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HBO's THE PACIFIC

post #1 of 159
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This sneak peak at the pacific aired a couple weeks ago on Aussie Channel 7. It's been pulled from youtube a bunch of times. Watch it before it disappears again.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E81uWNfRHbs

Scuttlebutt is that we have to wait another year before this airs on HBO in early 2010.

It's not decisive from this footage, but to me it looks like they're using John Ford's Pacific war footage as a color reference for this, rather than the desaturated look that dominated BAND OF BROTHERS.

Here's a brief synopsis on the series from a non-official site pacificfans.com:

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“Pacific” is an upcoming World War II miniseries produced by HBO and Dreamworks and is the successor to HBO’s mega-hit, Band of Brothers. It is scheduled for a television release on HBO in late 2009. “Pacific” is based on the books “With the Old Breed,” by Eugene Sledge, which was hailed by historian Paul Fussell as “one of the finest memoirs to emerge from any war,” and “Helmet for My Pillow,” by Robert Leckie (recipient of the Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Annual Award), as well as original interviews conducted by the filmmakers and Hugh Ambrose. Continuing the World War II oral history work begun by his father Stephen E. Ambrose (author of the book “Band of Brothers”), Hugh Ambrose serves as a consultant on the miniseries

The miniseries tracks the intertwined odysseys of three U.S. Marines - Robert Leckie, John Basilone and Eugene Sledge - across the vast canvas of the Pacific. The extraordinary experiences of these men and their fellow Marines take them from the first clash with the Japanese in the haunted jungles of Guadalcanal, through the impenetrable rain forests of Cape Gloucester, across the blasted coral strongholds of Peleliu, up the black sand terraces of Iwo Jima, through the killing fields of Okinawa, to the triumphant, yet uneasy, return home after V-J Day.

It is said there will be 10 episodes at 1 hour each.

1- Guadalcanal/Leckie
2-Guadalcanal/Basilone
3-Melbourne
4- Gloucester/Pavuvu/Banika
5- Peleliu Landing
6- Peleliu Airfield
7- Peleliu Hills
8- Iwo Jima
9- Okinawa
10- Home
post #2 of 159
Yeah, it's striking how vivid that looks compared to BoB.

But "the battle that saved Australia"? I mean, yeah, it's an ad on Australian television, but that phrase strikes me as a tad short-sighted.

The show looks great though.
post #3 of 159
They filmed on my street for this!
post #4 of 159
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It's an ad for Aussie TV, and they make a point of mentioning that it was filmed there, so I put it down to regional marketing hoo-ha.
post #5 of 159
I don't want to be a dick, but we have like five threads for this already. I'm sure of it. But it looks great, and Joe Mazello looks like screech.
post #6 of 159
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I did a topic title search on "Pacific" and came up with nothing. I know there's been threads on BOB that turned Pacific-centric, but if there's a dedicated PACIFIC thread I couldn't find it...
post #7 of 159
Any more links to that sneak peak?
post #8 of 159
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Here's a link where you can download a flv of the preview

http://www.sendspace.com/file/bxacor
post #9 of 159
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Here's a link where you can download a flv of the preview

http://www.sendspace.com/file/bxacor

Thank you kind sir.


This is gonna be terrifying.
post #10 of 159
Trailer, might be gone soon. Looks great:

http://www.slashfilm.com/2009/03/09/...ic-miniseries/
post #11 of 159
First official trailer is up. Looks legendary:

Devin's Article
post #12 of 159
I think i'm more excited that Joe Mazzello is in this than anything else! One of my favorite kid actors from the 90s.

But seriously this looks absolutely incredible. Nobody does WW2 better than Spielberg/Hanks, and the fact that this is a fresh aspect of WW2 makes it better.
post #13 of 159
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I think i'm more excited that Joe Mazzello is in this than anything else!
Maybe the magic Radio Flyer took him directly to Parris Island. Meat for the grinder!!
post #14 of 159
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There's a new trailer and a behind the scene's video up on HBO's site.

Air date is March.

http://www.hbo.com/events/pacific/video.html

Can. Not. Wait.
post #15 of 159
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Two new trailers for the miniseries:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5x5y9DLPww

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OU_zUugbh-8

I was hoping for something half as good as BAND OF BROTHERS, but this looks all kinds of great.
post #16 of 159
I'm very pleased this is being shown on Sky Movies HD over here, no adverts and it'll look incredible.
post #17 of 159
I'll reserve judgement until I see it but the scenes back in America (the dead eyes one and the kid talking about killing japs) just ring horribly false.

