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RE: Band of Brothers - 14/6/2009 9:23:14 AM   
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Started to watch this again today and have seen the first two episodes so far. Really, truly excellent.




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RE: Band of Brothers - 14/6/2009 9:35:51 AM   
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I watched the first one again the otherday as I've started to re-watch them on Blu Ray, absolutely amazing. The wife hates War films/programmes and I'm not really bothered but I'm forcing her to watch this because I know how good it is, even if you don't like the genre. She enjoyed the first one.....

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RE: Band of Brothers - 15/6/2009 8:17:04 AM   
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Just finished the following two episodes. I never knew James McAvoy was in the show.

Carentan is a fantastic episode, superb all round, apart from that mistake given at the ending about Blithe. You'd think they'd get something like that right!

It'd also be interesting to know what went on between these two episodes, as there's a two months span from when Easy is removed from the front line to Market Garden. I guess that means it's time to read the book again.


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RE: Band of Brothers - 16/6/2009 7:03:40 AM   
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Two more episodes tonight, Crossroads, directed by Tom Hanks and Bastogne.

The use of flashbacks for Crossroads is very effective, and a change of pace from the straightforward approach to other episodes. Bastogne is probably my favourite so far, though favourite probably isn't really the best way to describe it. It's just so bleak yet captivating.


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RE: Band of Brothers - 17/6/2009 8:00:52 AM   
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The Breaking Point and The Last Patrol tonight. The first is terrifying and heartbreaking in equal measure, but a really great episode for Spiers, Lipton and Compton. The Last Patrol is interesting, the resentment they feel to the guys who missed Bastogne, it's the first time everybody seems to be completely tired and weary.



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RE: Band of Brothers - 18/6/2009 7:21:20 AM   
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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. Itís just a shame that a few of the men were left out of Wintersí 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)

Itís 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.

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RE: Band of Brothers - 18/6/2009 10:20:08 AM   
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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)


I've only seen it once and it was confusing with all the people and ranks, but i'm planning on watching it again, might even start it today as your reviews have got me thinking!

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RE: Band of Brothers - 18/6/2009 11:59:01 AM   
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I want one of these!  A series of fine art prints depicting various stages of Easy's campaign through Europe, from jump day to the Eagle's Nest.

http://www.valorstudios.com/Hang_Tough_Bastogne_1944.htm

This one is a limited edition art print signed by Wild Bill and Babe Heffron - if only I'd discovered this site early enough to get one of the other versions signed by 16(!!) of the Easy company vets!




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RE: Band of Brothers - 18/6/2009 3:46:07 PM   
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I never realised Babe and Doc Roe were played by english actors. Great accents.

Checked Doc Roe's imdb page and he hasnt done much since then, bit of a waste as he was one of my favourite character/performances and that was not far off being my fave episode.

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RE: Band of Brothers - 18/6/2009 10:09:23 PM   
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I want one of these!  A series of fine art prints depicting various stages of Easy's campaign through Europe, from jump day to the Eagle's Nest.

http://www.valorstudios.com/Hang_Tough_Bastogne_1944.htm

This one is a limited edition art print signed by Wild Bill and Babe Heffron - if only I'd discovered this site early enough to get one of the other versions signed by 16(!!) of the Easy company vets!





I saw a couple of these when I was in Normandy last week - even more impressive in real life - I was very tempted.


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RE: Band of Brothers - 19/6/2009 12:35:28 AM   
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Some great prints in that set.


Has anybody read the books written by Easy company members? I think it was Castor a while back who read the ones by Winters and Webster. Compton, Malarkey and a joint book by Heffron and Guarnere are also available.




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RE: Band of Brothers - 19/6/2009 6:52:26 AM   
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I didn't realise Compton & Malarky had done one. I might see if I can fish out Compton's. Yeah I've read Winters' and Websters. Winters is great because it goes into more detail about stuff we already know. And obviously it goes further in terms of his home life and Easy's time in Toccoa and England etc. Websters is particularly good though becuase there is a lot of stuff that isn't in the series. But also becuase he was a proper writer - he goes into it a bit more and philosophises on stuff. It was also written in about 1951 and not in the wake of Band Of Brothers.

I've put off buying Babe and Bill's so far because I kind of know it's just gonna be more of the same. Might still get it one day though.


