The Pacific is the HBO miniseries that takes its cue from the war series Band of Brothers highlighting the Pacific theatre during World War II from executive producers Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and Gary Goeztman.
Film making 23/25
Bonus Features 23/25
The Pacific is an HBO miniseries from executive producers Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and Gary Goeztman with just about the same writers and much of the crew from Band of Brothers. While the cast is different the writers and much of the crew are from the original and trying for the same magic that Band of Brothers made.
Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg had their awakening in Saving Private Ryan and hit gold with Band of Brothers and now The Pacific comes within eyeshot of the peak but does not quite reach it. The film does have the same style and a great cast and crew but they did have one large obstacle that needed to be crossed in its own predecessor.
While The Pacific does a great job of telling most of the story of the war in the Pacific it does not quite reach the heights that Band of Brothers did. Band of Brothers kept the action going even when there was no bullets flying but The Pacific is just missing something in whole scenes that makes you wonder why it was kept in the series.
I am not trying to say that the Blu-ray release is not good, it is fantastic and comes with my whole hearted recommendation as both an entertaining series and one that is rich in historical education. The Pacific, just like Band of Brothers, is a must have movie collection as well as a series that must be used for educational purposes in schools.
The Pacific details the story of The Pacific war front during World War II from the actual events detailed in books by Eugene Sledge and Robert Leckie. The series highlights three soldiers of the United States Marine Corps and their units as they hop from island to island trying to win the war.
The film shows in realistic detail and historical fact the details of war from the everyday happenings of the soldiers in such an inhospitable environment. I had a hard time on occasion with some of the slower parts but the emotional impact that comes from the actual accounts being played out on the screen was terrific.
There were times that I was not glued to the story as the war played out as much as I was when I watched Band of Brothers but that’s not to say I would not recommend it.
I had no problem with The Pacific but thought there were a few minutes here and there that could have either been edited out or somehow changed to make things flow a bit better.
Video for The Pacific is fantastic and about as good as you’re ever going to get from a 10 part mini-series that spans five discs. While the island scenes and the ship board scenes are rich in color and detail the flash backs and home based sequences are not quite as clear.
The war sequences are both beautiful and disquieting in its clear and concise detail but the scenes back home both as flash backs and as real time are not quite up to the same caliber. This was the only problem with the entire series and did have quite an impact on how much I enjoyed it, the war scenes were just too realistic but it seemed they toned down the others to give more punch to the combat.
I had no problems with audio as the DTS-HD Master Audio was flawless from beginning to end with exceptional clarity for everything from voice to those huge explosions. Deep ground thumping Bomb blasts and the wheet of a bullet are a common occurrence but the odd rustle as men try to sneak through dense vegetation is also first class in terms of audio.
Bonus features on the sixth disc are an hour and a half of making of features and two sets of Picture in Picture features on the five episode discs. You get a full disc all in high definition with a 49 minute profile feature titled Profile of the Pacific.
Six men are featured with accounts of their lives and experiences of their wartime service by people who knew them or from some of the men themselves. This feature gives you an in depth look at the real people that are highlighted in the series and the stories behind their acts of heroism.
Making the Pacific and Anatomy of the Pacific War are two features, 23 and 10 minutes, that look at the series and the war and show you how it was brought to the screen and how it played out in real life. While there was not many differences in the series from the reality they did some slightly loose interpretations of fact a few times but it all worked out well by the end credits of the last episode.
The two picture in picture features are both fantastic and have in detail interviews and analysis of the scene and the specific part of the war. The field Guide is an interactive special that gives real maps, notes and information for an in depth look at the real happenings behind the scene currently playing.
Bonus content is about as good as your going to get and any more would have been stuffing a bit too much into the same war series that is already as good as it really could get. The Pacific highlights the real heroes of the war in a dignified and truly down to earth way which just showcases the talents of those who helped in any way to make it happen.
The Pacific is a must have series and the tin boxed set Blu-ray edition is a fantastic purchase for any movie collection that is a definite must have series.