On the other hand, the rest looks great. If they can find anything that comes half way as good as Bastogne in BoB then this will be a truly amazing show.
post #18 of 159
Not happy Jon Seda is in this. Never liked him in anything.
post #19 of 159
Only five days away. Anyone watching the behind-the-scenes extra's that HBO has?
post #20 of 159
Reviews so far have been stellar.

I'm stoked for tonight.
post #21 of 159
I am very excited! I was going to wait for the DVD, initially... I prefer to watch stuff with my headphones on and at home so I can light up. BUT my Mom got HBO so my Dad could watch this, and it seems like it will be an epic event. My dad always talks through every movie I watch with him, offering commentary, etc. I am certain for this, given the fact that he was actually there, it's going to be even worse. But for this premier episode at least, I think it will be cool to watch it with a WW2 veteran. Then I can watch the rest when it hits DVD



Does anyone know how long it is supposed to be? Is it just the one episode tonight?
post #22 of 159
Just got HBOHD just for this. BoB is one of my DVDs that I rewatch about once a year, and this has been getting phenomenal reviews (almost too good - some saying it's better than BoB, which I thought was about as good as it could get). Can't wait for this...
post #23 of 159
That was good. Felt like a premiere, at least.
post #24 of 159
Loved it. A little maudlin in some aspects, but it delivered pretty much what I expected it to. It'll still take a while to get into a groove with the cast, obviously.
post #25 of 159
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It'll still take a while to get into a groove with the cast, obviously.
Agreed. I remember having to do the same with BoB. I will say that one thing this series sorely misses (at least so far) is Michael Kamen. The score over the opening credits did absolutely nothing for me...
post #26 of 159
Thoroughly enjoyed it. Hell, it looked like the same damn island they filmed The Thin Red Line on. Will need to rewatch it again because, as with all war movies, who the hell are these people? Something about a man in uniform that just glosses them all over to me.

Do miss that Kamen score, but there is groundwork here for greatness. That scene with the lone Japanese soldier dropped my heart.
post #27 of 159
Masterful.

And the opening credits were aces.
post #28 of 159
Good start. The "In the weeks to come..." bit was unbelievable. I know tonight was just a slow burn, a set up. It certainly was maudlin, but since it'll become downright devastating, maudlin is a good place to start.

As you probably already know, The Thin Red Line took place on Guadalcanal, as did last night's episode. So it's good that they looked similar.

Anyways, very well done. My favorite scene was the young man crying when told he still had his murmur.
post #29 of 159
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Anyways, very well done. My favorite scene was the young man crying when told he still had his murmur.
My girlfriend and I both commented on how nowadays, that'd be a cause for celebration. How the times have changed.
post #30 of 159
Well I was very impressed by the acting and special effects, but I don't think I watched enough to really get an informed opinion on it's quality or where it's going

I'm going to wait till it's on DVD to see the rest. I basically was sitting there the whole time waiting for my Dad to interject with his next comment


(on the charcoal line thing in the credits) "What is that?" "What is that?" "Oh, I thought it was a plow tilling the earth"
"That's either a water cooled machine gun, or a mortar
"I think this is where they gunned down a few hundred Japs at night"



After a while, it gets very annoying.

Plus, I couldn't really hear it, I am used to watching stuff with headphones on and I don't have great hearing

So, I'm going to wait for the DVD for the rest... but it's off to a great start!
post #31 of 159
Thought it was a tad boring, but I'm in it for the rest. Liked Band of Bros quite a bit. I thought there were way too many familiar bits. Thought the Japanese soldier losing it, screaming to be killed was the most memorable scene. That, or seeing old reliable William Sandler bringing his efforts to a huge project. This is a long, long way from Trespass.
post #32 of 159
Given how much I enjoyed Band of Brothers I feel like I should probably be more eager to see this than I am. I think it's because it's world war 2 *again*. I mean honestly, how many more depictions of that particular conflict can the world possibly need at this point?
post #33 of 159
The Pacific is a theater that has not seen nearly the exposure of the European theater. It is an entirely different brand of warfare and geography.

I think the Pacific island-hopping campaign is vastly underserved by modern culture.
post #34 of 159
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Anyways, very well done. My favorite scene was the young man crying when told he still had his murmur.
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My girlfriend and I both commented on how nowadays, that'd be a cause for celebration. How the times have changed.
I remember a bit from Band of Brothers (I think it was the documentary on the last disc) where one of the veterans talks about how a couple of guys from his hometown committed suicide when they found out they weren't accepted to fight. He just trails off after that by saying "It was a different time..."
post #35 of 159
I really liked bits of it but so far not overwhelmed by it. In BoB, we had an entire episode to get to know the characters before they saw action, here we were just thrown in the deep end. It took away much of the impact.

