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#1 of 51 OFFLINE   ChrisLazarko

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Posted December 04 2003 - 03:51 AM

Can anyone give me a link to the review on band of brothers or any comments on it? I am thinking of buying it, but it is about $70 for the season...

#2 of 51 OFFLINE   Jeff Adams

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Posted December 04 2003 - 04:00 AM

Chris,
Use the search button on this forum under movies and dvd's. You should find a number of posts. Band of Brothers IMO is easily one of the best WWII films ever made. It's 10 episodes long but I just look at it as one long movie.
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#3 of 51 OFFLINE   Richard Gilmore

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Posted December 04 2003 - 04:03 AM

One DVD purchase I would recommend without any reservations, sight unseen.

#4 of 51 OFFLINE   Eman_Ramos

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Posted December 04 2003 - 04:12 AM

I got it as a birthday gift recently...

It's awesome. Definitely get it when you get the chance.
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#5 of 51 OFFLINE   Harold Wazzu

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Posted December 04 2003 - 04:16 AM

Yeah I bought it after Walmart lowered the price and do not regret the purchase. If you are into war movies at all this is a must have.

#6 of 51 OFFLINE   Felix Martinez

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Posted December 04 2003 - 04:17 AM

This is a fantastic set. A great companion piece to Saving Private Ryan. Get it!

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#7 of 51 OFFLINE   Matt_P

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Posted December 04 2003 - 04:58 AM

Best film(s) on WWII, period.

#8 of 51 OFFLINE   JustinCleveland

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Posted December 04 2003 - 04:59 AM

Payed 80 dollars, haven't ever regretted it.

#9 of 51 OFFLINE   Jim-M

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Posted December 04 2003 - 05:30 AM

It is definitely worth the $70. As others have said, I think it is the best WWII film made. I watch this set more than anything else in my collection. Get the book too. They go great together. Reading the book first will help you with figuring out the characters easier. Re-read the book after watching the series and you'll see the descriptions come to life in your head even more.

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Posted December 04 2003 - 05:39 AM

I rented the first 5 episodes and my wife and I didn't like it at all. Every episode was almost identical. We found it slow to the point of being boring. I was expecting to rent just the first three episodes as a test drive and then buy it. Glad I didn't buy it.

I like just about every other WW2 movie out there too, including Private Ryan. To each his own.

#11 of 51 OFFLINE   DerekJohnson

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Posted December 04 2003 - 05:46 AM

I loved it. Picked up the box set from overseas on Ebay for $35.

#12 of 51 OFFLINE   Tommy G

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Posted December 04 2003 - 05:49 AM

Best mini-series bar none in my humble opinion. FYI, you can also get it for $67.96 at deepdiscountdvd.com with one of the following coupon codes:

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#13 of 51 OFFLINE   ChrisMatson

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Posted December 04 2003 - 06:50 AM

It is the best movie/mini-series I have ever seen on TV.
It is the best WWII movie I have seen.
It is one of my favorite DVDs.

The one caveat is that it is long and you have to pay attention to the many "characters" you follow from training camp through the end of the war. I say "characters" because they are all real people.

#14 of 51 OFFLINE   John Mansor

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Posted December 04 2003 - 06:57 AM

It is amazing. By being ten episodes it gives you a chance to have a true appreciation for what soldiers go through. Buy it ASAP!

#15 of 51 OFFLINE   Eman_Ramos

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Posted December 04 2003 - 07:01 AM

I also just want to add that the book is equally good. I'd read that before watching the DVD. It's a fairly quick and easy read.
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#16 of 51 OFFLINE   Jeff Gatie

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Posted December 04 2003 - 07:21 AM

Read below my review posted just before the DVD's came out:

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This is a must have for any WWII buff and should be shown to anyone who has ever had any questions about the need for brave men who stand against evil. Technique wise, it resembles "Saving Private Ryan", lots of grain, hyper-realistic combat, gore. But I found it even more compelling than SPR, due to it's longer length, the anonymity of the characters which fades as the series progresses and most of all - the fact that every man and every scene were real. This is remarkably and emotionally demonstrated by the recaps of each episode given by the present day survivors of Easy Company. These old men, to whom we owe so much, share their memories of how they at 18/19/20 years of age were told they had to go save the world . . . and they did.

This is a story of the Company that saw more front line combat than any other unit in WWII and you are there for all 10 episodes, from training to Normandy, Market Garden, The Bulge, Bastogne, Liberation and Hitler's Eagle's Nest. I myself will purchase it tomorrow and it will instantly become one of my prized possessions. Highly Recommended.

However, in the past, hyper-realistic gore filled war movies that seem to depict a sort of moral ambiguity about some of the characters motives or actions (i.e. "tell it like it was") or that seem to shy away from stereotypical character development have been described as "War Porn". If you are of this opinion about these types of films, BOB is a series to stay away from.

If you enjoyed SPR, "Blackhawk Down" or "We Were Soldiers", BOB is as good or better and definitely worth adding to any collection. Watch, enjoy and then go down and make a donation to your local VFW or DAV hall. It's the least those "old guys" deserve.
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#17 of 51 OFFLINE   Nick_Scott

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Posted December 04 2003 - 08:05 AM

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FYI, you can also get it for $67.96 at deepdiscountdvd.com


I think its $62 at Walmart? Pretty darn good deal!

I originally taped them off HBO, then converted them to CVD so I can watch them on my DVD player....

Its a wicked good series, though some chapters are slower then others. My personal favorite is chapter #2. I can watch that one over and over.

But, I've already watched my CVDs enough where I'm not sure if I want to spend the $62 so I can see the extras...

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#18 of 51 OFFLINE   todd stone

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Posted December 04 2003 - 08:10 AM

buy it blind. AWESOME series.
Lo, there do I see my mother, and my sisters, and my brothers, Lo, there do I see the line of my people, back to the beginning, Lo, they do call to me, they bid me take my place among them, In the halls of Valhalla,where the brave may live...

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Posted December 04 2003 - 08:42 AM

Don't walk but RUN as fast as you can and get this wonderful series.

"anonymity of the characters"

The characters for me where not anonymous but were instead REAL people who you could feel for during the series. You become connected to these great people through the series. I think this is why this series is so amazing - the characterization mainly, the realityof everything on screen, and the historical references. Out of ANY series this one by far is loved by everyone(minus Tom). Personally I don't know how one could like Saving Private Ryan and NOT like BOB but to each their own. In fact I have heard of people compare SPR with BOB but always state that BOB is miles ahead. Walmart is selling it for $63.Posted Image
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Posted December 04 2003 - 08:48 AM

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"anonymity of the characters"


My quote about the anonymity of the characters was qualified by the "which fades as the series progesses" which followed. The best thing about this series was that the characters were not stereotypically "fleshed out" from the beginning like so many other war films (cough - Pearl Harbor - cough). The series allowed you to get to know them and let them develop, never allowing you to forget that these were real people. This technique of allowing you to grow to know them drove home the point they were real and made you feel for them, absent the melodramatic "you will care about this guy later cause he loves his girl at home so much" platitudes of other films.





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