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The Pacific Blu-ray Release in Time for Father's Day

Posted March 15, 2010 04:49 AM by Juan Calonge

HBODuring 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.

Thanks to forum member "wolffuncut".




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bettZysdaddy
  Mar 15, 2010
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Frakking sweet! I don't get HBO so I'm going to pick this up ASAP when it's released

Harlock415
  Mar 15, 2010
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Oh, man, now maybe I should hold off watching the series and wait for the Blu.
JE3146
  Mar 15, 2010
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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...

Aidenag
  Mar 15, 2010
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Just finished watching the first episode and as a HUGE fan of BoB i can say this is just as good(so far), and looked amazing. day one buy for sure.

demoni
  Mar 15, 2010
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Day 1 purchase! And I haven't seen one episode...
lphr0z3nl
  Mar 15, 2010
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awesome. i don't have hbo and really wanted to watch!
binary
  Mar 15, 2010
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wow, this is FAST.... i guess they'll have to sell lots of BR in order to get the cost of $150 million for the show back....

mastertang
  Mar 15, 2010
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I wouldn't worry about HBO. They usually have yearly profits in the hundreds of millions, all from $12 a month fees.

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BigNickUK
  Mar 15, 2010
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Hope its not region coded so I can import, cant wait

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Wdm81
  Mar 15, 2010
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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

First day purchase

tbizzle
  Mar 15, 2010
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excellent news! don't have HBO so I'm glad this isn't coming out late in the year. Since BOB is my favorite series of all time, this will be a rare day 1 buy for me

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azereus
  Mar 15, 2010
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Now this is what blind buys are all about! Can't wait.

DonRSD
  Mar 15, 2010
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part 1 was great last night

all i thought watching it was "The Pacific WILL look & sound better on blu-ray......just like BoB"

mjsmufc99
  Mar 15, 2010
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YES!! A brilliant peresent for my old man!!! please be a metal case as well like Band of Brothers so they can sit together very neatly on my shelve!!!!

Sonny
  Mar 15, 2010
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I watched part one last night & I already love it! Cait wait to see it in Blu!!!

bboisvert
  Mar 15, 2010
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"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...

They'll do fine.

733subvet
  Mar 15, 2010
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absolutely AWESOME news ! BoB already out on BD, Saving Pvt. Ryan in May & The Pacific shortly there after................. gonna be a good summer !

Doughoef
  Mar 15, 2010
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I don't have HBO, but this will be a day 1 purchase. I am dying to watch and know it will be great.

Penglynns
  Mar 15, 2010
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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.

bboisvert
  Mar 15, 2010
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Is it premature to be thinking about packaging. I hope it's in a tin that matches BoB.
b2009
  Mar 15, 2010
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I am like most of you guys, don't have HBO, so ill pick this up day one for me yaaaay
MarkyMarc43
  Mar 15, 2010
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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?

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denger76
  Mar 15, 2010
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Watched Pacific last night and already know it's a classic (loved Band of Brothers) so am pleasantly surprised! BRD buy day one!

halokilla77
  Mar 15, 2010
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This will be a Father's Day gift for me...haha

gavydizzle
  Mar 15, 2010
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Oh F yes! Last nights episode was all kinds of incredible.

For you Comcast customers, they are running a $5 HBO special (for 6 months), take advantage and you can see the next 9 episodes in full HD for only $15ish dollars.

Lincoln6Echo
  Mar 15, 2010
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@MarkyMarc43

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.

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Canada
  Mar 15, 2010
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this will be freakin sweat.

Lincoln6Echo
  Mar 15, 2010
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Oh, I'm surprised by how many people don't have HBO. You all must not be Boxing fans. Because that's about all I ever watch HBO for with the exception of course, special mini-series like BoB, Rome, and Generation Kill and the Pacific. (Never was a Sophranos fan.)

Besides, we have all the pay channel services on our DISH subscription. I don't watch movies on them, because any movie that I wanna see, I have the DVD/BD of. But I mostly watch them for their sporting events, like Boxing, MMA, and original series. That said, I guess you all aren't watching the STARZ series "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" either, huh?

visual0ne
  Mar 15, 2010
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Excited about this can't wait. Purchasing 2 copies. One for myself and one for the old man.

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Wdm81
  Mar 15, 2010
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Lincoln6Echo Brag much?

Most people don't have HBO because it's alot of money a month and we have other stuff like bills and families to pay for

and for the record nobody watches Spartacus blood and sand

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JJ
  Mar 15, 2010
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OH WOW! Only June 15th? In there.

Born2BeBlu
  Mar 15, 2010
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"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!

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Desphils
  Mar 15, 2010
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First day purchase. HBO's Band of Brother was an incredible journey. I have not doubt this one will be too.
Kalekulan
  Mar 15, 2010
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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!
Sammy
  Mar 15, 2010
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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.

Lincoln6Echo
  Mar 15, 2010
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@ Wdm81

Brag much? Nah...just wondering why there's so many frakkin' cheapskates around these days.

Maybe you're satisfied with basic cable/satellite service, but most aren't. Because I don't know how many times I hear people complain that they don't have such and such channel due to their subscription package, well, they're the only ones to blame. But then these are the same people that drop a C-note every week on new BD/DVD purchases.

So I guess it depends on one's priorities too. If buying every new BD each week, or spending a little extra per month for higher tier subscription packages then to each his own I guess.

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obriensg1
  Mar 15, 2010
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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

Mooseteets
  Mar 15, 2010
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yeah it better be in a Tin so it matches my Band Of Brothers boxset, not that its a dealbreaker but the bob's tin is really nice.
The Reaper
  Mar 15, 2010
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WOOOOOO excellent Fathers Day gift for me......I would buy it for my Old Man but my BoB BD collection is STILL sitting at my parents house and he hasn't watched it......PATHETIC!
mredman
  Mar 15, 2010
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This will look AMAZING on blu ray. Just like BoB

brainofj72
  Mar 15, 2010
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Exciting that it's coming out so soon! I've been waiting to see this ever since it was first announced, so I've been bummed that I don't have HBO. This helps ease the pain a little.
reidw
  Mar 15, 2010
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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.

BobLoblaw
  Mar 15, 2010
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I'm with you guys. I don't have HBO, so getting this in three months is great! Day 1.

starman 75
  Mar 15, 2010
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this will make a great fathers day gift for me . band of brothers was done so well tom hanks and spielberg are great . can't wait for this series picture and sound will be awesome!!!!!

Mobe1969
  Mar 15, 2010
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Frigging awesome

borninusa
  Mar 15, 2010
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In the words of Mobe1969...

Frigging awesome!!
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mikryan29
  Mar 15, 2010
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so far so good / i loved the first episode / what else do you expect but perfection from these producers or BOB which is by far one of the best series ever

Ray O. Blu
  Mar 15, 2010
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Right on! Patience rewards. Was thinking of getting HBO to watch it, but now I can save that money & see it in 1080p w/ HD audio on first viewing.
andersonpenix
  Mar 15, 2010
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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.)

ifireun
  Mar 15, 2010
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The first episode was great - excellent casting as was the case with BoB; for example, William Sadler as Chesty Puller... A certain buy.

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mugupo
  Mar 15, 2010
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Tin Case?
TheSynergy
  Mar 16, 2010
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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!

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FLskydiver
  Mar 17, 2010
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First episode also available to non-HBO subscribers of DirecTV on the 101 channels.
jd161616
  Mar 17, 2010
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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."

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jw
  Mar 17, 2010
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http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Pacific-DVD-and-BlurayDisc-Plans/13465

UPDATE-
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.

Damage Inc.
  Mar 28, 2010
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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'.


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