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Band of Brothers Blu-ray — Review

Band of Brothers Blu-ray

Simply put, one of the finest television events ever to be broadcast is now even finer in this stunningly wonderful Blu-ray version of HBO's gripping Emmy- and Golden Globe- winning World War II miniseries. And while HBO touts the original DVD release as the best-selling TV-on-DVD release of all time, every one of those original buyers should consider the upgrade. Never before has the Tom Hanks- and Steven Spielberg-produced look at the men of Easy Company looked or sounded so amazing (and that's a feat considering the audio on the standard DVD was heads and shoulders above its competitors.) Seriously, if you want to experience this masterpiece in its finest form, look no further.

Packaged in an "ammo box" metal tin like the original release, the six-disc set features read more

Which mini-series do you ...

Question: Which mini-series do you prefer, Band of Brothers or Generation Kill? There are a lot of similarities between the two shows. For example, "Iceman" from Generation Kill is very similar to Captain Winters in Band of Brothers. (Their names are even similar.) There are dozens of comparisons one can make regarding these two great series, but overall, I prefer the scope of Band of Brothers. It really changed television. Yet Generation Kill is better then any film made about the Iraq War. Answer: It's not an either-or with me. Both are remarkable achievements in war docudrama. Band of Brothers had the advantage of nostalgia for a "great" war and an end to the story, while by necessity Generation Kill is a much messier, more cynical and less conventionally "satisfying" narrative. Brothers feels like history writ large, and Generation much more like journalism of the moment. HBO's scheduling of Generation Kill while the war continues is a much riskier proposition than putting Band of read more

NewsRadio, Blu Brothers and Other Announced Releases

News Radio courtesy Sony Pictures

New releases announced today, August 4:Band of Brothers (Blu-ray Disc) will be coming out November 11 Good Times - The Complete Series will be coming out October 28 NewsRadio - The Complete Series will be coming out October 28 Rules of Engagement - The Complete 2nd Season will be coming out October 14 Sanford and Son - The Complete Series will be coming out October 28 Visit TVShowsOnDVD.com for the complete stories on these and other news items. read more

The Joy of Sets: What Are You Getting Him for Father's Day?

John Adams courtesy HBO

So, if you have a dad like mine, this weekend is a cause for alarm. I’m a little too old to be giving him a can of cashews again, he has every book on the Civil War known to man, and I’ve probably stolen every tool he’s been given over the last 10 years. See? The man is impossible to buy for!To take a little pressure off myself (and hopefully inspire some of you equally desperate ACOIFs...Adult Children of Impossible Fathers), I offer a cheat sheet of DVD sets perfect for every daddy-o…For the Jock — The Major League bigwigs have released these spectacular Esssential Games collections celebrating baseball at its best, played in the best parks. So far, Fenway Park and Shea Stadium have gotten the love, but when Philadelphia’s beloved (now leveled) Veteran’s Stadium makes the cut, yours truly is going to be a very happy man.Buy Esssential Games on Amazon.comFor the Historian — Hello? HBO’s fantastic John Adams miniseries just hit the shelve... read more

The New Season: Wednesday Heats Up

Lucy Kate Hale, Michelle Ryan and Molly Price in Bionic Woman by Mitchell Haaseth/NBC Photo

First, an important public-service announcement: Tonight on The War, we relive D-Day, a momentous turning point in military history brought to vivid life by those who lived through it, courtesy of Ken Burns' masterful way with documentary narrative. I know this is premiere week, and Wednesday is the most competitive night for new shows this season, but I wouldn't be doing my duty if I didn't remind everyone that this is TV you not only shouldn't miss, but it's an experience you'll never forget. (The reality, though, is that PBS is giving viewers multiple opportunities to see these episodes, and I can't think of a better gift DVD for holiday season.) Back to the network game, where only one of the nine new series being launched on Wednesdays is MIA: ABC’s marvelous Pushing Daisies, its premiere pushed back a week by the tsunami-like launch of Dancing with the Stars, which once again is turning out to be the ratings monster everyone expected. (And the men, by and large, had a bla... read more

