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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a great Blu-Ray conversion, 26 April 2010
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This review is from: Saving Private Ryan - 2 Disc Special Edition [Blu-ray] [1998] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
I give the film itself a 5. Everyone buying the blu-ray copy would most likely know what this oscar winning gem is like as a film.
After waiting for a blu-ray conversion and picking this up on the day of release...I'm not that impressed. I was hoping for the same quality as 'band of brothers'. Which truly is a diamond worth buying on blu-ray.

The image is too grainy and there seems to be weird effects when it comes to lighting. Such as fires or general lights. An example given by other reviews was the bunker scene at the start of the film. There also seems to be a lot of static in the picture. I am disappointed and probably just recommend the DVD version. If you want a film of this kind on blu ray and want to be 'wow'ed'. Then buy the blu-ray box set of band of brothers. Very similar to this film. Overall I don't fault this classic film at all, I was just looking forward to watching this in the HD glory.
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Initial post: 28 Apr 2010 20:05:37 BDT
As has been mentioned in other reviews, the movie was shot in this way so its not gonna look any different on blu-ray. The intention when filming the beach landings were to make the shots reminiscent of Robert Capas ruined black and white stills of the landings. The cinematography was designed to reflect this, I believe they altered the cameras and had the shutter open way further than the norm to achieve the smearing effect. It was very much intentional and is not simply a bad transfer.

Posted on 1 May 2010 13:13:33 BDT
R. Foster says:
This style was a deliberate attempt by Spielberg to recreate the effects evident in the photos shot by Robert Capa during the landings on Omaha Beach. Have a look at some of Capa's work and you'll see that Spielberg has captured the essence of the originals perfectly (blurring, ghosting, haloing etc.). It may not be to your liking, but it is an intentional effect and not a fault with the blu-ray transfer.
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