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RE: Band of Brothers - 3/6/2011 2:52:13 PM   
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Also most of the cast are reuniting for a charity parachute jump!

http://jumpingforheroes.blogspot.com/

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RE: Band of Brothers - 5/6/2011 1:40:47 PM   
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For a minute I thought it was the vets doing the jump and was like, 'woah is that healthy for those that are remaining?'....

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RE: Band of Brothers - 9/9/2011 2:50:19 PM   
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http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/tv/la-et-band-of-brothers-20110908,0,1628152.story

Band of Brothers reunion and a 'Where are they now?' piece in the LA Times.

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RE: Band of Brothers - 12/10/2011 10:27:43 AM   
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Started watching this again with the missus as she's never seen it.

3 minutes in, once the theme starts, and I'm welling up. I'll be a wreck by the last episode.

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RE: Band of Brothers - 12/10/2011 11:57:45 AM   
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For those who haven't seen them (or have yet to upgrade their copies to Blu), there's a BoB/Pacific box set coming out next month, that Amazon are selling for a mere £36:





It also includes a new 60-minute documentary, "Called to Service", that includes interviews with veterans from Easy Co. and 1st Marine Division.  While the packaging isn't as nice as the tins, it's still a pretty decent price for both series, especially with the addition of the new material.

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RE: Band of Brothers - 12/10/2011 12:05:51 PM   
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Holy shit, that's lovely - but I already have both tinned Blu Ray sets. D'oh.



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RE: Band of Brothers - 12/10/2011 12:09:04 PM   
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Wow!

Think I've going to have to invest in that seeing as I don't have either in Blu

Quick question, I notice a lot of these BD box sets are region free. Will they play on a PS3?

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RE: Band of Brothers - 12/10/2011 12:21:15 PM   
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Yes. They will for I have one.

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RE: Band of Brothers - 12/10/2011 12:27:17 PM   
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Excellent!

Duly ordered

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RE: Band of Brothers - 13/10/2011 8:21:41 AM   
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I haven't got the Pacific on Blu yet so I'm tempted to buy this and then flog my BoB Blu on ebay to recoup some of the cost. Fantastic price.....

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RE: Band of Brothers - 13/10/2011 11:21:30 AM   
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I'm considering the eBay route too; the only thing stopping me is that both mine are the tinned editions and the tins are rather nice.  Hmm...dilemmas, dilemmas!

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RE: Band of Brothers - 13/10/2011 12:18:01 PM   
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Just finished the final two episodes and both left me all misty-eyed. The very last scene, with E company playing baseball I find to be incredibly sad and oddly uplifting. It's just a shame that a few of the men were left out of Winters' narration.

It is a show that benefits from watching a few times though. I think the first time I saw it, I was still unsure as to who certain people were halfway through the series (and it must be said, that the details and processes of ranks and military organisation still puzzles me a bit)

It's been a long time since I enjoyed watching a TV show so much, certainly in my top 3 shows. Excellent.


If you look at the wikipedia page for the town of Foy, featured in episode 7, there are some photos of the monument to Easy Company.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foy,_Belgium


And what happened to Sgt Ranney, played by Stephen Graham. He was in the first twp episodes, and was involved in the fight at Brecourt, but not after that and I don't recall seeing him die.


I actually visited Foy as part of a Battle of the Bulge battlefield tour two years ago. I have some pictures here for anyone who's interested:

http://img695.imageshack.us/img695/597/1313036xeapdeoq.jpg

http://img28.imageshack.us/img28/4083/1313425namirn3f.jpg

http://img40.imageshack.us/img40/1435/1313619ku4ohnrj.jpg

http://img580.imageshack.us/img580/603/1313730istdgs9p.jpg

http://img525.imageshack.us/img525/2037/1313914cspgmnol.jpg

http://img52.imageshack.us/img52/6879/13131140x5lud2n5.jpg


The last one is overlooking the memorial to the other side of the clearing, the woods as seen in the last but one photo are behind me in that shot.

"BoB" is a fantastic series and certainly the best one I've ever seen. I have both the DVD and Blu-ray box sets (embossed)! I watched a few episodes of "The Pacific" and I couldn't quite take to it. There was one very good episode where they're enjoying some R'n'R in Australia and you see how they try to explore relationships with women, and how one lady broke it off with a marine as she didn't want her mother to be heartbroken if he was killed. But for some reason, I wasn't compelled to keep watching. I wasn't sure whether some of the sex thrown in was just there for titillation, which is kind of the norm these days.