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RE: Band of Brothers - 19/6/2009 4:01:04 PM   
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Just read that Shifty Powers died on 17th June. RIP

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RE: Band of Brothers - 19/6/2009 6:27:04 PM   
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Just read that Shifty Powers died on 17th June. RIP


Darn!

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RE: Band of Brothers - 19/6/2009 7:33:50 PM   
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Just read that Shifty Powers died on 17th June. RIP


Darn!


Damn! RIP Shifty. You killed enough Krauts to ensure your place in heaven.


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RE: Band of Brothers - 19/6/2009 8:33:00 PM   
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Just read that Shifty Powers died on 17th June. RIP


Darn!


Damn! RIP Shifty. You killed enough Krauts to ensure your place in heaven.



Fair play to him he had a good innings, he'll be living it up with the majority of the 101st again now....

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RE: Band of Brothers - 19/6/2009 11:33:46 PM   
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Also i just finished rewatching Band of Brothers and it was even better and even more harrowing this second time around. There were a couple of times i was nearly brought to tears - firstly in Why We Fight when they walk into the concentration camp and secondly in Points during the baseball game. Just completely hit me what all these blokes had gone through and the sacrifices they had made. An absolutely astounding series and i wish we could have seen more and learnt more about each member of Easy Company. As soon as i can i'm gonna lay my hands on a copy of the book or Winters' autobiography.

As tv goes it's up there with The Wire.

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RE: Band of Brothers - 19/6/2009 11:35:13 PM   
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As tv goes it's up there with The Wire.



Based on the first two years of The Wire, BoB easily outdoes it for me.

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RE: Band of Brothers - 19/6/2009 11:40:56 PM   
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As tv goes it's up there with The Wire.



Based on the first two years of The Wire, BoB easily outdoes it for me.


I'm just about to rewatch the 4th season of The Wire so we'll see. I can't help thinking that one of the major reasons why BOB is so good is because it's not only based on reality but that what was happening in reality was so important. Certainly far more important than cops fighting drugs, even if that is extremely important itself. I think it also helps having just watched World At War.

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RE: Band of Brothers - 20/6/2009 5:50:07 AM   
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I have World At War to watch. It was on BBC 2 a few months ago and I haven't got around to seeing it yet. The parts I did manage to catch looked excellent.


I've just found out about another book. We Who are Alive and Remain: Untold Stories From the Band of Brothers

Here's the website for it, it has some quotes from those who contributed.

http://bandofbrothersbooks.blogspot.com/


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RE: Band of Brothers - 23/6/2009 9:05:15 PM   
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I bought this in HMV after a recommendation on Saturday.  I was a bit weary of it at first as I really cant take to war movies/programmes.  But I stuck the first disc in yesterday morning.  Its absolutley tremendous.  I warmed to every character, even Sobel who seemed to be battling some issues behind all that shouting.  I never cared about characters as much as I found myself caring about the boys of Easy Company, which is a huge thing for me to say.

Favourite characters were Malarkey and Lipton.  I dont know why, I just took to them.  I think its because I love Scott Grimes a wee bit and Lipton just seemed so vulnerable all the time.  He never had any idea of the respect he gained and it was humbling to see someone like that.

I was shocked at how much the last two episodes affected me.  Why We Fight was tremendous and the emotion hit me like a brick.  I didnt even notice the tears streaming down my face.  The clincher was when the prisoners were clinging onto the arm of Winters.  The discovery of the Camp was so subtle and it really hit home that these guys didnt know what this was and were seeing it for the very first time.  Imagine seeing that first hand and having no idea what was happening.

I loved Points.  It was so optimistic but it was never forgotten that they werent out the woods yet. And oh my word, The baseball game had me in floods of tears!  I was hysterical.

Roll on the next viewing (which will no doubt be tomorrow!)


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RE: Band of Brothers - 24/6/2009 1:30:54 AM   
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Favourite characters were Malarkey and Lipton.† I dont know why, I just took to them.† I think its because I love Scott Grimes a wee bit and Lipton just seemed so vulnerable all the time.† He never had any idea of the respect he gained and it was humbling to see someone like that.


There's something about Lipton that makes him such a popular character. He barely does anything, but even during his episode i really liked him.


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And oh my word, The baseball game had me in floods of tears!† I was hysterical.



That baseball game is a tear-magnet!

