‘Band of Brothers/The Pacific Special Edition Gift Set’ DVD – Winner!

Published 3 years ago by , Updated September 18th, 2012 at 8:25 am,

Here’s the winner of our contest:

  • John Peterson – Arlington, WA
Thanks to everyone who participated and keep your eyes peeled for our next awesome giveaway!

On November 8th, HBO’s double threat of war drama, Band of Brothers and The Pacific, will be available as a box set on both DVD and Blu-ray. Thirteen discs of entertainment include everything on the original dedicated releases, but this set comes with a special hour-long documentary called He Has Seen War.

On its own, this fantastic documentary is worth your attention, but as part of the entire set, it’s a nice touch. If you don’t own any of these titles, you are truly missing out.

Valued at $160, this is definitely a great DVD set to win. Be sure to clear some room on your shelf as it takes up a healthy chunk of space. We will select ONE winner to walk home with the box set before it is released for sale.


About the Miniseries

One of HBO’s crowning achievements in original TV programming was the 2001 historical miniseries Band of Brothers. Almost a decade later they presented the follow-up, The Pacific. With 14 Emmy wins between the two, HBO definitely found a huge market for the long-form war tale. With Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks behind them, these two miniseries maintained huge popularity.

Band of Brothers focuses on an airbone infantry called Easy Company. It starts with their growing camaraderie in boot camp through their experiences in World War II. Many of the most iconic battles of World War II are showcased through the company’s perspective, which gave it a much more personalized feel, with a clear connection to its unofficial predecessor Saving Private Ryan. Spielberg and Hanks brought the positive reactions from their film into this miniseries to continue sharing stories of the war and those involved.

It explores such tales through the shared stories of real soldiers. Part of the beauty of Band of Brothers is its ability to hyperfocus on one or two soldiers and their personal journey through each episode. By the end, you have a relationship with every character shown and they feel real and fleshed out.

In a similar fashion, The Pacific turns the focus over to the Pacific Theater where many more stories were happening and the creators felt they were equally as important to share. They were right, as fans came back without hesitation and the show earned even more accolades than Band of Brothers. While there are some stunning battle scenes, many of the stories follow characters off the field of battle and the impact of the war on their personal lives.

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  1. You have it backwards, Jason. The guys (Leckie, Sledge, Basilone, etc.) in The Pacific were the Marines, and they raided an Army supply dump. Infantry may be called grunts, but the US Marines is an expeditionary force, meaning they live off what than can carry, until resupplied, and then only resupplied with what they can carry.

  2. My favorite part of both series would have to be in Band of Brothers where they are in Bastogne. I cant pick out one specific part, but parts of the episode gave me man tears. It was epic in some parts and made you cry in others. It was a touching episode that shows the hardships of war.

    • I know when wild bill got hit and Eugene goes through hell and back to get supplies for the wounded. Being a airborne infantry myself it really hits home and gives you a whole new appreciation for the generation that gave all they had.

  3. My favorite scene is basically the entire episode of Band Of Brothers titled “Crossroads”. The scene is Winters typing a report of an assault he led on a crossroads. It showed the difficulty of trying to analyze war and put it into words. Winters was my favorite character and this was a great example of his leadership and intelligence.

  4. Sledge disobeying orders and trying to take down that last Japanese solider below the hill he is on, Sledge finally broke, and Joseph Mazzello did an amazing job with the character (With the Old Breed is one of my favorite books ever). I even stopped calling him ‘Timmy’ after a couple episodes, and he IS Sledgehammer now.

    This was just a very real and heart wrenching scene, the stress, the sadness, the misery, just finally bursts out of him.

  5. I’m putting in the scene that got me hooked on this whole series in the first place. It was this scene where they were trying to take this small village in France and they encountered much heavier resistance than they expected. At one point they took out a tank and it was still rolling towards one of the characters, so to get away he had to dive into a trench and crawl away to avoid it. I believe this injured him and he was stuck in the ditch while his unit moved out and mistakenly left him behind. Once I saw that scene I was hooked and I sat and watched the whole series in one day. Such a great and memorable show!

  6. So…was the winner ever drawn? I can’t wait to find out which one of us won!

  7. Screen rant…

    Just my opinion but maybe for future contests you could not only post the person’s name who won but their comment so we could read and see why that person was chosen?

    Its really great to see others commenting on shows like these but to understand why that person was chosen is also a good thing.

    Thanks, SR, keep up the good work!

  8. I agree with Vicki.
    I couldn’t find John Peterson’s comment.

    • I am Sneaky Pete. I was honored to have won and surprised. I saw so many entries here so worthy of the prize that I felt I had little chance of coming out on top. Rest assured though that this set is going to a faithful fan of the series and will be treated with great care. Also as a side note, it will get here just in time for veterans day (a fact that I am sure Vic was already wise too), and will be enjoyed by a veteran (myself 14 years US Navy).

      Thank you to Screen Rant, and to everyone else for sharing their moments with everyone else.

  9. To Vicki and old rogue, I don’t think they judged the comments, I think those simply entered you into a random drawing. At least that’s who I understood it.

  10. Matt ~ They called it a “contest,” so there would have to be some kind of achievement involved, however subjective the judging might be.

    I found “Sneaky Pete’s” entry. It was the one about Easy Company finding the concentration camp in Austria.

  11. The concentration camp was actually in Bavaria, Germany, not in Austria. My bad.

  12. I really think “contest” was just an unfortunate choice of words. You can use the “drop us a note” link to ask them about the it, if you like. They got back with me pretty quickly when I had a question about when they were finally going to pick the winner.

  13. Sorry, gang – didn’t occur to me to paste in the winning comment. We don’t generally do contests this way, usually it is a random winner.


    • Vic ~ Maybe use a word other than “contest,” which it really is not. “Random drawing,” maybe?