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Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Edward Burns. An explosive WWII drama in which Private James Ryan becomes the object of a desperate and dangerous rescue mission in war-torn Germany after authorities learn his three other brothers already have been killed in combat. 2 DVDs. 1999/color/169 min/R/widescreen.

Additional Features

In many ways, the extras from this 2004 version could have been included in the initial 1999 DVD release. Laurent Bouzeraeu, the usual director of Spielberg DVD features, smoothly creates several segments on the making of the film, a refreshing change after Spielberg's other lauded World War II DVD, Schindler's List, did not give fans anything on the film's craft. About 90 minutes of new material is here, showing how the famous D-Day invasion was created, the historical facts of the story, and how the actors were trained through an abbreviated "basic training." There are plenty of interview snippets with Spielberg and his cast, but all of them were shot on the film's set; there is no years-later retrospection about the film. Only a new interview, with Oscar-winning sound designer Gary Rydstrom, puts the film in perspective--and hails the arrival of DVD. The same excellent DVD presentation of the film is on this new set; however, a DTS soundtrack can only be found on the World War II Collection. --Doug Thomas

Special Features

  • An Introduction By Steven Spielberg
  • Looking In To The Past: The Research, the Screenplay and the Vision
  • The Making of the Platoon
  • Boot Camp for the Cast
  • Re-creating D-Day: Omaha Beach
  • Music And Sound
  • Parting Words and more

Product Details

  • Actors: Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns, Barry Pepper
  • Directors: Steven Spielberg
  • Writers: Robert Rodat
  • Producers: Allison Lyon Segan, Bonnie Curtis, Gary Levinsohn, Ian Bryce, Kevin De La Noy
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Dreamworks Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 25, 2004
  • Run Time: 169 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001NBLVI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,118 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Saving Private Ryan (Two-Disc Special Edition)" on IMDb

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Movie Buff on October 21, 2004
Format: DVD
I was completely blown away by "Saving Private Ryan." Spielberg, who (with the exception of "Schindler's List") only made warm entertainment before this, went against his usual ethics with this war film. And he succeeded.

"Saving Private Ryan," is without question one of the finest war movies ever made--possibly one of the finest movies ever. You don't really watch this film; you experience war, first-hand. The much-talked about scene, the Allied assault on Omaha Beach, is indeed extraordinarily brutal scene to watch, yet it is also mesmerizing at the same time.

The film follows a squad of U.S. soldiers on their PR mission to rescue Private James Ryan (Matt Damon), whose three brothers were all killed in combat. The squad is led by (Tom Hanks), a soldier's soldier, but all around a pretty good guy. The squad is portrayed by such actors as Edward Burns, Adam Goldberg, Barry Pepper, Vin Diesel, Giovanni Ribisi, and Jeremy Davies in a superb role as the terrified translator.

The acting is very good all around. Hanks received an Oscar nomination, but the rest of the cast is excellent, most notably Davies and Edward Burns.

I was shocked that "Saving Private Ryan" didn't win Best Picture. It was one of the Academy's most shamefull moments. Luckily, Spielberg won for Best Director. It also won for Cinematography, which was basically all hand-held during the battle scenes. This worked wonders; it almost looked as though I was watching a documentary. The violence is extremely difficult to watch, but it worked for the film. Usually I have a problem with over-the-top violence ("Cliffhanger," anyone?), but I didn't mind it here. Spielberg was trying to make a point about war, and he definitely pulled it off, and then some. The film runs at nearly three hours, and yet I was completely fascinated the entire time. That is indeed a rare thing. I strongly recommend "Saving Private Ryan."
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Keith Taylor on February 23, 2010
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I will never forgive the academy for choosing 'Shakespeare in Love' over 'Saving Private Ryan' for best picture. As often happens, I loaned an older version of this movie to a friend, forgot, and bought another copy, because this film had to be in the collection. My disclaimer here is that I was never a combat soldier or a soldier in the US army. So please consider their opinion ahead of mine. This is no glamour war film, it's gritty, violent, uplifting, disgusting, heroic, and emotionally draining. This is a must see epic.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bigman on May 31, 2006
Format: DVD
Saving Private Ryan

Saving Private Ryan is an epic World War II film directed by Steven Spielberg. It is truly one of the most moving and realistic modern day portrayals of World War II. Even though this is a movie, it holds very true to actual events, being based on the lives of eight U.S. soldiers attempting to find Private Ryan and tell him that his continued service in the U.S. army is excused due to the fact that all three of his brothers had died in combat.

The opening scene is filmed during the World War II Memorial Day in France. Private Ryan is portrayed as an old man standing at the sea of graves where men from World War II were buried. From this tranquil point, there is a dramatic transition into the most moving and graphic war-time scene ever filmed.

"Saving Private Ryan" is best known for its enactment of one of the bloodiest war-time scenes ever witnessed. This scene is the landing of the Americans in Normandy and the invasion of France, otherwise known as D Day. It shows the American soldiers being hacked to pieces by German machine guns. Even though the Americans sustained heavy causalities, they still managed to take the beach head. The enormity of this accomplishment is clearly emphasized for viewers throughout this tensely visual scene.

The movie has more than one scene that is truly engraved in one's mind. For instance, the part where the mother of Private Ryan is told that all three of her sons were killed is equally memorable. As the mother falls to the ground in despair, words are not used, nor needed. It is truly amazing that Spielberg was able to convey his message to the audience, without actually using dialogue, which makes the movie all the more powerful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rick on June 8, 2004
Format: DVD
War IS Hell and Saving Private Ryan shows this. This film shows the nasty details of war while at the same time graphicly exhibiting the unwanted necessity of a just war to combat evil. My father was in VietNam and he said this is the most accurate representation of combat he has ever seen. For him this film brought back nightmares he hasn't had in 20 years but, he believes this film shows the honor of the doing the right thing at the right time. In the perverse world of war there is true honor and heroism. Anyone who cannot understand that war is sometimes necessary to defend good against evil is absolutely ignorant of history. Private Ryan displays good vs. evil at it's best. Recommended A++++++++++++++++++++++++
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Craig Moller on December 7, 2008
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Steven Spielberg is one of Hollywood's biggest director's and has made many great films but however Saving Private Ryan stands out from all the rest. It features some of the most violent and most releastic war footage ever filmed and delivers on giving the message that war is pure hell. The movie opens up on the landing on Omaha Beach where the Allies were being slaughtered up by the Germans forcing many viewers to look away in the 20 minute opening. Saving Private Ryan, his film of a mission following the D-day invasion that many have called the most realistic and maybe the best war film ever. With 1998 production standards, Spielberg has been able to create a stunning, unparalleled view of war.

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 a private by the name of Ryan. His mother recently received all 3 telegrams with a chaplin and an officer arriving at her doorstep on a remote farm. Miller's men set out to find Private Ryan against all odds which features a certain style about the film that doesn't make out a typical hollywood film. This film also boasts alot of big stars including, Tom Sizemore, Vin Diesel, Edward Burns, Barry Pepper, Adam Goldberg, Giovanni Ribisi and many other familiar faces.

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.
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