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94 of 105 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new approach to war films, honest and realsistic.
Spielberg has broken from the norm with this film and has the courage to depict war as it really is. Previous war films have been heavily sanitised to 'protect' the viewer, and Saving Private Ryan acts as a wake up call to the public, especially to myself and the younger generation, who have never experienced a major conflict in our lifetime. This film acts as an antidote...
Published on 14 Nov. 2001

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2.0 out of 5 stars Worst Blu Ray transfer... ever. Not worth over DVD...
Let's first be clear on this: I have reference quality TV, BD player, cables, speakers...
Every BD I have watched so far was at least a bit sharper and sound was more enveloping then equivalent DVD edition.
This is the firs BD that is absolutely disappointing. I had to pull out the DVD and play some scenes again and again to check my first impression. I was...
Published on 1 Mar. 2010 by L. Koprivica


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94 of 105 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new approach to war films, honest and realsistic., 14 Nov. 2001
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Spielberg has broken from the norm with this film and has the courage to depict war as it really is. Previous war films have been heavily sanitised to 'protect' the viewer, and Saving Private Ryan acts as a wake up call to the public, especially to myself and the younger generation, who have never experienced a major conflict in our lifetime. This film acts as an antidote to the traditional John Wayne style war movie. War is not fun, and this film removes the myth that when a soldier is shot, they fall to the floor quietly and lie still. Some of the injuries suffered by the soldiers are truly horrific but the level of violence is not gratuitous and is necessary as it adds to the level of realism.
Many people have argued that this film only portrays the American side of D-Day, neglecting the contribution of the troops from other Allied nations. Whilst this is true, Omaha beach and the areas featured in this film were areas attacked by predominantly American troops, and to feature the entire Normandy area of operations would overly complicate the story. The scene showing Omaha beach after the battle, with the sea flowing red with all the blood spilt, is particularly poignant and brings a lump to the throat of everyone who sees it.
I recently watched this film with my grandfather, who landed on the British 'Gold' beach in one of the first waves ashore on June 6th 1944. He watched the first 20 minutes of the film, which depicts the D-Day landings, with tears in his eyes as the memories of that day flooded back. While he got through that day unharmed, a number of his friends and comrades were not so fortunate. The film transported him back 57 years, and he said that this is the closest you can get to the reality of the landings without actually being in a landing craft and coming under fire.
Saving Private Ryan aptly demonstrates the horror and chaos of battle. After watching this film I found myself with a new found sense of respect for those young men who were thrust into the Hell of World War 2 and still carry those memories as pensioners. Stunning, moving, compelling, and deserving of all the accolades it gets.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saving Private Ryan, 9 Jun. 2005
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Saving Private Ryan finally gets the treatment it deserves with this superior DVD release, now complete with a DTS soundtrack. The special features on the discs are minimal, with only a few trailers and some notes; but there is an interesting, if not fascinating documentary on the making of the film which includes interviews with D-Day veterans.
However, you probably wouldn't buy a film like this for the features. You would buy it for the intense, unrivalled and spellbinding combat sequences - most notably the acclaimed D-Day landing recreation. But it doesn't stop there. Spielberg takes us into a debate about the war through the eyes of eight stereotypical soldiers (although nonetheless powerful or resonating for it). The soldiers lay the different views, reasons and arguments before the audience about the war that were shared by so many at the time.
The film climaxes in what can only be described as a brilliant battle between the platoon in peril and Nazi tanks and infantry. The film is improved with the DTS soundtrack, which completely immerses you into the experience. This is a great transfer onto DVD of a great film.
The extras too on this 2-disc release are good, documenting well each aspect of the making of the film. Altogether, a worthy treatment of what has been often called the greatest war film ever made!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Worst Blu Ray transfer... ever. Not worth over DVD..., 1 Mar. 2010
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L. Koprivica "luka3rd" (Belgrade, YU) - See all my reviews
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Let's first be clear on this: I have reference quality TV, BD player, cables, speakers...
Every BD I have watched so far was at least a bit sharper and sound was more enveloping then equivalent DVD edition.
This is the firs BD that is absolutely disappointing. I had to pull out the DVD and play some scenes again and again to check my first impression. I was right from beginning! I'll wright both about picture and sound...

Picture is clearer in darkest areas, even some details are visible in darkest parts, so it has some advantages, but it is the only better part of it! That's not enough to justify the buying of the BD! Majority of people anyway have bad TV's or poorly calibrated ones, so they won't even see this benefits, as they are very subtle. Image is not sharper then DVD at all! Even if there were scenes that looked like they gained some of the details, it is up to the brightness and contrast correction they did, no details were gained with the process! Human eye simply perceives brighter elements as clearer...
This BD is simply up converted DVD on a very expensive machine and thus looks a bit better then DVD, but it still looks like junk!
They only did contrast / brightness correction and gained those shadow details and a slight shift in the hue of entire movie.
Another thing that happen with this cheap process, is that they have now many scenes that are over-brightened! So, they lifted up the brightness and gained some shadow info, but ruined the other end of the picture - bright scenes...

