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Battle 360° and World War II 360° Blu-ray Reviews

 

 

“Battle 360°” is a must see.

“World War II 360°” is a good deal for those wanting to own both “Battle 360°” and “Patton 360°.”

“Battle 360° focuses on the USS Enterprise warcraft carrier’s journey throughout World War II. We learn about the ship during the attack of Pearl Harbor in 1942, the Marshall Island Raids, the Doolittle Raid,  the Battle of Midway, the Solomon Islands campaign, the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, the Battle of Guadalcanal and the the Navy battle of Guadalcanal, the Battle for Gilbert islands, the Battle of Truk Atoll, the Battle of the Philippine Sea, the Battle of Leyte Gulf, the Battle of Iwo Jima, the Battle of Okinawa, and what happened to the ship after the end of WWII in 1945.  Like “Patton 360°,” “Battle 360°” is comprised of stock footage, CGI recreations, interviews with veterans (including USS Enterprise crew members such as Dusty Kleiss, Jack Leaming, Lloyd Childers, Roy Blood, Ken Peck, Arnold Olson, Pedro Sandoval, Edward Suto, Donald Gordon, Alvin Kernan, and Tom Watts), as well as interviews with a photographer, historians, US Navy and Marine Corps members, etc. We also learn about the ship’s specifications, the battle strategies, the ship’s overhaul in Washington, and we even learn a little about the other ships involved in the battles (such as USS North Carolina, USS Chicago, USS Hornet, etc.).

For history buffs, it doesn’t get much better than “Battle 360°”. It’s yet another high quality, thorough History Channel television series that lets viewers know practically everything about the USS Enterprise in 10 episodes. Via first hand accounts and CGI recerations, we really get a picture of what these historical aerial and ocean battles were really like. I had known some about the ship’s legendary accomplishments prior to watching this series, but I had no idea how amazing the story really was. It’s quite mind boggling to know that the Enterprise was involved in every major battle in the Pacific. It’s also quite mind boggling to know what the ship did during those battles and how it managed to avoid being destroyed during the battles.

The widescreen 1080p picture quality is just as good as the quality of the ‘Patton’ set. The CGI, while cartoony in spots, looks especially fantastic here.

The DTS-HD 2.0 delivers quality narration, sound f/x, and interviewee dialogue.

The only extras on ‘Battle’ are deleted scenes titled “The Making Of Battle 360,” “Task Force 360,” “Anatomy Of The Enterprise,” “Best Of CGI,” “Carrier Flight,” “Doolittle Raid,” “Life Aboard The Enterprise,” “Meet The Men,” “Sea Soldiers,” “The Old And The New,” “Weapons Match Up.” These extras provide more information and interviews about the Enterprise.

As for “World War II 360°,” I was under the impression that it was another 360°    series, but it’s not. It’s actually a box set that contains the Blu-ray editions of both “Patton 360° and “Battle 360°.” While it’s certainly a great, affordable set that is cheaper than buying ‘Patton’ and ‘Battle’ separately, I do think it is a misleading title (especially when both the sets in the box say “World War II 360°”). Luckily, I’m here to inform readers about this in case they are wondering about the contents of the WWII box set or make the mistake of purchasing this set when they have already bought ‘Patton’ and ‘Battle.’

By the way, for those wanting to know about the ‘Patton’ set, check out my review here: https://dvdcorner.net/2010/10/05/patton-360%c2%b0-season-1-blu-ray-review/

Summary: Since “Patton 360° and “Battle 360°” are superb shows, I would recommend buying “World War II 360°” instead. It would make a great holiday gift for someone with an interest in history or WWII (or both).

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October 17, 2010 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | ,

2 Comments »

  1. where to purchase battle 360?

    Comment by larry davidson | May 3, 2013 | Reply

    • Amazon has the season 1 sets (on Blu-ray and DVD) on sale for under $25.

      Comment by nicklyons1 | May 3, 2013 | Reply


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