first published on April 27, 2019 by Will
One of the greatest war movies ever made, Saving Private Ryan, is returning to theaters in June for the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
The movie was originally released in 1998 and blew everyones’ mind. I remember watching it as a kid and was awed by it. I just repurchased the remastered film on 4K, and not surprisingly, it has withstood the test of time. Even after my experiences in the military and war I can still say, “That’s a great movie,” and that is rare.
One of the opening scenes delivers a stunning depiction of the amphibious invasion of Normandy Beach, as seen through the eyes of 2nd Ranger Battalion. During the original theatrical release, many D-Day veterans were unexpectedly transported back to that day. They said it was “too real.”
On June 6, 1944, over 160,000 Allied troops landed along the heavily-fortified French coastline. Over 5,000 Ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion. That single day of fighting resulted in 9,000 Allied Soldiers being killed or wounded.
The following clip shows the first couple minutes of the Omaha Beach battle scene from Saving Private Ryan.