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Saving Private Ryan

8.62 h 49 min1998X-Ray15
Based on a World War II drama. US soldiers try to save their comrade, paratrooper Private Ryan, who's stationed behind enemy lines.
Steven Spielberg
Tom HanksEdward BurnsBarry Pepper
Military and War
English (UK) [CC]English (US) [CC]
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EnglishEnglish [Audio Description]
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Supporting actors
Adam GoldbergMax MartiniTom SizemoreMatt DamonJeremy DaviesVin DieselGiovanni RibisiDylan Bruno
Steven SpielbergIan BryceMark GordonGary Levinsohn
Paramount Pictures
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4.8 out of 5 stars

11737 global ratings

  1. 88% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 9% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 2% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 1% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 1% of reviews have 1 stars
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ChrisReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 June 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great film - problematic 4K disc
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Still one of the finest (war) films ever made. Before this we had never seen anything like the beach assault. Although well used techniques now, this was the first time we'd really seen the grainy, hand-held shaky camera work dropping us right in to the action. Even the climatic scene at the end with the noise, squeals and rumble of the tanks through the town, building the anticipation, was astounding. The film itself is definitely 5-stars. Some people bemoan the middle section which is slower and has less action, but actually I think it balances it all out and we learn much more and care more about the characters. There are a number of great cameos and the cast generally is brilliant - this is probably my favourite Tom Hanks performance, but there are also great turns from the likes of Tom Sizemore, Barry Pepper and Giovanni Ribisi. This was also I think the first film that really bought home the true horror and randomness of war. There had been some brilliant war films before this (think Platoon, Apocalypse Now, Full Metal Jacket, Hamburger Hill etc) but none really captured it in quite this way. Along with Schindlers List this is definitely one of Steven Speilberg's best.

I've dropped a star for the 4K disc and specifically the packaging and lack of information. Had a lot of issues getting this to work with my system which I've not had with any other discs - it was telling me that my system wasn't able to play 4K HDR even though it most definitely can and my entire system is well-equipped for doing so - right down to cables which are all fully compliant HDCP and 18Gbps. I suspect this relates to the HDCP requirements (although I couldn't see anything on the packaging that said anything about it - only that Category 2 cables were required - which most of the other 4K discs also say and work without issue). After much fiddling with the TV and player settings it did work although next time I put the disc in I had the same issue. More fiddling and it worked again.

In terms of the 4K once it was working, it looks brilliant. The film is deliberately grainy and retains the overall bleached look but with just that little bit of extra richness, colour and depth than the original. One issue I have with almost all 4K films at the moment is that they tend to lack the absolute sharpness that makes 4K truly stunning (just watch some 4K demos as an example and see the difference) - if it wasn't for the improvement in colour depth to the causal eye you may not really notice that this is any different to the Blu-ray although there is more detail if you look. This is mainly down to the way the films are usually shot though so not a criticism of this one in particular.

This is certainly a worthy addition to have in your 4K collection and much better than much of the rubbish that seems to be being released in the format.
17 people found this helpful
rbmusicman/and/movie-fan'Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 01 March 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
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This a commemorative 20th-anniversary edition. (3 discs, 4k + Blu-ray + Special Features
If considering upgrading from your Blu-ray version of the film I can tell you that in my opinion buying on 4k is a sound investment
The picture quality greatly enhanced on the 4k format especially evident during the 24-minute Omaha beach sequence and indeed the action toward the latter part of the film. -
One of Steven Spielberg's many classics, perhaps the best.
During the war years, many families would have at some point received more than one letter informing them of the loss of a loved one killed in action, this film was inspired by the Miland Brothers story part of an Irish/American family, all four brothers served in the military during the war, two in fact died during the first few days of the Normandy landings during the operation.
The film opens and closes with James Ryan at the Normandy Cemetery at which over 50 years on he visits to pay his respect at the grave of the man who'd led the squad that saved him John H Miller (played in the film by Tom Hanks) where he reflects on those days.
The film after the opening sequence portrays the brutal and bloody intensity of the Omaha assault, filmed so well you almost feel a part of it.
After the beach is secured Captain Miller will be given a seemingly impossible task during the early and often chaotic days of D-Day. -
In part, my original review with modification -
We begin on the beaches of Normandy on the 6th June 1945 where 'Capt Miller' (Tom Hanks) and his battalion have been
ordered to secure a beach-head.
During the bloody landing two brothers are killed on the beaches whilst at a similar point in time in 'New Guinea' a third
brother is killed, their mother will receive notification of her loss on the same day.
When the U.S War-Department realize the situation and become aware of a fourth brother serving in the invasion force
instructions that a squad is assembled to try and find him are issued.
'Capt Miller' and his squad are assigned to attempt the task which will take them through much of war-torn Europe on what
from the outset looks to be an impossible mission with little chance of success.
The squad on the mission chosen from his trusted squad include - 'Sgt Horvath' (Tom Sizemore) - 'Private Reiben' (Edward Burns) - 'Private Jackson' (Barry Pepper) - 'Private Mellish' (Adam Goldberg) - 'Private Caparzo' (Vin Diesel) - 'T-4 Medic Wade' (Giovanni Ribisi) and 'Corp Upham'
(Jeremy Davies) the latter outside his squad but included because he speaks fluent French and German.
They will encounter many dangers along the way and have several encounters with the enemy as the mission looks increasingly hopeless, however, eventually, they will find 'Private James Ryan' (Matt Damon) however the town in which they find him is under
enemy attack......will the mission be all in vain?
''James, earn it'' - ''earn it''
The film graphically portrays the horror of battle from the outset with the well-staged Normandy landings and the carnage of the operation.
The squad becomes involved in many skirmishes with the enemy which are again well-staged and convincingly portrayed.
A brilliantly portrayed war-drama.
Well worthy of a re-visit or indeed first viewing
3 people found this helpful
MAD DOGReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 August 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
4King Perfect!
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Certain things don't really ever need to be pointed out because they are obvious. Such as Only Fools And Horses is the best sit com ever, Terminator 2 is pretty much the best film ever made, The Rolling Stones are the best band, Michael Jackson was the best entertainer that ever lived, Jack Nicholson is the greatest Joker, Star Wars A New Hope is life changing and Saving Private Ryan is the best was film.... period!