Sound is also the victim of the similar thing! It is exactly the same track as on the DVD! It's not even 7.1!!! It is the same 5.1 with greater headroom for dynamics so they have stretched it, but nothing is gained. Again, same as with picture, human ears perceive louder sounds as clearer and more crisp, it has nothing to do with the real situation! DVD's DTS track which became widely known for it's quality when first released, sounds much better then BD's DTS HD! Original track, DVD, was very carefully mixed, tuned, leveled and gave the viewers experienced unheard of before! But this BD track is simply the same old track on steroids and it sounds like one! It appear louder, but is only more harsh and much of a drier sound then original, thus making you feel it is louder and clearer. Which is not....
Original DTS track from DVD sounds much fuller, softer, more in tone across the full range. Even bass is much fuller on original DTS from DVD... just turn up the volume for 3-4 dB and you will have the much better sound!!!

I am truly disappointed by this edition, and I can only say that this BD edition is the first BD I have seen that is actually only polished DVD...

I didn't give it one star as it brings those details in the darkest areas of the frame, and who has good and calibrated TV will appreciate them. But still, those do not add enough to justify BD edition...
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63 of 73 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Truth about the Blu Ray, 27 April 2010
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Mr. Nicholas J. Reede "BigNickUK" (Staffordshire, UK) - See all my reviews
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Right let me just clear this up once and for all.
This is an excellent Blu Ray transfer and the Audio is absolutely amazing. The problem people are having when reviewing this picture quality is that Stephen Spielberg purposely filmed it in a grainy, smeared and soft way to try and make it more vintage and authentic. If you dont believe me then check the original DVD too as a comparison.
Do not expect the kind of picture you would get with Avatar!!!
Amazing film
Amazing Blu Ray

Here endeth the lesson :)
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saving Private Ryan – Depicting War As It Is., 20 Nov. 2005
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Saving Private Ryan starts with the depiction of the disaster that fell upon the landing United States troops on the 6th of June 1944 during D-Day at Omaha Beach. Under Steven Spielberg the scenes from Omaha Beach are powerful and deeply moving. That other famous D-Day film, The Longest Day, wrongly depicted the GIs landing at Omaha Beach and running to the enemy emplacements, but Saving Private Ryan shows it as it really happened. Unlike many of the other beaches on D-Day the pre-bombing of the German emplacements at Omaha Beach had failed to destroy the defenders, so they were able to rain down on the landing forces murderous fire. Getting across Omaha Beach is shown in all it's moving drama, with casualties mounting every second. Just watching it makes you wonder how anybody was able to reach the German positions at all. Yet they did and eventually they secured the beach. The depiction of realistic battle scenes from the start of Saving Private Ryan should make anyone aware that this film is not for those who are squeamish.
Following these landings the film takes up the story of finding Private Ryan. Tom Hanks leads a platoon of men, sent by the top brass to locate Ryan and bring him back safely. Tom Hanks is outstanding in this film, effectively presenting a man from a simple background thrown into the heat of battle, leading other men who have seen action in one theatre of war after another. Now they find themselves in France – veteran soldiers following orders and trying to stay alive. The second half of the film may be more sedate than the first frenetic scenes, but the gritty determination of these war veterans carrying out their orders is presented clinically and effectively. Steven Spielberg's direction throughout makes the viewer feel that they are right there witnessing the action beside the soldiers. Indeed you have to remind yourself sometimes that you are not there but safely away from the dangerous action.
The quality of this 60th Anniversary Commemorative Edition DVD is very good indeed. The colour of the film is a cross between colour and black and white, which seems to suit the mood of the whole unfolding drama effectively. For me Saving Private Ryan changed forever the depiction of war, any war, on film. Now, when I see many other films depicting war, they look very shallow and unrealistic. Saving Private Ryan is a huge landmark film and one that touches you deep inside, filling you with a massive appreciation for the soldiers of all sides who bravely fought for our freedom.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The most realistic war film yet ., 13 Feb. 2001
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Surely no film-maker has come as close as this to recreating actual combat. The hand held cam puts you face down on the beach, then up again zigzagging though obstacles. It actually looks like an old colour WW2 newsreel at times, such is the realism. Instead of perfect choreography and theatrical deaths seen in many older war films we see limbs and heads blown off,bodies dismembered, blood and intestines everywhere. This is quite shocking and exhausting to watch - and its only the first 20 minutes.
If you do get any pleasure out of the opening it has to be the best surround sound on any current film. Bullets zip past and ping off beach obstacles left to right; waves crash resoundingly against landing craft; other later highlights include the distant groaning of tiger tanks as they approach the village.
Hanks is again superb in this film and plays a respected leader secretly cracking under the strain. Other notables include Tom Sizemore as the "rock" of the platoon and Wimpy Uphum, whom I suspect most of us would identify more with if placed in the same circumstances.
Although an American film about American soldiers, anyone ignorant about D-Day would assume Uncle Sam flew the flag alone. This was one of the most important events in history and the other countries that took part do deserve some recognition. None is accorded here although Montgomery does get a spiteful and unneccesary attack. Apart from a few too many fluttering flags and over-the-top cemetery ending, this is a truly great film, hopefully showing the largely ignorant younger generation something of what their grandfathers had to go through.
This film was made for the DVD format and it doesn't disappoint, although a commentary from Spielberg would be appreciated.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saving Private Ryan, 14 Mar. 2010
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S. Hurford "WorkingClassHero" (The Shire) - See all my reviews
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My copy arrived today (24th April) and I've just watched it.

