Saving Private Ryan (DVD)
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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Review of "Saving Private Ryan (DVD)"
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 Germans who are positioned on the beach.Then the scenery changes, we see a room full of typists. They are writing the many letters, that are going to be sent home to the bereaved. One typist stops and looks at the letter she is writing and then flicks through a pile on her desk to find another. She crosses the room to another desk and finds another letter there. She takes these three letters to the officer in charge of the office. It turns out that three brothers have died all within a two day period and the mother is going to receive all three letters in one day. The top field marshal is told of this and he orders a troop of men to go and find the last surviving brother, private James Ryan.
Back at Normandy, the American troops have successfully taken the beach and captured many Germans. The orders come through and Captain Miller is informed of his mission. He gathers his men and also takes a rookie with him who has never seen war up close because he is a map reader but he does speak fluent German and none of Millers men can. Together the eight of them head off into the French countryside.Everyone should see this film. This film is probably the most realistic W.W.II film I have ever seen. There are no Hollywood infinite ammo clips, people don't take on entire armies and live and things can and do go wrong. The first twenty minutes of the film set up the situation straight away. There's no gentle introduction and you are thrown into the thick of the situation along with the American army.
The film starts as mentioned earlier with the boats landing on Normandy beach, As soon as the loading ramps drop down, German machine gun nests mow down nearly all of the soldiers on the boat. Many jump over side into the sea, but they are still not safe. Bullets speed through the water and kill still more soldiers. The ones who aren't hit get tangled in their own equipment and are weighed down and drowned.Those who make it to the beach have little protection and are either gunned down or caught in a mortar explosion. We see one soldier with this arm blown off, walking around looking for something. He picks up the remains of his arm and walks off. He is in such a state of shock that he doesn't fully realise what has happened to him.
It is images like this that Spielberg has used to show us the horrors of war. This isn't a film you watch saying 'ooh' when someone gets hit. Everyone in the cinema was in total silence stunned at the images being thrown at us. In fact apart from one or two amusing incidents, there was total silence all the way through. I would thoroughly recommend this film and it could have been even better if Spielberg had acknowledged that there were other countries fighting the war, not just the Americans
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Manufacturer's product descriptionDirector 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.
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
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
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
Main Language: English
Subtitle Language: English
Hearing Impaired Language: English
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
OSCAR: Best Director 1999 (Steven Spielberg, Steven Spielberg)
BAFTA: Best Achievement In Special Effects 1998 (Stefen Fangmeier, Roger Guyett, Neil Corbould)
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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