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Tuesday, November 09, 2010

The Pacific Blu-Ray Review

The Pacific Blu-Ray Review

Synopsis: The Pacific is an epic 10-part miniseries that delivers a realistic portrait of WWII's Pacific Theatre as seen through the intertwined odysseys of three U.S. Marines - Robert Leckie, John Basilone and Eugene Sledge. The extraordinary experiences of these men and their fellow Marines take them from the first clash with the Japanese in the haunted jungles of Guadalcanal, through the impenetrable rain firests 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. The viewer will be immersed in combat through the intimate perspective of this diverse, relatable group of men pushed to the limit in battle both physically and psychologically against a relentless enemy unlike any encountered before.

Review: The stories of Leckie and Basilone are interesting, but hands-down Sledge was my favorite character.   The intensity and sometimes vulnerability in these men as they face dangers and an epic scale of the world that they otherwise never would have seen in their era is astounding.  Really Tom Hanks and Spielberg went all out on this one.  Its basically the same quality as Band of Brothers, which was amazing, but its on the Pacific stage instead of Europe.  These boys are blasting their way through Japan to defend their homeland and this is maybe the most well-produced grouping of epics about WWII battle ever created.

The Pacific looks absolutely amazing in blu-ray high-definition.  The detailed and inherently violent daytime battle scenes are dynamic and crisp, while the solid black tone of the night battles really requires high-def to be properly experienced.

The blu-ray special features on this set are Two Blu-ray-exclusive interactive companion features across all 10 parts: Enhanced Viewing, Field Guide, Profiles of The Pacific: Delve into the lives of the real Marines featured in The Pacific, Making The Pacific: Go behind the scenes and take an inside look at the making of the miniseries, Anatomy of the Pacific War: Explore the historical influences and cultural perceptions that led to the merciless brutality in the Pacific theater of World War II

Interest Range: War, WWII, Action/Adventure, Drama