Saving Private Ryan

Directed By: Steven Spielberg Starring: Tom Hanks

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I love this movie and was extremely excited when I heard it was going to be released on DVD. I've now seen both versions, DTS and Dolby Digital, and I thought the DTS version sounded better. However, there are some major flaws in the film transfer to DVD, evident in both versions. I can't believe Speilberg released this with these flaws. I expect to see recall announcements for this DVD.

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Saving Private Ryan Rocks!

by Dennis Rhee on 10/12/1999

I loved Tom Hanks! The director was neat. I like Saving Private Ryan. Get it on DVD! Read More

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What A Movie

by on 10/12/1999

This may be one of the top five best movies I've seen. You don't leave the theater feeling all warm and fuzzy, you wont go to dinner afterwards to recite all the funny lines, and it definitely will not become one of thos great movies you pop in for the family around holidays. Everyone in the theater was silent throughout the movie, grown men were literately sobbing, when the credits began to roll, no one jumped to get out of the parking lot first, one by one they would stand and quietly exit. Spielberg's brilliance has come as close to dipicting the suffering and horror of war more than anything I've ever seen. Some of my relatives who where on the beaches of Normady said the movie was not Hollywood, it was war. It was as vivid and horrific as D-Day was for them. I think everyone owes it to the men who served in WWII to see this movie, you will have new and deserved respect for all who died and all who triumphed. Steven Spielberg I commend your talent. Read More

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Product Overview

A small band of U.S. Soldiers are sent on a mission during the tumultuous battle at normandy to find the lone survivor of four brothers in steven spielberg's brutally honest, world war II epic. Special features: cast and filmmakers' bios: production notes: interactive menus: two theatrical trailers and more.


Studio Paramount
SKU 40121194
UPC 667068443325
UPC 14 00667068443325
Format DVD
Release Date 2/14/2006
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
Matt Damon - Actor
Adam Goldberg - Actor
Barry Pepper - Actor
Edward J. Burns - Actor
Giovanni Ribisi - Actor
Jeremy Davies - Actor
Tom Hanks - Actor
Tom Sizemore - Actor
Vin Diesel - Actor
Steven Spielberg - Director
Janusz Kaminski - Director of Photography
John Williams - Musical Score
Ian Bryce, et al. - Producer
Frank Darabont, et al. - Writer
Robert Rodat - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1998
Catalog ID 84433
UPC 00667068443325
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 169 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
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 Chicago Sun-Times
Review ...a powerful experience... Spielberg knows how to make audiences weep... But weeping is an incomplete response, letting the audience off the hook. The film embodies ideas. After the immediate experience begins to fade, the implications remain and grow.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review overwhelming experience... launches and climaxes with two of the greatest extended battle sequences ever put on film... Hanks embodies the spirit of simple decency, one of the reasons for which the war was fought... [the movie] will stick with us.
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 such whirlwind force that he seems to reimagine it entirely, dazzling with the breadth and intensity of that imagination... The film simply looks at war as if war had not been looked at before... the finest war movie of our time.
Reviewer Janet Maslin
ReviewRating 10
DVD, Widescreen
Product Attributes
Actor Hanks,Tom
Label Dreamworks Pictures
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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