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RE: The Pacific: Leads Cast! - 23/8/2007 10:15:59 AM   
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Stop your nay-saying Taffy! The 'Berg will get it done.

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RE: The Pacific: Leads Cast! - 23/10/2007 4:52:20 PM   
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First time i've heard about this. I am a big band of Brothers fan so I am looking forward to it.

As mentioned above the war in the Pacific was a very different war to that in Europe, so this may have a very different feel to Band of Brothers.

Coincidently I have just finished reading the Battle for Japan by Max Hastings.

Life for a Marine in the pacific theatre was months confined to stiflingly hot troop ships or barren islands, then intense struggles for a few square miles of rock in the open ocean against an enemy that just would not quit.  

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RE: The Pacific: Leads Cast! - 25/10/2007 10:41:49 AM   
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There is an script review of the first episode doing the rounds online. Minor spoilers.

It is very good. And brutal.

Underscored by Churchill's speech to Congress after Pearl Harbour, and the separation of two friends, Leckie and Sledge (who make up two of the trio of marines focussed on in the series), we're pitched right into the start of the battle of Guadalcanal (a fleet of 30 big boats and 200 beach landers: the budget's here folks!), an overwhelming sense of dread pervading the storming of the beach: except, the Japs aren't actually there. From there they enter the jungle, and we're focussing on officer-baiting Leckie, as he and his unit realise they're so not ready for jungle warfare. Seriously, it reads so tense you think there's a Japanese soldier behind every tree. When a native is revealed, your heart is in your mouth until you realise it's friend, no foe, part of a ragtag native scout force led by a stranded Scottish officer who just wants some pipe tobacco.

The tension builds up to a ferocious jungle battle (the descriptions of the Japanese blue tracers and the US red tracers criss-crossing a creek is brilliant). When reinforcements arrive, Basilone, the third main character arrives as Leckie is going back for rest and treatment. Finally we go back to the US, where the sickly Sledge is starting his training.

I said it's brutal: there are two bits that I can't se getting to the screen intact: a decapitated Marine tied to a tree, his head placed in his lap, his severed genitals stuffed in his mouth, and after the battle a Japanese soldier holding his guts in. As medics arrive he removes a hand from his entrails to reveal a grenade, as he blows them all up. Brutal indeed.

It's got all the elements of Band Of Brothers except one: the camaraderie of a single unit. BoB followed many characters, but they were always rooted in the 101st - this seems to follow seperate stories, so may not have that coherence. We'll see. On balance, this is looking damn good.


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RE: The Pacific: Leads Cast! - 25/10/2007 1:36:42 PM   
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Its a shame with the high production values we will never get to see quality programming like this based on British soldiers. Imagine a 6 ep show of the retreat to Dunkurk in 1940 or a show leading upto and effects of the Somme battle in 1916. That would be something.

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RE: The Pacific: Leads Cast! - 11/12/2007 9:07:09 PM   
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A GIANT World War II battleship is under construction at the Docklands film studios.
The ship, shown in this exclusive Sunday Herald Sun aerial photograph, will be used in the miniseries The Pacific, which is being filmed in Victoria.
 
The Pacific is a $200 million 10-part TV drama based on the intertwined stories of three US marines in the Pacific theatre during World War II.
 
As this photograph shows, no expense is being spared to recreate authentic props.
 
Movie star Tom Hanks and famed director Steven Spielberg are among the project's executive producers. Neither has visited the set, but sources say they are keeping a close eye on the progress of the shoot.
 
The miniseries is a co-production involving Channel 7, US network HBO, Spielberg's DreamWorks and Hanks's Playtone production houses. It is the sequel to the war drama Band of Brothers.

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RE: The Pacific: Leads Cast! - 5/1/2008 11:59:07 AM   
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I'm looking forward to this one except for the few Aussie tv actors turning up like Gary Sweet. Talentless shite and tosser. Couldn't do an American accent to save his life.




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RE: The Pacific: Leads Cast! - 17/1/2008 2:07:14 PM   
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So Val Lauren got replaced

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RE: The Pacific: Leads Cast! - 22/1/2008 12:41:02 AM   
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Theres a really great website on this now: Check it out

http://www.pararesearchteam.com/ThePacific.html

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RE: The Pacific: Leads Cast! - 22/1/2008 3:02:06 AM   
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quote:

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Movie star Tom Hanks and famed director Steven Spielberg are among the project's executive producers. Neither has visited the set, but sources say they are keeping a close eye on the progress of the shoot.


I'm getting the feeling they're not as involved as much this time round which is a bit disappointing.


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RE: The Pacific: Leads Cast! - 22/1/2008 10:52:50 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Mojo

quote:

ORIGINAL: Timon

Movie star Tom Hanks and famed director Steven Spielberg are among the project's executive producers. Neither has visited the set, but sources say they are keeping a close eye on the progress of the shoot.


I'm getting the feeling they're not as involved as much this time round which is a bit disappointing.



I would guess once Hanks wraps up publicising obligations for Charlie Wilsons War he will be back on set. He was also a producer on John Adams which is out next month and was on set for that.

