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Band Of Brothers Box Set (6 Discs)

Released on 01 November 2004

Featuring: Damian Lewis, Donnie Wahlberg & Ron Livingston

Format: DVD | Rating: 15 years & over

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"From this day to the ending of the world, we in it shall be remembered. We few, we happy few, we band of brothers. For he today that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother."

Based on the book by historian Stephen Ambrose, this ten part series, at £87 million the most expensive TV production ever, follows the US 101st Airborne Division's E 'Easy' Company from initial training through operations involving D-Day, Market Garden and the Battle Of The Bulge across Holland, Belgium, Germany and Austria until the end of the war.

Episodes Comprise:

1. Currahee
2. Day Of Days
3. Carentan
4. Replacements
5. Crossroads
6. Bastogne
7. The Breaking Point
8. The Last Patrol
9. Why We Fight
10. Points
  • We Stand Alone Together: The Men Of Easy Company' documentary featuring interviews with real-life members of Easy Company whose efforts are dramatised in the series (80 mins)
  • 'The Making Of Band Of Brothers' documentary (30 mins)
  • 'Video Diaries': actor Ron Livingston's personal experience of being part of the huge production
  • Footage from HBO's premiere screening on the beaches of Normandy
  • Character biographies
  • Stills gallery
  • Web links
  • Interactive menu
  • Chapter selection
  • Series Index

customer Reviews

 Average rating (154 reviews)

 Class in everyway!

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Very rarely am i stuck for words when reviewing something but this is certainly one of them. I cant stress enough how good this tv series is, in my opinion it is probably the finest tv series to ever grace our screens and HBO have certainly pulled another quality series out of the bag. The band of brothers boxset is really too good to be missed and at this price i promise you wont be disappointed. The best way i can describe it is like an 11 hour marathon in the saving private ryan mould. However this does not become a chore to watch and to be honest by the end i really wished there were more episodes! The story itself is based around the factual events of what happened to Easy company in the 501st Airborne division in WW2, after the invasion of Europe (D-Day) if you like your history or WW2 you would love this because the level of detail is second to none! The plotlines change from character to character with each episode, but it stays within Easy company so you become familiar with a lot of the characters who again i must say have been cast brilliantly and really do their roles justice. I could go on forever about how good this series is and seriously you would be a fool not to at least watch the first two episodes which set you up for a truly immense cinematic experience.

 epic

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Band of Brothers' is the finest TV series I have ever seen. A bold statement maybe, but one that stands up to scrutiny in my opinion. Yes, 'The Sopranos' is a brilliant drama and '24' is a top-class thriller, but 'B.O.B' just has that epic feel, that you are watching something that might never be repeated or certainly bettered. The story of the men of Easy Company of the 101st Airborne is one that deserves telling; these heavily-trained young soldiers suffered on the front line of the majority of the crucial battles during the American involvement in World War 2. They forged an unusually tight bond with each other and were led by some of the finest soldiers of the war. It could also be justifiably said that they, as a company, sacrificed more than the usual.
The ten-part series consists of hour-long forays in to the viewpoint of different soldier's experiences, from a major to a medic. The action is superbly visceral and realistic, using the same shaky, hand-held camera techniques seen in 'Saving Private Ryan,' to which B.O.B is a close relative, sharing the Spielberg/Hanks connection as well as the subject matter. Action aside however, it is the depth of characterisation that sets this series apart. Granted, the running time allows for this, but it is beautifully done nonetheless. We gain a real insight into many of the men's characters, from the joker George Luz to the bitter Sobel, the cynic Nixon to the dignified Winters. Indeed, these two characters are so finely crafted it is easy to forget that these actors are not in fact the real men. British star Damian Lewis is outstanding as Major Richard Winters, the glue that holds 'Easy' together. His portrayal of a man worshipped by his men due to his courage, discipline, loyalty and leadership skills is nothing short of perfection; real-life veterans suggest that Lewis was a close to capturing the spirit of Winters as is humanly possible. Ron Livingston, playing the smaller but crucial role of Winters' best friend Lewis Nixon, is also excellent, adding a touch of comedy through the hard-drinking, dry cynic Nixon. The acting is uniformly excellent, a mixture of British and American actors doing themselves proud.