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RE: Band of Brothers - 24/6/2009 8:46:52 AM   
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The missus just had her Virgin HD installed at the weekend and although there is next to nothing available in HD on the linear channels, the on demand HD content isn't half bad, including (you guessed it!) Band Of Brothers! 

I remember watching it when it originally aired on BBC 2, and I loved it.  I was tempted to buy the Blu Ray box set as it's only 26 quid on Play.  Having rewatched the first three episodes in HD, I reckon I will end up buying it.  It looks stunning in HD. 

As for the first three episodes, simply great, great stuff.  The missus didn't have kind words after Currahee, she didn't like seeing Ross from Friends not being funny (I reminded her that he isn't actually funny in Friends either).  However, she's starting to come round to it.  I know that by the time we get to Why We Fight she'll feel a lot differently and she will be in floods of tears.  I mean, she cried at Jersey Girl so surely this will break her no problem!

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RE: Band of Brothers - 24/6/2009 9:24:30 AM   
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It's always the veterans flashbacks that affect me the most... but yes, the baseball game....

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RE: Band of Brothers - 24/6/2009 9:38:52 AM   
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The missus just had her Virgin HD installed at the weekend and although there is next to nothing available in HD on the linear channels, the on demand HD content isn't half bad, including (you guessed it!) Band Of Brothers!†

I remember watching it when it originally aired on BBC 2, and I loved it.† I was tempted to buy the Blu Ray box set as it's only 26 quid on Play.† Having rewatched the first three episodes in HD, I reckon I will end up buying it.† It looks stunning in HD.†

As for the first three episodes,†simply great, great stuff.† The missus didn't have kind words after Currahee, she didn't like seeing Ross from Friends not being funny (I reminded her that he isn't actually funny in Friends either).† However, she's starting to come round to it.† I know that by the time we get to Why We Fight she'll feel a lot differently and she will be in floods of tears.† I mean, she cried at Jersey Girl so surely this will break her no problem!


Unfortunately I dont think Virgin has the last episode. Last time I checked its only 9 episodes on there.

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RE: Band of Brothers - 24/6/2009 11:09:10 AM   
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The missus just had her Virgin HD installed at the weekend and although there is next to nothing available in HD on the linear channels, the on demand HD content isn't half bad, including (you guessed it!) Band Of Brothers! 

I remember watching it when it originally aired on BBC 2, and I loved it.  I was tempted to buy the Blu Ray box set as it's only 26 quid on Play.  Having rewatched the first three episodes in HD, I reckon I will end up buying it.  It looks stunning in HD. 

As for the first three episodes, simply great, great stuff.  The missus didn't have kind words after Currahee, she didn't like seeing Ross from Friends not being funny (I reminded her that he isn't actually funny in Friends either).  However, she's starting to come round to it.  I know that by the time we get to Why We Fight she'll feel a lot differently and she will be in floods of tears.  I mean, she cried at Jersey Girl so surely this will break her no problem!


Unfortunately I dont think Virgin has the last episode. Last time I checked its only 9 episodes on there.


That's always been a problem with thier VOD service... random missing episodes!

However, all 10 are currently available so I'm going to have to watch them all quick while they're there.  Anyway, I still think I'm going to get the Blu Ray box set as it's a ruddy steal at £26.  Think we're going to try to squeeze another three episodes in tonight. 

Talking to some people at work today about it and it's amazing just how many people have never heard of the show.  How have people missed this?!

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RE: Band of Brothers - 24/6/2009 11:17:08 AM   
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People are idiots. You clearly work with idiots.

I watched it when it premiered on BBC2 back in the day.

Ah Friday night - Band of Brothers night!

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RE: Band of Brothers - 25/6/2009 6:10:21 AM   
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Favourite characters were Malarkey and Lipton.† I dont know why, I just took to them.† I think its because I love Scott Grimes a wee bit and Lipton just seemed so vulnerable all the time.† He never had any idea of the respect he gained and it was humbling to see someone like that.


There's something about Lipton that makes him such a popular character. He barely does anything, but even during his episode i really liked him.





Lipton is my favourite as well, with Winters, Compton and Malarkey very close behind.


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RE: Band of Brothers - 25/6/2009 8:12:17 AM   
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Is it because we all love Donnie Wahlberg?

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RE: Band of Brothers - 16/7/2009 7:24:08 PM   
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Just got the Blu Ray set. So would anyone be interested in the Region 1 DTS set? DVD Swap?


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