Finally… the definitive version of Saving Private Ryan arrives
on Blu-ray which once again revisits the Stephen Spielberg masterpiece.
What makes this release so special, besides the amazing special features
that accompany the movie is the high definition video and sound quality.
Even though the film is 22-years old, it is has dated considerably well
and is definitely a must have Blu-ray for anyone’s collection.
won’t dwell on the story too long (most people should already know this)
but it involves Captain John Miller (Tom Hanks) who leads a small
squadron of soldiers into enemy lines to find Private James Francis Ryan
(Matt Damon), the last surviving son of the Ryan family.Not only is this
one of the most realistic war movies to date but the battle scenes are
quiet spectacular, especially the beginning which highlights the allied
invasion of Normandy and is still as powerful as it was yesterday as it
movie is superbly cast, especially with Hanks leading the film and all
the emotions and experiences of the characters they play are thoroughly
brought to life with an unnerving realism. Spielberg should be commended
on the entire movie experience that truly honours those who died in
World War II and unlike some movies that glorify war, Saving Private
Ryan reinforces that although several brutalities were committed, the
power and determination of mankind prevailed during this blight on
video and video! The transfer from film to Blu-ray is easily the most
impressive that I have seen all year, considering the age of this movie.
Of course, Spielberg always uses the latest and greatest state of the
art technology and this has helped preserve the quality and allow for a
flawless transition to Blu-ray. The colours are muted, however this is
more to portray the era as opposed to a flaw and the images are
exceptionally sharp and detailed. There is at times some grain, however
this poses no issues whatsoever.
lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 is phenomenal and truly makes good use
of any surround sound system and the first battle in the movie could
only be considered reference quality that truly immersed me and my
neighbours into the film. Apart from the all the sounds and screams of
battle, the background sounds are implemented perfectly as is the
crystal clear dialogue. Brilliant stuff!
Extras! As mentioned, this is the definitive version of Saving
Private Ryan and Paramount have truly outdone themselves with this
release which includes everything from research into the movie, behind
the scenes and bringing it all together from video to sound.
Saving Private Ryan with an introduction by Director Stephen
Looking into the Past
Making Saving Private Ryan
Re-creating Omaha Beach
Music and Sound
Into the Beach: Saving Private Ryan
Theatrical Trailer HD
Re-Release Trailer HD
Shooting War - WWII combat photographers; hosted by Tom Hanks
Thoughts? It’s understandable why Saving Private Ryan won so
many awards and rather than just make another Blu-ray release that
cashes in on the success of the original film, Paramount have created a
true keepsake for your collection from the outstanding video and audio
quality to the impressive list of special features that you give you a
true backstage pass. However without the powerful and engaging story,
Saving Private Ryan would just be another war movie… but it’s
far from that!