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This week’s Petrucelli’s Picks (and they are several!):
The most exciting news of the week is that HBO Home Entertainment is releasing Band of Brothers/The Pacific Special Edition Gift, a magnificent Bly-ray box set, containing the best-selling TV-on-DVD of all time and the No. 1 TV-on-DVD/BD of 2010.
Considered two of the finest depictions of the sweeping panorama of World War II, the HBO Miniseries Band of Brothers and The Pacificare being offered, for the first time, in one ultimate 13-disc collector’s edition–just in time for holiday gift giving. Band of Brothers/The Pacific Special Edition Gift Set.
Landmark moments for television, Band of Brothers and The Pacific bring extraordinary events of World War II dramatically to life. True portrayals of courage, sacrifice, camaraderie and heroism, Band of Brothers recounts the remarkable achievements of Easy Company who parachuted into France early on D-Day 1944.
The Band of Brothers/The Pacific Special Edition Gift Set is packaged in an all-new, premium case featuring maps from the European and the Pacific fronts of World War II as well as high-gloss sweeping photography from both productions. The set also features an all-new bonus disc featuring the exclusive, never-before-seen documentaryHe Has Seen War featuring surviving veterans of Easy Company and the 1st Marine Division, whose stories are told in Band of Brothers and The Pacific. From their initial steps at reintegrating into civilian life to the lasting impact the war had on each of their lives, He Has Seen War features veterans and their families relaying their own unique stories. Complemented by renowned historian and author Donald L. Miller, as well as rarely seen archival and documentary footage, itcaptures the struggle and ultimate triumph of a generation who, after helping rescue the world from unprecedented calamity, reclaimed their lives and re-forged a country.
The set also contains all of the extra features from the original home entertainment releases including the informative and historical features We Stand Alone Together: The Men of Easy Company, The Making of Band of Brothers, Ron Livingston’s Video Diaries, Premiere in Normandy, Making The Pacific, Profiles of The Pacific and Anatomy of The Pacific War. The BD edition is presented in HD 1080p video and DTS-HD master audio for a truly enhanced viewing experience, further enriching audiences’ understanding of the war. Segments include In the Words of Easy Company, Picture-in-Picture Video Commentary and In the Field with the Men of Easy Company – Interactive Field Guide (the latter two included on all episodes: 1-10), The Pacific Enhanced Viewing (featuring archival footage from the March of Times)andThe Pacific Field Guide.
Sinatra: Best of the Best features 23 of Old Blue Eyes best Capitol and Reprise recordings.(Did you know he owned Reprise? ) Best of the Best’s chronological tracklist leads with 1953’s “I’ve Got The World On A String,” followed by other classics Sinatra recorded for Capitol between 1953 and 1960, including “Young At Heart,” “You Make Me Feel So Young,” “All The Way,” “Come Fly With Me” and “Love And Marriage.” 10 of Sinatra’s best Reprise recordings, released between 1962 and 1980, are also featured, including “Night And Day,” “The Way You Look Tonight,” “Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words),” “Strangers In The Night,” “My Way” and Liza’s “Theme From New York, New York.” Best of the Best’s 2-CD version adds a previously out-of-print and sought-after Seattle concert recording, and is packaged in a lift-top box with an expanded booklet and 6 postcards. The liner notes have been penned by Frank Jr.
Recalls daughter Nancy, whose boots don’t seem to go walking much these days: “I came to sessions whenever I could. We would go to dinner at the Villa Capri and then we would drive to Capitol. Attending record sessions at Capitol was like going to a concert today—it was the hottest ticket that you could get your hands on. It was fantastic. It was great for him to have a small audience in the room and everything was live. The orchestra was in the room and everybody as a result of that did their best. There was magic in those studios and that building.”
Let’s end this tune with Frank’s own words: “I adore making records,” he once said. “I’d rather do that than almost anything else. You can never do anything in life quite on your own–you don’t live on your own little island. Making a record is as near as you can get to it–although, of course, the arranger and the orchestra play an enormous part. But once you’re on that record singing, it’s you and you alone.”
PBS Distribution’s Radioactive Wolves is a disturbing look at the nuclear accident that happened at Chernobyl 25 years ago. Radioactive fallout from the accident created a “dead zone” around the reactor, too contaminated to be safely inhabited by humans. In the interim, something remarkable has happened; forests, marshes, fields and rivers have reclaimed the land. Now that access to the zone is permitted, at least on a limited basis, scientists are trying to learn how the surviving wildlife is coping with the invisible blight of the land. As the top predators in this new wilderness, wolves reflect the condition of the entire ecosystem. If the wolves are doing well, the populations of their prey must also be doing well. Accordingly, a key, long-term study of the wolves has been initiated to determine their health, their range and their numbers. It’s an amazing exploration into a world we hoped never to see which yields answers we never expected. A must, but be prepared to be disturbed.
Hugh Hefner proves, once again, why he’s the world’s most envied man in The Girls Next Door: The Complete Series (MPI Home Video). For six eye-opening seasons, The Girls Next Door dropped the towel to reveal all the goings-on at the Playboy Mansion and beyond, from exotic European escapades to sexy and scary campouts in the “wilds” of the Mansion’s backyard, from tender moments among friends and lovers to the occasional friendly rivalry among the Playmates. The Girls Next Door: The Complete Series captures it all in 35 glorious hours, centering on the three original girls–Holly Madison, Bridget Marquardt and Kendra Wilkinson–as well as newcomers Crystal Harris (who came thisclose to becoming the next Mrs. Hef) and those bang-up centerfold twins Kristina and Karissa Shannon.
In addition to all 91 episodes of the top-rated series, the box set includes a wealth of enticing extras not shown on the original E! telecasts, including commentaries with the girls on every episode, outrageous deleted and extended scenes, and the pilot for the spinoff series The Bunny House.