Band of Brothers With the Pacific Sampler (Blu-ray)

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Based on the bestseller by Stephen E. Ambrose, Band Of Brothers tells the story of Easy Company, 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, U.S. Army. Drawn from interviews with survivors of Easy Company, as well as soldiers' journals and letters, Band Of Brothers chronicles the experiences of these men who knew extraordinary bravery and extraordinary fear. They were an elite rifle company parachuting into France early on D-Day morning, fighting in the Battle of the Bulge and capturing Hitler's Eagle's Nest at Berchtesgaden. They were also a unit that suffered 150 percent causalities, and whose lives became legend.

Specifications

Studio HBO
SKU 215075254
UPC 883929125579
UPC 14 00883929125579
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 6/1/2010
Rating NR
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.78:1
Actors
Name Grimes,Scott
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Awards
Golden Globe (2002) Band of Brothers, Winner, Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television,Damian Lewis, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television,Ron Livingston, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Emmy (2002) Billy Fox, Nominee, Outstanding Single Camera Picture Editing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special,Campbell Askew et, al., Winner, Outstanding Sound Editing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special,Colin Charles et, al., Winner, Outstanding Single Camera Sound Mixing for a Miniseries or a Movie,Colin Charles et, al., Nominee, Outstanding Single Camera Sound Mixing for a Miniseries or a Movie,Frances Parker, Winner, Outstanding Single Camera Picture Editing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special,Meg Liberman et, al., Winner, Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special,Steven Spielberg et, al., Winner, Outstanding Miniseries,Tom Hanks et, al., Winner, Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special,Tom Hanks et, al., Nominee, Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special
Reviews
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review Band of Brothers is the biggest shootout and blow-'em-up in TV history, and all the World War II pyrotechnics didn't come cheap...Produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, the 10-hour HBO miniseries cost $120 million to film, a record for the small screen...That's double the price tag of ABC's 1988 mega-mini War and Remembrance, minus inflationary adjustments, and at least triple the explosive firepower. Band of Brothers is big and loud...Also quite different. Unlike its precursors, Band of Brothers remains aloof from the usual cliches of World War II movies...Band of Brothers casts its heart on the side of brute combat realism and pays a price in its absence of narrative glue...The viewer lives and figuratively dies with the men of Easy Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, as they fight across Europe from D-Day to beyond VE-Day, yet feels little emotional investment in any of them. Even after 10 hours, it's hard to tell some of them apart...Before D-Day, Sobel is mercifully replaced by the most enduring hero of the miniseries, Lt. Richard Winters (Damian Lewis), the closest that Band of Brothers comes to a leading man...Winters is a laconic teetotaler who soon proves his competence in action, leading a D-Day assault on a German artillery unit. Later, away from his men, Winters struggles with his own emotions during a weekend furlough to Paris. He rides Metro trains alone, haunted by his point-blank shooting of a young German soldier he encountered in Holland...Winters is the no-frills embodiment of American film heroism, and Lewis plays him with the tiniest hints of Gary Cooper and Henry Fonda. You'd never guess it, but it's true: Lewis is an English actor...Each episode comes with a preface -- actual survivors of Easy Company being interviewed on camera, never having to reach far down to call up vivid memories from nearly 60 years ago. They're all identified at the end of the final episode, and Winters is among them...It should be a powerful moment; instead it may come across as merely interesting...Band of Brothers is an immense achievement, raising the bar for combat realism. But to the end, it's hobbled by its noble disinclination to play the Hollywood game...Matching the true faces with the actors is a chore. As movie characters, most of these real soldiers had been ciphers, subservient to the action.
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Reviewer John Carman
ReviewRating 9
Features
No Longer Produced
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Nicholas Sylvain, DVDVerdict.com Exquisite drama and compelling history constructed with masterful writers, producers, and filmmakers, Band of Brothers is worthy of every word of praise it has received to date.
Paul Fussell, Slate.com ...distinguished, serious work of cinema...

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