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 Posted:   Aug 11, 2011 - 11:37 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)



HBO has announced a re-release of their pair of critically acclaimed WWII miniseries Band of Brothers and The Pacific. The Band of Brothers/The Pacific: Special Edition Gift Set will combine both previous Blu-ray releases of the WWII dramas and feature an all new documentary, He Has Seen War. A release date of November 8th has been set.

Band of Brothers premiered on HBO back in 2001 and was a hit for executive producers Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks. The 10-part miniseries followed Easy Company through their training in Georgia to their deployment in war-torn Germany. It starred Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston, David Schwimmer, Colin Hanks and James McAvoy.

The producing tandem of Spielberg and Hanks teamed up once again for the 2010 miniseries The Pacific. This series (also 10 episodes) centered on the 1st Marine Division and their experiences in Guadalcanal, Cape Gloucester, Peleliu, Iwo Jima and Okinawa. It starred Joseph Mazzello, James Badge Dale and Jon Seda

This Special Edition Gift Set will include the same discs released on the two miniseries' previous Blu-ray releases. New content will include the documentary, He Has Seen War, which features interviews with WWII veterans of Easy Company and the 1st Marine Division. For more information on the shows, check out our individual reviews of Band of Brothers and The Pacific.

HBO has priced the set, which includes over 20 hours of feature runtime, at $64.99


http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=7068

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 11, 2011 - 11:49 AM   
 By:   Montana Dave   (Member)

I'm a big fan of 'BAND OF BROTHERS'. I bought the set in it's silvery metal box and watch it once each year, or thereabouts. I have yet to grow tired of 'Band'.
'THE PACIFIC' is not nearly as good, but it is still excellent. Pacific didn't grab me the way Band of Brothers did. There remains some terrific, nerve-wracking intensity in many segments of Pacific, but it just didn't have the same impact on me. I don't think I could watch the entire 'Pacific' set again anytime soon. Others may disagree.
Thanks for the tip though, my Dad will be happy.

 
 Posted:   Feb 24, 2014 - 11:47 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Still a great deal, and over 20 hours! I'm leaning towards ordering it, but who has the time to watch it???

johnjohnson: You say $199.99 but when I went to Amazon it looked like the combined set was far less than that, although it shows this:

Band of Brothers / The Pacific 2011 Unrated

Special Edition Gift Set
$159.96 $64.99 Blu-ray

I need to go back to Amazon to verify the price, until March 1st, for both.

I'm back, and what I show at Amazon is this:

List Price: $159.96
Price: $64.99 & FREE Shipping.
You Save: $94.97 (59%)

So the LIST price is $159.96 but the price to us is $64.99 with free shipping, all until 3/1. So you may want to change your $199.99 price in the initial posting above! (Your link is to BlueRay.com, not Amazon.)

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 24, 2014 - 12:28 PM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

A great set. I just about prefer The Pacific as it's the first one I saw, but they're both really superb. I bought both Blu-ray sets at a good price, around £26 for the two. So many great TV box sets, Game Of Thrones, Rome & I'm thinking of buying the, From The Earth To The Moon DVD set (no Blu-ray yet), it's only £12 at Amazon UK, I haven't seen it, but I've read lots of good things about it. Just when did TV get better that the movies?

 
 Posted:   Feb 24, 2014 - 12:42 PM   
 By:   Recordman   (Member)

[startquote from Cinemascope "Just when did TV get better that the movies?"(endquote)

About the time fools began using their smart phones to talk and text during the films.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 24, 2014 - 2:09 PM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)


My 19 year old has just hijacked my DVD set of Band of Brothers and taken it with her to university after watching the first few episodes. The perfect excuse for me to get it on bluray - but it's selling over here at under £20 so a real bargain. An exceptional series.

I do have Pacific on bluray but I didn't enjoy it quite so much - there wasn't much in it, just perhaps that BoB is much closer to home so is that bit more significant. They even filmed it less than 10 miles from where I was living at the time.

Bob 10/10. Pacific 8/10.

TG

 
 Posted:   Feb 24, 2014 - 5:48 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Still a great deal, and over 20 hours! I'm leaning towards ordering it, but who has the time to watch it???

johnjohnson: You say $199.99 but when I went to Amazon it looked like the combined set was far less than that, although it shows this:

Band of Brothers / The Pacific 2011 Unrated

Special Edition Gift Set
$159.96 $64.99 Blu-ray

I need to go back to Amazon to verify the price, until March 1st, for both.

