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Band Of Brothers Review

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Band Of Brothers
We Stand Alone Together, The Men of Easy Company

arizona1121, United States of America (Reviewer Ranking: 1) wrote this review on December 25, 2005:

The series is based on the book "Band of Brothers" written by the late Stephen Ambrose. When I read the book a few years ago I just couldn't put it down. It is without question the best book on WW II I have ever read; and this made for TV series, "Band of Brothers", does not disappoint. Each segment is simply outstanding. From basic training, to the drop into Normandy, to Holland, to the Battle of the Bulge, and finally to Hitler's Eagles Nest.
Just for the record, the book and this series are right on the money historically. I'm not sure what historical facts the fellow below is referring to because the Book "is based on the first hand account interviews" with the very solders that did the fighting. Interesting how some guy who wasn't there seems to feel he has a more historically accurate understanding of the events then the men who where actually there.

This series does not glorify war nor does it offer and arrogant boastful image of the American solder. What it does offer is an inside view of the tremendous sacrifice these men made for all of us. Most of these men were citizen soldiers. Some where from poor backgrounds, some from more affluent backgrounds. Some with high school educations, some with Ivy League educations. In fact one member of the 101st was an all-American catcher and football player for UCLA, who played in the 1943 Rose Bowl.

Nothing is sugar coated. The series depicts both great victories and missteps encountered by the 101st in their fight. I found the depiction of the training prior to the Normandy drop to be particularly interesting. It leaves the viewer asking themselves if they themselves could have endured the training and physical demands imposed by the CO's.

The acting is superb, the story line is excellent, and each series creates a very accurate portrayal of the book. I strongly recommend this series, however I would recommend reading the book first. Simply an excellent book and series.

There is also an added bonus; "We Stand Alone Together, The Men of Easy Company". This is a 120 minute Documentary with the men of Easy. It offers interesting interviews, insight and vintage footage of the men.

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If only all TV shows (and their DVDs) were this good... (6 out of 6 people agreed with this review)

DVDGuy, Australia (Reviewer Ranking: 4) wrote this review on October 16, 2004:

Band of Brothers is more like a long movie, than a TV show. The production values, the cast, crew are just amazing, and the DVD isn't bad either. Although it features some of the same people behind Saving Private Ryan, I felt this show was more accessible with better characters (SPR wasn't long enough to get to know all the characters, which is essential for war movies featuring a large cast). And because the characters are based on real people, it makes it all feel more authentic.

This is the most expensive DVD set in my collection (The Godfather comes close, although I bought it when it just came out and it has dropped in price since), and with good reason. The tin case gives the package full points for presentation. The video quality is superb, with a HD feel to it. The audio is something you would expect from a big budget movie. And the extras are informative and entertaining (especially "Ron Livingston's Video Diaries"). A must have for war buffs and fans of good TV shows.

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