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post #166 of 176 (permalink) Old 2010-05-22, 10:32 PM
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My impression of the war in the Pacific during WWII prior to The Pacific was that it was nothing but naval battles; I knew there was ground war on various islands, but that (in my mind) was minimal compared to the naval escapades.

I think this is due to so many other movies and tv shows (Midway, Tora-Tora-Tora, McHale's Navy, etc.) showing WWII in the pacific theatre being a naval war. I believe that Hanks & Co. purposely kept away from that to show another, less-known side to the war, and also to show just how freakin' miserable the experience for the ground troops was.
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post #167 of 176 (permalink) Old 2010-05-23, 10:42 AM
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Finally caught up. Was rather busy these last few weeks.

Overall, I did like the series and appreciated what the production was trying to convey, but the series did lack the storyline and character development that made BoB so terrific. Stlll, as a platform for demonstrating just how horrible a war can become, they certainly succeeded at that. You can see in the brutality and the dedication of the Japanese soldiers a preview of the Korean and Viet-Nam wars that will ensue in a short span of only 30 years following WWII, with the Korean war ending in a tie, and the Viet-Nam war ending in a defeat for the United States.

And now the United States is about to lose the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, with the possibility of entering into a potentially losing conflict with Iran and Pakistan.

So much for the "super" power.
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post #168 of 176 (permalink) Old 2010-05-23, 04:54 PM
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You have a funny way of defining 'winning' and 'losing' when it comes to wars... even wars that are still imaginary.

But your assessment of the series is about right. It was a great production but didn't seem to grab me in the same way as Band of Brothers or Generation Kill.

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post #169 of 176 (permalink) Old 2010-05-31, 11:37 AM Thread Starter
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Finished Islands of the Damned. Great way to kill time on a beach.

Great book. Being sledgehammers boss gave him access to the bigger picture (well slightly bigger).

Considering he wrote this book 2/3 of a century after the events, it's impressive the amount of detail.
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post #170 of 176 (permalink) Old 2010-05-31, 01:09 PM
 
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Bought the tie-in book

The Pacific by Hugh Ambrose. An ok read. Added some different perspective to the stories of John Basilone, Eugene Sledge. Didn't like how he cut Leckie out from the book but would recommend it as another resource.
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post #171 of 176 (permalink) Old 2010-07-08, 01:44 PM Thread Starter
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The Pacific was nominated for 24 Emmy Awards in the 2010 Primetime Emmy Awards.
The nominations were:
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Outstanding Art Direction For A Miniseries Or Movie
Outstanding Casting For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special
Outstanding Cinematography For A Miniseries Or Movie - Part Five
Outstanding Cinematography For A Miniseries Or Movie - Part Nine
Outstanding Costumes For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special - Part Three
Outstanding Directing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special - Part Eight
Outstanding Directing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special - Part Nine
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Miniseries Or Movie - Part Five
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Miniseries Or Movie - Part Eight
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Miniseries Or Movie - Part Nine
Outstanding Main Title Design
Outstanding Makeup For A Miniseries Or Movie (Non-Prosthetic)
Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special
Outstanding Music Composition For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special (Original Dramatic Score) - Part Ten
Outstanding Miniseries
Outstanding Sound Editing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special - Part Five
Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Miniseries Or Movie - Part Two
Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Miniseries Or Movie - Part Five
Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Miniseries Or Movie - Part Eight
Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Miniseries Or Movie - Part Nine
Outstanding Special Visual Effects For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special - Part One
Outstanding Special Visual Effects For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special - Part Five
Outstanding Writing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special - Part Eight
Outstanding Writing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special - Part Ten
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Robert Leckie's Challenge for the Pacific: Guadalcanal: The Turning Point of the War is being re-released this October.
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post #173 of 176 (permalink) Old 2010-07-29, 10:27 AM
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The Pacific was nominated for 24 Emmy Awards in the 2010 Primetime Emmy Awards.
And it should win most of those...
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post #174 of 176 (permalink) Old 2010-07-29, 10:31 AM
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BOB?

Anyone know how this compares with Band of Brothers for awards/nominations?

Either this series was outstanding or there wasn't much real competition this year.

(I ask this because I haven't seen it yet. I don't get HBO).
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BOB won several awards and several nominations that it didn't win:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0185906/awards
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post #176 of 176 (permalink) Old 2010-07-29, 11:08 AM
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I really didn't think this was an outstanding series.

It was good but nowhere near as good as BoB.

My 2 cents.
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