DVD review

Easy Does It

US cable giant HBO once more deliver the goods with this ambitious adaptation of Stephen E Ambrose's non-fiction bestseller, presented here as a box set. Produced by Saving Private Ryan alumni Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, this 10-hour epic is the finest 'WWII through the eyes of one unit' drama since Sam Fuller's The Big Red One in 1980. Following the real-life exploits of the 101st Airborne Division's Easy Company during their casualty-laced tour of the European theatre, Band Of Brothers foregoes flag-waving heroics (à la Ryan) to concentrate on the mortal grind of extended combat. Brilliantly photographed and resolutely downbeat, this is a TV show like no other.

DVD EXTRAS: We Stand Alone Together—a superb documentary about the real soldiers of Easy Company, a Making Of..., actor Ron Livingstone's on-set video diary, photo gallery, character biographies.

Rating: 5 / 10

Retail dvd & video (warner home video, widescreen)


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