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Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by zonk, Feb 5, 2010.
Just saw a posting for Saving Private Ryan - Bluray at AmazonUk, release date 4/26
Here is a link.
Hooray! Now, if they could only redo the soundtrack for home theaters, or at least re-EQ it so I don't have to apply additional processing...
It's up for pre-order at U.S. Amazon, but there's no release date.
The release date is May 4th.
That's one to look forward to.
Looking forward to this one.
The DVD I have is from way back in 1999, so this should be a notable upgrade.
Day one purchase for sure!
As soon as I know that Paramount hasn't screwed up the transfer this is a definite purchase.
This'll be a must buy.
I'm curious about the potential for a DNR screwup here with these Speilberg/Dreamworks titles. Minority Report, Saving Private Ryan and (eventually) A.I. all have that stylized grainy look. Imagine if someone tried to strip this all away? Oh dear.
My guess is, this being a Spielberg title, it will be done correctly.
I agree that Spielberg will insist it be done right, considering how he swears by film. Also, I hope that Gangs of New York and strong rumors of a Gladiator reissue are indications that studios are starting to get the message.
Although, I don't take the shrink wrap off without confirmation of a good transfer either.
Assuming of course that Spielberg *is* involved. Taking into account past DVD releases and the Close Encounters Blu-Ray set, I would say the chances are good that the pending BD releases will have his oversight.
As a DreamWorks (Spielberg's current company) product, it would be shocking to not have his input.
I'm not sure its a DreamWorks product anymore. When Spielberg left Paramount, most of the DreamWorks films stayed there. I don't know if that applies to Spielberg directed films or not. The listing on Amazon says Paramount, and nothing about DreamWorks.
Saving Private Ryan was a Paramount/DreamWorks co-production. As part of the de-merger, Paramount may have retained North American distribution rights to those co-productions, or alternatively, they may hold video distribution rights for a certain period of time (much like MGM did with its pre-1987 product after Warner bought Turner Entertainment).
While the picture does belong to Paramount, Amblin Entertainment, which is still owned by Spielberg, has a piece of the action and the film will have Mr. Spielberg's stamp of approval on it. He also has the same approval with his films that Universal has. That is one of the hold ups with those films making it to Blu-ray. I cannot wait to get my hands on a Blu-ray version on 1941, Jaws, Always, Schindler's List and Empire of the Sun.
Ryan will be buy, but not a blind buy.
Actually it wasn't a merger. Paramount bought DreamWorks for 1.6 billion dollars. However I found the information I was looking for about the DreamWorks library.
I assume this means that Ryan will be a Paramount release.
I'm not entirely sure that Amblin still holds any rights to Ryan or any of the other films it co-produced with DreamWorks and Paramount, but it’s possible.
My understanding is that Spielberg's deal with Universal means that he owns all the films he directed there after E.T., with Universal having a long term distribution deal. I'm sure however that even after not being able to make a deal with them for DreamWorks, they still have a cozy enough relationship that Universal wouldn't release Sugarland, Jaws or 1941 with out Spielberg's involvement. By the way Empire of the Sun is a co production with Warner Bros. not Universal.
I'm a huge 1941 fan and can't wait to get my hands on a blu-ray of that one.