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Us Rating: *** 1/2

World War II aficionados Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg helped produce this carefully created miniseries depicting the 1st Marine Division's tragedies and victories in the Pacific theater -- blood-soaked battle of Iwo Jima included. The Emmy-winning production is heartfelt and undeniably stirring, with stellar performances (Jon Seda deserves special mention as an ill-fated hero). One note: Viewers may find the 10-parter too reverential. (HBO, $80)