Disc News: HBO Miniseries The Pacific Coming in November

HBO Home Video has revealed that its recent epic miniseries, The Pacific, will make its DVD and Blu-ray debut on November 2, 2010. Perfectly timed for Veteran’s Day (November 11) and the holiday season, all ten parts will be spread across six discs for both the DVD and Blu-ray sets. The releases carry a suggested retail price of $79.99 and $99.98, respectively.

The Pacific tracks the real-life journeys of three U.S. Marines – Robert Leckie (James Badge Dale, The Departed), Eugene Sledge (Joe Mazzello, The Sensation of Sight) and John Basilone (Jon Seda, Close to Home) – across the vast canvas of the Pacific theater during World War II. The miniseries follows these men and their fellow Marines from their first battle with the Japanese on Guadalcanal, through the rain forests of Cape Gloucester and the strongholds of Peleliu, across the bloody sands of Iwo Jima, through the horror of Okinawa, and finally to their triumphant but uneasy return home after V-J Day.

The DVD set is jam-packed with extras that provides content that gives the viewer a better understanding of the war in the Pacific. In-depth features include:

  • “Historical Backgrounds” – the five-minute prologues that set the stage for each episode and additional historical footage narrated by Tom Hanks.
  • “Making The Pacific” – go behind the scenes and take an inside look at the making of this epic, 10-part miniseries.
  • “Profiles of The Pacific” – delve into the lives of the real Marines featured in The Pacific. Get a personal perspective on their families, their war experience and their lives after the war in these intimate portraits.
  • “Anatomy of The Pacific War” – explore the historical influences and cultural perceptions that led to the merciless brutality in the Pacific theater of World War II.
  • Presented in HD 1080p video and DTS-HD master audio, The Pacific on Blu-ray allows viewers the best audio and visual presentation and elevates the experience with exclusive content. All the supplemental material found on the DVD set is carried over, along with two interactive companion features. Those extras are:

  • “The Pacific Enhanced Viewing” – the ultimate viewing companion to The Pacific. Learn more about the Marines and gain a deeper historical understanding of the battles while watching the miniseries with Enhanced Viewing, a 10-part, 10-hour, picture-in-picture experience. Exclusive content includes interviews with historians and veterans, archival footage, maps and more.
  • “The Pacific Field Guide” – allows viewers to navigate through the major events featured in The Pacific in this standalone, interactive Field Guide. Search within for categories to view exclusive content including animated maps, extensive interviews with historians and veterans, historical footage, photographs and more.
  • The Pacific DVD & Blu-ray Disc
    Street Date: November 2, 2010
    Rating: TV-MA
    Runtime: Approx. 530 minutes (excluding bonus features)
    Price: $79.99 SD SRP
    Price: $99.98 BD SRP

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