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 is


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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Dreamworks Video
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[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
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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

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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Saving Private Ryan 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 83 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first was able to watch this film I almost fell into an utter applasue. Not only had the film truly brought out the meaning of war but it had brought out the closest feel of what war was like. Well at least closer than any other war movie made before. But then around two weeks ago I was able to purchase this film on Limited Edition DVD. When I rewatched the film I found that after I got past D-Day and the realism that it brought there was no strong plotline left to support this film. Even though Private Ryan had three brothers die in arms in the same war along with him this (in my opinion) did not give a strong enough reason to send the Private back home to his mother. I mean look, he was fighting in the last great world war and had entered deeply behing enemy lines and now they want to risk the life of eight men to go out and find one man. No offense to Steven Spieldberg but i've never heard of something like that to ever take place in a real down to earth not caught on film war. But if you have please right a review on this movie stating the factual information on this and where you found the information from. That would make my day and I would then rewrite my review and give the film five stars the highest rating available. But until then I'm staying with 2 stars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie, without a doubt, caught me off guard the first time I saw it. The opening sequences are frightenly realistic and so are the portrayals. For anyone who doesn't like this movie, I don't hold it against you but when you say that there is no plotline and it is unrealistic, What are you talking about. This movie is loosely based on a true story about a guy who lost 2 brothers in combat but only found out that one of them died. He was then sent back home. Does that differ much from the movie? I don't think so. I think Spielberg also wanted to get across the people the brutality that is war. A good movie to watch if you are interested in history or warfare. It was way better than Pearl Harbor.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Saving private ryan starts out at Omaha Beach, on D-Day. This movie isn't about D-Day though. It's a group of soldiers that try and go save a single paratrooper because both his brothers have died. I only gave this move a 4/5 because there is only one worthwhile fight scene. Other movies like Band Of Brothers have 5 to 6 great fight scenes. "We Were Soldiers" is also a very good Vietnam War movie. It is nearly all dedicated to the landing at X-ray. It gives you 50 minutes of fighting and shooting out of a 120 minute movie. This is a great movie and you should watch it.
kenKV More than 1 year ago
This movie is so excellent.  Thumb up!  I give five stars.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
This was really good, the action, music and acting.
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InsaneCrazedJuggalo More than 1 year ago
amazing movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Saving Private Ryan is truly the best movie I've ever seen. The best direction, best cinematography, the best sound, the best film editing,the best original score and the best original screenplay I've seen. I can't believe a movie like this has been accomplished. The acting was superb, especially by Tom Hanks and Tom Sizemore. Also by Jeremy Davies. Tom Sizemore became one of my favorites after seeing him in this movie. He is certainly an actor that doesn't get enough credit or attention. I was heavily disappointed about him not getting a Best Supporting Actor nomination. Anyway, this movie is #1 and I don't think it will ever be topped.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film is an honest portrayal of the D-Day landing and the extraordinary sacrifices made by by everyday men. Speilberg's filming technique on this movie, makes you feel like you were there (and glad you were not.) The depiction of the landing on Normandy Beach is one the most intense battle scenes I have ever seen. Spielberg has not only paid a deserving tribute to the veterans of World War II, he has also produced an excellent anti-war film that shows the true horro of warfare. There was nothing romantic about going to war. I feel he captured what it was like to invade the beaches on June 6th.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that this movie was the best D-Day films made! I have seen this movie 14 times now and still i think that all the historical facts are right. I think all of the actors did a really good job and the movie will always be the best in my mind!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It must be the best film ever, the charaters did such great job, the special affects are outstanding and the story line has every thing. Being eleven i understand the true meaning of saving private ryan, i've seen it about twenty times always left breathless and emotionally dead in the heart.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Can't describe it. I think ever single person should see this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Saving Private Ryan is by far the best movie on WWII. In contrast to films like the Longest Day, this film shows the horrible realities of the liberation of France. The film gives heartrending portrayals of the bloodiest aspects of the Normandy campaign, starting at Omaha Beach on D-Day and ending with American deaths by fiendly fire defending the rivers of the Cotentin. A gripping and stunningly accurate film.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a heart breaking movie myself as a ww2 vetran thought the movie to be as real as i saw'll the men during ww2 when i was there!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It showed how horriable d-day was for many of our allies and us.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is probaly the best WWII movie ever made. It is very realistic. It shows you what a soldier would see in D-Day.
Guest More than 1 year ago
it shows a perfect portrayment of realism the war and shooting is perfect.It looks very real its about a group of friends who get to fight in the war and become close. The german- american finally gets courage to attack barry peppers it a great actor and a great aimer with the sniper it is sad how he gets killed it a anaction packed thrilling move you got to see it you will be amazed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i take my hat of to steven spielberg for such a heart breaking story of what realy happened that day, and the hardships that was endured by the brave heroes who fought that day for our freedom. i have watched the movie many times and it still touches me deep inside.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great WW2 epic. Brings home the brutality of war, and the perseverance of ordinary men under extraordinary conditions. A must see for anyone interested in WW2 history. Unreal combat scenes. I have watched this film several times and have never been able to stay dry-eyed throughout.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie has the most brutal and graphic violence you are likely to ever see. If you have any question of whether war is inhuman, see this movie to set yourself straight. It chronicles several strangers, forced to waste their lives on a pointless mission. We see how brutal and fruitless war is. The movie shows us good people and bad people (in predictable roles on both sides of the fighting). The direction and filmography are similar to Band of Brothers (for obvious reason). It is technically and visually excellent. The failing of the movie, I believe, is that it can't compare to The Thin Red Line in terms of message(both came out the same year). Although clearly showing that ''war is bad,'' Ryan fails to show us the underlying cause (people, even good people, are corrupt and inhuman). We see bad people do bad things, and good people do good things in this movie. See the Thin Red Line, and feel that not only is war bad, but humanity in general is brutish and terrible.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story is about 8 army rangers who go looking for a 101 airborne comrad right after D-Day. I would recomend it for anyone who loves We Were Soldiers, Platoon, Black Hawk Down, and Band Of Brothers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film portrays the realistic matters of war. The bloody masacur of many faceless men may seem far fetched in the way spielberg portrays their deaths, but to ask a real soldier if it was a likeness of war, he would tell you...not even close. meaning that war was far worse and no matter how hard could never be told to you only experienced.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie shows the hell that war is , not only on the body but the heart and mind.