Skip to comments.VANITY: "Band of Brothers" now on "History"...same week as Ken Burns' "The War"
Posted on 09/29/2007 10:55:50 AM PDT by VOA
"Band of Brothers" is airing now (Saturday, 12:30PM Central) on
The History Channel.
Interesting that it should air on the weekend following the
airing of the first four parts of Ken Burns'/PBS's "The War".
Opinions about the relative merits of the two WWII-ear shows are welcome.
ee following posts for URLs for the discussion threads for
Parts 1-4 of "The War".
My arm for a World War 2 drama that doesn’t focus on Hitler, the Holocaust, or the 101st Airborne.
Below are some URLs for the discussion threads for Ken Burns’/PBS’s
“The War”, along with a few PBS URLs that might be helpful for those
wishing to see the series.
As best I can tell, Part 4 (of 7?) of “The War” airs tomorrow night
(SUNDAY August 30, 2007) at 7PM Central (check your local PBS listings
for your correct air-time).
URL for thread on Part 1
URL for thread on Part 2 (Monday 9-24-07)
URL for thread on Part 3 (Tuesday 9-25-07)
URLs for PBS websites:
URL to check listing for local PBS stations:
PBS website for Ken Burns The War
Summary of Part 4 at PBS website:
"The War" is more about the American Homeland in War Time. People actually felt like they were part of the effort. Not like every war since.
All I know is that I tuned into his series on Baseball and found a multi-part program about Jackie Robinson.
Mahmoud! Is that you? Welcome to FR.
“My arm for a World War 2 drama that doesnt focus on Hitler, the Holocaust, or the 101st Airborne.”
LOL! There was a war in the Pacific too.
“My arm for a World War 2 drama that doesnt focus on Hitler,
the Holocaust, or the 101st Airborne.”
Fair comment...I just thought folks might have some thoughts seeing
how The History Channel decided to re-air “Band of Brothers” on
the first weekend following Burns’ “The War”.
A WWII drama without lots of Hitler, Holocaust or the 101st Airborne?
That’s the sort of good old films that we could watch on late-night
TV in the 1960s or 1970s.
Like, “Up From The Beach”
I’ve only seen Band of Brothers. Six Times. It is fantastic. To all who come on this thread and have not seen it... please rent it or get it from the library. You will not be disappointed.
‘Band of Brothers’ is a classic!
Love the interview in the beginning about entering the service...”4 guys in our town were 4f and they committed suicide. It was a different time.”
I remember watching the first run of BAND OF BROTHERS on HBO the week of 9/11/01. By an amazing coincidence, this very patriotic show debuted right in the midst of that week of the attacks. It really added to the emotional wallop.
OOPS...I meant to say...
As best I can tell, Part 5 “FUBAR” (of 7?) of The War airs tomorrow
night (SUNDAY August 30, 2007) at 7PM Central (check your local PBS
listings for your correct air-time).
And here’s a URL for the discussion thread for part 4 of “The War”
“The War” (by Ken Burns) Part 4 of 7; Airing on PBS @ 7PM
pbs.org ^ | undated | PBS staff
No, it’s someone who would like to hear about Italy, the Russian front, the 5th Army, Patton, North Africa, or that little war in the Pacific once in a while.
Tired of Bastogne, tired of Market-Garden, tired of D-Day. They’ve been documented to death. Let’s hear about the other 99% of the war.
Do yourself a favor and buy Patton.
I admit that comparing “Band of Brothers” and “The War” is a
“compare the apples with the oranges” exercise.
But seeing how “The War” aired with such fanfare, I just found it
interesting to see “Band of Brothers” getting (yet) another re-airing
on the weekend following the airing of the first 4 segments of “The War”.
Given how there have been plenty of postive, neutral and negative
comments on the discussion threads for “The War” so far, I thought
it might be interesting to get some comments about both the shows.
I read an interview by Dick Winters about the series. He liked them for their realism but chided Spielberg and Hanks about the language. Said there was too much profanity.
This is why a DVR was invented.
Have seen it twice. Fantastic movie. I think Saving Private Ryan was excellent as well.
There was an excellent British-made series a few years back called Stalin's War or Russia's War, something like that. Available on DVD.