I can honestly say it's quite the experience on BluRay and a definite improvement from the DVD. Never one to short change us, this two disc set also contains special features from BOTH DVD releases.

The picture itself can be a little soft at times, but only very infrequently. On the whole it's a very well presented picture. Plenty of detail, some little bits and pieces I'd only noticed upon watching this version, and this is my favourite film. The colours have been altered ever so slightly and are much richer, but I think that's largely because there's much more resolution with HD.

The DTS-HD soundtrack is phenomenal. I've heard this film in standard NICAM on VHS, Dolby 5.1 on the original DVD release and in DTS on the 60th Anniversary 2-disc re-release. The HD soundtrack presented on this feature blows all these out the water and it's almost formidable in it's power. It's aggressive, but never overbearing. Dialogue is clear and consistent throughout and the rear channels get a thorough working over.

If you've got any precious trinkets on mantlepieces or shelves I'd glue them down, as the LFE on this will shake, rattle and roll the plaster of the walls with enough volume. If you have neighbours, and you like them, best forewarn before watching. If you don't like your neighbours, or are detached (like me) crank this up and get in the war.

In summary, an excellent addition to the collection and worth every penny. If I could give it ten stars I would, as it's also my favourite film ever!
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest, shocking depiction of war, 2 Mar. 2009
This review is from: Saving Private Ryan [DVD] (DVD)
I went to see this in the cinema when it first came out. My friends and I were speechless when we came out, this film is harrowing. The story is simple and the characters may be a little cliched but its hardly the point, what counts here is the depiction of war at its most brutally honest. In this film Spielberg proved his genius to me, rising above the silliness and indulgent sentimentality of most of his work.

There is some sentimentality in this, but as someone who was moved to tears when visiting the war graves at Omaha Beach I do not find it inappropriate. I wondered about the people whose memorials I saw and this film gives a graphic, shocking account of how they died. Veterans have said that in watching the first scenes of this film they were taken back to what they hadn't allowed themselves to remember. Spielberg did his homework well and the grainy, slightly overexposed look to this film adds authenticity.

We are all survivors of war but we do not understand it unless we have direct experience. As a man who would probably been a soldier during WW2 I look at this and wonder how I would have managed, what I would have done. These are questions we should all ask ourselves if we allow our countries to indulge in warfare and this film is starkly honest in its depiction of what is meant by heroism, sacrifice and the altered reality that is war.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a film!, 2 Sept. 2003
By A Customer
Saving Private Ryan finally gets the treatment it deserves with this superior DVD release, now complete with a DTS soundtrack. The special features on the discs are minimal, with only a few trailers and some notes; but there is an interesting, if not fascinating documentary on the making of the film which includes interviews with D-Day veterans.
However, you probably wouldn't buy a film like this for the features. You would buy it for the intense, unrivalled and spellbinding combat sequences - most notably the acclaimed D-Day landing recreation. But it doesn't stop there. Spielberg takes us into a debate about the war through the eyes of eight stereotypical soldiers (although nonetheless powerful or resonating for it). The soldiers lay the different views, reasons and arguments before the audience about the war that were shared by so many at the time.
The film climaxes in what can only be described as a brilliant battle between the platoon in peril and Nazi tanks and infantry. The film is improved with the DTS soundtrack, which completely immerses you into the experience. This is a great transfer onto DVD of a great film.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate well crafted flag waver, 2 July 2008
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For a whole young generation this film is probably the most profound depiction of the second world war. The by now well known opening 20 minutes are a master class by Spielberg in the direction of an action movie (with some thanks to Stanley Kubric I suspect). The movie is also filled with memorable vignettes including the kangaroo court martial of the German machine gunner and the death struggle between the Jewish Ranger and the SS Panzer Grenadier. It's a shame that after the beach landing the whole of the rest of the film is a total fiction. Like so many others I hate the slander against Field Marshal Montgomery, (architect of every successful operation carried out by the western allies) and the airbrushing out of the Anglo/Canadian part in the operation. It remains a terrific testament to the GI's on Omaha beach and is a brilliant all action war film. But be warned, it has all the historical accuracy of First Knight and should by no means be treated as a documentary.
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