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 The Pacific


  Review by Suzanne 12/10/10

I didn't know if I would like "The Pacific" or not, but I knew that it was supposed to be good. I also know that was very popular because when it was airing, it was everywhere on TV. I mean, we went to bars or restaurants, and there it was, and everyone was talking about it. I did not see "Band of Brothers". I don't have HBO. However, I do have the DVD of The Pacific now, so I watched it. It is long, at 10 hours, but it does not drag. The 10 hours went pretty quickly.

The miniseries is about servicemen fighting in the Pacific against the Japanese during World War II. It is about their struggles more than about the actual war. Of course, there are many battle scenes, but the more interesting parts are before, between, and after the battles. It focuses mostly on three main characters: Robert (James Badge Dale), a newspaper writer in the army; Eugene (Joseph Mazzello), a young guy whose doctor father does not want him to join the army, but he eventually does; and John (Jon Seda), a career marine. These were real people that fought in the war. Two of them wrote books and the other one was famous, so they had lots of material to use.

John is a hero during the battle of Guadalcanal, so they give him a medal and then make him come home and do films, radio, and personal appearances in order to sell more war bonds. He is not comfortable being at home while others are fighting, nor does he like his sudden fame (although he gets lots of women because of it). Eventually, he falls for a nurse, and they get married, but he goes off to fight the war again. Eugene starts out eager to "kill some Japs" but the war quickly disgusts him and eventually hardens him. Robert writes about the war and then goes a little crazy for a while as he has to deal with hardships and horrors. He falls for an Australian woman, but she breaks it off with him because she's afraid he'll die and break her (and her parents') heart. I won't tell you more and ruin the plot, but suffice it to say that it is a very engaging story.

If you don't like to watch depressing stories, or ones with blood and gore, you will not like this too much. It's about war, so it does not shy away from showing the horrors of war. Even though this was one of our more "noble" wars, it is still war, and terrible, especially for the people who fought in it. At the end of the movie, they show the real soldiers and what happened to them after the war (most of them are dead now). It was very interesting to see that the actors they chose looked a lot like the original soldiers. And by the way, the acting is top notch in the movie. They all do an exceptional job.

My only complaint about the movie is that they did not show any non-white soldiers or other people (at least that I saw). African-Americans did participate in the war in the Pacific, and they should have shown them in the movie. It's kind of a slap in the face to them, not to mention Latinos and others who fought. The only ethnicity they showed were Italians. Where have all the black soldiers gone?

The DVD set is very nice. It comes in a metal box, made to look like something that's been carried around or sat around for a long time. It has a very nice fold-out cardboard set inside for the DVD's. The extras are very good. You can choose to watch the movie with a historical perspective, and that is very worthwhile and education. There are three features. One goes through each of the characters and has many veterans, as well as the actors and other crew, talking about them. "Making the Pacific" talks about how they made the movie. Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg were behind this, so they speak about it, as well as the other producer, Gary Goetzman, and the other crew and actors. For "Anatomy of the Pacific War", the last feature, they also bring out experts on the war and on the Japanese. I would say, take it with a grain of salt and do your own research on the war, especially with regards to what happened before the war and the attack on Pearl Harbor. That is just a small caveat. They did do a great job with the features, and they even have closed-captioning (which is not always the case on DVD sets).

Anyway, though, this is a great set and would make a wonderful gift for anyone, but especially people in the military or their families, or people who like military stuff, or the elderly that were around during World War II.

Buy it on Blu-ray

Official Site

 HBO's The Pacific Comes to DVD and Blu-ray on November 2

Fresh off the conclusion of the critically acclaimed 10-part miniseries, The Pacific will make its way to DVD/Blu-ray just in time for the holidays on November 2, 2010.

From the creative minds of Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg and Gary Goetzman, this six-disc set from HBO Home Entertainment will give fans a chance to relive this historic series in addition to viewing never-before-seen bonus features!

"Mesmerizing...never less than spellbinding...haunting" - New York Times

"Stunning...a perfect trinity of action, emotion and intellect" - The Wall Street Journal

"One of the stellar TV events of the year" (Newsday) Becomes the Home Entertainment Event of the Year When


The Epic 10-Part, Critically-Acclaimed HBO(r) Miniseries, Releases on DVD and Blu-rayTM November 2, 2010

Exclusive Bonus Content Includes Extensive Historical Backgrounds, a 'Making Of,' Profiles of the Real Marines of The Pacific, Enhanced Viewing, Field Guides and Much More!

New York, N.Y., June 4, 2010 - One of the most anticipated home entertainment releases of the year - The Pacific - premieres day and date on DVD and Blu-ray on November 2, 2010, perfectly timed for the holidays. Exclusively from HBO Home Entertainment(r), the six-disc DVD and Blu-ray sets include all 10 parts of the acclaimed miniseries, along with a wealth of exciting bonus materials for the suggested retail price of $79.99 and $99.98 respectively.

