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Saving Private Ryan (DVD)

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Director Steven Spielberg's World War II tour de force chronicles the journey of a GI squad on a dangerous mission behind enemy lines. Led by Captain ...

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Super

ProImmersive/atmospheric/gripping, thought provoking,

ConsDialogue fast paced & hard to follow at times (nea...

- Story - This film starts in 1944, during the invasion of Normandy in France, where US soldiers fight to get ashore without being shot down. Two victims are later named as brothers of a Private James Ryan and when it becomes clear that said Ryan is not known to have been killed in combat, its...

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Good

ProSome very good scenes. Ensemble cast work, and Edw...

ConsUltimately overdone, hyper-real; some weak dialogu...

Dare I swim against the torrential tide of accolades heaped by masses of film critics—many of whom I thought were more discerning—upon Steven Spielberg’s “Saving Private Ryan”(1998)? I might be swept away and dashed against the rocks in the process, but I won’t go under without at least...

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Excellent

ProGritty realism

ConsHeartbreaking

Saving Private Ryan I was looking forward to watching The Pacific after seeing the billboards everywhere, because I loved Band of Brothers. Yet, a few weeks in and it is a great disappointment. So, I decided to watch this to remind myself of Spielberg at his best. I have family members who served...

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Super

“Saving more than just Ryan”

published 07/07/2006

ProA very poignant movie

ConsThe plot is a bit thin

Synopsis ●●●●● ●● Having lead and survived one of the assaults on Omaha beach during the D-day landings, Captain John Miller and his team of 8 soldiers are selected for a special mission to enter into German occupied France to try and rescue a soldier by...

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Excellent

“Are you James Francis Ryan?”

published 11/07/2011

ProPowerful, well acted, expertly directed

ConsA bit shocking and brutal at the start

War films are everywhere, and they show no sign of abating. With Saving Private Ryan, director Steven Spielberg did something rather different with his opening scenes, and made them less about the main plot and more about the depiction of war, opening up with nearly half an hour of violence and...

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Excellent

ProEverything

ConsNothing

Intro and Info: Saving Private Ryan is an Action-Drama film that was made and released in 1998. Saving Private Ryan was directed by Steven Spielberg who has directed many films like the Indiana Jones series of films. Saving Private Ryan was produced by four people Ian Bryce, Mark Gordon and Gary...

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Excellent

ProAuthentic, moving, excellent screenplay, acting an...

ConsMay scare a younger audience

Stephen Spielberg has been turning out classic films for years, ranging from Jaws to ET, but over the last few years he and his new studio, Dreamworks, have been turning out World War II related films and games at an astounding rate. The moving classic Schindler's List and the classic action game...

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Super

“into the breach”

published 11/01/2001

Prostarts strongly and ends superbly

Conssentimentality creeps in once too often

there are so many things i love about this film and yet so many things that i don't, i'm really undecided as to quite how i feel about it. it captures the horrors of war unlike any other war film since the brutally honest 'A Bridge Too Far', and yet it's moments of flag waving sicken me to the...

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“War What is it good for”

published 22/04/2001

ProAmazing opening and ending

ConsMiddle's not as good

Saving Private Ryan is one of Spielberg's flawed masterpieces. It tells the story of a troop of soldiers led by Captain Miller (Tom Hanks) who must travel across France in the middle of World War Two to rescue Private Ryan (Matt Damon) whose three brothers have been killed in action and therefore...

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Excellent

ProVery realistic, good acting performances

ConsDepiction of the horror can be distracting

There have been a number of war films in recent years as Hollywood rediscovered the Second World War. Some have courted controversy by their failure to keep some semblance of reality to the facts of the war. Breaking The Code and Pearl Harbour took liberties with the truth for different reasons...

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Super

“Saving Ryans Cheese”

published 31/10/2001

ProHistoricly accurate, Good use of sound, Amazing ba...

ConsThe Cheese

Sex. That got your attention, didn’t it? Saving Private Ryan uses the same technique I just used, but much more effectively. Within the first two minutes, Saving Private Ryan grabs your attention by showing you one of the most brutal, realistic scenes in cinema history – The D-Day...

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Excellent

“All for one”

published 12/06/2001

ProIntense battle sequences make you duck the bullets...

ConsSome characters border on the typical war movie st...

War is hell and nowhere is that more apparent than the battle sequence Steven Spielberg uses to open "Saving Private Ryan." The much-lauded 20 minutes are brilliant and harrowing as we watch the terrified Allied soldiers push their way up Omaha Beach past a hail of German machine-gun fire...

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Excellent

“WAR, what is it good for”

published 16/09/2002

ProUnconpromising realism

ConsViolent uncorfortable viewing

I'm not a huge fan of 'War' Films although I've watched a fair few over the years. It seems to me that there have been only a few that have done the subject matter justice. The few that come to mind while I try and write this review are 'Path of Glory' (1957), 'Full Metal Jacket' (1987) both by...

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“private ryan saved”

published 26/01/2001

Progreat story and action

Consas isaid, should not only have focused on the amer...

Saving Private Ryan starts off with the invasion of the Normandy beach on June 6th 1944, D Day. We follow Captain Miller (Hanks) and his squad as they try to make their way inland. The first twenty or so minutes of film is this sequence alone. Eventually the American army manage to overthrow the...

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Excellent

“The Mission is a man”

published 26/01/2001

ProSome outstanding cinematography excellent actors i...

