SAVING PRIVATE RYAN would be in the history books for its half-hour opening sequence alone - an intense, hyperrealistic recreation of D-Day. For the subsequent 140 mins, this wrenching film about heroism and sacrifice follows a group of American soldiers venture behind enemy lines to save the only surviving brother in a family. Anchored by an understated Tom Hanks in the lead, this five-time Oscar-winner is also a showcase for the sonic work of Gary Rydstrom and his team of sound wizards who further engulf viewers into the hell of war.
Gary Rydstrom is a seven-time Oscar-winning sound designer and filmmaker best known for his sonic work on such films as TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY, JURASSIC PARK, TITANIC, SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, FINDING NEMO, and WEST SIDE STORY, among many others. He has received a total of 20 Oscar nominations along with 2 BAFTA wins (from 8 nominations). For Pixar, Gary directed the Oscar-nominated short film, "Lifted", and he directed the English-language dubs of many Studio Ghibli films.