Saving Private Ryan
It’s 1944 and the allied troops are about to invade Normandy. After the gruesome battle on the beach of Normandy, 8 soldiers are asked to go and find private Ryan who parashuted behind enemy lines to tell him his 3 brothers have died during the fight and that he can go home. During their voyage, they encounter several problems and they start wondering why they should risk their lives for the life of one single private.
Sound and Vision:
The image quality is of the best quality. Spielbergh lifted quite a lot of colors and raised the contrast very high but that raises the feeling of coldness which suits this movie pretty good.
The sound is recorded on a 448kbps Dolby Digital 5.1 track and it’s almost perfect. The surround channels are perfectly used and bullets start flying around your head (landing at Normandy is unbelievable). Even the subwoofer is well-used so the only thing we can say about this is “sublime”
The 2-disc version doesn’t contain as many extra’s as one would think as there’s 2 Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks and the movie itself is pretty lengthy and recorded at high bitrate. This makes that all extras are on the second disk and next to a couple of trailers, some written production notes, cast&crew info and a documentary about the cruelty of war (25 minutes) there’s nothing. Quite disappointing.
Although the extras aren’t as good as we had hoped for, the movie itself still stands pretty good. Having won 5 Academy Awards that of course speaks for itself. An instant classic