I - like most combat veterans - have a real beef with Hollywood for its unrealistic portrayal of war and its effects. Virtually any movie one sees features explosions with gouts of rolling red flame (doesn't happen - that's gasoline, not high explosive); people getting shot and toppling over gracefully, rather than rolling around and screaming; and so on.
One of the very few exceptions to this annoyance was the HBO television miniseries Band Of Brothers, executive-produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks. It was superbly realistic in its portrayal of combat, and that made it all the more enjoyable for me. I bought it on DVD, and this series alone may be enough to make me eventually buy a Blu-Ray DVD player, so that I can buy it again in that format and enjoy it in a larger digital presentation. It's that good.
Now it seems that HBO is trying to repeat the success of Band Of Brothers with a similar series about World War II in the Pacific, titled simply, 'The Pacific'. A 'teaser' trailer for the new series has recently been released, and I watched it with great interest. There seems to be a bit more sex in this one, which isn't something I look for in a war portrayal: but, if it's in the context of the 'home front', and provided it's faithful to the way things really were back then, I guess it won't hurt.
Here's the trailer. Roll on the series!