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A stalwart Tom Hanks plays Captain Miller, a soldier's soldier, who takes a small band of troops behind enemy lines to retrieve a private whose three brothers have recently been killed in action. It's a public relations move for the Army, but it has historical precedent dating back to the Civil War. Some critics of the film have labeled the central characters stereotypes. If that is so, this movie gives stereotypes a good name: Tom Sizemore as the deft sergeant, Edward Burns as the hotheaded Private Reiben, Barry Pepper as the religious sniper, Adam Goldberg as the lone Jew, Vin Diesel as the oversize Private Caparzo, Giovanni Ribisi as the soulful medic, and Jeremy Davies, who as a meek corporal gives the film its most memorable performance.
The movie is as heavy and realistic as Spielberg's Oscar-winning Schindler's List, but it's more kinetic. Spielberg and his ace technicians (the film won five Oscars: editing (Michael Kahn), cinematography (Janusz Kaminski), sound, sound effects, and directing) deliver battle sequences that wash over the eyes and hit the gut. The violence is extreme but never gratuitous. The final battle, a dizzying display of gusto, empathy, and chaos, leads to a profound repose. Saving Private Ryan touches us deeper than Schindler because it succinctly links the past with how we should feel today. It's the film Spielberg was destined to make. --Doug Thomas
Truly outstanding & exceptionally moving film! In my opinion this is Tom Hanks' best dramatic performance.Published 1 day ago by Maia A.
This Steven Spielberg film is one of a kind in the Historical WW movies. Stunning, extremely realistic (according to veterans who were there) recreation of the brutality of the... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Kevin Bradshaw
Excellent movie. You a feel what it might have to be soldier and land on the beach on D-day at Normandy.Published 2 days ago by cyberdude
One word for this DVD powerful. I am in awe of the landing at the beginning of Ryan. It is sometimes very hard to watch but we all need to see a very small part of what these brave... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Lynn E. Sykes
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|Saving Private Ryan BLU-RAY???||
Even if the video doesn't scream "Blu-ray" (to you), you forget about the power of high definition audio -- and this should be a standout.
Feb 1, 2010 by DVDconnoisseur | See all 21 posts
|Saving Private Ryan Blu-ray||
Looks like they will soon during their Gold box deals
Nov 26, 2010 by M. Pillai | See all 6 posts
|$19.99 at Best Buy!||
We have 8.75% sales tax here where I live in CA so $19.99 at Best Buy ends up costing me $21.73 out the door. I'd spend more than the $1.26 difference in gas getting to Best Buy so I'm keeping my order here. Plus I like Amazon better.
May 3, 2010 by Robert L. Tilley | See all 18 posts
It's always been a "Sapphire" release. Paramount recalled it due to an audio sync issue and are releasing the corrected version next week.
May 13, 2010 by Brandon Fisher | See all 6 posts
|petition to release The Siege of Firebase Gloria to the dvd format||
This is a hardcore war movie that is still missing from my DVD collection after all these times. Thanks for the info. I will sign this petition.
Apr 8, 2008 by H. Le | See all 3 posts
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