I have no doubts this is just going to get better and better but it didn't work for me as a pilot episode the way "Curahee" did.
post #36 of 159
Well, I wasn't exactly overwhelmed by "Currahee" either. I'm kind of glad that they didn't use the same template here.
post #37 of 159
So I don't suppose this is going to be anywhere online (legally)?
post #38 of 159
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I really liked bits of it but so far not overwhelmed by it. In BoB, we had an entire episode to get to know the characters before they saw action, here we were just thrown in the deep end. It took away much of the impact.

I have no doubts this is just going to get better and better but it didn't work for me as a pilot episode the way "Curahee" did.
That's what I said to my mom when she asked me for my thoughts. I think they're taking a different approach to the story telling in order to avoid accusations of just copying BOB's formula. To me it didn't feel like an "episode" (with a beginning middle and end). Rather just the first 50 minutes of a 10 hour movie where as BOB was indeed very episodic with different episodes focusing on different characters. There was a heck of alot packed into the first episode and I'm sure we'll get to know the characters more later on as they descend into hell
post #39 of 159
I honestly don't understand the complaints about being slow. It was just right.
Introduced us to some of the characters, showed some great combat and scenery and dramatic moments.

Loved every minute of it! Can't wait for more
post #40 of 159
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Well, I wasn't exactly overwhelmed by "Currahee" either. I'm kind of glad that they didn't use the same template here.
"Curahee" had conflict and resolution. This didn't. It was a scattering of (some admittedly really good) scenes that lacked any momentum. I am confident that it will all play out better over ten hours as I suspect they have a much bigger, more continuous arc in mind then BoB.

I think the big problem is that the battles in the Pacific, unlike Europe, didn't actually have any really large turning points. They tended to be a foot at a time progressions, far more guerrilla then Europe's massive battles.
post #41 of 159
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I honestly don't understand the complaints about being slow. It was just right.
It wasn't slow at all. If anything it could use some breathing room.
post #42 of 159
Man, I know my history, and Sadler's character is Mr. Badass. The most decorated Marine ever. And hopefully they'll show the destroyer bit on the beach. And the tremendous testicular fortitude of John Basilone. It's probably gonna come in the next 2 episode, during the Guadalcanal campaign. Prepare for Action.
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Oh FUCK YEAH!
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Man, I know my history, and Sadler's character is Mr. Badass. The most decorated Marine ever. And hopefully they'll show the destroyer bit on the beach. And the tremendous testicular fortitude of John Basilone. It's probably gonna come in the next 2 episode, during the Guadalcanal campaign. Prepare for Action.
That's the one I'm waiting for. The guy was fucking nuts but brilliant. William Sadler is the perfect guy to play him.
post #46 of 159
That, and Basilone vs a couple thousands Japs. And winning.

And Sadler lost agasint Bill and Ted. That alone ensures brillance and madness.
post #47 of 159
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Man, I know my history, and Sadler's character is Mr. Badass. The most decorated Marine ever. And hopefully they'll show the destroyer bit on the beach. And the tremendous testicular fortitude of John Basilone. It's probably gonna come in the next 2 episode, during the Guadalcanal campaign. Prepare for Action.
This I can't wait for! :-) I've always felt that the Pacific Theater is one of the most ignore aspects of World War 2, well, until the atomic bombs were dropped,.
post #48 of 159
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My girlfriend and I both commented on how nowadays, that'd be a cause for celebration. How the times have changed.
I'd say that depends entirely on the person with the stethescope to his chest.
post #49 of 159
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My girlfriend and I both commented on how nowadays, that'd be a cause for celebration. How the times have changed.
It reminded me of a story that someone who was a reporter when WWII started, wrote. When Italy invaded Greece and we got into the war people were falling over themselves to enlist. Since we had a military dictatorship at the time no suspected Communists were allowed to join. The fervor was such though that were instances of members of the Communist party giving up their friends to the police and singing statements of loyalty to the government so that they would be allowed to enlist.

Of course having the enemy literally at your doors is a much bigger motivator than being shipped half the way around the world to fight for some vague reason as is the case nowadays.

Anyway, about the episode. It started off quiet but as soon as I saw Alligator Creek pop up, I knew the shit was about to hit the fan. Very nicely shot scene.
post #50 of 159
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So I don't suppose this is going to be anywhere online (legally)?
The first episode is on HBO.com. You have to register first, but it is all free and such.

I'm not sure if they'll do that for the rest of the series.
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