dealsthe pacific - blu-ray for $19.99 + free shipping

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Good Price, disappointing series

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@mjefferson111: I agree...they set the bar high with Band of Brothers!

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@mjefferson111: I don't know that I'd call the series disappointing, it was just the difference in source material.

Band of Brothers lent itself very well to a mini series. There was one book (and it wasn't very long) that told the story of the U.S. on the Western Front from 1944-1945 through the experience of one company. Each episode had a slightly different flavor (different directors and writers), but fit into the entire narrative. Also, most viewers had a very good handle on what was happening on a grand scale. They knew about the Allied invasion at Normandy in 1944. Many had at least a passing famiarity with the failed airbore assault on Arnhem (they saw A Bridge Too Far).

The Pacific was handicapped heaviy. The main story lines came from the first person accounts of Eugene Sledge (With The Old Breed) and Robert Leicke (Helmet for My Pillow). I had read the former years before the series. It is a very good account. (continued)

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The story of Joe Basilone came from other records. So, you have three roughly independent stories and they were trying to tie them all together. It got confusing.

Add to that two additional factors. The first is that far fewer viewers were familiar with the events in The Pacific. Some knew something about Guadalcanal, but not much. So when the writers showed (from the point of view of the Marines on Guadalcanal) the Battle of Savo Island (greatest defeat of the U.S. Navy in WWII, maybe ever, but you couldn't tell from the show) then showed the Marines complaining about how the Navy left with all their gear, it was unclear what happened. Then when they show Pelilileu and New Britian very few had any idea what was going on.

Another reason is that the war in the Pacific was brutal, far more so that the ETO. They really showed this in the series, and it made people uncomfortable. (continued again)

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I've had the good fortune in my life to have traveled to many places like New Britian (haven't been on that particular island) and Guadalcanal. I've been to many of the other places in the series, including Pelileu. They are as shown in the series. Pelileu would be hellish without water. Dealing with the mud, rain, and hell of New Britian would have probably me crazy, too. Many parts of that seres were difficult for viewers. Watching parts of that series even made me uncomfortable.

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now its 38.00.... must have been a mistake and they caught it...

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@digital69: maybe but I already picked mine up in store. Hopefully all those that ordered got or get their copies.

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@wilfbrim: Great insight! Am I on reddit right now? I have to agree that source material is not as cohesive and that the subject matter is much more difficult to watch.

Band of Brothers will make you sad for humanity, but in the end gives you some hope. The Pacific will make you sick about our lack of humanity and you will feel lost in our barbarism. The Pacific doesn't have a nice happy ending like Band of Brothers.

You watch Easy company liberate once peaceful European villages and you feel comforted by the banter and camaraderie displayed. Watching Marines fight a war of hatred and evil will seriously make you wonder why we fought so hard for those islands of rock and sand.