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Saving Private Ryan Blu-ray

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Sapphire Series Paramount Pictures | 1998 | 169 min | Rated R | May 04, 2010

Saving Private Ryan (Blu-ray)

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (27.52 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Portuguese: Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1

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Video 4.8 of 54.8
Audio 4.9 of 54.9
Extras 3.8 of 53.8
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Saving Private Ryan Blu-ray delivers truly amazing video and audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release

Seen through the eyes of a squad of U.S. soldiers, the story begins with World War II's historic D- Day invasion, then moves beyond the beach as the men embark on a dangerous special mission. Captain John Miller must take his men behind 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 honor, decency and courage.

For more about Saving Private Ryan and the Saving Private Ryan Blu-ray release, see Saving Private Ryan Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.5 out of 5.

Starring: Tom Hanks, Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns, Barry Pepper, Adam Goldberg, Vin Diesel
Director: Steven Spielberg

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Saving Private Ryan Blu-ray, Video Quality

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Saving Private Ryan's Blu-ray release is going to become the go-to disc for reference quality audio, but chances are those familiar with the film will find just as much -- if not more -- to love about Paramount's positively gorgeous and impeccably faithful 1080p transfer that retains the picture's original 1.85:1 aspect ratio, not to mention Director Steven Spielberg's and Cinematographer Janusz Kaminski's intended gritty, washed-out look. This high definition transfer brings with it vastly increased detailing, even underneath the rough-and-tumble and faded look the film employs; even during the bright, bloomy opening and closing scenes in Normandy Cemetery, viewers will note the increased resolution on tree trunks and a character's light blue jacket that's almost always in the forefront of the sequences. The bulk of the picture's wartime segments, too, sport strongly-raealized detailing and texturing, even through the most minute of objects: small bumps or netting on helmets; stains and gunk on uniforms; scratches on weapons; and grains and clumps of dirt and sand scattered throughout the movie, notably during the Normandy invasion sequence that opens the film's World War II segments. More obvious throughout the film is the eye-catching detailing as seen on the rough building façades that have been incessantly shot and bombed out, where bullet holes, chunks of concrete, and random debris strewn all over the rainy village of Neuville or the tactically-crucial town of Ramelle that represents the primary location seen in the picture's final act offer a wonderfully yet disturbingly realistic texture. Additionally, close-ups of characters reveal a stunning level of detail in facial pores and hairs, dirt and grime on skin, and even beads of sweat and blood, all of which seem almost constant companions throughout the film.

Additionally, Saving Private Ryan's desaturated color palette is afforded increased resolution in this superb transfer. While the picture de-emphasizes color and lends to the image a tone that's consistently heavy in grays, browns, and greens that gives the movie something of a bleak look, the Blu-ray remains faithful to the intended appearance of the picture and only accentuates the visual scheme for which the movie's become known. Still, there are places where splashes of brighter color manages to come through; the green grass as seen during the squad's assault on a machine gun emplacement at an old radar station stands out as perhaps the most intense color in the film. Paramount's transfer also remains sharp and crisp throughout; backgrounds remain nicely detailed, and the picture's intentionally heavy grain structure -- beautifully retained throughout the movie -- creates a consistently awe-inspiring film-like texture, allowing for every nuance captured by the film elements to remain intact. There are a few random speckles seen throughout the picture, but they only add to the gritty, throwback look that Speilberg and Kaminski so successfully capture. Blacks are pristine, deep, enveloping, and never overwhelming, and flesh tones are spot-on accurate in every scene as they carry over the elements of the picture's overall intended visual tone. Paramount has recently demonstrated with their major releases -- Star Trek, Braveheart, Minority Report, and The Lovely Bones, for example -- that when they put in the effort, there might not be a better studio out there in terms of delivering the most faithful, gorgeous, and film-like Blu-ray transfers on the market, and Saving Private Ryan may very well be the best of the lot.

Saving Private Ryan Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  5.0 of 5

Saving Private Ryan's DTS-HD MA 5.1 lossless soundtrack is everything fans of the film and Blu-ray enthusiasts hoped it would be. Certainly the track's primary source of energy and astonishment stems from the combat scenes, but it's the more subtle effects that truly bring the film to life. For all of the up-front gunfire and close-in explosions, there are countless effects -- the rattling of a flag against the pole in one of the film's first scenes, a slight breeze, the crunching of typewriters churning out notifications of death -- that all excel in terms of enveloping the listener into the film outside its primary wartime segments. Also impressive -- as much as any other sonic element in the film -- is the sound of distant gunfire and explosions that seems an almost constant companion throughout the picture, notably inside the Neuville church or, later in the movie, the assault on the radar station machine gun nest where Spielberg focuses on Upham observing the combat from a safe distance. Still, the track will undoubtedly be recognized and long remembered for its extended bookend action segments, and neither falter in any area. Beginning with the hum of the landing crafts' engines and the water pounding against their hulls and into their interiors, the Omaha beach segment submerses the listener into the pending invasion and engenders an anticipation, a fear, an adrenaline rush quite unlike anything else. Once the German MG-42s open up, however, all bets are off; the soundstage practically becomes the sandy and blood-drenched beach as rounds zip around every speaker and clank off metal obstacles scattered along the waterline and sand, while explosions in every direction incessantly punish the listening area. The low end is tight and invigorating; it's powerful but not excessively so. It's honest and heavy, but not overbearing. Indeed, this may represent the most natural low end yet to grace Blu-ray.

If there's such a thing as a soundtrack being too intense and even somewhat frightening in its realism, this is it. In fact, it almost doesn't feel right handing out superlatives to something that recreates an event that was in real life so positively devastating as the Omaha Beach landing. Suffice it to say, though, from a purely detached perspective, this is an incredible sonic achievement that places the listener in the midst of the war. Is that a good thing? In this case, yes. This track comes alive quite unlike any other in name of creating the complete Saving Private Ryan experience -- and reinforcing the picture's many themes beyond the gritty visuals of war -- and this track accomplishes all that's required of it. The movie -- and the history it represents -- deserves nothing less. If there's a misstep in the track, there appears to be a slight lip synch issue before the battle of Ramelle, found around the 2:06 mark in the film as a character shares a story about one of his brothers' girlfriends and their encounter in a barn. The effect was blatantly obvious when viewing the film with a combination of a Panasonic DMP-BDT300 Blu-ray player and Denon AVR-3808 audio receiver connected via HDMI (with the audio stream sent through a separate HDMI cable from the video stream), but seemed to be less of an issue when the Denon was paired with a PlayStation 3, also connected via HDMI. Otherwise, dialogue is accurate and crisp, never garbled or lost save for when it's supposed to be underneath the chaos of the wartime segments. Ultimately, despite what may or may not be a lip synch issue, Paramount's DTS-HD MA 5.1 lossless soundtrack for Saving Private Ryan is a rousing success and is easily in line to be a top contender for Blu-ray soundtrack of the year.

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