‘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. I was going to describe the exact same scene as Greg Fisher (above). The French girls singing quietly in the background and everyone in a reflective mood, it was a still moment of great poignancy after several episodes of vicious and relentless combat. At the end, Captain Speirs (Matthew Settle) approaches Sgt. Lipton (Donnie Wahlberg), where they discuss the rumors surrounding Speirs, then have this wonderful exchange:

    Speirs:[Turns to leave]

    Lipton: Sir? These men aren’t really concerned about the stories. They’re just glad to have you as our CO. They’re happy to have a good leader again.

    Spiers: Well, from what I’ve heard, they’ve always had one. I’ve been told there’s always been one man they could count on. Led them into the Bois Jacques, held them together when they had the crap shelled out of them in the woods. Every day, he kept their spirits up, kept the men focused, gave ’em direction… all the things a good combat leader does.

    You don’t have any idea who I’m talking about, do you?

    Lipton: No, sir.

    Spiers: Hell, it was you, First Sergeant. Ever since Winters made Battalion, you’ve been the leader of Easy Company. Oh, and you’re not going to be First Sergeant much longer, First Sergeant.

    Lipton: Sir?

    Spiers: Winters put you in for a battlefield commission, and Sink approved on your behalf. You should get the official notice in a few days. Congratulations, Lieutenant.

  2. Favorite scene was when Sgt Basilone was killed. He was doing his job and so heroic and then to be cut down without warning. It really brought home the random horror of war.

  3. The moment that sticks in my head is the scene in the final episode when Shifty is talking to Major Winters before he goes home.
    Shifty: I just don’t rightly know how I’m going explain all this. You see I…I…I seen…I seen…
    Winters: You’re a hell of a fine soldier Shifty. There is nothing more to explain.
    Shifty: Thank you sir.

  4. Oh good one, Solomonster!

  5. This would be a phenomenal set to have. My dad has never seen either of these great series so I’d love to give it to him.
    I’d say one of my fave scenes in Band of Brothers is the one with the German soldiers in Holland where Winters (Damian Lewis who was great in this role) kills the young German soldier point blank then about 10 more soldiers by himself before the rest of his guys get there and take out the rest of the German troops. It was a pretty violent part of the episode but definitely showcased Winters leadership skills and the brutality of the war.

  6. I like the scene where they are shaving the women hair off in Band of Brothers, because they slept with the Germans.
    I like this scene because it shows that not all people agreed with the war & it showed what the reprocution of their actions to others.

  7. I remember vividly the ending of the Band of Brothers episode Breaking Point. Everything went to hell, Penkala and Skip are the two guys that were always joking through out the series and in front of the audience and Lutz they are blown to smithereens. That episode always jerks me up. Everything up to that point was hard but manageable, this is when they couldn’t do anything and are left holding nothing at the end of the episode as a victory

  8. Actually, to be honest, I have never seen either of these shows. Sad, I know. I hope that I could possibly still be included in the contest as I have a better reason than ever to win them, I NEED to see these excellent shows!!

  9. Everyone on the baseball field together thats just a great scene. I love the whole series way to much. Winters has been one of my screen names for years in the gaming world.

  10. My favorite scene is when the men of Easy Company discover the Concentration Camp. It was the moment when many of the men understood what they were fighting for. Their towns people reaction to the concentration camp was also very disturbing.

  11. Favorite Scene from Band of Brothers was around the baseball diamond on VJ day, as Winters (Lewis) narrates where each of the men ended up…and the scene following that when the ‘big reveal’ happens and you learn the names of these vets who have been introducing the episodes all along. Splendidly don.

    Favorite Scene from The Pacific was also in the final episode: Sledge’s return to society. Both the hunting scene with his father, and the scene where he thrashes about in bed in the throes of a nightmare, as his father sits outside his door moved me to tears. If you’ve not read it, make sure to read, not only “With the Old Breed” but also “China marine” which was taken from pieces edited from the original manuscript, and published posthumously. His editors for Old Breed decided to end the book after VJ day, but he actually wrote fairly extensively about his return home and re-adjusting to society, etc. It was quite moving.

