Saving Private Ryan

Saving Private Ryan

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Director: Steven Spielberg

Cast: Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Edward Burns, Tom Sizemore

     
 

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One of the most important World War II films of our time and winner of five Academy Awards, Saving Private Ryan is a seemingly routine DVD, but it packs a big punch. In addition to standard DVD extras such as production notes, cast and crew bios and the theatrical trailer, this disc includes "Into the Breach," a 25-minute making-of featurette that isSee more details below

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Overview

One of the most important World War II films of our time and winner of five Academy Awards, Saving Private Ryan is a seemingly routine DVD, but it packs a big punch. In addition to standard DVD extras such as production notes, cast and crew bios and the theatrical trailer, this disc includes "Into the Breach," a 25-minute making-of featurette that is both an informative history lesson on D-day and a story of Spielberg's fascination with war. "Into the Breach" includes interviews with D-day survivors as well as of Spielberg and his father and spotlights his early student war films Escape to Nowhere and Fighter Squadron. The film itself receives a great transfer in widescreen 1:85, and Dolby Digital or 5:1 Surround.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ben Wolf
Steven Spielberg's 1998 film Saving Private Ryan instantly took its place in the pantheon of great war movies by setting a new standard for its shockingly realistic D-Day sequences -- scenes that redefined the graphic depiction of film violence. When a platoon, led by Tom Hanks, receives orders to rescue the title character (Matt Damon) from behind enemy lines, the value of a life is questioned. Can Ryan be worth the potential sacrifice of eight men? Spielberg put his young actors through a modified boot camp, and their harrowing real-life experience informs their portrayals. Tom Sizemore (one of the many psychos in Natural Born Killers) displays great humanity as Sergeant Horvath, while Giovanni Ribisi and Barry Pepper turn in career-making performances as a medic and a sniper. Through it all, Spielberg's remarkable, unfussy technique keeps the narrative's preachiness from overwhelming the film. He and Academy Award-winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski always place the camera in exactly the right perspective to the action, providing even the quiet moments with great power. Squeamish viewers be forewarned: The violence here is truly brutal. But that is part of Spielberg's point: War is hell. Or, as Hanks puts it: "Every time I kill somebody, I get farther away from home."
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Saving Private Ryan marked another foray into World War II for Steven Spielberg, this time examining the soldiers' struggles to maintain their sense of mission even in situations that seemed to defy reason and hope. To show the carnage of the D-Day Omaha Beach landing, Spielberg used a barrage of sound and the unpolished immediacy of a hand-held camera to thrust the viewer into the conflict for a 24-minute sequence of relentless, random violence more intense than in any previous Hollywood war movie. The desaturated color further recalled WWII newsreel footage while rendering the blood a matter-of-fact part of the landscape. Adapted from an incident recorded by historian Stephen E. Ambrose, the mission to save one man after the Normandy invasion becomes a means for Capt. Miller and his troop of WWII film archetypes to debate the sacrifices of war, even a "good" war. Critically hailed for its stunningly realistic battle sequences and heartfelt performances, the film became a summertime hit despite its realistic violence and serious subject. After winning several critics' prizes, Saving Private Ryan garnered 11 Academy Award nominations and won five, including Spielberg's second Oscar for Best Director and Janusz Kaminski for Best Cinematography.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/02/1999
UPC:
0667068443325
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
R
Source:
Dreamworks Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:49:00
Sales rank:
1,886

Special Features

Exclusive message from Steven Spielberg; "Saving Private Ryan: Into the Beach"; Two theatrical trailers; Production notes; Cast and filmmakers' bios

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Hanks Capt. John Miller
Edward Burns Private Richard Reiben
Tom Sizemore Sgt. Horvath
Jeremy Davies Cpl. Upham
Vin Diesel Pvt. Caparzo
Adam Goldberg Pvt. Mellish
Barry Pepper Pvt. Jackson
Giovanni Ribisi T/4 Medic Wade
Matt Damon Pvt. James Ryan
Dennis Farina Lt. Col. Anderson
Ted Danson Capt. Hamill
Harve Presnell Gen. George Marshall
Dale Dye War Dept. Colonel
Bryan Cranston War Dept. Colonel
David Wohl War Dept. Captain
Paul Giamatti Sergeant Hill
Ryan Hurst Paratrooper Michaelson
Harrison Young Ryan as Old Man
Dylan Bruno Private Alan Toynbe
Max Martini Corporal Henderson

Technical Credits
Steven Spielberg Director,Producer
Ian Bryce Producer
Denise Chamian Casting
Neil Corbould Special Effects Supervisor
Bonnie Curtis Co-producer
Kevin de la Noy Associate Producer
Dale Dye Consultant/advisor
Ricky Eyres Art Director
Mark Gordon Producer
Mark Huffam Associate Producer
Industrial Light & Magic Special Effects
Priscilla John Casting
Joanna Johnston Costumes/Costume Designer
Ronald Judkins Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Kahn Editor
Janusz Kaminski Cinematographer
Lisa Dean Kavanaugh Set Decoration/Design
Gary Levinsohn Producer
Sergio Mimica-Gezzan Asst. Director
Robert Rodat Screenwriter
Gary Rydstrom Sound/Sound Designer
Tom Sanders Production Designer
Chris Seagers Art Director
Allison Lyon Segan Co-producer
Tom Brown Art Director
Alan Tomkins Art Director
John Williams [composer] Score Composer

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Scene Index

1. Memorial.
2. Omaha Beach.
3. Rallying.
4. Breakthrough.
5. Letters.
6. A Public Relations Mission.
7. Pool.
8. Private James Ryan.
9. Choices.
10. Fubar.
11. Dog-Tags.
12. Radar Station.
13. Big Mystery.
14. One Decent Thing.
15. Piaf.
16. Born Lucky.
17. Ammo.
18. The Alamo.
19. The Bridge.
20. Duty Roster.

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