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    Added on: 2/11/2000 00:03
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    Saving Private Ryan (UK)

    8 / 10
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    The mission is a man
    Certificate: 15
    Running Time: 163 mins
    Retail Price: £19.99
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    Internationally acclaimed by critics and audiences alike, Steven Spielberg`s Saving Private Ryan is an unforgettable film achievement that has had profound and lasting impact throughout the world. It was the top-grossing motion picture of 1998.

    Seen through the eyes of a squad of American soldiers, the story begins with World war II`s historic D-Day invation, then moves beyond the beach as the men embark on a dangerous special mission. Captain John Miller (Tom Hanks) must take his men beyond enemy lines to find Private James Ryan, whose three brothers have been killed in combat. Faced with impossible odds, the men question their orders. Why are eight men risking their lives to save just one? Surrounded by the brutal realities of war, each man searches for his own answer - and the strength to triumph over an uncertain future with honour, decency and courage.

    Special Features:
    Interactive Menus
    Scene Access
    Saving Private Ryan "Into the Beach"
    Original Theatrical Trailers
    Production Notes
    Cast & Crew Biographies

    Video Tracks:
    Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital 5.1 English

    Subtitle Tracks:
    CC: English

    Directed By:
    Steven Spielberg

    Written By:

    Matt Damon
    Adam Goldberg
    Barry Pepper
    Edward Burns
    Tom Sizemore
    Tom Hanks

    Casting By:
    Denise Chamian

    Soundtrack By:
    John Williams

    Director of Photography:
    Janusz Kaminski

    Steven Spielberg
    Michael Kahn

    Costume Designer:
    Joanna Johnston

    Production Designer:
    Thomas E. Sanders

    Steven Spielberg
    Allison Lyon Segan
    Gary Levinsohn
    Mark Huffam
    Mark Gordon
    Kevin De La Noy
    Bonnie Curtis
    Ian Bryce

    Paramount Pictures

    Your Opinions and Comments

    9 / 10
    This is the best war film I have seen. Tom Hanks plays the part of John Miller who is sent on a mission to save private Ryan whose brothers have all been killed in the war.
    It takes you on a journey through what it was like in the war

    Not for the faint hearted...
    posted by jaymz1 on 9/11/2000 09:41
    2 / 10
    this is spielberg at his worst.more racist than the patriot.this america is great should of had big john wayne in it ,why because its a typical we won the war.which is insulting to the british and other nations involved.the acting is typical.the thin red line is so superior.this is for fans of the green berets.
    posted by flair on 14/11/2000 20:28
    9 / 10
    Now this is what DVD`s were created for. The memory of watching this at the cinema still gets me, especially the opening and end battle scenes. The noise and realism is incredible.

    The DVD does this justice you must really see this on the biggest screen you can with the loudest speakers. The movie is excellent and unlike Platoon and other numerous war films this movie puts you off.

    The features are a little weak but with a movie that has been converted to DVD so brilliantly who needs extras!
    posted by James Clews on 20/11/2000 10:10
    6 / 10
    It`s not one of the Great war films like Full Metal Jacket, Fires on the Plain, The Human Condition, Come and See and Paths of Glory. It is too derivative, too much of it comes from other movies. It is moving though and Spielberg and Kaminski have created some extraordinary scenes of combat
    posted by Richard73 on 23/1/2001 17:55
    9 / 10
    An awesome movie made all-the-better whan viewed through a decent home cinema setup. The D-day landings are (IMHO) the best use of sound in any movie I have ever seen. The depiction of the battle scenes left me feeling genuinely scared and emotionally drained. This is no John Wayne view of WW2 - this is how it really was. If you can watch this film without developing a real fear of war and a better understanding of what it must have been like to go through all that, then you have a problem. OK, the story is a bit prdictable in places (and indeed sugar-sweet at times) but if you want a film that makes you think, feel and understand then this is it. Forget the "slasher"and other horror genres - this is much scarier (and I should know - I am a real horror fan !).
    posted by Ramases6 on 28/1/2001 12:25
    8 / 10
    This was the first film that I watched straight through when I got my Digitheatre. I nicked it off a mate specifically for that as I remember how good the start sounded through a Hi-Fi. Aye.

    Content:- Hmm. I am not intirely convinced by this film, but it is enjoyable thats for sure. The slight fact that there are no non-American allies in this film at all is a bit nippy, but I will let it pass for now. The battle at the start is very impressive, as is the one at the end. The actors do there bits quite well and it all fits together nicely. Enjoyable and worth the chunky viewing time.

    Video:- Crisp and clear, but kinda wierd. The video has a very strange feel to it during some of the more hectic scenes. Its deliberate but still a bit wierd. A damn good transfer though.

    Audio:- Fantastic! The start was very.......well LOUD! Bullets were all over the place and it was brilliant. The fight at the end was similarly great. I could `feel` the tanks approaching before I could hear them! Very nice.

    Features:- A bit pants in this area. The wee featurette starts off ok but slowly fades into an ass-kissing slide show directed at Mr Spielberg. A bit crud. There isnt much else in the way of extras either. Nice menus though.

    Overall:- Worth buying I would say, but dont take it too seriously. A good film to show off your home cinema kit with. Aye.
    posted by Blazingmonga on 12/5/2001 05:40