Paramount Admits Goof and Vows to Save Saving Private Ryan’s Sound

Paramount Admits Goof and Vows to Save Saving Private Ryan’s Sound

May 12, 2010

Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan—starring Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore and Edward Burns—has been praised by veterans as one of the most realistic depictions of war ever put on film. It has been available on DVD for years but just came out on Blu-ray on May 4 as one of Paramount’s coveted Sapphire Series titles. But don’t hurry over to Amazon just yet--if you try to buy Saving Private Ryan on BD at Amazon today, you get the following message: “This product is currently not available for sale by Amazon. The manufacturer is releasing a new version of this product which will be available shortly.”

What the heck happened? It seems that some Blu-ray reviewers noticed an aural oddity on the disc. Specifically, the sound goes out of sync with the picture in chapter 15 and continues that way for the rest of the movie. Paramount recently confirmed with the Digital Bits that “there is a sound sync issue on current copies.” Now the studio is busy working on corrected discs for retailers and will announce a disc replacement plan soon for those who rushed out and bought Saving Private Ryan already.

If you’re one of the buyers who bought a bunk copy last week, don’t stress too much. This has happened before with Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (the video was cropped oddly in one scene) and Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (full HD sound could not be accessed), and both studios stepped up to get corrected discs to customers as quickly as possible. For reasons Blu-ray Bob cannot explain, Paramount’s Blu-ray site appears to not have been updated since 2009, so keep reading Disc-y Business for updated details about a disc-replacement plan.

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