Just a quick note here in responce to the "spotlight review" by sixtiesuniverse.
In correctly praising The Longest Day, you saw fit to critize Spielbergs Pvt.Ryan. I find the claim that Ryan lacked substance almost laughable,and that TLD was loaded with substance not very accurate.
First, we really shouldnt compare these two films as they are very different, not only in the technology but in their messages and goals. Yes some of both seep over to the other, but not for a fair comparison.
TLD was not as much a movie of deep substance as it was a grand reinactment of a very historical battle. Zanuck decided to tell the whole story of D-Day in much the same manner as Cornileus Ryan had written the history. This he did brilliantly, and the film to this day is a marvel to watch and a great national history lesson.
SPR on the other hand was about the very personnal sacrifice, and answer to the call made by the young men who hit those beaches and jumped into that night sky. Yes, Spielberg had great EFX, and used them well in the harrowing opening of the film, as well as all the other battle scenes. But the fact that there was rarely a dry eye in the theatre at the end, tells me his emotional goals were met, and we got a little better understanding of the sacrifice.
Brilliant....this word applies to both of these great achievments in film making and in departing history to those of us not old enough to remember.