Band of Brothers R2 Announced
- Anamorphic Widescreen aspect ratio from high definition digital masters
- English DD5.1 Surround Audio
- English and French DD2.0 Surround Audio tracks
- English closed-captioning and Spanish, French, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Croatian, Czech, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Polish, Turkish, Dutch, Bulgarian, Romanian and Arabic subtitles
- "We Stand Alone Together: The Men of Easy Company" - 80 minute documentary
- "The Making of Band of Brothers" - 30 minutes
- Ron Livingston's "Video Diaries"
- Premiere Screening on the beaches of Normandy featurette
- Character Biographies
- Web-enabled links to the Band of Brothers "Living Memorial" and other relevant sites
- Still Photo Gallery
- Episodic previews
- Series Index
Here is the full Press Release that contains information on the show and some further details on what the extra features contain...
On June 6, 1944 an elite rifle company parachuted into France and made world history on what would become known as D-Day. They fought in the Battle of the Bulge, captured Hitler's Eagle's Nest at Berchtesgaden and became true heroes over the course of their service in WWII. Now, the story of this elite Army unit, told through a ten-part epic that has been called, "the television event of the year - not to be missed" (The Sun) will become a part of home video history. On November 4, the highly acclaimed and eagerly anticipated miniseries, BAND OF BROTHERS, executive produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, will be available to own on VHS and DVD.
Packaged in unique box sets, BAND OF BROTHERS will be available in a six disc embossed metallic case DVD collection for £59.99 RRP and a four volume embossed metallic case VHS collection for £49.99 RRP.
Based on Stephen E. Ambrose's non-fiction best seller, BAND OF BROTHERS tells the story of Easy Company, 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, U.S. Army. Starting with their rigorous training in Georgia in 1942, it recounts the achievements of the elite Rifle Company from D-Day to the fall of Nazi Germany and the surrender. Drawn from hours of interviews with survivors, as well as soldiers' journals and letters, BAND OF BROTHERS chronicles a unit that took 150 percent casualties and whose lives became legend.
Described as "a stunningly vivid portrait of war at the sharp end", (Evening Standard) BAND OF BROTHERS has received numerous awards including a Golden Globe for Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television, and a Peabody Award for Best Miniseries. The series has also been nominated for 19 Emmy Awards® including Outstanding Miniseries, Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special and Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special. The Guardian hailed the project as "a very large achievement" and the Daily Express said it was "as terrifying as anything I have seen on film".
ADDITIONAL DVD CONTENT
The BAND OF BROTHERS DVD collection features a wealth of special features reflecting the quality and prestige of the release. These include a 1 hour 20 minute documentary "We Stand Alone Together: The Men of Easy Company" which tells the remarkable story of the men of Easy Company in their own words. Featuring recent interviews with the real-life company members whose deeds are dramatised in the miniseries, combined with rare and archival photographs and film footage, the poignant documentary demonstrates the true lives of the men portrayed in BAND OF BROTHERS.
Additional bonus materials that are exclusive to the BAND OF BROTHERS DVD set include a 30 minute feature showcasing "The Making of Band of Brothers," as well as Ron Livingston's "Video Diaries" featuring the experience of making the miniseries through the eyes of one actor. Also included is a featurette of HBO's premiere screening of the miniseries on the beaches of Normandy.
DVD content also includes anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio from high definition digital masters, character biographies, scene selections, web-enabled links to the BAND OF BROTHERS "Living Memorial" and other relevant sites, a still photo gallery, episodic previews and a series index. Audio tracks are in English Dolby Digital 5.1 as well as English and French Dolby Surround, English closed-captioning and Spanish, French, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Croatian, Czech, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Polish, Turkish, Dutch, Bulgarian, Romanian and Arabic subtitles.
BAND OF BROTHERS was filmed at the former Hatfield Aerodrome, near London, which also served as the location base for Spielberg's production of Saving Private Ryan.
The directors of the miniseries are Tom Hanks (That Thing You Do!), David Frankel (Miami Rhapsody), David Leland (Wish You Were Here), Richard Loncraine (Richard III, and HBO's The Gathering Storm), David Nutter (Disturbing Behavior), Phil Alden Robinson (Field of Dreams), Mikael Salomon (Hard Rain) and Tony To (HBO's From the Earth to the Moon).