I do think there's potential for a two/four-part adaptation of Stephen E. Ambrose's "Pegasus Bridge":



I've been to the site of Pegasus Bridge (well technically it's a replica as they removed it and rebuilt the bridge) and of course to Café Gondrée. Amazing how they landed those Horsa gliders exactly where they wanted to and pull off that attack.

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RE: Band of Brothers - 13/10/2011 12:44:17 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Emyr Thy King

quote:

ORIGINAL: Gimli The Dwarf

Just finished the final two episodes and both left me all misty-eyed. The very last scene, with E company playing baseball I find to be incredibly sad and oddly uplifting. It's just a shame that a few of the men were left out of Winters' narration.

It is a show that benefits from watching a few times though. I think the first time I saw it, I was still unsure as to who certain people were halfway through the series (and it must be said, that the details and processes of ranks and military organisation still puzzles me a bit)

It's been a long time since I enjoyed watching a TV show so much, certainly in my top 3 shows. Excellent.


If you look at the wikipedia page for the town of Foy, featured in episode 7, there are some photos of the monument to Easy Company.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foy,_Belgium


And what happened to Sgt Ranney, played by Stephen Graham. He was in the first twp episodes, and was involved in the fight at Brecourt, but not after that and I don't recall seeing him die.


I actually visited Foy as part of a Battle of the Bulge battlefield tour two years ago. I have some pictures here for anyone who's interested:

http://img695.imageshack.us/img695/597/1313036xeapdeoq.jpg

http://img28.imageshack.us/img28/4083/1313425namirn3f.jpg

http://img40.imageshack.us/img40/1435/1313619ku4ohnrj.jpg

http://img580.imageshack.us/img580/603/1313730istdgs9p.jpg

http://img525.imageshack.us/img525/2037/1313914cspgmnol.jpg

http://img52.imageshack.us/img52/6879/13131140x5lud2n5.jpg


The last one is overlooking the memorial to the other side of the clearing, the woods as seen in the last but one photo are behind me in that shot.

"BoB" is a fantastic series and certainly the best one I've ever seen. I have both the DVD and Blu-ray box sets (embossed)! I watched a few episodes of "The Pacific" and I couldn't quite take to it. There was one very good episode where they're enjoying some R'n'R in Australia and you see how they try to explore relationships with women, and how one lady broke it off with a marine as she didn't want her mother to be heartbroken if he was killed. But for some reason, I wasn't compelled to keep watching. I wasn't sure whether some of the sex thrown in was just there for titillation, which is kind of the norm these days.

I do think there's potential for a two/four-part adaptation of Stephen E. Ambrose's "Pegasus Bridge":



I've been to the site of Pegasus Bridge (well technically it's a replica as they removed it and rebuilt the bridge) and of course to Café Gondrée. Amazing how they landed those Horsa gliders exactly where they wanted to and pull off that attack.


I'd definately recommend sticking with The Pacific. Whilst it's not as good as Band Of Borthers it really picks up when the Marines land in Peleliu and is definately worth watching.

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RE: Band of Brothers - 19/10/2011 12:02:13 PM   
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Watched Carentan last night. A fantastic episode but it also contains my only gripe with the entire series. During the battle when the tanks show up, a German solider is shot, and while crawling away gets crushed by a tank.

It's a stupid, almost action movie, comedy death moment (even though it's horrible), and it really takes me out of the scene for some reason. It feels like there should be a trumpet 'wah wah' straight after it.


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RE: Band of Brothers - 19/10/2011 10:39:34 PM   
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theieuan, the episode where they rest and recuperate in Australia. I guess that's more of a standalone when compared to the rest of the series? Seeing as after that one, they're off fighting in the pacific again? I thought it was quite an affecting episode as it shows how they were lonely and being far away from home meant that they could find solace for a shortwhile, before being shipped off to one of the islands again.


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RE: Band of Brothers - 20/10/2011 12:42:37 PM   
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theieuan, the episode where they rest and recuperate in Australia. I guess that's more of a standalone when compared to the rest of the series? Seeing as after that one, they're off fighting in the pacific again? I thought it was quite an affecting episode as it shows how they were lonely and being far away from home meant that they could find solace for a shortwhile, before being shipped off to one of the islands again.



The next episode after the Melbourne episode, Pavuvu, is pretty similar in terms of the emotional strain of combat and is pretty good. It looks at the conditions that the Marines have to live in and how they cope with it.

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RE: Band of Brothers - 20/10/2011 3:20:20 PM   
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The next episode after the Melbourne episode, Pavuvu, is pretty similar in terms of the emotional strain of combat and is pretty good. It looks at the conditions that the Marines have to live in and how they cope with it.


