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Saving Private Ryan Makes It's DVD Debut

Written by Jari Ketola @ 15 Sep 1999 4:30

One of the most highly anticipated DVD releases hits the streets on November 2, 1999
(Company press release)

GLENDALE, Calif., Sept. 14 -- One of this year's most highly anticipated DVD releases and a constant presence on DVD consumer's most wanted lists, the ``Special Limited Edition'' of Saving Private Ryan, debuts on DVD November 2 from DreamWorks Home Entertainment -- debuting day and date with the film's first-ever sell-through VHS release. Continuing its award-winning tradition of delivering the highest standard of excellence in DVD product, DreamWorks will conduct an all digital Telecine high definition transfer -- resulting in enhanced detail and definition. As well, the DVD will feature bonus programming including a message from Steven Spielberg; an exclusive, half-hour behind-the-scenes look at this extraordinary film; and specially created interactive menus. The ``Special Limited Edition'' of Saving Private Ryan DVD also will be available in the Digital Theater Systems (DTS) format.

An unforgettable film achievement, Saving Private Ryan, a DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures' co-production, received wide acclaim from audiences nationwide during its theatrical release and throughout the world. It was hailed as the best motion picture of 1998 by more than 70 film critics and critics groups across the country and appeared on more than 160 ``Top 10'' lists. After becoming the highest box-office grossing film last year, Saving Private Ryan went on to shatter rental records with the strongest revenue generating debut in rental history.

``Saving Private Ryan is a film that people want to own and have in their collection,'' said Kelley Avery, head of DreamWorks Worldwide Home Video and Retail Entertainment. ``We are thrilled to release this very collectible film on both DVD and VHS, and are confident that both formats are destined to be one of the biggest sellers of the fourth quarter.''

SAVING PRIVATE RYAN DVD FEATURES

The Saving Private Ryan DVD bonus programming will include:

· High-Quality Digital Telecine Transfer: Utilizing C-Reality, a state-of-the-art digital transferring process, the DVD boasts the highest quality resolution and imagery. Audiences can witness this powerful film in the most vibrant format for the home viewing experience.

· Director's Message: A specially created message from two-time
Academy Award®-winning director Steven Spielberg is included on the DVD. During the tribute, Steven Spielberg discusses the significance of D-Day and the National D-Day Museum.

· Behind-The-Scenes Featurette: A segment titled "Into The Breach" offers an insightful look behind-the-scenes of the production. DVD viewers will have an opportunity to hear compelling interviews with the cast and crew members discussing the intense personal impact they experienced while making this extraordinary film.

· Additional Content: Other bonus material includes two original theatrical trailers, cast and crew biography

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