There are several scenes that will never leave your mind. This is an accurate depiction of combat in the Pacific theatre. Its very inhumane at times and not always easy to watch. Having said that-its something everyone should see, regardless of your interest in World War 2. The level of detail and battle sequences are amazing. The amphibious landings and the hell thats thrown at these guys is unthinkable. The fact that the Pacific war isn't covered enough, makes this educational for some and intriguing to everyone. Thanks to Clint Eastwoods great movies(Letters From Iwo Jima, Flags Of Our Fathers) and Speilberg/Hanks -The Pacific, we are starting to get some great coverage in this area. Of more importance, the men who gave so much are getting the recognition they deserve.
I have read some of the other reviews here and I can't understand the anti- reviews. This is not Band Of Brothers Part 2, its not trying to be that series. This series is much more personal. We get to see how bad the fighting was and how it changes these men. This series focuses on 3 marines, instead of a platoon of guys and their leaders. Band Of Brothers is awesome, everyone knows that. BOB was also 8 years ago and its had its day in the sun. We all have it on dvd and will enjoy it the rest of our lives. I think some people have let the past 8 years of BOB marinate in their minds. Instead of coming into this series with an open mind, people were ready to pick it apart, because they love BOB so much. I think once this set comes out on blu ray and you can spend a weekend enjoying what a great series it is, you will see that it stands on its own. I heard one guy after the first episode say " its slow, I hope it will pick up" . The first episode of BOB was boot camp and getting ready for D-day- that was a slow episode, but very enjoyable- just like this episode one. But in this series the marines are already on Guadalcanal and the action has begun in earnest.Makes no sense.
One of many aspects I enjoy about The Pacific is the time the soldiers spend away from the battlefield. I think they do a great job showing whats on these guys minds, what they have to fight for and how their fate on the battlefield effects so many. Theres an episode where they are stationed in Australia and you can see how some Aussies can't wait for them to leave. While others fall in love with the soldiers or welcome them into their lives. Its a dynamic of war that is easier to cover in a series this long.
The Marines weren't just fighting a fearless, well trained enemy- they were fighting the jungle as well. Which is also well covered in the series. I can't imagine living in these conditions, let alone fighting the Japanese. The diseases and lack of proper supplies killed thousands of soldiers(on both sides), who didn't have the chance to decide their fate on the field.
The acting is well done by the 3 main performers portraying Basilone, Leckie and Sledge. The chemistry between Jon Seda(Basilone) and Annie Parrise(Lena) is hard to find. I thought the episode where they meet, fall in love , marry and seperate because of Basilone's Iwo Jima mission was one of the best in the series. It seemed like every episode was better than the previous. It kept getting better. There are many episodes and moments that make this great. The 3 episodes that encompass the Pelieu battle are intense, brutal and realistic for battle. I feel like the brutality and ruthless battle of the Pacific war is captured very well here. This warfare is much different from the European theatre. The Japanese won't surrender when the odds look grim like the Germans did countless times. It gives the viewer an idea of how savage the fighting in the Pacific would have been. There is a scene where the Marines are trying to cross an airfield- but the Japanese are waiting and ready. The following moments are above what we have seen in Saving Private Ryan for graphic war violence. For a good while its unrelenting. Another moment that will stay with you is when Sledge is on Okinawa- the last battle. He enters a small shelter to find a crying baby. When he looks around he finds a woman close to death. She wants him to kill her to end her pain, even putting his gun to her head. But he is done killing. Its a powerful moment. There are good hearted moments to find too. The episode where the Marines are in Australia is great. And the final episode finds the soldiers trying to make a life for themselves in post war America. Several find love and begin fresh. Leckie(James Dale)who earler in Australia lost love, finds love with the woman he had been writing too throughout the war. Although he never sends the letters- figuring he wouldn't survive the war! The people who made the Island sets should be given praise too. The battlefields are very realistic.
The special features are definatley worth your time. The first section covers several marines with profiles lasting around 10 minutes per marine. Some of the interviews are from several years ago, when they were still alive. Its priceless archival footage of our countries heroes. There is a making of "The Pacific" feature that covers all the research that went into making th sets and recreating the battles. Extremely impressive! This is top shelf film making here. The final section covers the reasons for the savagery of both sides in this war. As well as helping some to understand the conflicts of cultures.
I would recommend this series to anyone who has an interest in World War 2, film making, great story telling and those who like to feel the spectrum of emotions when watching something this good.
