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The Pacific: Collectors Tin (HBO) (With Exclusive Photo Book) (Blu-ray)

Released on 01 November 2010

Featuring: Joseph Mazzello, James Badge Dale & Jon Seda

Format: Blu-ray | Rating: 15 years & over

4.0 out of 5 (20 customer reviews) | Write a review

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From Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and the team behind "Band of Brothers", HBO's The Pacific is an epic 10-part account of the struggle between US and Japanese forces in WWII. Seen through the eyes of three marines, the theatre of war has rarely been so captivating or so devastating.

The Pacific tracks the intertwined real-life stories of three U.S Marines, Robert Leckie, John Basilone and Eugene Sledge across the vast canvas of the Pacific Theater during World War 2. 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 and through the horror of Okinawa, and finally to their triumphant but uneasy return home after V-J Day.

The Pacific is primarily based on two memoirs of US Marines, Eugene Sledge's With The Old Breed: At Peleliu And Okinawa and Robert Leckie's Helmet For My Pillow. The series also draws on Eugene Sledge's China Marine and Chuck Tatum's Red Blood, Black Sand, as well as original interviews conducted by the filmmakers.
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    The Pacific

customer Reviews

 Average rating (20 reviews)

 all gory but no story.

| | See all MikeyWong's reviews (3)

Ok so a WWII series is supposed to be entertaining.
The pacific series did supply this entertainment level. It was glorious, bloody, and violent... what every war series wants. It tells the story (i'll come to this later) about marines in Japanese islands and tells there personal story, it has various narratives but is it all personal?

Now so here's my counter argument.
firstly in comparison to that of Hanks' and Spielberg' first series band of brothers(B.O.B) it is no where near as good.
B.O.B managed to bring in an amazing compelling story yet keep glorious NON BIASED battle scenes like the D-DAY landings.
The pacific is mindless violence on a biased scale, and if you are a 'history freak' like me it really infuriates you when you watch or read something which is very unaccurate. the series lacks narrative i feel, if you try create a series like this you have to make it more personal, i watched it atleast twice and i cant remember one of the soldier' name, yet i remember the characters from B.O.B after the same amount of viewing times. Also one point i would like to add is that the americans did indeed show up late again, like they did in WWI thanks a lot guys, then you take all the credit for what you do and publish films about it.

overall, if you want an account on the REAL battles in the pacific i advise you not to buy this as it is a biased account from the American point of view.
however if you are looking for fighting every 10 minutes this will be perfect... hope this helped.

 Epic portrayal of epic times

| | See all VonSmallhausen's reviews (1)

The Pacific War in it's very essence was bloodthirsty, vicious and unrelenting...the combatants were in quite different circumstances to those fighting in the European Theatre. The gradual pushing back of the Japanese to their home islands was one of island hopping,one campaign at a time.
This mini-series reflects the viciousness of the campaigns that were fought in hitherto unknown Islands in the Pacific.
A good portrayal of a difficult subject - with a human touch added.
You need to read Eugine Sledge or Robert Leckies books to get a really good insight into just how ferocious and inhumane the fighting in the Pacific Islands were. 'With the Old Breed' is a great read...maybe read that before you watch this, then you'll realise the gore isnt just added for gore's sake. Yes, it was really like that and Eugine's book and other texts confirm that to be the case.

 Not another Band of Brothers... which is good.

| | See all HereticUK's reviews (41)

As many have criticised this series for not being as "good" as band of brothers. I can see where they come from. Band of Brothers certainly has more action, more characters and was generally much faster paced, and definately focused on action above anything else.

Many people expecting to see another Band of Brothers will be dissapointed in some aspects. However, The Pacific never set out to be another BoB. Were BoB was based on a book, designed for entertainment, The Pacific was based on the memoirs and records of three individual marines, written both whilst fighting and after the war.

The Pacific focuses on the horrors of war, the psychological strain on three marines fighting the Japanese in some of the worst conditions in WW2. It tells the story of these 3 men brilliantly, the character development of these characters is fantastic, and by the end you really will understand why they made their choices and what it must have been like.

If you are fascinated by anything WW2, you won't want to miss out on this. As with anything done by Speilberg and Hanks, its core is its harsh realism and unrelenting psychological strain on the characters.

This box set, especially Blu-ray (I watched it in high-def and it looked brilliant) would have certainly got my 5-stars if it wasn't for one specific episode letting the series down. Every episode is fantastic, many give back ground to the characters, and the last episode when people say goodbye gives the viewer closure and finishes the series nicely. The writers understood that some battles were so big, they needed to give much more than a single episode to each one. (Pelilu for example took 2 and a bit episodes, fantastic). Despite all of this, the one let down was episode 8 - Iwo Jima. One of the most horrific battles for the marines, the only battle in the pacific theatre of war where US casualties outweighed Japanese, and it got 15 minutes at the end of an episode reminiscent of Pearl harbor.

But don't let this put you off, the series is breath-taking. It looks fantastic, the story is gripping (and true), action amazing and acting top notch from everyone. Enjoy.

 A must see for all fans of WW2

| | See all Jools247's reviews (1)

I knew nothing about the war in the pacific really, this series truly opened my eyes to the war fought out there, it was throughly entertaining and kept me entralled the whole way through. As a woman I was not sure if I would like it but have to say its one of the best things I have seen for a long while. I am glad that this series was made to show another side of the war away from Europe and the horror that was faced by those men. I can't recommend this highly enough.

 Brilliant drama, excelent action, incredible acting

| | See all Foulplay's reviews (18)

I don't have this on BD so I cant comment on the picture or audio quality, but I have seen it in 720p with 5.1 audio and it was fantastic.

The story telling is some of the best I've seen in a very long time. Don't expect the focus on action and pace as Band of Brothers or you will come away dissapointed, which would be a crying shame.

The action is very convincing and pulls no punches, but the horror element comes from the way the marines gradually become totally at ease with death, and how cheap human life becomes as the series progresses.

Even if you don't like classic war films but you are interested in the history of WW2 this is really worth a watch, as they have combined the personal story's along with the combat, including what happened in the 'down time' on shore leave and after the war ended.

You really do come away from this caring about the guys and the challenges they all face.

I was hooked from start to finish, and ended up watching 7 episodes back to back, and the time flew by.

I can't recommend this highly enough!

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ActorsJoseph Mazzello, James Badge Dale, Jon Seda, William Sadler, Ashton Holmes, Rami Malek, Akos Armont, Joshua Bitton, Jon Bernthal, Tom Budge & Joshua Close
Certificate15 years and over
ScreenWidescreen 1.78:1
LanguagesEnglish - DTS-HD Master Audio (5.1)
Additional LanguagesFrench ; Spanish
SubtitlesEnglish ; English for the hearing impaired ; Castilian Spanish ; Czech ; Danish ; Dutch ; Finnish ; French ; Greek ; Korean ; Norwegian ; Polish ; Portuguese ; Spanish ; Swedish
Closed CaptionsYes
Duration10 hours and 30 minutes (approx)