The Pacific

The Pacific

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DVD - 2010
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Dramatized rendering of U.S. Marine Corps operations in the Pacific Theater during World War II, following marines Eugene Sledge, Robert Leckie, and John Basilone to Guadalcanal, Cape Gloucester, Peleliu, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa.
Publisher: New York : HBO Home Video, 2010
ISBN: 9786313716081
Branch Call Number: PAC
Characteristics: 3 dvds (265 min.) : sd., col. ; 12 cm
Alternative Title: Pacific (Television program)

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pierce_b
Jul 12, 2017

After watching the movie series which is superb I might add I read the book portrayed of one of the lead characters in the movie name Eugene Sledge.

I've read many books about World War 2 and Eugene Sledge's book was the most valued bringing his story from getting into the marine corp, basic training and finally off into a transport ship to a tiny island name Peleliu. Thank God I did not live in that era and be shipped off to do battle against the Japanese. These people were vicious and cruel, it was nothing short of a miracle that Eugene didn't get killed in battle as later he went to Iwo Jima.

Great movie series and excellent book you won't be disappointed.

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mammothhawk229e
Mar 05, 2017

Apple to orange comparison to Band of Brothers.
High production value & realism showed.

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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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ceedeegee57
Oct 22, 2012

Wonderfully even and accurate (as far as my research can tell me) recreation of some of the Pacific campaign. These are the same folks who made "Band Of Brothers" so comparisons are inevitable, but largely useless and unenlightening. The pacific campaign was vastly different from the war in Europe and so in style and content is this series. Excellent cast (Joe Mazello the boy from Jurassic Park grew up into a handsome young man and a fine actor), production values, and strong source material. It won't be easy watching for many- the unthinking hatred for the Japanese is hard to stomach in some senses (Members of my extended family are Japanese), but it's accurate and the Japanese fought a war unlike anything most Americans were prepared for. Fanatical is an appropriate word for how they fought then. Seeing an honest depiction of the past though allows us to recognize it, process it, see it in ourselves and possible even the world today, and just possibly avoid it repeating.
Surprising, moving, intense, painful and even at times joyous, this is excellent television that both entertains, educates, and plants the seeds for growth. Recommended viewing! (Parents should be aware it is violent, but it is also essentially history, teens -with guidance- could benefit from seeing this.)

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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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maddogshep
May 23, 2012

Great DVD. Really enjoyed it!

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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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sterring
Jan 25, 2012

sterring thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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