Personally, I'd put the Okinawa episodes right up there with the best of BoB for showing the strain and horrors of war.  There were some truly disturbing images in that one - Sledge's friend flipping stones into the bloody brain pan of a dead japanese soldier sticks in my mind!

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RE: Band of Brothers - 20/10/2011 4:27:37 PM   
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The next episode after the Melbourne episode, Pavuvu, is pretty similar in terms of the emotional strain of combat and is pretty good. It looks at the conditions that the Marines have to live in and how they cope with it.


Personally, I'd put the Okinawa episodes right up there with the best of BoB for showing the strain and horrors of war.  There were some truly disturbing images in that one - Sledge's friend flipping stones into the bloody brain pan of a dead japanese soldier sticks in my mind!


That scene with Snafu always sticks in my mind as well....


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RE: Band of Brothers - 24/10/2011 12:09:15 PM   
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The Breaking Point. Perhaps the finest hour (and 9 minutes) of television drama ever committed to film.

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RE: Band of Brothers - 24/10/2011 2:25:02 PM   
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Is BoB worth an upgrade to BR?

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RE: Band of Brothers - 24/10/2011 2:40:48 PM   
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The Breaking Point. THE finest hour (and 9 minutes) of television drama ever committed to film.


Fixed that for you

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Is BoB worth an upgrade to BR?


I saw a noticble increase in picture detail and sound quality, and for the price it's going for these days makes it a no brainer. To be honest it's probably worth it just for the picture-in-picture video commentaries....

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RE: Band of Brothers - 24/10/2011 2:45:20 PM   
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Is BoB worth an upgrade to BR?


I'd say definitely. It's one of the few TV boxsets/Films I own both DVD and Blu Ray of.

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RE: Band of Brothers - 24/10/2011 3:17:49 PM   
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The Breaking Point. THE finest hour (and 9 minutes) of television drama ever committed to film.


Fixed that for you


It really does have everything though. You go through the emotional wringer like no other episode before or after.

quote:

quote:

Is BoB worth an upgrade to BR?


I saw a noticble increase in picture detail and sound quality, and for the price it's going for these days makes it a no brainer. To be honest it's probably worth it just for the picture-in-picture video commentaries....


Still have to watch that.

And yes, undoubtedly worth the upgrade. Especially for the price it's going at.

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RE: Band of Brothers - 6/11/2011 11:12:58 PM   
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It's been despatched Should get it tomorrow!

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RE: Band of Brothers - 1/1/2012 8:46:21 PM   
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Picked up the Blu-ray set for 17 quid on Amazon, going to kick off a re-watch tonight.  Must have been about 5 years since I last watched it.  Couldn't say no at 17 quid.


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RE: Band of Brothers - 2/1/2012 9:35:11 AM   
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I've wanted to get into this but I am reluctant as I've heard it suffers from typical American bias and most of the British characters they encounter are portrayed badly. Any truth to this?

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RE: Band of Brothers - 2/1/2012 9:47:30 AM   
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I've wanted to get into this but I am reluctant as I've heard it suffers from typical American bias and most of the British characters they encounter are portrayed badly. Any truth to this?


There are only a few Brit characters featured here and there and they seemed to be portrayed in a fairly decent style (Nerd-favourites Simon Pegg and Tom Hardy have blink-and-you'll-miss-it scenes too).  I mean, that doesn't bother me. It's still my favourite U.S. made TV/Mini-Series of all time.

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RE: Band of Brothers - 2/1/2012 11:28:29 AM   
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I've wanted to get into this but I am reluctant as I've heard it suffers from typical American bias and most of the British characters they encounter are portrayed badly. Any truth to this?


There are only a few Brit characters featured here and there and they seemed to be portrayed in a fairly decent style (Nerd-favourites Simon Pegg and Tom Hardy have blink-and-you'll-miss-it scenes too).  I mean, that doesn't bother me. It's still my favourite U.S. made TV/Mini-Series of all time.


Snake Eyes is referring to British actors that still play Americans.

As for actually British troops, the company meet a Cockney who likes Lugers, an uptight tank commander and a large group of British commandos who are grateful for American aid and they all enjoy a hearty piss up.

So what you've heard is very wrong. It's not a series about the whole of WWII, it's about following a specific company and where they were sent during the war, it's just so happens they were American.


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RE: Band of Brothers - 2/1/2012 1:15:34 PM   
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Watched 4 episodes last night, I knew it would get its talons in me.

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RE: Band of Brothers - 3/1/2012 9:47:14 AM   
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Watched Bastogne and The breaking point last night, immense.

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