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)"
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 landings at Normandy (directed by Steven Speilburg).
This scene goes on for about twenty minutes, and shows hundreds (if not thousands) of people dying at the hands of German gunners. The camera follows Tom Hanks make his way up the beaches, witnessing a good many people dying. The sound is amazing – the constant clacking of German guns mixes with screams and explosions, creating hellish noise to accompany hellish visuals. You don’t really notice it whilst the scene is playing, but once things quiet down you really notice how much sound has been coming out of your speakers. Another prime example of how music is the most important thing in filmColour trickery is also used – the entire film is played in a gritty, low colour picture that adds a lot of aptnosphere to the proceedings. Again, you don’t notice it until you compare it with other films, but it has a subconscious effect on you.
Once this unbelievable scene is over, however, it’s a mixed bag. Some awesome visuals (such as a tank getting blown up) and some tense scenes (A soldier lying bleeding to death from a snipers shot, with a medic just meters away that could save him if it wasn’t for the sniper) are in with some typical Speilburg style cheeseyness. We have the classics – men not leaving their companies, the prisoner that Hank’s team spends ages deliberating over, the men listening to music and reminiscing, and the obligatory ending with old people crying.This cheeseyness is the only thing that lets the film down. The aforementioned sound and picture are spot-on, and the acting is top notch. Hanks is simply brilliant, despite being involved in most of the cheesy scenes.
The film (as you may have been able to guess by now) is about a group of post D-Day WWII soldiers under the command of Tom Hanks. They are given a ethically debatable mission – they must go and rescue Private Ryan, whose 3 brothers have already been killed in the war. It is effectively a PR mission, which means 6 men have to risk their lives for one. There are actually very few mentions of this, which is rather surprising, but then it is Speilburg who did this one, not Kurbrick.As for characters, there are a few worth mentioning. There is the sniper, who recites some sort of prayer whilst shooting peoples heads off. Naturally, he is a stereotypical twisted, Leon type sniper (as opposed to our own nice, happy sniper), but again I need only to point to Speilburg.
The whole thing is supposedly true to life. Which is, quite frankly, shocking to me – that any real life situation could have been that horrible is something that I cannot fully comprehend. This makes the film much more poinget and effective; sometimes, the truth is more horrible than the worst fiction.It’s quite an epic, at three hours long, but this is for the better. It isn’t a throwaway movie – it’s a top-notch classic that will keep you thinking after it ends. It has a message as well – War Is Hell. Ignore the cheese, and you’ll enjoy this one immensely.
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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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