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    Re: HBO to begin shooting "Band of Brothers" sequel this summer

    I watched a preview of this last week and it looks fantastic.
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    Re: HBO to begin shooting "Band of Brothers" sequel this summer

    My dad was in the Marine Corp. in WWII and fought in the Pacific. He was in the 4th Marine Div. and was in on the landings on Roi-Namur, Saipan, and Tinian in the Marianas. He caught Dengue fever there and got send to Hawaii and missed the Iwo Jima landings. His unit got pretty chewed up there.

    I still have all of his Marine Corp. books with photos and all that (he died in 1994). I'll be interested to see if this series is all historically accurate.

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    Re: HBO to begin shooting "Band of Brothers" sequel this summer

    Quote Originally Posted by Roy Tucker View Post
    . I'll be interested to see if this series is all historically accurate.
    From the wiki page:

    The Pacific is based primarily on two memoirs of U.S. Marines: With the Old Breed by Eugene Sledge and Helmet for My Pillow by Robert Leckie.[3] The series will tell the stories of the two authors and Marine John Basilone, as the war against the Empire of Japan rages.

    Given the literary sources mentioned above, the series will feature well-known battles involving the 1st Marine Division, such as Guadalcanal, Cape Gloucester, Peleliu, and Okinawa, as well as Basilone's involvement in the Battle of Iwo Jima.
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    Re: HBO to begin shooting "Band of Brothers" sequel this summer

    First reviews are starting to come in

    Review: HBO's 'The Pacific'
    Barry Garron has posted his review of HBO's "The Pacific." I just finished watching last week and my opinion of the project went way up from the two-episode rough-cut I saw last month, which was exposition-heavy to the point where even Tom Hanks was complaining about the cut at TCA.
    "The first two episodes are the weakest," assured HBO insiders at the time.
    I was doubtful -- we hear that sort of thing a lot -- but the executives were right.
    When the final cut was delivered, the clunky exposition was cut out. And after the first two couple hours, the immediacy and writing improved.
    Is "The Pacific" as strong as its predecessor, arguably the best miniseries of all time, "Band of Brothers"?
    No. It's uneven, with a weaker group of supporting characters (one big exception -- Rami Malek as Merriell "Snafu" Shelton is utterly hypnotic, like Gollum from "Lord of the Rings" reincarnated as a morally ambiguous Marine).
    Another point of comparison: For better or worse, "The Pacific" is far more graphic than "BOB." Dismembered limbs flying, Marines cutting gold teeth from dead (and not quite dead) Japanese soldiers, a scene involving an open skull cavity that I won't even describe.
    One episode -- Part Nine -- deserves special praise. Directed by "Sopranos" veteran Tim Van Patten, this penultimate hour, set on the island of Okinawa, is the most harrowing and revolting depiction of war I've ever seen. As a self-contained hour of drama, it's a masterpiece and alone worth the price of admission.
    So my bottom line: "The Pacific" is a must-see. But if you're a "Band of Brothers" fan, set your expectations accordingly.
    Here's some of Barry's take....
    The result is "The Pacific," also 10 parts but in some ways as different in its approach to the material as the jungle warfare of the Pacific was from the more conventional fighting in Europe. Both miniseries are infused with raw, powerful stories of personal triumph and adversity, but "Pacific" feels more random and more contained. Each episode is so completely built on discreet incidents that a strong case can be made for calling this a limited series.

    But call it what you will, it is a gem of a production and would be a highlight of any TV season. "Pacific," in its totality, conveys a sense of the combat experience that is as complete and realistic as any work of film could be. From the harrowing nighttime battles with a deadly but invisible enemy to the sheer misery of the punishing jungle climate to the macho posturing of the young American fighters, "Pacific" omits nothing.

    Where "Band of Brothers" adapted Stephen Ambrose's saga of a single unit, "Pacific" melds the memories of three authors: Robert Leckie, Eugene B. Sledge and Chuck Tatum. Leckie and Sledge become two of the three principal characters; the third is John Basilone. During the course of the war, the paths of these three Marines cross, but each has his own circle of friends and unique set of circumstances.

