"THE LONGEST DAY" will undoubtedly be compared by younger, newer viewers to "SAVING PRIVATE RYAN" since both films depict in harrowing detail events around the D-DAY invasion. And, while "THE LONGEST DAY" can't compare in terms of graphic detail or impact those opening 20 minutes of the newer film, it's still a great film in many ways. An all-star cast permeates the sprawling epic, and in a daring fashion, three different directors handled different scenes, bringing a successful tapestry to the events and drama depicted. Also impressive, without bowing to the lowest money-making denominator, the studio allowed Germans to speak German, using subtitles, lending a much more authentic feel to the film than say laughable scenes with British actors speaking English, but audiences having to suspend disbelief, in "WHERE EAGLES DARE." There are some famous, true, lesser known events depicted throughout the film, and in quieter ways than "SAVING PRIVATE RYAN," this film still deserves to be in the same film lover's collection, right beside it(whenever that title finally comes out!)
FOX has provided the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/MPEG 4 blu-ray release. It's a spectacular looking blu-ray! FOX has demonstrated how well a great transfer can make a black and white film look!!! There are many scenes that have unbelievable depth, with images almost popping off the screen(IN BLACK AND WHITE!!!!) There are a few minutes, however, wherein contrast is surprisingly deficient. Still, overall, a spectacular looking blu-ray release!!!
FOX has provided a DTS-HD Lossless Master Audio 5.1 mix. For a film this old, the mix is surprisingly effective. There are many quiet moments throughout, but whenever action unfolds, all speakers kick in with powerful discrete effects. Bass effects tend to be underplayed, but music and dialogue are well balanced.
FOX has included some great commentaries and extras on this 2 disc set.