I can't tell you how brilliant this film is. It's had a rocky road in production and in release (it was heavily censored when first released), but this full version of the film in all it's glory is simply a masterpiece. The story of Ryan's daughter marrying the man she believes is perfect, before engaging in an affair with a British soldier (this in Ireland during the troubles), and all the problems that this entails.
John Mills won his Oscar for his role in this film, and whilst he was brilliant I think that one other actor out-acted him: Trevor Howard as Father Collins steals every scene that he is in. Then again, there is is no bad acting, everybody plays their roles masterfully. Especially the "villagers", even though many only have one line or two, they draw the eye and just make the film that bit better. Also worth a mention, Lean regular Maurice Jarre once again did the music for this film, and as with all his scores, it fits perfectly.
The locations and the cinematography are simply breathtaking, especially during the storm scenes, you can tell why David Lean took so long to make it, to get it absolutely perfect. I doubt that there a film out there that can even come close to beating the cinematography of this film.
The film itself is spread over the two discs. Disc One features the film up until the intermission, with special features being the commentary and the two trailers. Disc Two: the second half of the film, the commentary for it and the following extras:
The Making of Ryan's Daughter- a documentary in three parts made for this 35th Anniversary release: Storm Rising; Storm Chaser; and The Eye of the Storm
Two other documentary's: We're the Last of the Traveling Circuses
Ryan's Daughter: A Study of Love