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RE: The Pacific War - Band Of Brothers In The Pacific - 8/2/2008 1:43:46 PM   
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhfNW5peWPI&NR=1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SAuK5huEUo&feature=related

Includes interviews with the actors and Capt Dye!

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RE: The Pacific War - Band Of Brothers In The Pacific - 8/2/2008 5:57:19 PM   
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quote:

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Capt Dye!


Excellent stuff!  God that man does everything remotely  military related!

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RE: The Pacific War - Band Of Brothers In The Pacific - 13/2/2008 12:30:41 PM   
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Indeed. You can tell he loves it from his blogs alone - http://www.warriorsinc.com/cfblog/

Semper fi indeed.

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RE: The Pacific War - Band Of Brothers In The Pacific - 13/2/2008 3:15:23 PM   
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Great news, I can't wait for this

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RE: The Pacific War - Band Of Brothers In The Pacific - 27/2/2008 4:25:08 PM   
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RE: The Pacific War - Band Of Brothers In The Pacific - 5/3/2008 12:07:11 PM   
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Here's a great site with images and news on the series.

http://www.pararesearchteam.com/ThePacific.html


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RE: The Pacific War - Band Of Brothers In The Pacific - 7/3/2008 1:08:40 PM   
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ahh finally!!! only just heard about this, very excited, BoB was absolutely excellent. the set pics look pretty awesome aswell :).
How long till it'll get shown in Britain tho?
guess i'll have to watch it all on the net...

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RE: The Pacific War - Band Of Brothers In The Pacific - 6/11/2008 7:09:37 PM   
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I imagine the BBC won't get this next year as Band of Brothers was an HBO/BBC production due to the fact it was filmed in Herefordshire. This time though, it's all in Australia. Does that mean, the likes of Sky and/or Virgin will get it meaning we'll have ad breaks?!

I know the BBC trimmed certain episodes to make it an hour long but at least I didn't know that till I got the DVD set.

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RE: The Pacific War - Band Of Brothers In The Pacific - 6/11/2008 7:17:59 PM   
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Don't Sky Movies run the new Clone Wars cartoon? Perhaps if they pick it up they can stick it on their movie channel without ad breaks? 

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RE: The Pacific War - Band Of Brothers In The Pacific - 6/11/2008 7:25:26 PM   
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Don't Sky Movies run the new Clone Wars cartoon? Perhaps if they pick it up they can stick it on their movie channel without ad breaks? 


Please let this not happen. I hope the BBC get this and it is shown as part of the new to Freeview BBC HD channel. What a way to launch it.

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RE: The Pacific War - Band Of Brothers In The Pacific - 6/11/2008 7:41:14 PM   
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Would you want it potentially edited though like Timon has said above happened with BoB? 

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RE: The Pacific War - Band Of Brothers In The Pacific - 6/11/2008 7:51:51 PM   
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Would you want it potentially edited though like Timon has said above happened with BoB? 


I don't think there will be the same risk with this happening anymore. Rome, another HBO show, aired unedited and some episodes were over an hour long.

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RE: The Pacific War - Band Of Brothers In The Pacific - 7/11/2008 5:46:50 PM   
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Rome wasn't unedited. The first two were heavily edited for 'too many Senate scenes'. There was a lot of controversy over it at the time as Michael Apted was royally pissed but the BBC thought the public knew enough about Roman history to warrant cutting them.

Hence why the DVD was released as UNCUT!

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RE: The Pacific War - Band Of Brothers In The Pacific - 7/11/2008 6:51:22 PM   
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Rome wasn't unedited. The first two were heavily edited for 'too many Senate scenes'. There was a lot of controversy over it at the time as Michael Apted was royally pissed but the BBC thought the public knew enough about Roman history to warrant cutting them.

Hence why the DVD was released as UNCUT!


I think that was as much to do with fitting the season into a ten week frame. Season 2 which had some episodes go over 70mins was left alone and I think the digital age we are now in the BBC don't feel the same pressure they once did  - I am confident that they would show it fully. Also showing it on Sky Movies would piss off nearly everyone who doesn't have the channel.

I would like it on BBC 2 but suspect Channel 4 might pick it up - they broadcast John Adams a few weeks back.

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RE: The Pacific War - Band Of Brothers In The Pacific - 9/11/2008 1:08:44 PM   
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Did they?! When? What time? I never saw any publicity whatsoever for John Adams.

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RE: The Pacific War - Band Of Brothers In The Pacific - 9/11/2008 1:20:48 PM   
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God damn it! I would have loved to see that.

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RE: The Pacific War - Band Of Brothers In The Pacific - 9/11/2008 1:40:33 PM   
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It was broadcast a month or so ago on More 4. The DVD is out in a couple of months.

It is very very good.

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RE: The Pacific War - Band Of Brothers In The Pacific - 9/11/2008 6:13:56 PM   
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Yeah I know, I saw it courtesy of my American cousin... I just didn't see any advertising for it.

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RE: The Pacific War - Band Of Brothers In The Pacific - 9/11/2008 6:31:30 PM   
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Do we have any idea of when it's being aired yet?

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RE: The Pacific - 9/11/2008 6:35:16 PM   
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Pacificfans.com are merely saying 'early 2009'. If that's the case, I'd have thought we might have seen some promotional material for it by now - posters etc.

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