During the Atlanta premiere of the HBO ten-part "miniseries event" The Pacific, it was announced that it will be available for purchase on Father's Day weekend, which probably means a release date of June 15, a mere month after the last episode airs. Although only DVD was explicitly mentioned in the announcement, it clearly will come out in high-def as well, as the HBO website already features DVD and Blu-ray versions. No other release details are available at this early stage.
The Pacific was produced by Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, and Gary Goetzman, like the Emmy-winning miniseries Band of Brothers. It aims to deliver a realistic portrait of WWII's Pacific Theatre as lived by three US Marines, from Guadalcanal to Peleliu to Okinawa. It is based on two books by USMC veterans: With the Old Breed by Eugene Sledge and Helmet for My Pillow by Robert Leckie.
I was thinking about downloading each episode, because i had figured we wouldn't see this on Blu until end of the year (november time frame), but i can wait till june and watch the whole thing over a weekend
"i guess they'll have to sell lots of BR in order to get the cost of $150 million for the show back.... "
I'd guess that they more than made up for that in subscriptions and cross-promotion with cable companies. And that's before you count DVD sales (which will be astronomical), BD sales, syndication, etc...
Sweet. I thought about adding HBO for three months but at $14 per month on DirecTV plus taxes and fees you're looking at more than $45 and I figure the Blu set will be around that when first released, or at least not much higher, so I'll just hold out for the extra month and have them all to enjoy forever next to my BOB set.
I purchased Band of Brothers on Friday, and watched all 10 episodes over the weekend. It was one of the best I have seen. The timing couldn't have been more perfect because the premier of The Pacific was last night.
I have a question. Band of Brothers on Blu Ray episodes clock in at 1 hour 7 minutes, but last night's premier of Pacific was under 50 minutes. Are the Blu Ray episodes extended from the original?
Each episode of BoB varies in runtime. Some are under 1 hr, and some are over 1 hr. Which caused havok back in 2001 when trying to record these things on VHS tapes. IIRC, I had to cut off the credits in some to get 2 episodes to fit on one tape in SP mode.
But to answer your question, no, the aired episodes are the same as those on the DVD/BD. Runtimes just vary from episode to episode. So in turn, I'd imagine some Pacific episodes will run over 1 hr just like they did within BoB.
"Well I was thinking about adding HBO.. but heck with it now. I'll just pick this up when it comes out on Blu! Would prolly cost me the same as adding HBO..."
Not as expensive as you'd think! After watching Pacific last night at someone else's place, I contacted my cable provider this morning to see how much HBO access would be to add onto my current subscription - $18.00 a month regular price, which was lower than I thought. Just tired of having to watch certain HBO shows like this and Bill Maher at other people's houses.
Considering $18.00 a month is three days of coffee and lunches for most people, I went for it!
Now I don't have to wait until the Blu comes out in June, which will be a day one purchase, by the way!
I watched the first episode just a couple of minutes ago. Great show but not as good as Band of Brothers I'm afraid. But still very good and similar to Band of Brothers (veterans talking before the episode begins and so on...).
Can't wait till episode 2! This is a first-day-buy!
Perfect. With a June release date it should have a pretty awesome price by Black Friday ;-)
Watched the first episode last night on HBO. The audio is pretty decent in DD 5.1. It should sound awesome in dts HR/MA 5.1! Seeing it in 1080p instead of compressed 720p/1080i will be quite the treat too.
I added HBO to my Comcast for $10 a month for 6 months, with watching this series in mind. That includes HD. So in 2 and a half months I will cancel it. 30 bucks. not a bad deal. Plus I go on vacation in July. I'll be penny pinching in June
You can't all be serious about the tin. That foldout disc holder is a bloody nuisance when you want a particular disc. Really awkward to handle without potentially doing some damage. Give me a boxed set with separate Blu cases for each disc. Fancy packaging only puts up the price.
Everyone who does not have HBO, go to hbo.com and register an account (it's free). I just did, and it allowed me to watch the first episode. Now this might be because we have HBO and our internet is provided by our cable company, but it's worth a shot if you don't have access to The Pacific. (By last night's premier, this is going to be great.)
Totally worth the extra 5 bucks a month for HBO for a couple months just to see this. First episode really impressed me, just like Band of Brothers. Highly recommended guys, this is a great show and I see rest of the mini series being great!
Info is, unfortunately not correct. HBO just released this statement:
"The misinformation about the HBO miniseries, The Pacific being released on Father's Day is incorrect. HBO Home Entertainment has not yet announced an exact DVD release date for The Pacific, however, the miniseries will not be available on DVD any earlier than the second half of the year."
HBO Video has requested that we remove the video mentioned above, and issued the following statement that corrects the previous information about a planned release timeframe for The Pacific on home video:
The misinformation about the HBO miniseries, The Pacific being released on Father's Day is incorrect. HBO Home Entertainment has not yet announced an exact DVD release date for The Pacific, however, the miniseries will not be available on DVD any earlier than the second half of the year.
So as you can see, it won't be available on DVD (or Blu-ray, for that matter) until after Father's Day. Possibly quite some time after; we're not sure yet exactly when in the second half of 2010 it will arrive. We'll update you when we know more, so stay tuned! Our thanks to the studio for providing us with this update.
This series should be beautiful, and I don't just mean the quality of the BD, just the series itself.
Even the low-res trailer already quite impressed me, just because of the way it's shot and all.
Guess it would be a similar feel of that what you get with 'Band of Brothers'.