Friday, June 21, 2013

TV Series of the Month – The Pacific

This month’s TV series:  The Pacific (2010).

The miniseries looks at WWII’s Pacific Theatre through the eyes of three Marines (based on the writings of real soldiers: Eugene Sledge’s With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa and Robert Leckie’s Helmet for My Pillow, in addition to Chuck Tatum’s Red Book, Black Sand).

Like Band of Brothers, the series was created and executively produced by Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, and Gary Goetzman. James Badge Dale, Joseph Mazzello, and Jon Seda star, with support from Rami Malek, Jacob Pitts, William Sadler, Jon Bernthal, and Caroline Dhavernas.

Band of Brothers is maybe the greatest miniseries of all-time, putting a lot of expectations on The Pacific. It is also a fantastic miniseries from HBO, but not quite at the same level (and maybe not as good as Generation Kill either – but still one of the best miniseries in television history). It addresses the sheer violence and harrowing fear that America GIs faced in the struggle against the relentless Japanese. The series also does a wonderful job developing its characters. It is a must-see for fans of war dramas. Hanks and Spielberg are currently working on a third WWII miniseries focusing on airmen (Master of the Air).

Trailer: Here

Available on: Blu-ray and Streaming

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