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Saving Private Ryan [D-Day 60th Anniversary Commemorative Edition] [DVD] [1998]

Release Date:05/25/2004
An unflinchingly realistic and gripping tale of one American military squadron's dangerous wartime quest to find the sole remaining sibling in a family of brave soldiers, director Steven Spielberg's affecting war drama receives the deluxe treatment in this commemorative DreamWorks release. Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, this release offers multiple audio options including closed-captioned English Dolby Digital 5.1 and Surround, and alternate French Dolby Digital 5.1 with optional English and Spanish subtitles. Released to commemorate the sixtieth anniversary of D-Day, this release also features a variety of bonus materials that are sure to interest war buffs. A special introduction by Spielberg himself offers the acclaimed director's take on the film in his own words, while the featurette "Looking Into the Past" views the battle presented in the film from a historical perspective. Explore the man who leads the treacherous expedition and his troops in the "Miller and His Platoon" featurette before venturing into "Boot Camp" and watching a making-of featurette. Viewers are next swept into the past in "Re-creating Omaha Beach" before taking an audible journey into the "Music and Sound" of the film and hearing some "Parting Words" regarding this affecting, Academy Award-winning feature.

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    Special Features

    • Special introduction by Steven Spielberg
    • 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
    • And more features
    • Closed Captioned


    Saving Private Ryan
    Steven Spielberg directed this powerful, realistic re-creation of WWII's D-day invasion and the immediate aftermath. The story opens with a prologue in which a veteran brings his family to the American cemetery at Normandy, and a flashback then joins Capt. John Miller (Tom Hanks) and GIs in a landing craft making the June 6, 1944, approach to Omaha Beach to face devastating German artillery fire. This mass slaughter of American soldiers is depicted in a compelling, unforgettable 24-minute sequence. Miller's men slowly move forward to finally take a concrete pillbox. On the beach littered with bodies is one with the name "Ryan" stenciled on his backpack. Army Chief of Staff Gen. George C. Marshall (Harve Presnell), learning that three Ryan brothers from the same family have all been killed in a single week, requests that the surviving brother, Pvt. James Ryan (Matt Damon), be located and brought back to the United States. Capt. Miller gets the assignment, and he chooses a translator, Cpl. Upham (Jeremy Davis), skilled in language but not in combat, to join his squad of right-hand man Sgt. Horvath (Tom Sizemore), plus privates Mellish (Adam Goldberg), Medic Wade (Giovanni Ribisi), cynical Reiben (Edward Burns) from Brooklyn, Italian-American Caparzo (Vin Diesel), and religious Southerner Jackson (Barry Pepper), an ace sharpshooter who calls on the Lord while taking aim. Having previously experienced action in Italy and North Africa, the close-knit squad sets out through areas still thick with Nazis. After they lose one man in a skirmish at a bombed village, some in the group begin to question the logic of losing more lives to save a single soldier. The film's historical consultant is Stephen E. Ambrose, and the incident is based on a true occurance in Ambrose's 1994 bestseller D-Day: June 6, 1944. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Tom Hanks
      Tom Hanks - Capt. John Miller
    • Edward Burns
      Edward Burns - Private Richard Reiben
    • Tom Sizemore
      Tom Sizemore - Sgt. Horvath
    • Jeremy Davies
      Jeremy Davies - Cpl. Upham
    • Vin Diesel
      Vin Diesel - Pvt. Caparzo

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