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Saving Private Ryan (Two-Disc Special Edition)
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- 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
Top Customer Reviews
"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."
But in this film, when I heard the German machine guns open up on the GIs coming into Omaha Beach, I thought, "That's the first time I've heard the actual sound of machine guns firing since my days in Leonard Wood." This film is probably as close to the real thing as you're apt to find. It makes the old John Wayne film "The Longest Day" and its depiction of that landing look like a Sunday stroll in the park.
Normally I avoid films that're violent, figuring they arouse human passions best left dormant. But I've added this film to my library because it's an accurate portrayal of just how stupid and cruel we can be to one another. And to what purpose -- I want your stuff and you want mine? It's like two-year-olds fighting over the same toy, but then two seconds later the winner could care less about that toy and is off to the next. We are a ridiculous and heinous species, the scourge of our planet, and this film does a very good job of showing it.
This special edition, published for the 60th anniversary commemoration of D-Day, comes with 2 discs. The first disc includes the movie and its theatrical trailer. The second disc presents new materials made especially for this edition, including:
- An inside look with the filmmakers
- Looking into the past: the research, the screenplay and the vision
- The making of a platoon
- Boot camp for the cast
- Re-creating D-Day: Omaha Beach
All these new features are included only in this special edition. The disc also includes the other features previously released in the regular DVD edition. The box is made to look like a small vault, and inside it are included the official letter written by Dwight Eisenhower that was given to every soldier before they left for Omaha Beach, along with historic pictures and other accessories used by American soldiers. So if you're looking for a collector's edition of this movie, you should definitely go with this one!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Long, graphic and very well done. This is a must have for any war films buff. I am not a great Tom Hanks fan but he pulled out all the stops on this one a gives everyone something... Read morePublished 12 days ago by CK
I decided to splurge and get the special edition of this great movie.
Tom Hanks and a bunch of A-list actors really came together to make a great homage to WWII. Read more
From the description I was under the impression that the DVD case was actually a metal tin (like the Band of Brothers tin) but NOPE its cardboard that LOOKS like a metal tin! Read morePublished 22 days ago by FuLLeFFekT
What else can I say? It's "Saving Private Ryan". Good movie, great cast.Published 5 months ago by Jon T
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