The Final Countdown [2 Discs] [DVD] [1980]

  • SKU: 6325176
  • Release Date: 03/30/2004
  • Rating: PG
A high-flying, time travel adventure that gets an "A" for originality, The Final Countdown arrives on DVD in fine form with this feature-packed Blue Underground release. The feature attraction is presented letterboxed at 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, and the care that Blue Underground has put into restoring the print will certainly score points with fans. The image is virtually pristine, with solid, well-balanced colors that are bright and vivid, and even skin tones throughout. Audio is presented in closed-captioned English Dolby Digital Surround EX and 2.0 Surround, with an additional DTS-ES track offering a second option for home theater enthusiasts. All three soundtracks are great, with the Dolby Digital Surround EX and the DTS-ES in particular truly shining in the airborne dogfight sequences. Optional English, Spanish, and French subtitles are also accessible. Blue Underground is certainly an organization dedicated to presenting the definitive version of any film that it chooses to release, and this version of The Final Countdown is no exception to that rule. A commentary track with cinematographer Victor J. Kemper offers some good anecdotes concerning the shoot, and while there isn't an abundance of downtime, it ultimately leaves the viewer wanting something more. Though it's interesting to hear how the film crew adjusted their schedules to cooperate with Naval exercises (the anecdote regarding a still-photographer who was "kidnapped" for a "man overboard" exercise is amusing), it ends up being somewhat dry since Kemper doesn't have anyone to bounce memories off of. Fortunately, an interview with associate producer/Troma president Lloyd Kaufman picks up any slack by offering a recollection that is amusing, insightful, and candid. It's obvious that the experience was a crash course in filmmaking for Kaufman, and it's great to hear his memories -- both fond and otherwise -- of the production. Interviews with "The Jolly Rogers" F-14 fighter squadron offer a view of Hollywood from a Naval perspective, and certainly give one an appreciation for the tight choreography and camaraderie needed to run a successful flight deck. Poster and still galleries offer a wealth of high-quality images related from the film, and a biography for star Kirk Douglas gives a detailed analysis of his life and career from his earliest days to his later days in front of the camera. One only wishes all DVD bios could be so insightful. A "Zero Pilot Journal" rounds things out nicely by offering an article on the shoot from a pilot's perspective.
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100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (9 out of 9)

Special Features


  • Audio commentary with director of photography Victor J. Kemper
  • Theatrical trailers
  • TV spots
  • Interview with associate producer Lloyd Kaufman
  • Interviews with The Jolly Rogers F-14 figher squadron
  • Poster & still galleries
  • Kirk Douglas bio
  • Zero Pilot Journal (DVD-ROM)
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis


The Final Countdown
The USS Nimitz, a modern-day nuclear-powered aircraft carrier captained by Kirk Douglas, passes through a time warp and finds itself at Pearl Harbor on December 6, 1941. Douglas is all for preventing the infamous Japanese attack by unleashing the 1980s technology at his disposal. But wait--if history is inviolate, what will happen to future events if the attack doesn't come off? For nearly two hours, pros and cons are volleyed back and forth by Douglas, by ambitious senator Charles Durning, and by concerned observer Martin Sheen. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Kirk Douglas
    Kirk Douglas - Capt. Matthew Yelland
  • Martin Sheen
    Martin Sheen - Warren Lasky
  • Katharine Ross
    Katharine Ross - Laurel Scott
  • James Farentino
    James Farentino - Cmdr. Richard Owens
  • Ron O'Neal
    Ron O'Neal - Cmdr. Dan Thurman



Overall customer rating

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100%
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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent

    Posted
    mavick

    "This film really makes one stop to think of what our military has accomplished (philadelphia experiment meets bemuda triangle). The storyline is superb as is the acting. Kirk Douglas performance is excellent. The special effects will leave you spellbound for this era of film. Great overall picture I would definately recommend it to all science fiction lovers.Enjoy!"

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    THIS IS A VERY INTRIGUING FILM

    Posted
    Butch2166

    This film really makes one stop to think of what our military has accomplished (philadelphia experiment meets bemuda triangle). The storyline is superb as is the acting. Kirk Douglas performance is excellent. The special effects will leave you spellbound for this era of film. Great overall picture I would definately recommend it to all science fiction lovers.Enjoy!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    a scifi twist on a ww2 movie

    Posted
    blindsite1
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    See what happens when a modern aircraft carrier get sent back in time to the start of ww2 at pearl harbor. also see the choices that the captain must make as he tries to get his men and ship back home to the right time. No digital hd copy included.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    really good adventure high tech movie

    Posted
    cats

    this movie was all I wanted it to be, and more! was full of good actors, and the theme was very interesting.. this movie was never dull, lots of good details entwined with all characters. really liked the theme, and the way it turned out was great!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Old Movie

    Posted
    F150Driver
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    One of my favorites from the past. I've had a hard time finding it on Netflix or any other service, but Best Buy had it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    GREAT MOVIE

    Posted
    jrouse35071
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    GREAT MOVIE TRIES TO GO BACK IN TIME TO CHANGE THE EVENTS OF PEARL HARBOR AT THE END SOMETHING HAS CHANGED BUT IT STILL HAPPENES GREAT TIME TRAVEL MOVIE

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A good movie

    Posted
    breakroom
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    I seen this movie once on tv a long time ago and I thought it was pretty good, so I added it to my collection.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Movie

    Posted
    StorminNorman

    I loved to finally get it on DVD. This movie was great with quick action and some interesting questions.

    I would recommend this to a friend


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