And just when you thought you had heard It all, Saving Private Ryan is now picture perfect on 4K. I always thought the standard Blu-ray was very average with a grainy transfer. All Blu-ray did was highlight the DVD..... including its imperfections. In fact the DVD was better than the Blu-ray. But not now. The 4k is sublime. Absolutely perfect. Every bit if dirt, blood and guts standing out from the he screen. I promise you that it's a whole new viewing experience.

That old bloke playing James Ryan who goes to Captain John Miller's grave at the begging still walks like he has followed through.
7 people found this helpful
BuyerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 September 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good 4k Transfer/Copy - No Digital Code Included and Very Basic disc art
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The film is fantastic and the 4k edition is a jump from the standard bluray. Where this 4k release falls short is the overall packaging with the product compared to other 4k films.

You will get:
- Standard plastic 4k blu ray black case (mine was new but slightly scuffed even though it was wrapped in plastic).
- No digital download/code or even a card or paper of any type in the box, it has the place for this so I am wondering why it isn't included in this "20th anniversary" edition. No Cardboard slip case either.
- An oddly low quality cover art/blurb which doesn't even really fit 100% into the standard blu ray outer plastic cover.
- Three discs, all of which have no film art on at all - they are two blank white/blue discs with "Saving private ryan" written across them and one baby blue disc (4K UHD) with the same writing. The discs genuinely look like a Tesco Basic product and I chuckled when I first saw them. For the £19.99 price and being an anniversary special I would expect some kind of special art or something.

This is still currently the definitive version of the movie and I am glad I purchased overall, it just won't be a box/art I want to show off to anyone looking at my collection - in case they mistake the discs for a Tesco Basics blank DVD.
8 people found this helpful
Brian BathieReviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 July 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
4k transfer is rather grainy with normal HDR but much less so with Dolby Vision.
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As many have said this has to be one of the best war films ever made. The 4k transfer is a bit grainy throughout. Another reviewer has suggested this is intentional and relates to the beach assault. I cannot agree as most of the film has the grain. Whilst not particularly annoying it is more noticeable on 65 inch Oled tv or even more so on my Sony laser projection system. I have found on more than one instance that older films transferred to 4k Blu Ray have the same problem. Goodfellas is a typical example. HDR really enhances the depth and colours and the sound is improved. Whilst recommended this 4k version is far from perfect.
Have recently upgraded my Blu Ray player which supports Dolby Vision as does my TV. This disc is encoded with Dolby Vision and Iimmediately noticed that the grain is considerably reduced when viewed in that format. The grain is still there but you really have to look for it.
5 people found this helpful
Di2 Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 January 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Simply the best true to life war movie ever made
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I first watched this movie on good old video tape now I have seen it in in glorious Blu-ray DVD quality my first impression we're right the greatest war movie ever made quite simply the Greatest Day in human history is captured in this movie outstanding Tom Hanks Tom sizemore etc are just brilliant in it and as for the the action scenes the sound quality literally put you right there and even though you're sat in your own living room it gives you just day very brief Glimpse of what is actual men went through on D-Day one of the First opening scenes you see is of all the white crosses of all the men that sadly did not make it this event happening we would certainly will be living in a very different world indeed ,
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Sebastian PalmerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 March 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Saving Private Ryan has an excellent if weird premise at its heart. It's excellent for it's plausibility and humanity, and yet weird for how the desire to save one life, amidst so much wasteful and indiscriminate death, and at the cost of yet more lives, makes war itself and our relationship with it seem very paradoxical.

That premise is that the US military, upon learning that three of fours brothers Ryan, all enlisted in the US armed forces, have been killed, decide that the fourth and final surviving brother, the titular Private Ryan (played by Matt Damon) must be found, saved, and sent home to his grieving but hopefully grateful family.

A stirring quote from an American master of stirring quotes, Abe Lincoln, is used to bookend the movie, as are more contemporary scenes of the elderly Ryan visiting a US armed forces cemetery. I won't say more than that regarding the plot, as I don't want to spoil the movie for anyone coming to it fresh. Suffice it to say that from the opening scene of the WWII action, as US troops land on Omaha beach, on D-Day, the film grips the viewer and takes them on an intense and thrilling journey.

Everything about this film is extremely well done, from the meticulous attention to detail in terms of settings and uniforms, equipment, etc, to the superb direction and acting - Tom Hanks is particularly brilliant - making for a film that combines a serious-minded depiction of both the excitement and horrors of war with a sense of respect for history and an adroit gift for moving and exciting strorytelling.

In a word, brilliant!
18 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 April 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
A classic movie / Poor bluray image
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While this is one of my all time favorite movies, a classic - I'm disappointed by the Bluray quality.

There are times when light sources seem to flare up and blur the image (particularly at the start of the movie)

Watching it on the 4K upscaling player, the DVD actually LOOKED better - but then the bluray version wins with sound quality, by far.
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