It still puzzles me that the movies most suited for a high-definition release seem to take the longest to get one. The first Twilight movie, which even on the big screen looked like it was shot for about $27.50 including effects budget, came to Blu-ray in May of 2009, a scant six months after its theatrical release. But Saving Private Ryan, which won a boxful of Oscars, was listed as one of the AFI's 100 Greatest American Movies, and features a terrifyingly effective recreation of the brutal landing on Omaha Beach, is just finally getting a Blu-ray release May 4th as part of Paramount Home Entertainment's "Sapphire Series."
Still, better late than never, right? The main reason to pick it up will be the 1080p picture and the 5.1 DTS-HD sound, but you'll also get a dozen extra features. Sadly, other than the trailers it doesn't look like any of the featurettes are in HD. Come on, people, that's the sort of nonsense Captain Miller died on that bridge to prevent! If you want my money, you'd better earn it, Paramount. Earn it!
Saving Private Ryan Blu-Ray Special Features
An Introduction -- Director Steven Spielberg discusses his interest in WWII and how it led him to make the film.
Looking Into the Past -- Steven Spielberg explains the research done for the film, the evolution of the screenplay, and his intentions.
Miller and his Platoon -- Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, and other cast members introduce the different characters and how the actors worked together.
Boot Camp -- Memories from the cast about the intense boot camp they went through with Captain Dale Dye.
Making Saving Private Ryan -- Steven Spielberg and his collaborators discuss the look of the film, the production design, the costumes and the photography.
Re-creating Omaha Beach -- A look at how the filmmakers re-created this historical event.
Music and Sound -- Discussion with the team that edited, scored, and brought sound to the film.
Parting Thoughts -- Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks share their final thoughts on the experience of making the film.
Into the Breach: Saving Private Ryan -- A 25-minute documentary with the cast and crew.
Shooting War -- Tom Hanks hosts and narrates this documentary on WWII combat photographers in Europe and the Pacific theater of war.