This is without doubt one of the greatest dramatised accounts of the 2nd World War ever afforded to a TV series. We get to follow the American troops of Easy Company through the latter stages of the war in Europe. Through all 10 episodes we will get to know them, cheer for them and most importantly care for them.
This series serves as a great companion piece to Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan", artistically it shares many moments. People will wrongly judge this on the quality of the battle scenes, which over the 10 hours running time prove to be sparse. This series is about the characters and each episode is played out with true heart.
This is an essential purchase. Bold, engrossing, authentic and extremely compelling.
Episode 1: Currahee - Directed by Phil Alden Robinson
We are met with a golden hue for much of the proceedings, contrast is exceptional with vibrant colour saturation. Blacks are inky and strong with decent delineation. We are met with a good level of hearty filmic grain which suits the presentation perfectly. Clarity and depth is very pleasing with good facial and object detail, without appearing pin sharp. 4/5
Episode 2: Day of Days - Directed by Richard Longcraine
The colour saturation is heavily muted, which gives an almost sepia look. Greens prove to be the most vibrant. Again the filmic grain is strong. Excellent darks, inky and well saturated. Picture clarity is very good with decent levels of fine detail. 4/5
Episode 3: Carentan - Directed by Mikael Salomon
This appears to have the most natural colouring so far with very vibrant colours especially greens and browns. Extremely fine almost non existent grain. Amazing clarity and depth, facial detail and fabrics are especially sharp, every scratch can be seen on the rifles. Inky blacks. 4.5/5
Episode 4: Replacements - Directed by David Nutter
The film grain is heavier in opening 20 mins, but is practically non-existent during scenes in the field. Muted colour saturation with a slightly brownish tint. Excellent blacks, inky and strong. Bull in the barn is beautifully lit with excellent inky blacks. Good to strong detail. 4.5/5
Episode 5: Crossroads - Directed by Tom Hanks
Extremely fine filmic grain. Muted colours. Overblown contrasting. Good detail. Strong inky blacks, one or two moments of crush evident. Darkest episode yet. 4/5
Episode 6: Bastogne - Directed by David Leland
More akin with episode 3, more natural in colouring and contrast with extremely fine almost non-existent grain. Inky blacks with strong detail and texturing. 4.5/5
Episode 7: The Breaking Point - Directed by David Frankel
Heavy grain field, muted colouring. Bad lighting gives a studio feel to the proceedings and the absence of breath in the air supports the real lack of freezing conditions. Detail not the greatest of the series either. 3/5
Episode 8: The Last Patrol - Directed by Tony To
Muted colouring, skin tones appear pale. Purposefully Overblown contrast. Good detail and fabric textures. Extremely fine filmic grain which is very unobtrusive. 4/5
Episode 9: Why We Fight - Directed by David Frankel
More akin with episode 3 and 6, natural colouring, extremely fine filmic grain. Daylight scenes fare the best. Very good facial and fabric detail. Great depth and colour vibrancy. 4.5/5
Episode 10: Points - Directed by Mikael Salomon
Like 3, 6 and 9, natural colouring, golden hue, overblown contrasting. Extremely fine filmic grain. Excellent facial and object detail. Great depth and colour vibrancy. 4.5/5
With such a varied appearance to these discs they serve as a great example to the power of Blu-ray.