Here's the winner of our contest:
- John Peterson - Arlington, WA
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.