Patton 360: Season 1 [Blu-ray]
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Following on the success of Battle 360, PATTON 360 uses cutting-edge computer graphic animation and the latest technology to bring viewers a 360-degree view of World War II. Patton, a complicated, colorful, and ferociously determined officer known as 'Old Blood and Guts,' springs to life with the aid of archival footage, personal diary quotes, and commentary from historians and veterans. With insight into the forces he commanded and battles he led, you ll be there for all the drama, from lightning-fast armored assaults to the Battle of the Bulge and the final battles inside Germany after crossing the Rhine.
Grab a helmet and prepare for action!
DISC ONE (5 episodes, approx 235 min):
Blood & Guts / Rommel's Last Stand / Baptism of Blood / Rogue General / American Blitzkrieg
DISC TWO (5 episodes, approx 235 min): Leading the Charge / On Hitler's Doorstep / Siege Warfare / Battle of the Bulge / Crushing the Third Reich
Top Customer Reviews
I learned a few new things about the fights and the politics, without a doubt. But halfway through the first disc, I thought I was going insane. The images move so quickly, and repeat themselves over and over, the same photos, the same clips, the same utterly ridiculous computer-generated bombs and tanks and gunfire. The show is like some kind of test you'd get in a psychiatrist's office to test your threshold of mental abuse.
I wish somebody had grabbed the director or the editor and screamed, right in their face, "Nobody has an attention span this short!!!!! Nobody!!! The person who needs this much visual and auditory stimulation would be in a COMA!!!!"
And if the stimulation was in the least bit necessary, if it were truly creative, maybe, just maybe, I could take it. But I repeat, just like the film: it is the SAME images over and over and over.
I'm not a geezer. I like modern film, modern documentaries. But there were so many places in this film where I wanted to stop it so I could see what was happening- the combat footage, the footage of the towns, the tanks, the fighters, the POWs, the people of the towns and camps. The whole project is poisoned by how good it could be if it just slowed down enough for the viewer to occupy an image, to record the image in their mind, absorb it. Patton 360 is much like those old films of the 70's that tried to mimic the effects of LSD and wound up just making the viewer nauseous.
The combination of both archival news footage and computer graphics had me pulled into the battle as soon as I heard the tank rounds explode in the TV room.
This DVD set of three discs runs over seven hours long. The story, narration and scenery pull you into the battle. Tank rounds never stop exploding in the background as you go from scratchy video to CGI to talking heads and back to scratchy video as the battle goes on, as if in real time. And, like zooming in and out with Google Earth, you get to see aerial views of the battlefield as well as lateral shots and ground shots. Old-looking maps of the warfront show the US and Nazi armies moving toward each other in the Benelux area.
The transformation between film footage and CGI is continuous, as the CGI helps continue the battle scenes. You may see one scene of a tank getting hit. That very same tank then turns into a computer-enhanced graphic that turns around and fires a shot back. This is thrilling, exciting and scary all rolled into one!
Between battle scenes old veterans of this battle retell their version of the fight. This is classic History Channel quality. Even the narrator sounds so History Channelish.
My husband gives this production five stars, I give it four. My complaint is the background superimposition of what looks like an old compass dial coming at you while you are listening to a veteran retell his story, or a historian comment on the action.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The presentation was somewhat disappointing given what was expected. The Enterprise 360 product is infinitely superior.Published 13 days ago by Thomas McGregor
I would like to express my appreciation for the newsreel footage of General Patton and others displayed in this production. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Michael Lee Pemberton
This DVD took me through my brother's experience in Patton's 3rd Army from St Lo, France in Normandy to the German/France border where he and 68 others were killed. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Pat Smith
Recently got interested in WWII and Patton. The 360 format is wonderful. Historian narrative, testimonials from participants, actual footage, computer generated images. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Dex
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