    Oh wait, what was this, a contest entry? Count me in! Hope I didn’t screw it up too badly. Thanks for the chance!

  12. Only seen most of Band on Brothers, but for some reason like the seen in the first show where the LT, gets lost and cuts the fence and lets the cows out and then trying to explain why he did it.

  13. my favorite scene is a brief scene from Band of Brothers in the end of a battle(attack on German occupied village) where EZ company and others are celebrating taking over a pivotal village and a enemy sniper begins firing in the troops. once he is located Lipton runs across the street as a decoy to allow Shifty to kill the sniper. Epic scene that really conveyed that the battle is never truly over and the amount of sacrifice necessary to win. Plus, Shifty was just a bad-ass that reminded me of Billy Pepper’s character in Private Ryan. Amazing miniseries and Pacific was truly great as well, but most of my favorite moments come from Band of Brothers

  14. My favorite scene from Band of Brothers would have to be… When Dike leads the charge into Foy, and falls apart on the field. It’s such a pivotal point for me because it shows how some soldiers just aren’t meant for combat, or have been out of combat so long they forget how to act under pressure.

  15. For me it is simple.

    The scene in Band of Brothers where they find the death camps and the people in them. It illustrated just how ignorant the US was to what was really going on in Germany during that time. Their collective hate and disgust at the treatment of the prisoners showed through every single member of the cast was so well portrayed. At that time it didnt matter what nationality each member was, they were collectively all american and each was horrified by the atrocities they knew nothing about. What underscored this even more was the complete lack of how to deal with it. The uncertainty of dealing with something that none of them were prepared for was evident in each of the them. It was a situation that could not be trained for nor was anything like ever expected. The sense of tragedy on their faces and body language was palpable.

  16. I would probably say in Band of Brothers when they were at the crossroads. If i remember correctly Easy Co. was near an outpost of German soldiers in a ditch across them. Winters leads the attack on them and runs to the top of the ditch and shoots and kills a young German man, which would later haunt him, and then continues to shoot at the other German men while he is exposed. The rest of the patrol shows up and starts helping him and after the attack he was later promoted because of his bravery and leadership. Some of the man were even surprised that they don’t even know how Winters survived.

    This scene to be it shows just how brutal the war is. It was easily one of the most gruesome scenes in the show and it made me feel for the men that fought for us in the war and what demons they had to go through, especially Winters since he was still haunted by the young man he killed. I think it also helped express how much of a leader Winters was to Easy Co.

    Sadly I have never had a chance to watch The Pacific yet so I don’t have a favorite scene for that one.

  17. I have been watching “Generation Kill” while on the treadmill. I like how much it reminds me of my deployment and the guys I was over there with, still love both these WW II mini-series though. Hope they do a Korea or Vietnam mini-series next!

  18. Favorite scene was from the very first episode of band of brothes. The run up the mountain together by all the brothers was a very heart warming start to a great series!

  19. Best miniseries ever

  20. Both of my Grandfaters were in in world War II. One was in the army over in Europe while the other was in the Pacific with the Seabees. These give me a little insight as to what it may have been like to be there at that time. My favorite scenes would have to be from The Pacific, I love it when they show what life was like on the bases when they got to relax from the madness. I really liked the scene where they stole the booze from the army!

    Heres hoping that I win so that me and my family can enjoy these series for years to come.

  21. It’s hard to pick just one scene, but a small scene I like is when Capt. Sobel is walking along, sees Major Winters sitting in a jeep and looks away to pass him. Winters calls out his name… “Captain Sobel” and Sobel looks at him briefly, curtly acknowledges him by title and name and plans to walk away. But Winters calls out to him again, “Sobel!” Sobel stops, and Winters tells him, “We salute the rank, not the man.” Only then does Sobel salute him, slowly, reluctantly.

