Saving Private Ryan [Sapphire Series] [2 Discs] [Blu-ray] [1998]

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  • Release Date: 05/04/2010
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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (745 out of 763)

Special Features


  • Looking into the past
  • Miller and his platoon
  • Boot camp
  • Making Saving Private Ryan
  • Re-creating Omaha Beach
  • Music and sound
  • Parting thoughts
  • Into the breach: Saving Private Ryan
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Re-release trailer
  • Shooting war

Synopsis


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



Customer rating

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98%
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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great war movie

    Posted
    sam077
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    Some people advise others to close their eyes during the loooong opening scene of Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan. That would be a mistake. Yes, it's carnage, it's horrible, it's relentless, it's bloody, it's random death, it's a portrayal of fear and courage and raw coincidence. But it's also one of the most powerful pieces of cinematography ever filmed. There are many other scenes that have stayed with me during the years since I last saw this unforgettable film, perhaps Spielberg's best ever. Perhaps the most poignant one that comes immediately to mind is the woman whose sons are all away at war. She's on a remote farm, washing dishes, and thru her window she sees the dust of approaching cars. She goes outside to meet the visitors, tenses as she sees military brass and a chaplain step from the cars, then crumples wordlessly to the worn boards of her front porch as she tries to take in the news: all her boys have been killed, except for one: Private Ryan. Another related scene, the one that came just before this one, is equally gut-wrenching (and in both scenes, there is no dialogue, just heart-stabbing visuals that are more powerful than any words could have been) as a woman charged with sending out letters of the We Regret to Inform You variety realizes that she's seen three letters with the same address within the past few days, and she takes this terrible proof to her supervisor - and thus is born the search for the surviving son, to bring him home to his momma. Tom Hanks, with his own persona of morality and honesty, is perfectly cast as the good Captain Miller, a soldier's soldier charged with this onerous task, and of course there is terrible cost. Saving Private Ryan is the film Spielberg HAD to make. Outstanding, in every possible way.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not much different from the blu-ray

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    Jake
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    First off, this is a fantastic movie. Hands down. I own the original DVD, blu-ray and now the 4k version. Unfortunately the 4k version is not much different from the blu-ray. Yes, it's definitely more crisp. And the sound is phenomenal. But they're still many scenes where there is a white glow and firery glow trail from fire's. The original DVD did not have this issue. Only the blu-ray and 4k disc have this problem. Also, there's a lot of grain in the 4k transfer. I understand it's an older movie and it was shot on film. But if you watch Leon (The professional) in 4k version. Which is a few year's older than Saving Private Ryan. You'll notice it's a lot cleaner with almost no grain. Personally I wouldn't buy the 4k version if you already have the blu-ray version. On the other hand, if you have a killer sound system like I do. I would definitely buy the 4k version. I give this 3 star's only because of the sound quality. The Dolby Atoms will blow you away.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The best it's ever been

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    Paul
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    I originally purchased this title back on DVD and intentionally searched for/purchased the DTS version of the movie over the Dolby Digital just for the sound. I didn't bother with it on Blu-ray only because the audio was so good on the original DVD encoded in DTS. Well, that's the past...this 4K version has both Dolby ATMOS and DTS:X so select your favorite option and have at it. As much of a fan as I was of DTS back in the day, Dolby ATMOS blows away DTS:X in my 5.1.2 audio set up (dedicated height/ceiling speakers in the configuration). This movie won an Academy Award in 1999 for Best Sound Effects Editing and it's absolutely validated here. The picture quality is fantastic and I'm in the camp that likes the grainy film like textures. Remember this won additional awards for Effects and Cinematography and is genuinely enjoyable still some 19 years after it was released. I recommend owning this movie in this format.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Just a show stopper of a movie

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    JakeInLivnColor
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    The movie that lost Best Picture to Shakespeare in Love. *sigh*. Anyways, the landmark war film is finally out in HD and it stands as one of the best films ever and one of the best Blu Ray's ever (And DVD.... laserdisc if it was released for that format...) that rightfully earns a place on your shelf at all costs. I am not even going to go over the film because everyone knows about already with the iconic 20 minute opening scene, the use of color that has become synonymous with the film and widely praised as the best war film ever made. It has gone above and beyond the call of duty to deliver some of the best PQ of all time on a Blu Ray disc, replicating the gritty grain structure, muted color palate, and amazing detail to each and every frame displayed across your TV. The sound mix is equally stunning, making you believe the taking of Omaha Beach is happening 10 ft. away from you. The extras are plentiful, and are on the second disc to give plenty of room to the film itself on disc one. Included is a full length documentary about WWII itself and how it was captured on film throughout the course of the war, an intro by Spielberg, several making of featurettes and a series of trailers. Go out and buy this now, no matter how much or format. It belongs in your home.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A modern classic worthy of the praise

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    SeaSalt
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    More than likely anybody browsing for this is simply upgrading from an old DVD, so those folks probably need no coaxing to buy this. For everyone else, this is movie that is among the best of any war film produced. It's gritty and holds no punches about the fact that, yes, war is the exact opposite of heaven (and really, Best Buy, you're going to make me censor a review for an R-rated movie?). It's about a bunch of average joes stuck in a situation that nobody would ever want to be in, and doesn't glorify anything in the process. The only reason I give this four stars instead of five is due to this not being a movie one watches very often. It can get pretty rough, but it's definitely something that everybody should watch at some point in their lives to see what many of our ancestors went through.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing movie for Dolby Atmos

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    Austin
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    Even though I've just bought this at best buy not long ago on steelbook blue ray, I saw it was finally on 4k disc and re done audio from 5.1 DTS to Dolby Atmos, which if you have an AVR and 7.2 up to 11.2 ( 5.2.4 is typical) channel setup-- 5 main speakers,2 subwoofers, 4 Atmos/height speakers, you already know how amazing and with big powerful Klipsch subwoofers.. -bone shakingly- impressive 4k movies sound and look. In the end when I want to show a friend my Atmos system, I've finally found a 4k movie that can show off it's capabilities even more so than mad Max.. 5 stars .. worth 22 dollars for 4k just to hear this movie..

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Based On A True Story

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    eckoe
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    Seen through the eyes of a squad of U.S. soldiers, the story begins with World War II's historic D- Day invasion, then moves beyond the beach as the men embark on a dangerous special mission. Captain John Miller must take his men behind enemy lines to find Private James Ryan, whose three brothers have been killed in combat. Faced with impossible odds, the men question their orders. Why are eight men risking their lives to save just one? Surrounded by the brutal realities of war, each man searches for his own answer - and the strength to triumph over an uncertain future with honor, decency and courage.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Must see Epic War film!

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    Diavel69
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    This film is in my opinion one of the greatest, most accurate, and gut wrenching war films of all time, a must see! My only gripe is not with Mr Tom Hanks or the masterpiece film he took part in it is with Paramount. The digital copy enclosed with my copy didn't work and I've emailed paramount twice with no response. I'm guessing my only option is to return it to best buy which is going to be a hassle because they don't stock this film at the store and ill have to special order it again not to mention the closest best buy to me is over an hour away

    I would recommend this to a friend



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