Hailed by critics nationwide as "brilliant" (Entertainment Weekly), "universally excellent" (Los Angeles Times), and "magnificent...a bloody masterpiece" (TV Guide), The Pacific is a Playtone and DreamWorks production executive produced by Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg and Gary Goetzman, the team behind the Emmy(r) Award-winning and Golden Globe(r)-winning 2001 HBO miniseries Band of Brothers(r), the best selling TV on DVD of all time. Hanks and Goetzman also executive produced the HBO miniseries John Adams, which won a record-breaking 13 Emmys(r) in 2008.

The Pacific tracks the real-life journeys of three U.S. Marines - Robert Leckie (James Badge Dale, The Departed), Eugene Sledge (Joe Mazzello, The Sensation of Sight) and John Basilone (Jon Seda, Close to Home) - across the vast canvas of the Pacific theater during World War II. The miniseries follows these men and their fellow Marines from their first battle with the Japanese on Guadalcanal, through the rain forests of Cape Gloucester and the strongholds of Peleliu, across the bloody sands of Iwo Jima, through the horror of Okinawa, and finally to their triumphant but uneasy return home after V-J Day.

The Pacific on DVD is overflowing with exclusive and informative content that will further enrich the audience's understanding of the war. The viewer will learn more about the events of the Pacific theater and the real Marines depicted in the miniseries, and will have access to a more in-depth look at the making of this epic event. Features include:

* "Historical Backgrounds" - the five-minute prologues that set the stage for each episode and additional historical footage narrated by Tom Hanks.

* "Making The Pacific" - go behind the scenes and take an inside look at the making of this epic, 10-part miniseries.

* "Profiles of The Pacific" - delve into the lives of the real Marines featured in The Pacific. Get a personal perspective on their families, their war experience and their lives after the war in these intimate portraits.

* "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.

Presented in HD 1080p video and DTS-HD master audio, The Pacific on Blu-ray elevates the viewing experience to the ultimate level. It contains all the bonus materials found on the DVD version, along with two interactive companion features that maximize the use of Blu-ray technology and provide a superior viewing experience to the miniseries or DVD alone. These engaging and extensive features will captivate audiences and allow fans to delve deeper into the historical details behind the war and provide enhanced insight into the lives and experiences of the Marines through exclusive, first-hand accounts. Features include:

* "The Pacific Enhanced Viewing" - the ultimate viewing companion to The Pacific. Learn more about the Marines and gain a deeper historical understanding of the battles while watching the miniseries with Enhanced Viewing, a 10-part, 10-hour, picture-in-picture experience. Exclusive content includes interviews with historians and veterans, archival footage, maps and more.

* "The Pacific Field Guide" - allows viewers to navigate through the major events featured in The Pacific in this standalone, interactive Field Guide. Search within for categories to view exclusive content including animated maps, extensive interviews with historians and veterans, historical footage, photographs and more.

The miniseries is based in part on the books Helmet for My Pillow by Robert Leckie and With the Old Breed by Eugene B. Sledge, with additional material from Red Blood, Black Sand by Chuck Tatum and China Marine by Eugene B. Sledge, as well as original interviews conducted by the filmmakers.

Marketing Campaign

The Pacific will be supported a multi-million dollar, multi-media advertising and promotional campaign.

The Pacific

DVD & Blu-ray Disc Street Date: November 2, 2010

Order Date: September 28, 2010

Rating: TV-MA

Runtime: Approx. 530 minutes (excluding bonus features)

Price: $79.99 SD SRP Price: $99.98 BD SRP

About HBO Home Entertainment(r)

In its 25 years in operation, HBO Home Entertainment has earned a worldwide reputation as a pioneer in the DVD industry as well as the digital technology and Internet frontiers. The first company to successfully release full-length TV series in the DVD format, HBO Home Entertainment created a new category for consumers with titles like Sex and the City(r), The Sopranos(r), Band of Brothers(r) (which remains the #1 selling TV-on-DVD since its release in 2002), and the most recent hit True Blood(r). In addition, HBO Home Entertainment's catalog contains theatrical features such as My Big Fat Greek Wedding, one of the top 10 selling DVDs of all time. The company was also the first in the world to release television programming in the new Blu-ray high-definition format in 2006. It was also one of the first in the video industry to use the Internet to expand its marketing beyond traditional vehicles and to revolutionize DVD packaging with the creation of releases that have won multiple awards including a recent DVD Critics Award for The Sopranos(r): The Complete Series - a first for television. In addition, the division utilizes innovative manufacturing-on-demand technology to broaden its number of releases and sells digital versions of its titles via the Internet. Today, HBO Home Entertainment's reach has grown to over 70 countries around the world, bringing HBO branded entertainment to a global audience.

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