My grandfather was with the 97th Bomb Group in Algeria, Tunisia, Sicily and Italy. Thank goodness I have his war diary, some books on those campaigns, and his memories written down.
That Friday after the memorial service and Bush’s visit to Ground Zero, people started letting their anger out. We drove down Ventura Blvd, folks were all out in the street waving flags and making noise and it was like the greatest spontaneous demonstration of righteous patriotic wrath I’ve ever seen.
If only it had lasted.
I was expecting the Ken Burn’s film to be more filled with historicsl information. Instead it is more about the thoughts and feelings of the people who lived during that time. I will say that I was impressed to see so much new photography that I had never seen before. It looks like a lot of it was cleaned up to give some superb images.
AMC is showing The Longest Day. They are re-airing it tomorrow morning at 7AM.
Great thought. I saw all of Band but only portions of War so far [I'm taping]. Overall I would say so far so good but for one matter. He has grafted the 'my group' mentality of today on the WW II era when he should have characterized it [in my limited experience] more by unity than diversity. At least on the front lines, we didn't recognize nationalities of troops.
Probably the single human being most accountable, responsible if you will,
for the presence of African-Americans in Major League Baseball today.
thanks to all posters for commentary...
now it back to watching “Band of Brothers”!
Send arm to P.O. Box....
The Hurtgen Forest would be a good one.
“When Trumpets Fade” was the only movie I know of that was made of it and the 28th Inf (AKA the bloody bucket}.
The Italian front is largly ignored. Maybe it is because of the ass kicking we took trying to take Monte Casino.
Big Red 1. Hell is for Heros. Midway. 30 Seconds Over Tokyo. Wake Island (perhaps the best American propaganda film ever made).
I left off two that mention the 101, and thus wouldn't meet your standards - The Longest Day and A Bridge Too Far.
Burns's documentary concentrates on four towns, their sons who went off to war, and the townspeople left behind. Along the way, he mentions the battles fought by the soldiers from those towns, and a few other events, as they intersect with the soldiers. He spends time talking about the Japanese Internment because it relates to some of the soldiers' families. One thing I learned that was fascinating, was that the Japanese in Hawaii were never rounded up and put in camps, only the ones on the West Coast. He also mentions the changes in racial situations brought on because of the black men who volunteered to serve in the Armed Forces, and black men and women working at home in Defense related industries.
It is not supposed to be a documentary just about battles and soldiers, but more about how the country was affected by the War.
It will be interesting to see if, in Burns’ world, we win. If so, I bet his focus is on the horrible traffic jam in Times Square.
Also, Burns spent quite a bit of time on the Pacific theater, as well, since at least one of the soldiers featured was on the Bataan Death March, and later was sent to Japan as slave labor, and others were Marines who fought on Guadalcanal, Tarawa, and Saipan. I wonder how many Americans learned for the first time, from this documentary, about the mass suicides of Japanese citizens on Saipan as the American soldiers were begging them not to jump off the cliffs? I only learned about that several years ago, when I read Tom Clancy's "Debt of Honor"!
It has been a very good series; different than most WWII series I've seen, and that's fine. It's good to see what went on at home with the families waiting to hear about their loved ones. It's a good contrast to today's military, where soldiers can call or e-mail their families faily often, but in WWII, it was sometimes weeks or months, or in the case of the soldier on Bataan, YEARS, before their families heard from them.
Only watched one night of “The War.” Wish I had more time. However, I saw Band of Brothers years ago and that is excellent. I would recommend it to anyone. I keep thinking if they had the media we had today, we would’ve lost The Battle of the Bulge because when one watches BOB, it’s hard to imagine we are ever going to win.
I imagine that the guys who weren’t involved in those battles might feel the same way.
For folks that haven’t yet sprung for a DVD of “Band of Brothers”...
Just a bump...as the rest of “Band of Brothers” had just started
on The History Channel...at approx. 11:20 AM on Sunday Sept. 30, 2007.
For folks that havent yet sprung for a DVD of Band of Brothers...
Just a bump...as the rest of Band of Brothers had just started
on The History Channel...at approx. 11:20 AM on Sunday Sept. 30, 2007.
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