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UPC: 667068443325
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The mission is a man.
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.
Editor's 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.
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Video Features DVD, Widescreen
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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Paramount
Video Release Date Release Date: 2/14/2006
Video Play Time Running Time: 169 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1998
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 84433
Video UPC UPC: 00667068443325
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Matt Damon
Video Cast Info Adam Goldberg
Video Cast Info Barry Pepper
Video Cast Info Edward J. Burns
Video Cast Info Giovanni Ribisi
Video Cast Info Jeremy Davies
Video Cast Info Tom Hanks
Video Cast Info Tom Sizemore
Video Cast Info Vin Diesel
Video Cast Info Steven Spielberg - Director
Video Cast Info Janusz Kaminski - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info John Williams - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Ian Bryce, et al. - Producer
Video Cast Info Frank Darabont, et al. - Writer
Video Cast Info Robert Rodat - Writer
Plot 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.

Awards


Oscar (1999)
Video Award Name Steven Spielberg, Winner, Best Director
   Video Award Name Tom Hanks, Nominee, Best Actor
   Video Award Name Steven Spielberg, et al., Nominee, Best Picture

Golden Globe (1999)
Video Award Name Steven Spielberg, Winner, Best Director
   Video Award Name Tom Hanks, Nominee, Best Actor

Professional Reviews

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

Chicago Sun-Times 10 of 10
...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. - Roger Ebert

San Francisco Chronicle 10 of 10
...an 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. - Bob Graham

The New York Times 10 of 10
...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. - Janet Maslin

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Product attributeActor:   Hanks,Tom
Product attributeLabel:   Dreamworks Pictures
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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