ConsSome very graphic and gory scenes

World War 2 or ‘The Last Great War’ shifted borders all over the globe; it was the pivotal event of the 20th Century and a truly defining moment for Britain, America and the world. It forever changed all of those who lived through it, and shaped many generations to come. Saving...

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Product Information : Saving Private Ryan (DVD)

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Director Steven Spielberg's World War II tour de force chronicles the journey of a GI squad on a dangerous mission behind enemy lines. Led by Captain John Miller (Tom Hanks), the unit is under orders to track down a soldier, Private Ryan (Matt Damon), so he might return home to his mother in America, where she is grieving the unimaginable loss of her three other sons to the war. The first unforgettable 20 minutes of SAVING PRIVATE RYAN realistically and horrifically depicts the Normandy invasion as Miller. his second-in-command, Sergeant Horvath (Tom Sizemore), and the others in the unit land at Omaha Beach. Before the film began shooting, Hanks and the actors in his squad went through a one-week boot camp in the woods. All the actors, except Hanks, wanted to quit, but Hanks rallied their spirits by reminding them of the incredible tribulations endured by the real veterans of World War II. Production designer Tom Sanders found a beach in Ireland that perfectly matched the landscape of Normandy's. Spielberg gave great credit to the Irish army who helped re-create the Omaha Beach scenes.

Product Details

Video Category: Feature Film

Production Year: 1998

Plot: A war epic which tells the story of four brothers from the same family who are all fighting in the Second World War. On Washington's orders Captain Miller is sent behind enemy lines to bring back the sole surviving brother, Private Ryan. Winner of five Academy Awards.

Country Of Origin: United States of America

Classification: 15 years and over

Genre: War

Colour: Colour

Director(s): Steven Spielberg, Steven Spielberg

Actor(s): Tom Hanks, Tom Sizemore, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel, Barry Pepper, Giovanni Ribisi, Edward Burns, Ted Danson, Dennis Farina, Adam Goldberg, Jeremy Davies, Tom Hanks, Paul Giamatti, Tom Sizemore, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel, Barry Pepper, Giovanni Ribisi, Edward Burns, Ted Danson, Dennis Farina, Adam Goldberg, Jeremy Davies, Paul Giamatti

Release Details

DVD Region: DVD

Studio(s): PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT; TECHNICOLOR DISTRIBUTION SERVICES, PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT; TECHNICOLOR DIST. SERVICES

Catalogue No: PHE 8600, PHE 8362, PHE 8040

Barcode: 5014437860033, 5014437836236, 5014437804037

No of Discs: 2, 1

Release date: 01/11/2004, 01/09/2003, 06/11/2000

Executive Producer: Gary Levinsohn, Steven Spielberg

Featured: Steven Spielberg

Editor: Michael Kahn, Michael Kahn

Screenwriter: Robert Rodat, Steven Spielberg, Robert Rodat

Producer: Mark Gordon, Ian Bryce, Gary Levinsohn, Steven Spielberg, Mark Gordon, Ian Bryce, Gary Levinsohn, Steven Spielberg

Production Designer: Thomas Sanders, Thomas Sanders

Director of Photography: Janusz Kaminski, Janusz Kaminski

Composer: John Williams, John Williams, John Williams

Special Effects: Neil Corbould, Stefen Fangmeier, Roger Guyett

Languages

Main Language: English

Subtitle Language: English

Hearing Impaired Language: English

Technical Information

Dubbing Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1<br>Dolby Digital Surround<br>DTS, DTS, Dolby Digital 5.1 English

Special Features: An Inside Look With The Filmmakers, Looking Into The Past The research The Screenplay And The Vision, The Making Of A Platoon, Boot Camp For The Cast, Recreating DDay Omaha Beach

Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital Surround, DTS

Aspect Ratio: 1.78 Anamorphic Wide Screen, 16:9 Anamorphic Wide Screen

Award Information

OSCAR: Best Director 1999 (Steven Spielberg, Steven Spielberg)

BAFTA: Best Achievement In Special Effects 1998 (Stefen Fangmeier, Roger Guyett, Neil Corbould)

Professional Reviews

Review: Ranked #3 in Entertainment Weekly's "10 Favorite Films of the '90s" -- "...[A] masterpiece....One soul-shattering experience..." (Entertainment Weekly, 2000-04-01)<br><br>Ranked #3 in Entertainment Weekly's "10 Favorite Films of the '90s" -- "...[A] masterpiece....One soul-shattering experience..." (Entertainment Weekly, pp.159-60, 01/04/2000)<br><br>...Unprecedented immediacy [in] the battle scenes....Uniformly superb performances... (Movieline, 1999-06-01)<br><br>"...Unprecedented immediacy [in] the battle scenes....Uniformly superb performances..." (Movieline, p.91, 01/06/1999)<br><br>...Soberly magnificent....It is the ultimate devastating letter home... (New York Times, 1998-07-24)<br><br>"...Soberly magnificent....It is the ultimate devastating letter home..." (New York Times, p.E14, 24/07/1998)<br><br>...Sheer gut-wrenching immediacy....[Spielberg] has come of age as an artist... (Sight and Sound, 1998-09-01)<br><br>"...Sheer gut-wrenching immediacy....[Spielberg] has come of age as an artist..." (Sight and Sound, p.34-52, 01/09/1998)<br><br>

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