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The Best War movie ever made..
18 December, 2013
I am just going to review the bluray disc as i have no words for the movie
Bonus features (all from previous releases) are no less remarkable, taking up an entire second 50GB Blu-ray disc. The first batch are all directly related to the feature itself, beginning with "An Introduction" (2:35) in which Spielberg discusses his history with war movies, beginning with the ones he made as a teen (including clips). "Looking into the Past" (4:40) is a bit more background, as Spielberg discusses his interest in WWII documentaries and why he was drawn to this story. "Miller and His Platoon" (8:23) features Spielberg and Hanks discussing how their collaboration on the film happened, and discussing the younger actors, many of whom are interviewed as well. "Boot Camp" (7:37) focuses on the famous "boot camp" that the actors attended as prep with technical advisor Captain Dale Dye; he is interviewed, as are the actors and Spielberg.
"Making Saving Private Ryan" (22:05) is a less specific and more all-encompassing featurette, showing Spielberg on set and explaining the production process, including the tight production schedule that put him from The Lost World to Amistad to Saving Private Ryan, back-to-back-to-back. From there, the featurette briefly touches on production design, stunts and effects, costume design, and (most intriguingly) cinematography. "Recreating Omaha Beach" (17:58) focuses on the picture's most famous sequence--both the historical background of the battle itself, and how it was put to film so masterfully. Next is "Music and Sound" (15:59), which examines the work of composer John Williams and sound designer Gary Rydstrom. "Parting Thoughts" (3:43) wraps up the group of featurettes. Next up is "Into the Breach: Saving Private Ryan" (25:01), which becomes a bit of overkill--it's a conventional EPK-style featurette, with not much that we haven't heard elsewhere in the supplements.
The disc also includes the full-length documentary "Shooting War" (1:28:05), written, produced, and directed by esteemed critic Richard Schickel (who has created excellent docs on Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, and Clint Eastwood). Hosted by Tom Hanks (in his terrible Cast Away beard) and introduced by Stephen Ambrose, it is a cinematic history of World War II, beginning with John Ford's recreation of the Pearl Harbor attack and going all the way through the major skirmishes of the "Great War," with interviews by the cameramen (including softcore king Russ Meyer!) and plenty of the extraordinary footage they captured. It's a first-rate extra, particularly for war buffs.
The original Theatrical Trailer (2:16) and Re-Release Trailer (2:05) finish out the bonus features.
Saving Private Ryan has its negligible flaws, but serious Blu-ray aficionados shouldn't hesitate for a moment to pick Paramount's "Sapphire Series" HD release--the video and audio is simply peerless, and the bonus features, while not new, are none too shabby either. It's a great movie, and the presentation more than does it justice.
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