Band of Brothers

Starring Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston

Warner Home Video | June 6, 2006 | DVD

Band of Brothers is rated 4.9167 out of 5 by 12.
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A 10-part miniseries that tells the story of Easy Company, a WWII U.S. Army paratrooper unit. Follow Easy Company through war-torn Europe -- from D-Day, to the Battle of the Bulge, to the capture of Hitler's Eagle's Nest.

Part 1: Currahee -- Training and Deployment
In Toccoa, Ga., 1942, a disparate group of young men begins voluntary training to become members of one of America's newest military regiments -- the paratroopers. Under the harsh leadership of Lt. Sobel (David Schwimmer), members of the newly formed Easy Company go from green civilians to some of the Army's most elite soldiers. As training progresses, a rivalry flares between Sobel, whom the men despise, and Lt. Winters (Damian Lewis), a junior officer who's earned the respect and admiration of Easy Company.

Part 2: Days of Days -- Campaign in Normandy
On June 6, 1944, D-Day, planes with thousands of paratroopers cross the English Channel to France, where they come under heavy fire. None of the men land where they expected to, and many lose their weapons and supplies in the drop. Winters links up with solitary soldiers, and they set off to find their units. Winters (Damian Lewis) is later chosen to lead an attack on a fortified German artillery position; the mission is successful, but Winters, now acting company commander, loses his first man.

Part 3: Carentan -- Campaign in Carentan
Two days after D-Day, Easy Company is sent to take the town of Carentan, engaging in a successful battle that results in several casualties. Some soldiers, including Pvt. Blithe (Marc Warren), have a difficult time adjusting to combat. After 36 days in Normandy and several fierce battles, Easy returns to England, but their celebrations are short-lived, as news comes that they're moving out again.

Part 4: Replacements -- Campaign in Holland
Due to heavy casualties, a group of fresh paratrooper replacements joins Easy Company in time for a massive drop into German-occupied Holland for Operation Market-Garden. While met with no resistance in Eindhoven, Easy and a cluster of British tanks are repelled from a nearby town by a superior German force, sustaining many casualties as they retreat. The Allied plan to enter Germany through Holland and end the war before Christmas fails.

Part 5: Bastogne -- Campaign in Bastogne
In the dead of winter, in the forest outside of Bastogne, Belgium, the men of Easy Company struggle to hold the line alone while fending off frostbite and hunger, having arrived with no winter clothes and little supplies and ammunition. Medic Eugene Roe (Shane Taylor) is overwhelmed, on edge and close to combat exhaustion when he finds friendship with a Belgian nurse. Easy Company spends a miserable Christmas in the trenches, and receives the news that the German army's demand for surrender was met with Gen. McAuliffe's defiant answer: "Nuts!"

Part 6: The Breaking Point -- Campaign in Foy
Having thwarted the Germans at Bastogne, the exhausted Easy Company must now take the nearby town of Foy from the enemy. Several are killed and wounded in fierce shelling, compounded by the incompetence of their commander, Lt. Dike (Peter O'Meara), about whom Winters (Damian Lewis) can do nothing. Easy takes Foy, but at an enormous cost.

Part 7: The Patrol -- Campaign in Hagenau
Easy Company arrives in the Alsacian town of Haguenau near the German border, and is ordered to send a patrol across the river to take enemy prisoners. Lt. Jones (Colin Hanks), fresh from West Point and eager for combat experience, volunteers to lead. While successful, the mission costs another paratrooper's life, prompting Winters (Damian Lewis) to ignore the order to send a second patrol the next night.

Part 8: Why We Fight -- Campaign in Landsburg
Easy Company finally enters Germany, to surprisingly little resistance, and has a chance to relax for the first time in a long time. A patrol in a nearby forest discovers an abandoned Nazi concentration camp, still filled with emaciated prisoners. The local citizenry, unbelievably disavowing knowledge of its existence, is made to clean it up, as the news arrives that Hitler is dead.

Part 9: Points -- Taking of Hitler's Nest
Once home to the top officers of the Third Reich, Easy Company enters the Bavarian town of Berchtesgaden, and captures "Eagle's Nest," Hitler's mountaintop fortress. Facing imminent deployment to the Pacific Theater, the men compare their "points" to see who has earned enough to go home. However, the Japanese surrender ends the war. A closing vignette tells what happened to the men of Easy Company after they returned home.

