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Flashback 1998: Watch 'Saving Private Ryan' Making-Of Doc & Vintage 'Siskel & Ebert' Review

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist July 24, 2013 at 4:45PM

Want to get an idea of just how much the idea of summer movies has changed? It was fifteen years ago today that Steven Spielberg's nearly three-hour long WWII epic "Saving Private Ryan" landed in theatres. Can you imagine any studio these days giving up a plum summer date for a grim, nearly three-hour long, R-rated war movie? It's almost inconceivable.
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Saving Private Ryan

Want to get an idea of just how much the idea of summer movies has changed? It was fifteen years ago today that Steven Spielberg's nearly three-hour long WWII epic "Saving Private Ryan" landed in theatres. Can you imagine any studio these days giving up a plum summer date for a grim, nearly three-hour long, R-rated war movie? It's almost inconceivable. 

To help take a trip down memory lane, we've gathered up "Return To Normandy," a 20-minute making-of documentary on the movie featuring Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Matt Damon and cinematographer Janusz Kaminski. It's a pretty nice peek at the process of putting the picture together with its key creatives. Following that is a classic "Siskel & Ebert" review of the film, reminding you why these guys are still missed today. The six-minute segment dives into the the film's anti-war themes, discusses how Spielberg gets those ideas through via action and not words, and of course, the opening Omaha beach sequence, with Siskel calling the whole thing a "superb piece of filmmaking."

The film was a box office monster and went on to earn 11 Academy Award nominations, netting Spielberg his second Best Director Oscar. But it lost Best Picture to "Shakespeare In Love." Watch below.

This article is related to: Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks


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