The Pacific

The Pacific

DVD - 2010 | Widescreen version.
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The extraordinary experiences of three men and their fellow Marines take them from the first clash with the Japanese in the haunted jungles of Guadalcanal, through the impenetrable rain forests of Cape Gloucester, across the blasted coral strongholds of Peleliu, up the black sand terraces of Iwo Jima, through the killing fields of Okinawa, to the triumphant, yet uneasy, return home after V-J Day.
Publisher: [New York] : Home Box Office, c2010.
Edition: Widescreen version.
ISBN: 9781419884375
1419884379
Branch Call Number: PACIF
Characteristics: 6 videodiscs (530 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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WinstonO
Sep 15, 2018

Over the 5 discs you get to know 3 US Marines and some of the other men unit. The Marines portrayed are based on real life Marines and what transpired during their time in the Pacific. The unit is shown in the many battles against the Japanese as they island hop. Other than the fighting, they deal with the death of fellow soldiers, low food and ammo supplies and medical maladies. There is very little actual footage intermixed but the narration by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks helps smooth over thin areas.

It's very representative of a collaboration of Spielberg & Hanks. Most of what I saw, I had seen in other movies but it was still good to watch.

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johncruse
Jun 27, 2015

NOT REALISTIC. I WAS IN THE INFANTRY. DURING MY SERVICE I ONLY KNEW ONE WEAK NERD. THE SQUAD LEADERS WERE ALWAYS YELLING "SPREAD OUT". SUCH GROUPING WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ALLOWED BECAUSE OF THE DRASTICALLY INCREASED CASUALTIES THAT WOULD HAVE RESULTED.

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mexicanadiense
Oct 07, 2013

"The Pacific" weathers the inevitable comparisons to "Band of Brothers" well, and has apparently served to launch (or relaunch) the careers of a number of decent young actors. Some episodes are more gripping than others, but well worth checking out on the whole.

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sdforeman
Jun 26, 2012

The gore is intense, but that's to be expected given the nature of the Pacific war. Very moving stories, and the DVD makes you want to read the memoirs of Leckie and Sledge. It makes you realize the sacrifice that generation gave to make the world free.

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sterring
Jan 22, 2012

Really good

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Kevin28
Dec 04, 2011

Greatest WWII movie/series I've ever seen. It follows several Marines very closely and allows u to experience the intensity and emotions that war brings. Definitely a must see!

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StevenRobinson
Sep 07, 2011

While "The Pacific" was certainly excellent, "Band of Brothers" was more historically accurate. This is understandable, given the scope of the project. Some of the stories in the companion book were not shown at all on the DVD, which disappointed me, as they were worthy of inclusion. Lastly, having already read E.G, Sledge's and Leckie's accounts of the war, the DVD did tend to sugarcoat the horror with American style patriotism rather than expose it to be as brutal and as terrifying as it truly was for those men. The scenes were graphic, and I'm sure realistic in their special effects -- but they were snapshots at best. In his book, Sledge describes days and days of constant shelling that the DVD reduces to a couple of scenes. Bottom line, take the time to read the books before you watch this. It is time well spent.

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summermoon
Jul 23, 2011

I truely enjoyed this minisiries. Very well acted and a felling of sadness at same time. The gore was a bit much. Be prepared for the truth about war.

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bstudent
Jul 01, 2011

incredible sacrafice...you just can't repay debt like that, makes you proud

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Nords
Mar 16, 2011

I loved the pacific even more then Band of Brothers. This series follows 3 marines through the pacific campaign in WWII. What a brutal experience they went through. You need to watch this. Still, the violence is brutal and the cruelty of war is depicted completely so it is hard to watch in parts. Just one of the best depictions of what war is really like ever put to film.

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sterring
Jan 25, 2012

sterring thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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