I'm back, and what I show at Amazon is this:

List Price: $159.96
Price: $64.99 & FREE Shipping.
You Save: $94.97 (59%)

So the LIST price is $159.96 but the price to us is $64.99 with free shipping, all until 3/1. So you may want to change your $199.99 price in the initial posting above! (Your link is to BlueRay.com, not Amazon.)


Ron,
The price has been changed.

 
 Posted:   Feb 24, 2014 - 6:15 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)


I do have Pacific on bluray but I didn't enjoy it quite so much - there wasn't much in it, just perhaps that BoB is much closer to home so is that bit more significant. They even filmed it less than 10 miles from where I was living at the time.



TG


Aah yes, Hatfield.

 
 Posted:   Feb 24, 2014 - 7:18 PM   
 By:   LeHah   (Member)

The Pacific DVD was $20 at Target this weekend but I'd heard it wasn't that good. I loved loved loved Band Of Brothers and everyone I know who felt the same said to stay away from The Pacific. I need your thoughts on the show...

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 24, 2014 - 10:42 PM   
 By:   dragon53   (Member)

LEHAH:

BAND OF BROTHERS concentrates on the camaraderie that formed between the paratroopers of Easy Company with a lesser focus on the horrors of war.
THE PACIFIC emphasizes the horrors of combat and how it dehumanizes and brutalizes people. The violence and gore is emphasized more in THE PACIFIC.
I have both sets. Watching BAND OF BROTHERS gives you a positive, optimistic feeling afterwards.
You get the opposite feeling after THE PACIFIC. However, I recommend both of them because they show both sides of the coin regarding war.

As I posted in the movie/tv news some time ago, the third Tom Hanks/Steven Spielberg/HBO miniseries is underway about the Eighth Air Force in World War II.

 
 Posted:   Feb 25, 2014 - 12:37 AM   
 By:   gone   (Member)

both are fantastic... and I actually like The Pacific just a bit more for the depth of the story and characters

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 25, 2014 - 5:25 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)


I do have Pacific on bluray but I didn't enjoy it quite so much - there wasn't much in it, just perhaps that BoB is much closer to home so is that bit more significant. They even filmed it less than 10 miles from where I was living at the time.



TG


Aah yes, Hatfield.



Indeed - in fact, just under 5 miles away. We lived in Welham Green at the time, and just before we moved back north in 2000, signs simply saying "BOB" with an arrow would appear on lamp-posts and roundabouts, in hindsight directing crew members to the old Aerospace site where they were preparing the shoot.

 
 Posted:   Feb 27, 2014 - 9:09 AM   
 By:   Grimsdyke   (Member)

By the way, in the B.O.B. featurette near the end there is some original footage of a soldier passing by the camera - is this James Arness ??

 
 Posted:   Feb 28, 2014 - 10:20 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

The Amazon sale is coming to an end later today, and I had almost chosen NOT to buy the set, assuming that it would be just one more big box that I would never watch. But in the wee hours I impulsively ordered it, and hope that I can have a marathon weekend for each series and enjoy them in Blu-ray with thrilling surround. Bring 'em on!

 
 Posted:   Feb 28, 2014 - 3:24 PM   
 By:   gone   (Member)

The Amazon sale is coming to an end later today, and I had almost chosen NOT to buy the set, assuming that it would be just one more big box that I would never watch. But in the wee hours I impulsively ordered it, and hope that I can have a marathon weekend for each series and enjoy them in Blu-ray with thrilling surround. Bring 'em on!

I think you are in for quite a treat... both are fantastic productions. I found myself popping the next disk in every time I got a chance. smile

 
 Posted:   Mar 2, 2014 - 3:08 PM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

gone: That's my hope! Thanks.

And, after the sale, Amazon has raised the price nearly $33.

 
 Posted:   Mar 3, 2014 - 8:36 AM   
 By:   gone   (Member)

gone: That's my hope! Thanks.

And, after the sale, Amazon has raised the price nearly $33.


Due, in part, to this thread (and my wife being on vacation) I started watching BOB again and got 3 episodes into it over the weekend. Again... wow! This is movie making of the highest order.

 
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