Part 10: We Stand Alone Together -- The Men of Easy Company
We Stand Alone Together tells the remarkable story of the men of Easy Company in their own words. Featuring recent interviews with the real-life company members whose deeds are dramatized in the miniseries, combined with rare and archival photographs and film footage.

Video Release: June 6, 2006

Theatrical Release: 2001

Runtime: 600

Rating: Not Rated

Studio: Warner Home Video

UPC: 026359920523

Found in: General, General, War, War

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Mini-Series! Great mini-series! I've watched it three times already and was entertained every time. I bought this as a Christmas gift for my dad, knowing he had wanted to see it for a while. After he had watched it, I picked it up one weekend and couldn't stop watching. This show follows Easy Company through World War II and shows the effects of war on soldiers, civilians and POWs. There are some disturbing parts that shouldn't be shown to kids, even those that are older. For example, one episode shows Easy Company finding a concentration camp. I watched a follow up series, "The Pacific" soon after watching this, however it was incomparable in its storyline. Would recommend this to anyone aged 16 years or older.
Date published: 2013-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent!!!! Growing up my dad got me into learning about the history of World War 2 and how the brave men fought for what they believed in. World War 2 has been so fascinating to me because many countries were involved to fight an evil power trying to take over. This TV series was amazing because it showed story lines from multiple different views of soldiers fighting in the war. It displayed their heroic effort and how they lived months over sees, not knowing if they would see their family again. I felt that all the characters were so real and I felt I had a connection with them. I suggest this to anyone who loves learning about history!
Date published: 2012-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Story Band of Brothers a miniseries by HBO follows the 101st Airborne Division Paratroopers on WWII. It starts with their combat training, and then dives into well known missions such as Market Garden, Battle of the Bulge, Siege of Bastogne and even the concentration camps which is based on real life events and characters as well. The series covers the entire war that ends at the “Eagles Nest” where Hitler was hiding out. The series is very graphic trying to give the viewer the full experience of war and the education as well. The series is produced by Tom Hanks and is done in conjunction to the movie Saving Private Ryan that he stared in.
Date published: 2012-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating and informative WWII miniseries The outstanding HBO miniseries "Band of Brothers," based on the Steven Ambrose book of the same name, should be required viewing for everyone, due to its unflinching depiction of the realities of war. But this series is as captivating as it is informative, and even entertaining despite the difficult subject matter. This is the true story of the Easy Company of the 105th Airborne Division paratroopers, following their combat training, their actual combat on D-Day, at Market-Garden, the Battle of the Bulge, and their liberation of a concentration camp and control of Hitler's German mountain refuge. All of the characters are real, and are mostly played by lesser known actors. David Schwimmer of "Friends" does appear in a couple episodes as do "Saturday Night Live's" Jimmy Fallon (very briefly) and Tom Hanks' son Colin. Fans of NBC's "Boomtown" will also recognize four of the actors, especially Donnie Wahlberg and Neal McDonough, who have major roles. Each episode begins with pertinent moments from interviews with the actual surviving members of Easy Company, though they are not identified so as not to give away which characters survive the war. It takes a while, but becoming familiar with the many characters and their comaraderie for one another is what makes this series so compelling. Producers Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks have delivered outstanding filmmaking which will definitely remind you of "Saving Private Ryan" but improves on that film because of the depth that a miniseries allows. You will want to watch the DVD extras, especially the 80 minute documentary with the surviving soldiers, so you can see these characters as they are now in real life. The thirty minute making-of documentary is decent but not extraordinary. Actor Ron Livingston's "video diaries" for HBO take you through the ten-day "boot camp" that the actors went through before shooting, and provides some amusement, but is mainly just HBO promotional material as are the rest of the DVD extras.
Date published: 2011-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "Big Easy" Redefined With this superb ten-hour film Hanks and Spielberg make amends for the sentimental absurdities of Saving Private Ryan. Band of Brothers, while no less masterfully produced, is both tough and tough-minded. Since it's based on the recorded experience of the men it depicts, that's no surprise. Band of Brothers is the biography of Easy Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, from the time of its creation at boot camp in Georgia in 1942 to the end of the war in Europe. Because it is the biography of an actual (and legendary) military unit, this long movie is not "another war story". It is the warts-and-all story of a company of citizen soldiers (less than 200 in number at any given time) who suffered 150% casualties in the course of less than a year's action from D-Day in 1944 to VE Day 1945. We get to know about fifteen of them very well, in training, combat and daily lives under the often boring and fractious circumstances of dogface troops the world over. It is an awe inspiring experience for us to live with them for so long a time, something that can be done reading a book, but not while viewing a theatrical-release film which can perforce last only a few hours at most. Band of Brothers is an audio-visual book of great force, its insights engendering compassion for the fallen and the wounded and the suffering of those that Easy Company encountered – soldiers of the Wehrmacht, civilians, survivors of a concentration camp for Jews they "accidentally" liberated. This is one of the very few films about combat soldiers in WW II which can safely be viewed as "history," and which should be viewed by everyone and their children, let we forget.
Date published: 2010-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Series One of the best mini-series I've seen. The characters draw you into their stories and the harsh realities of war.
Date published: 2008-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spellbinding This is one of the best mini-series I have ever seen. Everything about is is fantastic from the acting to the cinematography. You really get the sense of being in WWII with these soldiers. It is not a glorified pro-American war movie-even though the main characters are American. Instead it gives the viewer a window into what life was like in wartime Europe for the typical soldier. A must see.
Date published: 2008-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth watching If you like war movies, this mini series is worth watching again. For a made for TV series, it is very good.
Date published: 2008-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth every penny I rented the first disk just because it was at a reduced price. From that small momment on I was hooked on the people and places in Band of Brother . It is argueably one of the best mini-series ever made. I rented the rest of the disc's and was compelled to buy my own copy. You will not regret the purchase. Costumes,casting,sound,effects. All are top notch. A must have.
Date published: 2005-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing piece of work i wasnt sure about this when i first heard about it because it was made for television. As soon as I saw the first episode though, I was forced to watch the rest within the next few days. I think everyone should watch this because it really does a great job of depicting what the soldiers really went through in WWII.
Date published: 2005-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just get it ! By the end of the first episode, you find yourself inevitably sucked in and providing you have the time, you will most likely watch all the other episodes one after the other. (That’s what I did). Chances are, when you are done, within 24hours, you will be ready to start all over again. Honest, it’s that good. A truly remarkable series with an outstanding attention to detail, down to murals in Normandy towns with commercials for now defunct companies, an old french farming “Percheron” tractor in the background in one of the scenes, obviously this involved serious research, the people who made this possible have done an incredible job. Just for the historical value, this is a must have, every family should own this set as it shows us a very important part of our history.
Date published: 2004-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lest we Forget... Seen Saving Private Ryan? If you liked that movie then this is definitely a series you will enjoy. This small screen production is an amazing, eye-opening historical perspective on the ravages of the European theatre of WWII seen through the American GI. As in Saving Private Ryan, combat equipment is authentically portrayed (I think they used the samer Tiger II and 88) and this production depicts the fear, violence, camaraderie, humanity and in-humanity, savage butchery, black dread, incredible good fortune and mis-fortune, abject stupidity, boredom, psychology, and documented actions experienced by a dynamic collection of combat heroes of the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne E Company. Its a serious, intense and very edgy story. You will be profoundly moved anytime you watch any of the episodes, especially on Remembrance Day.
Date published: 2002-11-25

