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 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 he has a passport home.The film begins with one of the best and most harrowing battle scenes put to screen as Allied troops land on Omoha beach in the D-Day landings and for twenty minutes of brutal, bloody action get nearly wiped out. It's a stunning beginning which loses some impact on the small screen but still delivers a horrific portrayal of the battle.
The problem is the opening scene is so good it's a hard act to follow and Spielberg has to slow down the pace a bit to much as Hanks and his men (including Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns and Eddie, Chandlers crazy room-mate from Friends) travel across France moving from one set piece to the other. This middle section, although never bad, tends to be more Spielberg light and never lives up to the opening scene feeling like something for the troops to do before they "Save" Private Ryan (Ted Danson does turn up though) rather than a continuation of the story. Things get better at the end as Hanks and company stumble upon Ryan and try to protect a bridge being taken over by the Germans. This is another excellent battle which never let's up for a second as tanks rumble around the town, buildings get blown up and a lot more troops get killed.One other criticism is the film is book-ended by an old Matt Damon. It's set in the past so just keep it in the past, there's no need to have the film as a flashback from the present. (Sorry, gets up my nose)
Gripes aside, as I said the battle scenes are amazing, the acting is top notch and you will care about the characters as they get shot at. When I saw this at the cinema, the crowd walked out in stunned silence as the beginning and ending do take a lot out of you unfortunately the message in the middle never delivers.Good film but not exceptional. Well worth seeing though and a great advert for not joining up.
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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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