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    Bump, Just wondering how many people are watching and what they think. I think it is just ok, the last episode #4 was the strongest so far and has me wanting to watch this weeks episode. While a bit disappointed with it I find it is still better than 90% of what is on tele now.
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    Re: HBO to begin shooting "Band of Brothers" sequel this summer

    I've been watching. Like the review above says, it's not Band of Brothers, but without that to compare it to it's pretty darn good.
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    Re: HBO to begin shooting "Band of Brothers" sequel this summer

    It is picking up. I really like it. It's not Band of Brothers, but I think that works. It's much more personal and it gaining steam in the last two weeks big time.
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    Re: HBO to begin shooting "Band of Brothers" sequel this summer

    I'm going to pick up both Sledge's book and Robert Leckie's. I've got two or three of Leckie's history text books from college, and they're good reads.
    "But I do know Joey's sister indirectly (or foster sister) and I have heard stories of Joey being into shopping, designer wear, fancy coffees, and pedicures."

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    I just finished watching The Pacific on DVD and thought it was pretty incredible. It's inevitably going to be compared to Band of Brothers, and it's difficult to ever live up to that. But had this come first, we would have been just as in awe of it as we were BoB.

    Was it as "good"? Probably not, but it wasn't far off. I thought this one was more "impactful" as I watched it from beginning to end. The pacific war was a different animal than Europe and I thought Spielberg captured the brutality of that one about as well as it can be captured on a screen. I also think this one did a better job overall at portraying the way war can change a person in the story of Eugene Sledge.

    Episode 9 in Okinawa was probably the best and most powerful episode amongst either mini-series. That episode alone was worth the entire 10 hours.
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    Re: HBO to begin shooting "Band of Brothers" sequel this summer

    I loved both, caught Band of Brothers on HBO ondemand the month or so prior to The Pacific coming out, then watched that over the next couple of months, so I got to compare the two in a similar time frame.

    I think Band of Brothers tells a better story, but it also has the advantage of being part of the battle that more of us know about. For whatever reason, the pacific battle is lost in History in a sense comparred to the attention that the European front has recieved. So from that standpoint, The Pacific needed to concentrate a bit more on the background of each episode, and had less time to focus in on the "story of the individuals" which helps move a movie along better (IMHO). The Pacific was more graphic; the author of Band of Brothers (Stephen Ambrose?) wanted BoB to be largely showable in a classroom setting, wanted limited cursing or over the top violence, which again allowed the show to get more into the story of the individuals.

    In the end though, I think I got more out of the Pacific. While the discovery and releasing of the jewish prisoners was a moving and key story line, and even taught me something I had not known (spolier alert: like the soilders being forced to take food back from the prisoners for fear that giving them too much food in their state would cause their stomachs to explode) has been largely covered, while the battle amongst civilians in Okinawoa (sp?) w/ civilians running out b/w battles to avoid fire from the japanese side was something I had never heard before. The Pacific gave me knowledge that history class or previous movies have never told me (perhaps I wasn't paying close enough attention)

    I think both are excellant, and both are worth watching and both provide depth that your typical 2 hour movie can't match. HBO usually does things right anytime they make a series (save "The comback") and I was pleased to see HBO live up to their billing with both of these shows.

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    Re: HBO to begin shooting "Band of Brothers" sequel this summer

    I think that's a really good way to put it. I, too, "got more out of" The Pacific as well. I recognize that BoB had the better plot to follow, was more linear, and was an overall better piece of cinema. But The Pacific was more powerful, IMO.

    I think over the years, I'll wind up watching The Pacific more often than BoB.
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    Dick Winters, a decorated Army officer whose World War II service was recounted in the best-selling book and HBO mini-series "Band of Brothers," died Jan. 2. News reports listed his age at 92.
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    That's very sad! A truly great american. I read his war memoir and I'd recommend it for those who want to know more about him.
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    I'm very sorry to hear about his passing. Dick Winters was the definition of a real American hero IMO. Just a great man in all things he did.

    I wrote to him a number of years ago to express my appreciation and admiration to him. He sent me a very nice letter back with a picture of himself. It wasn't long after that he and his wife said they had to quit responding back to all the letters they received. The BoB series had overwhelmed them with letters and request for book signings. Also he had been diagnosed with Parkinsons disease. So they wanted some peaceful times with the remaining years they had left.

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    RIP Dick Winters. I am in awe of the people of his generation.


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