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Patton, With a Hi-Tech Twist (10 Part History Channel Series on general Patton)
Daily News ^ | Friday, April 10th 2009 | David Hickley

Posted on 04/10/2009 4:02:02 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Gen. George Patton's exploits in World War II - three astonishing years in which he did more than his share to crush the Adolf Hitler-led Axis - easily earned him the 10-part History Channel series that kicks off Firday night.

But the way this series is done, specifically its use of contemporary animation techniques to simulate various aspects of his battles, at times feels a little jarring. By featuring a visual style most closely associated with modern video games, the production at times makes World War II feel like a video game itself, as if the viewer should deposit another quarter to let the Allied troops invade Sicily. For those who have grown up immersed in World War II lore, never mind those who fought the war, the intriguing question then becomes whether this high-tech stuff "sells" the story to a new generation for whom it may otherwise seem like ancient history. Maybe it does. Maybe people born 40 or 50 years after Patton died need to have him repackaged as an action figure before he can command their attention. In any case, happily, the animation scenes are just one element of "Patton 360," which in most ways is a solid, traditional History Channel documentary.

The producers don't let the glory of Patton's triumphs overshadow the cost, and they also don't treat Patton as a god. Rather, the general comes off as an ambitious man with a big agenda, a bigger ego and the military skills to match.

All this humanizes him, which makes it all the more impressive to watch him overcome the weather, skeptical superiors, aggravating infighting and - oh, yes - the Axis army to help rescue Europe and the world. In telling its story, "Patton 360" digs out authentic period film, interviews surviving veterans who fought under Patton and draws on several top historians whose chronological narrative and analyses build the spine of the series.

The voice-overs become a little overheated at times - "Patton's troops know they're in for the fight of their lives!" - but the story itself has enough internal drama and inherent power that it will carry along any viewer who would like to see how the modern world was saved and shaped.


TOPICS: History; Military/Veterans; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: patton; worldwarii

1 posted on 04/10/2009 4:02:02 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Hard to believe these days that Pasadena, CA could produce a warrior like Patton.


2 posted on 04/10/2009 4:04:57 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: nickcarraway
I saw the series they did on WWII Enterprise duty in the Pacific. I thought it was well done. They do mix in what historical film then have, but then supplement with CGI, for battles and tactics that they don't.

Why did they have to start it on a Friday night. I'm heading out to dinner.

3 posted on 04/10/2009 4:05:40 PM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: nickcarraway

What time is this being broadcast?


4 posted on 04/10/2009 4:06:19 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red_Devil 232

9pm Eastern


5 posted on 04/10/2009 4:08:44 PM PDT by dynachrome (Barack Hussein Obama yunikku khinaaziir)
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To: Red_Devil 232
Series Premiere Friday, April 10 at 9pm / 8c

Patton 360

6 posted on 04/10/2009 4:09:20 PM PDT by nickcarraway (Are the Good Times Really Over?)
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To: nickcarraway

I’ve seen their series on the Enterprise. They have good quality battle footage and ruin it with all sorts of lines and dots and ghost images constantly flowing past. It adds nothing at all and is a distraction to the topic at hand. I’m sure Patton will be covered in the same background goo. What a shame.


7 posted on 04/10/2009 4:09:54 PM PDT by eartrumpet
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To: AFreeBird

I had no idea Enterprise Rent-a-car was named after the carrier by WWII vet Jack Taylor, founder of the company.


8 posted on 04/10/2009 4:11:09 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: Red_Devil 232

Just checked, tonight at 9 PM Eastern.


9 posted on 04/10/2009 4:12:06 PM PDT by word_warrior_bob (You can now see my amazing doggie and new puppy on my homepage!! Come say hello to Jake & Sonny)
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To: Anoreth

ping


10 posted on 04/10/2009 4:19:22 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("Never offend people with style when you can offend them with substance." ~Sam Brown)
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To: nickcarraway; word_warrior_bob

Thanks to both of you. The link with the preview has me interested.


11 posted on 04/10/2009 4:19:58 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: eartrumpet

I watched the series on the Enterprise and thought it was pretty good, tho I do agree the computer generated scenes looked pretty amateurish.

One thing which really impressed me was how the U.S. commanders went right for the throat of the Japanese even after taking a pounding at Savo Island and Coral Sea. For a time the Enterprise was our only surviving carrier yet we didn’t back down a bit.


12 posted on 04/10/2009 4:27:26 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: skeeter

Thanks for the tip. I’ll have to check that out tonight.


13 posted on 04/10/2009 4:35:52 PM PDT by pelican001
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To: nickcarraway

Sounds like the show Battlefield 360 that I think is shown on the Military Channel. We enjoy that one, as well as the one about Dogfights.


14 posted on 04/10/2009 4:57:08 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: yarddog

I’ve read it wasn’t just the commanders who went for the throat. The Japanese pilots were amazed that US pilots would always attack, even when heavily outnumbered.


15 posted on 04/10/2009 5:12:03 PM PDT by eartrumpet
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To: patton

Word. ;)


16 posted on 04/10/2009 5:19:32 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: nickcarraway
as if the viewer should deposit another quarter

The writer shows his age.

17 posted on 04/10/2009 5:27:14 PM PDT by Huck ("He that lives on hope will die fasting"- Ben Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanac)
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To: nickcarraway

Watching now, so far I like it!


18 posted on 04/10/2009 6:15:40 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: yarddog
Well the marines on Guadalcanal after the whole navy sailed away and left 'em there because the Japanese were coming might beg to differ a tad. Sometimes discretion is necessary in war, but that doesn't make it fun for the folks up at the pointy end...
19 posted on 04/10/2009 6:43:00 PM PDT by JasonC
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To: Red_Devil 232

A running theme with the Vichy French seems to be: “The French Retreat”, “The French immediately surrender”.


20 posted on 04/10/2009 6:59:56 PM PDT by word_warrior_bob (You can now see my amazing doggie and new puppy on my homepage!! Come say hello to Jake & Sonny)
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To: yarddog
For a time the Enterprise was our only surviving carrier yet we didn’t back down a bit.

I heard storys that during that time the Enterprise had a banner up on the hanger deck saying "USS Enterprise vs The Japanese Empire" or words to that effect

21 posted on 04/10/2009 11:21:17 PM PDT by tophat9000 ( We are "O" so f---ed)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Thanks, but we were in the woods...


22 posted on 04/11/2009 3:08:43 PM PDT by patton (I hope that they fight to the death and both sides win.)
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To: patton

That’s a good place for the likes of you, LOL! :)


23 posted on 04/11/2009 4:31:17 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Now wolves or flaming mice this trip, just slow-mo flies...LOL


24 posted on 04/11/2009 4:33:14 PM PDT by patton (I hope that they fight to the death and both sides win.)
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