It's interesting to watch "Saving Private Ryan" again after all these years because you realize how much influence it's had on today's video games. Like Spielberg's other recent Blu-ray release, "Minority Report," the video has some grain and color hues that make it seem less than pristine--but that's how the movie's supposed to look (and it does look good). Not surprisingly, the first 25 minutes are that much more intense in HD.
See pricing for "Saving Private Ryan" from Amazon.com.
At around $19, this is technically more than our $15 limit. But you're getting two full movies--the Academy Award winners "Braveheart" and "Gladiator"--for under $10 each. Even better, these are--according to the Amazon user reviews--the existing two-disc Blu-ray versions of each movie, so you're not losing any extras. It's doubly incredible when you consider that buying the same movies separately will set you back $33.32. In our book, this two-pack is a downright steal if you enjoy these historical epics, which both look great on Blu-ray.
"You wanna get high-def? Here's how you get it. He pulls a DVD, you pull a Blu-ray. He sends one of yours to streaming, you send one of his to Amazon. That's the Chicago way--and that's how you get high-def."
Director Sam Peckinpah's blood-soaked epic Western helped redefine the genre in 1969, and it still stands as one of the greatest tough-guys-on-an-impossible-mission film ever made, thanks to great performances from old-school legends like William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, and Warren Oates. And it's all yours in high-def, for an unbelievable $8.
The disc includes all three cuts of the Spielberg classic, which has been remastered and looks and sounds about as good as it could on Blu-ray. (At the time of this writing, it was also selling for an affordable $11.99 on Amazon.)
Because of its frenetic pace, "Minority Report" is one of those movies that benefits from multiple viewings so you can pick up on stuff you might have missed. Some viewers may think the video looks a little off (read: grainy with a slightly muted bluish hue), but that's how Spielberg wanted the picture to look. Another good one for showing off your home theater.
Before "The Matrix," there was "Dark City," and though it didn't make our earlier lists, now that Amazon has it on sale for $9.99, we felt it should be added. The video quality isn't perfect (video sticklers will notice some edge-enhancement in spots), but it's a whole lot better than the DVD, and the audio's generally excellent.