Paramount Home Media announced this past week that there will be three new high-profile 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo Pack selections ready for release during the month of May.
Leading the way the way on May 8 is a 20th Anniversary Edition of director Steven Spielberg’s 1998 film masterpiece, Saving Private Ryan, which remains one of the most powerful screen presentations in the history of cinema.
It was also the victim of the most egregious Oscar-voting shenanigans in the history of such things. The hand of Harvey Weinstein weighed heavy on the ballot box — come on people, now that he is totally disgraced and can no longer affect your career in Hollywood, admit your sins in voting for Shakespeare in Love as Best Picture over Saving Private Ryan. There has to be a hash-tag movement in there somewhere … #iwasadope, #ivotedfoolishly, #harveymademedoit, etc.
In any case, Saving Private Ryan arrives as a 4K Ultra HD/2 Blu-ray Combo Pack and features all of the previously released bonus goodies, including an introduction by filmmaker Steven Spielberg, the Tom-Hanks narrated feature-length documentary by Richard Schickel titled Shooting War: World War II Combat Cameramen and eight production featurettes, including the one titled “Re-Creating Omaha Beach.”
The following week, May 15, Paramount Home Media is back with 4K Ultra HD presentations of Best Picture winners, Braveheart (with two Blu-ray discs) and Gladiator (also with two Blu-ray discs).