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Saving Private Ryan (Widescreen)

Tom Hanks , Matt Damon , Steven Spielberg    R (Restricted)   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,146 customer reviews)
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When Steven Spielberg was an adolescent, his first home movie was a backyard war film. When he toured Europe with Duel in his 20s, he saw old men crumble in front of headstones at Omaha Beach. That image became the opening scene of 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 as hell. We are at Omaha Beach as troops are slaughtered by Germans yet overcome the almost insurmountable odds.

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

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shocking Nov. 22 2005
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Shocking even for an ex infantry man...the first 20 minutes on the beaches of Normandy had me on the edge of my sit with tears rolling down my face. I recall the anxiety I was feeling watching the soldiers get hammered on the French beach. It was a totally brilliant cinematic sequence which places you first person in the middle of a battle.
I truly beleive this is a must see for the younger generation who may not know what their grandparents/ great grandparents did to save the world from Nazi Germany 60+ years ago.
For the war movie fan you can't miss it.
One of the all time great war movies.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent! March 15 2011
Format:Blu-ray
The first and last time I watched Saving Private Ryan was in the theatre when it was released. I remember it being quite the experience. But the passage of time had dulled some of the finer points of why this movie is so spectacular. Thankfully, Saving Private Ryan on Blu Ray does a fine point of recreating the movie experience of some years ago. Though the colours are meant to be somewhat muted to create the realism, this film looks superb. However, what really stands out in this Blu Ray is the sound. On my 5.1 surround system, in the battle scenes, the battles were brought right into my living room -- or rather -- my living room was taken out to battle. I could feel the explosions rocking the floor and bullets flying by my head. Battles aside (and they are some of the best ever put on film), this is an emotionally involving story that left a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes as the credits rolled at the end. Saving Private Ryan, along with The Deer Hunter, Platoon, and Apocalypse Now, is one of the great war films. Speilberg created a great piece of cinema and this blu ray showcases it in its full glory.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saving Private Ryan Blu Ray May 9 2010
Format:Blu-ray
This blu ray edition makes a great movie even greater. The film is supposed to maintains the directors intened wash out look but I find it slighlty more colorful than previous dvd editions ( this is not a bad thing). The picture is crisp and detailed and the audio is superb. Definitely worth the upgrade if you are a fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
One outstanding and affecting war movie, with incredible realism and showing the many personal losses and tragedies that take place in such settings, many of which aren't talked about but make up the complete fabric of these men's lives, and those who knew them. Great action; great pain; great moviemaking.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True to life story with provoking history Aug. 10 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Not to lose the history rewarding hero's with frontline selfless action for peace and Saving Private Ryan describes the action of war hero's
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Home Cinema Benchmark Aug. 4 2013
By 4Brad
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
The 25 minutes of storming the beach in France, is one of the most spectacular scenes in cinema history. If you have invested in a surround sound system for your home, this is an essential purchase. The film’s key sonic signatures are absolute realism – as just one example, every gunshot is generated from a recording of an authentic weapon firing live ammunition – and thunderous, hitherto-unparalleled levels of volume. Enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stephen Spielberg May 6 2013
By HB
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Again Spielberg brought us a heart wrenching, exciting and well made movie. He has set the bar high and continues to raise it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest war films ever Oct. 18 2012
Format:Blu-ray
This movie while not historically correct is a great film.I don't understand those who are panning it and in particular someone called a customer who seems to pan every movie ever made.Just wondering.Have it as a dvd and blue ray and I consider it money well spent.Jon
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Good movie series
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie, superb in HD,
Published 4 days ago by Brian C. Andrew
4.0 out of 5 stars action story
loved the action and the story very good
Published 5 days ago by mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 14 days ago by Nickolas
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE BEST WWII MOVIES
Had it at home in VHS format, many years ago. Bought it to replace that aging media.

Title of the review says: One of the best wwII movies. Read more
Published 1 month ago by R. Paquette
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
My favourite movie of all time. This deal is a bargain! Video and audio quality is great. Easy 5 stars.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome Movie!!
My husband got this and I watched it with him. What a movie! I cried a lot while watching it and that shows it was good.
Published 6 months ago by Ladyonwheels
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Not much to say, epic movie even better on blu ray (sound effects are ridiculous in a 7.2 setup). Product arrived exactly as illustrated. Read more
Published 6 months ago by simon
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie
One of Tom Hanks best movie along with Green Mile.....There is no doubt he is a good actor....one of the few best in the world!
Published 6 months ago by Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars Très bon film!
Le débarquement de Normandie ,le réalisme de ce film ,il a 15 ans déjà,,un film qu'on peut revoir à l'occasion,garde sa valeur!
Published 7 months ago by Stuartm5
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