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Band of Brothers

Starring Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston

Video Release: June 6, 2006

Theatrical Release: 2001

Runtime: 600

Rating: Not Rated

Studio: Warner Home Video

UPC: 026359920523


Edition Description
  • Dolby Surround
  • Color
  • Runtime: 600 minutes
  • NTSC (Canada and USA)
  • Originally in English
  • Released in Spanish

Editorial Notes

DVD features: • All 10 episodes on 6 discs • Documentary: We Stand Alone Together (80 mins.) • The Making of Band of Brothers (30 mins.) • Ron Livingston's "Video Diaries": the making of the film through the eyes of an actor (55 mins.)

Description

CABLE TELEVISION RELEASE: SEPTEMBER 9, 2001 (HB0) This 10-part HBO television mini-series focuses on a group of soldiers in World War II, tracking their experiences from the beginning of boot camp to the end of the war. The series gives detailed attention to the way that the soldiers grow together as a group, as well as the way that each of them develops individually. Based on the book by historian Stephen E. Ambrose, BAND OF BROTHERS's executive producers are Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, who worked together on SAVING PRIVATE RYAN.

Notes

DVD Features: Region 1 5-Disc Set Keep Case Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85 Additional Release Material: Featurette - 1. WE STAND ALONE TOGETHER (80 Mins) 2. MAKING OF BAND OF BROTHERS Interviews Text/Galleries: Stills/Photos Interactive Features: Scene Access
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