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5.0 out of 5 stars A truly monumental achievement in film., November 14, 2002
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Saving Private Ryan started a genre of WWII films whereby achieving total accuracy in both the human and military aspects of warfare was the underlying goal of the whole production. The acting is superb; character development is very well done. Many have already raved about this series, and I could rave on about it too, it is just great, but the one area I want to expound on is the historical accuracy of this film series. The accuracy of the battle scenes is truly fantastic, whereby the German tanks, light field howitzers and self-propelled guns are either real in some scenes but in most cases, replicated with exacting detail that would fool only the most observant WWII armor expert. Let's face it, there are not many Tiger Is or JagdPanthers (tank destroyer) left in running condition if any at all, so it is left up to the creativity of those tasked with the production of these films to product a convincing facsimile. In the case of the Tiger I heavy tanks, the same ones used in Private Ryan were used which were mock-ups on-top of a Russian T-34 chassis. Again, they really pulled it off, so much better than the desert-sand painted American Patton tanks serving under Field Marshall Erwin Rommel in the movie Patton (1970). The uniforms, equipment, small arms, and sets are very accurate, and really do an effective job of transporting the viewer back to the 1944-1945 ETO.
This is a great series, and a very nicely done DVD collection, too bad you can't give it 10 stars because I would...
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