HBO Home Entertainment Announces Band of Brothers / The Pacific Special Edition Gift Set

 

Considered two of the finest depictions of the sweeping panorama of World War II, the HBO Miniseries Band of Brothers® and The Pacific® are being offered, for the first time,  in one ultimate collector’s edition – just in time for holiday gift giving.  Band of Brothers/The Pacific Special Edition Gift Set, will beavailable November 8, 2011 in an all-new premium packaging including both ten-episode miniseries, all the special features from previous editions, plus the exclusive never-before-seen documentary He Has Seen War.  The 13-disc DVD and BD sets are being offered at the suggested retail price of $159.98 and $199.99 respectively.

The Band of Brothers/The Pacific Special Edition Gift Set is packaged in an all-new, premium case featuring maps from the European and the Pacific fronts of World War II as well as high-gloss sweeping photography from both productions.  The set also features an all-new bonus disc featuring the exclusive, never-before-seen documentary He Has Seen War featuring surviving veterans of Easy Company and the 1st Marine Division, whose stories are told in Band of Brothers and The Pacific.  From their initial steps at reintegrating into civilian life to the lasting impact the war had on each of their lives, He Has Seen War features veterans and their families relaying their own unique stories.  Complemented by renowned historian and author Donald L. Miller, as well as rarely seen archival and documentary footage, itcaptures the struggle and ultimate triumph of a generation who, after helping rescue the world from unprecedented calamity, reclaimed their lives and re-forged a country.

The set also contains all of the extra features from the original home entertainment releases including the informative and historical features We Stand Alone Together: The Men of Easy Company, The Making of Band of Brothers, Ron Livingston’s Video Diaries, Premiere in Normandy, Making The Pacific, Profiles of The Pacific and Anatomy of The Pacific War.   The BD edition is presented in HD 1080p video and DTS-HD master audio for a truly enhanced viewing experience, further enriching audiences’ understanding of the war.  Segments include In the Words of Easy Company, Picture-in-Picture Video Commentary and In the Field with the Men of Easy Company – Interactive Field Guide (the latter two included on all episodes: 1-10), The Pacific Enhanced Viewing (featuring archival footage from the March of Times)and The Pacific Field Guide.

Landmark moments for television, Band of Brothers and The Pacific bring extraordinary events of World War II dramatically to life. True portrayals of courage, sacrifice, camaraderie and heroism, Band of Brothers recounts the remarkable achievements of Easy Company who parachuted into France early on D-Day 1944. Described as “a TV triumph never to be forgotten,” (New York Daily News), it received six Emmys® including the awards for Miniseries and Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special.

 

Winner of eight Emmys® including Outstanding Miniseries, Outstanding Special Visual Effects and Outstanding Art Direction, The Pacific was hailed by critics nationwide as “magnificent…a bloody masterpiece” (TV Guide).  The Pacific tracks the real-life journeys of three U.S. Marines – Robert Leckie, Eugene Sledge and John Basilone – across the vast canvas of the Pacific.

Band of Brothers and The Pacific are HBO presentations of Playtone and Dreamworks Television productions, executive produced by Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg and Gary Goetzman.  Band of Brothers is based on Stephen E. Ambrose’s best-selling non-fiction book about the men of Easy Company, a World War II U.S. Army unit. The Pacific is based in part on the books Helmet for My Pillow by Robert Leckie and With the Old Breed by Eugene B. Sledge, with additional material from Red Blood, Black Sand by Chuck Tatum and China Marine by Eugene B. Sledge, as well as original interviews conducted by the filmmakers.

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