    • I meant to say that scene is from Band of Brothers.

  22. I’m not sure I can just pick one! However, the first scene that came to mind is in The Pacific, when Eugene “Sledge” goes out hunting with his father. It’s not filled with action. It’s not one of the many fantastic battle sequences. It has little dialog, but does much to convey the emotional scarring that Sledge has endured. And the whole feel of the scene is accented when the father, who said he’d been looking forward to this time with his son, doesn’t complain or feel the need to ask “what’s wrong”. He just goes over and hugs his son. LOVE IT!

    Both Band of Brothers and The Pacific are full of great scenes though! Like I said, it’s hard to pick just one!

  23. I really love the sequence with all of the airplanes full of paratroopers on D-Day. I think it’s at the beginning of the 2nd ep of BoB. I love it when a movie or tv show can show me something I’ve never seen before, and they really pulled out the stops on that one. It’s sort of BoB’s version of the beach landing sequence in SPR. Just a real eye-opener.

  24. It’s been awhile since I’ve seen Band of Brothers but for some reason the scene(s) that stick with me are from the Battle of the Bulge episode. All of the scenes where they were being shelled and just kind of waiting and hoping were really intense.

  25. David Schwimmer’s training sequence with the band in the first episode of BoB. Why? A funny actor does a decent turn as a dramatic actor. That’s always a good scene for me. I’ve seen BoB 4 times now all the way, From the Earth to the Moon at least 6, and I just started the Pacific (finished eps 1 and 2, sent back to NetFlix for 3 and 4.)

    Would love this set whole-heartedly.


  26. My son has enlisted and recommended Band of Brothers for me to watch a year ago. As a mother I wasn’t sure I wanted to see all the carnage. It wasn’t until I heard the beautiful music score that intrigued me to take the time to watch this Emmy winning masterpiece. It is hard to see how history has played out at the expense of these fragile lives. This really was an epic adventure. I am now hooked. I am so impressed with the ability and time that Stephen Ambrose took to get the history of “Easy Company” an elite group of men that sacrificed everything they had to right a wrong and to keep us enjoying the freedoms we possess each day.

    I have loved every moment of Band of Brothers there are so many poignant scenes I could describe. I liked the clever way in which Hanks and Spielberg remind the viewers of the human cost of war such as during Carentan. Easy Company had returned to England after a few weeks of combat in France. Malarkey picks up his clothing at a local laundry. He pays for his bundle while the scene conveys that he is a little sweet on the English woman. The English woman asks curiously “You couldn’t be a dear and help me? He pays for a friend’s bundle knowing he had passed away. Then she reads off some of the other men and the camera pans down the rows and the names of the men are visible on each bundle. This visualization reveals how many lives were lost during that battle. It was beautifully portrayed to show that in June of 1944 Easy Company lost 65 men. I would love this set to give to my son since it is his favorite and mine.

    • Nice post, Kristin.

  27. Loved both series in their entirety, but:
    BoB- outside of the personal stories, the two most iconic/ironic “WWII in a nutshell” scenes from “Why We Fight”-
    When Nixon delivers the news that Hitler is dead as a group of Easy Co. soldiers watch Germans sort through rubble and later in the same episode Webster screams from a truck at walking German prisoners “WHAT were you THINKING?”

    from “The Pacific”- The whole Basilone storyline was both inspirational and heartbreaking. But overall its accurate portrayal of the sheer brutality and “no quarter asked/given” of combat in the Pacific as opposed to the war in Europe.

  28. Ok, I am being a post whoor!

    But I really loves both of these series!!!!

    Another scene I love, is in “Cross Roads” when Major Winters reaches the top of the berm and sees the Nazi kid on the other side.

    The flashback of the look on that kid’s face of relief that he wasn’t immediately shot and seeing the close up of each of their faces was in a word… perfect.

    Seriously, I could go on about so many scenes! The two best produced series ever made!