NBC: Parsing the Peacock's Moves

Kyle Chandler in Friday Night Lights by Paul Drinkwater/NBC Photo

First, the good news (that we've been cheering since late last week): NBC's Hail Mary reprieve to the low-rated but critically worshipped Friday Night Lights is something to celebrate. True, the move to Fridays is a bit worrisome. Those with long memories will recall the fast fade of a similarly themed high-school football drama, Against the Grain (starring a then-unknown Ben Affleck), which aired on Fridays in 1993. Its failure was largely attributed to being scheduled on a night when much of the target audience was actually attending high-school football games. (But that was before the age of DVRs, downloads, online streaming, etc.) One upside: expectations on Fridays are significantly lower. And with a summer in which (let's hope) Emmy nominations and a presumed DVD release can help promote the show and stimulate more buzz, maybe this underdog will do OK in the long run.Next, the strangest news in all of NBC's fall announcements, the first in a week-long wave of network upfront p... read more

Ron Livingston's Nightmares Scenario

Ron Livingston, Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King

Some actors possess an Everyman quality that gives them the versatility to take on any role. Ron Livingston is that type of guy. After gaining notoriety as a member of Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn's crew of Swingers, he went on to play a conflicted World War II captain in HBO's Band of Brothers. This fall the Iowa native gets his first opportunity to play a series lead on Fox's hostage-negotiator action-drama read more

Justice Is Served by a Nice Irish Guy

Jason O'Mara, In Justice

On ABC's mid-season hit, In Justice (Fridays at 9 pm/ET), Jason O'Mara and Kyle MacLachlan head up the National Justice Project, a group that works hard (and TV-fast!) to get wrongfully convicted people pulled out of prison. TVGuide.com spoke with O'Mara about his transition from rugby star to actor, about In Justice's upcoming controversial episode, and about — get this — the woman he and this writer have in common.

TVGuide.com: For starters, I want to say that I love the show and have it on my TiVo list. Good stuff!
Jason O'Mara:
Yeah, last week's episode was good, wasn't it? We sort of felt it was a bit of a watershed for us because it read more

Would you please describe for ...

Fast jeep — and out of control: the cast of The Rat Patrol

Question: Would you please describe for me The Rat Patrol, the TV program about the group of soldiers riding in a jeep in the desert? It was my son's favorite program! I recall that the group appeared on the cover of TV Guide. Thanks!


Answer: That I will, Glenn. The Rat Patrol, which ran on ABC for two years beginning in September 1966, was based on the exploits of the real-life British Long Range Desert Group and focused on three Yanks and a Brit fighting the Germans of the Afrika Korps in North Africa during World War II. Sgt. Jack Moffitt (Gary Raymond), a demolitions expert, was the lone Englishman of a crew commanded by Sgt. Sam Troy (Chris George). Youngster Pvt. Mark Hitchcock (Lawrence Casey) and Pvt. Tully Pettigrew (Justin Tarr) rounded out the Rat Patrollers, who tooled around the desert making life miserable for the remarkably slow German tanks and their remarkably myopic gunners, read more

The Sands of War

Gripping drama puts us on the front lines That fearless upstart FX has done it again. This brash network built its reputation on taking familiar types of TV heroes — cops (The Shield), doctors (Nip/Tuck), firefighters (Rescue Me) — and exposing bold new facets of character through outrageous plotting and daring adult situations. Over There (Wednesdays at 10 pm/ET), a soldier's-eye-view chronicle of the current Iraq conflict, could be FX's riskiest series yet. It isn't subversive or perversely ironic, and it rarely strains for shock value in its graphic drama. But it also never succumbs to rah-rah boosterism, which may lead some to find it unpatriotic. On the contrary, this show supports the troops by humanizing them, with flaws and fears, in stories on the battlefield and the home front. The viewer is quickly embedded in a gritty, chaotic world where grinding boredom alternates with grisly carnage. Bei read more

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Premiered: September 09, 2001, on HBO
Rating: TV-MA
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Premise: This Emmy-winning miniseries etched an unforgettably vivid portrait of World War II, as experienced by an Army unit serving in Europe. The drama focuses on Easy Company, 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, which parachuted into Normandy on D-Day and fought for the remainder of the war. Based on Stephen Ambrose's bestseller, the series was produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg.

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