Both programs led early on with a signature bit of heroism: the destruction of an artillery battery by a patrol led by Dick Winters and a night battle with some sort of vague heroics by John Basilone. While skillfully portraying the fog of war, Band of Brothers makes Winters' heroism very clear. It is never clear just what happens in Pacific. There is a night battle, tracers go flying back and forth and the next morning Basilone is declared a hero. This isn't a fluke. There is a deliberate attempt to downgrade the heroics of the the Americans. Of the three central characters in The Pacific, one is wounded, one is killed and one spends time in the looney bin.
War is hell, of course, but World War II was a necessary war. Why treat the two theaters of war so differently?
The answer, I think, has to do with the psthology of modern culture. Until the early eighties, except for the reasonable debate over the use of nuclear weapons, the war in the Pacific. like the war against the Nazis, managed to avoid the general disenchantment with war, no matter how necessary and virtuous.
Then a few college professors who had spend far too long in the ivory tower and not enough time in the real world wrote books revealing their discovery that there was a racial element to the Pacific War and that the Americans treated the Japanese brutally (somehow the good professors missed the cause of that brutality, such minor items like the Rape of Nanking and the Bataan Death March).
There matters stood until 1999, when President Clinton awarded 22 Medals of Honor to the Japanese American 442nd Regiment to redress what he called the racism of the US military against the Japanese. The award of these medals was absurd. The 442nd won two legitmate Medals of Honor during the war, a great record for a regiment which fought on a secondary front against third rate troops, was in action for less than a year and did not face any of the desperate actions that make generals hand out high honors. By contrrast, the entire Marine Corps, almost 100 times larger than an army regiment, which was in action virtually every day of the war, and fought crack troops in opposed landings and furious counterattacks, won only 84 Medals of Honor. At least some of the Medals which Clinton handed out didn't even pretend that they were awarded for anything above and beyond the call of duty.
No matter. Clinton's point was to accuse the US military of racism against Japanese and he succeeded there.
In the last decade, this effort to denigrate the Pacific War spread into popular culture with Clint Eastwood's Flags of Our Father and Letters from Iwo Jima. Flags turned the heroism of Iwo Jima on its head and focused on the efforts of financiers to take advantage of the heroism of the Marines to sell war bonds. It was heroism as a capitalist tool. By contrast, Letters showed the battle from the Japanese viewpoint: men dying to protect their wives and families, dying for duty and honor.
The Pacific extends this trend, including not just war as a way to sell bonds but showing the rest of the American effort as made up of victims.
The reason for this is that the Baby Boomers are quite proud of their anti-war efforts, beginning in Vietnam (at least so long as they were still subject to the draft) and so on up to the present day. But this has resulted in horrible genocide around the world. More people of color have died in acts of genocide - in China, in Vietnam, in Cambodia, in Iraq, in Rwanda, in Darfur and now in North Africa - than died in the Shoah. Since the Baby Boomers like to think of themselves as virtuous, they need to denigrate the efforts of their forefathers to fight dictators. Hence programs like The Pacific. If you keep telling yourself that only fools and victims try to stop tyranny, you might be able to convince yourself that, contrary to Edmund Burke, all that is necessary for the triumph of liberalism is for good men to do nothing. Bunk, of course, but comforting bunk.
But a curious side effect has occurred. You keep reading a lot of writers whose fathers or grandfathers won't talk to them about World War II. These writers conclude that these old heroes are too traumatized to talk about it. This is rubbish of course. If you are over fifty, you may have vivid memories of your pal's dads telling you about hand to hand combat with a Japanese soldier, about being a Jewish GI in a Nazi POW camp, about getting wounded, driving one of Patton's tanks, about Dunkirk and D-Day. And you get two old guys together and they immediately ask each other what they did in the war.
Best of all, those of us who have come back from Iraq or Afghanistan know how these wonderful old men want to swap war stories with you. Suddenly, they aren't 90 any more. They are young and vital and the barriers of race, age, religion or ethnicity all fall away.
So if you find these old vets clamming up, it has nothing to do with them and everything to do with you. They have found that you don't measure up and you don't deserve their memories. It means that they have determined that you have no sense of concepts like duty, honor, patriotism, standing up for the weak and willingness to fight evil no matter how strong. And if you wonder why these old heroes have determined that you're inadequate, The Pacific is as good an explanation as any.