Tuesday, 28 December 2010
THE PACIFIC DVD box set
The mini series is every bit the equal of Band of Brothers though because it doesn't follow the fortunes of a particular infantry as was the case with BOB, but instead focuses on three individual soldiers who didn't serve together, it doesn't allow for the viewer to become involved as easily with the characters, but this is no criticism and in showing the horror of what the American soldiers, and indeed the Japanese, went through it does its job very well. At times it is uncomfortable viewing but then anything that shows war as realistically as this show does, is bound to be a little stomach churning on times.
The extra features on the DVD set are of a mixed bag - the best is a documentary that profiles the real characters depicted in the mini series. It's a very informative documentary and may help appreciation of the mini-series if it is viewed before the series. The rest of the special features are made up of a detailed look at the making of the series and then a brief overview of the actual Pacific conflict.
Overall an excellent slice of dramatised history.