Saving Private Ryan D-Day 60th Anniversary Edition

Directed By: Steven Spielberg Starring: Tom Hanks

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Internationally acclaimed by critics and audiences alike, Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan is an unforgettable film achievement that has profound and lasting impact throughout the world. Winner of five Academy Awards including Best Director, the film also captured Oscars for Cinematography, Film Editing, Sound and Sound Effects Editing. More than 70 critics (including those at Time magazine, USA Today, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly) and critics' groups in New York, Chicago, Dallas-Ft. Worth and Great Britain named the film Best Picture of the Year, while the Los Angeles, Toronto and Broadcast Film Critics honored it with both Best Picture and Best Director awards. In addition, Spielberg received his third Directors Guild of America Award, the American Legion "The Spirit of Normandy" Award, a USO Merit Award from the USO of Metropolitan Washington, as well as the highest civilian public service award from the Department of the Army. Selected for more than 160 Top Ten lists, Saving Private Ryan's other honors include Golden Globes for Best Picture (Drama) and Best Director, the Producers Guild of America Award and ten nominations from the British Academy Film Awards. Saving Private Ryan was the top-grossing motion picture of 1998.

Seen through the eyes of a squad of American soldiers, the story begins with World War II's historic D-day invasion, then moves beyond the beach as the men embark on a dangerous special mission. Captain John Miller (Tom Hanks) must take his men behind enemy lines to find Private James Ryan, whose three brothers have been killed in combat. Faced with impossible odds, the men question their orders. Why are eight men risking their lives to save just one? Surrounded by the brutal realities of war, each man searches for his own answer--and strength to triumph over an uncertain future with honor, decency, and courage. Includes a second tape with a special message by Steven Spielberg about D-Day and the National D-Day Museum, the behind the scenes featurette "Into The Beach", and interviews with the cast and crew.


Studio Paramount
SKU 40239654
UPC 678149170023
UPC 14 00678149170023
Format DVD
Release Date 1/11/2005
Rating Rating
Essential Cinema
Military (Usa)
Theatrical Release
World War II
Editors Note
Note 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.
Plot Summary
Summary Steven Spielberg's award-winning film is a brutal look at the devastation that war leaves behind, both physically and emotionally. Standouts in the film include Tom Hanks as the seemingly hardened leader, Ed Burns as the cocky New Yorker, and Jeremy Davies as the wanna-be writer who'd rather be carrying a typewriter than a gun. A closing battle nearly matches the opening scene's in impact, and Spielberg concludes matters with a present-tense bookend, as in SCHINDLER'S LIST, that drills the point home.
Movieline's Hollywood Life "...Unprecedented immediacy [in] the battle scenes....Uniformly superb performances..." 06/01/1999 p.91
Entertainment Weekly Ranked #3 in Entertainment Weekly's "10 Favorite Films of the '90s" -- "...[A] masterpiece....One soul-shattering experience..." 04/01/2000 pp.159-60
Sight and Sound "...Sheer gut-wrenching immediacy....[Spielberg] has come of age as an artist..." 09/01/1998 p.34-52
New York Times "...Soberly magnificent....It is the ultimate devastating letter home..." 07/24/1998 p.E14
Box Office "...Effective the film is, communicating the gruesome nature of combat as few anti-war films ever have..." 09/01/1998 p.63
Los Angeles Times "...A powerful and impressive milestone in the realistic depiction of combat, SAVING PRIVATE RYAN is as much an experience we live through as a film we watch on screen..." 07/24/1998 p.C1
Uncut "[I]t remains a spectacular, unequalled piece of action film-making." 12/01/2004 p.184
Empire 5 stars out of 5 -- "Spielberg's real achievement is to find telling notes in unlikely places -- here a group of soldiers ruminating on the meaning of an Edith Piaf song is as affecting as any skirmish." 06/01/2010
Premiere 4 stars out of 4 -- "One of the most harrowing and enthralling WWII epics ever made....Tom Hanks offers up a solid performance..." 05/04/2010
Steven Spielberg
Tom Hanks
Cast & Crew
Adam Goldberg - Star
Dennis Farina - Star
Barry Pepper - Star
Matt Damon - Star
Jeremy Davies - Star
Harve Presnell - Star
Tom Hanks - Star
Bryan Cranston - Star
Vin Diesel - Star
Ted Danson - Star
Tom Sizemore - Star
Paul Giamatti - Star
Edward Burns - Star
Giovanni Ribisi - Star
Janusz Kaminski - Director of Photography
Michael Kahn - Editor
Mark Gordon - Producer
Thomas Sanders - Production Designer
Robert Rodat - Screenwriter
John Williams - Composer
Steven Spielberg - Producer
Ian Bryce - Producer
Gary Levinsohn - Producer
Steven Spielberg - Director
Technical Info
Catalog ID 91700
UPC 00678149170023
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 169 minutes
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Oscar (1999) Steven Spielberg, Winner, Best Director,Tom Hanks, Nominee, Best Actor,Steven Spielberg, et al., Nominee, Best Picture
Golden Globe (1999) Steven Spielberg, Winner, Best Director,Tom Hanks, Nominee, Best Actor
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review overwhelming experience... launches and climaxes with two of the greatest extended battle sequ
Reviewer Bob Graham
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource The New York Times
Review ...the ultimate devasting letter home...[Spielberg] restores passion and meaning to the genre with s
Reviewer Janet Maslin
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review ...a powerful experience... Spielberg knows how to make audiences weep... But weeping is an incomple
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
Product Attributes
Actor Hanks,Tom
Label Dreamworks Pictures
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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