For me, the series highlights include the Bastogne sequence, the capture of Foy, and the jubiliant scenes following the taking of Hitler's 'Eagle's Nest.' At no point is the momentum lost, with fierce battle scenes piercing the poignant character moments like loud machine-gun fire.
If you are like me, you will not want it to end. Watching it all in a short period of time on DVD is certainly the way to watch this, as the immediacy adds to the effect.

Overall, a scintillating piece of television, almost perfect. If you don't like war, its maybe not for you, but equally B.O.B should not be dismissed just as a 'war' series. There is far too much depth and character for that...

If the men of Easy Company were in a class of their own, then this series is fittingly superior in its own field and is a worthy testament to them.

 wow- everyone should see this

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i saw this miniseries on tv and loved it. I didnt think i would, its not really the sort of thing i usually watch- i'm not really into WWII or war films. But this is different, the characters are amazingly portrayed and each epiosde is very well lit, directed and produced. The extraordinary thing about these men is that they were ordinary men, still are ordinary men.
Each episode takes you through another stage of their journey, from training to d-day, invading france, the battle of the buldge and then into germany. With such a huge emsemble cast, it can be difficult on first watch to keep up with everyone, but you do somehow, and this makes loosing them even more the poignant- not the usual hollywood trick of introducing a character to kill them off, here its told as it was- you got to caring and people still died.
In this modern time, when there are fewer and fewer of these amazing men left in the world to tell their stories it is wonderful to know that there is this min-series. This shows how so many of the battles hung on a knife-edge, it could so easily have been so different.

Anyone with even a cursory interest in history should watch this, in fact i think it should be part of the school curriculum. Its too easy to see the men who were killed/broken in WWII as statistics, this makes them real, makes the pain they went through real, and made me really appreciate my freedom today.
In the current world climate, where we seem to go to war on so little, this reminds us of the true cost of war- in human suffering, brought home.

Watch this dvd. be proud of your freedom. be thankful it didnt turn out differently.

 5 stars does not do this justice

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Band of Brothers is truly one of the Greatest series ever made.
From the people who brought you Saving Private Ryan.
Plot: The story of Easy Company of the US Army 101st Airborne division and their mission in WWII Europe from Operation Overlord through V-J Day.
I f your not a fan of War films i would still give this a go, with realistic war scenes and the characters really get you sucked in to the story. You can tell they did there homework as it is based on the real Easy company. Fantastic value for 15.99

 Believe the hype

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I was skeptical of this at first, as it has had such hugely positive feedback that surely it couldn't be THAT good?
Well it's better. Band of Brothers is with ease, one of the greatest pieces of television ever created. Based on real events and real people, this is a truly fantastic story. It is literally faultless.
The characters are all excellent, and cast to absolute perfection, whilst the story is constantly gripping, constantly giving you more insight into each individual. The direction is brilliant - from the visuals right down to the music, and everything inbetween, this show is utter perfection.
So all in all, if you don't think it's as good as people say it is, that's only because it is better.
Unmissable

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ActorsDamian Lewis, Donnie Wahlberg, Ron Livingston, Matthew Settle, Dale Dye, Scott Grimes, Neal McDonough, Kirk Acevedo, Dexter Fletcher, David Schwimmer, Colin Hanks, Simon Pegg & Marc Warren
Certificate15 years and over
Year2001
ScreenWidescreen 16:9 Anamorphic
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (5.1)
Additional LanguagesDolby Digital Surround: English ; French
SubtitlesArabic ; Bulgarian ; Croatian ; Czech ; Danish ; Dutch ; English ; Finnish ; French ; Greek ; Hebrew ; Hungarian ; Icelandic ; Norwegian ; Polish ; Romanian ; Swedish ; Turkish
Duration11 hours and 25 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.