This reissue, a "Special Collector's Edition," of The Hunt for Red October is a vast improvement, in every way, over the initial release. For starters, the widescreen image (framed at 2.35:1) is anamorphic this time, and the transfer has never looked better. Granted, some grain is evident, especially early in the film, but it's never intrusive. The distinct color patterns are far more clear and the detail more exact. Equally, the blacks are very strong and solid. Also an upgrade is the sound. The earlier disc had a 5.1 Dolby Digital track, but this one includes that and a new DTS track. While the Dolby Digital track is good, the DTS version is noticeably stronger. Basses are deep, and surround effects are utilized in just the correct moment. As for supplements, while this disc is far from supplement heavy, it offers far more than the original disc. Along with the theatrical trailer, also on the first DVD, there is a fine half-hour documentary, covering many elements, from the story to the visual effects. As good as it is, it really begs for more. Also included is a commentary track from director John McTiernan. Despite significant gaps, he does offer some interesting insight into the production, but simply doesn't cover enough ground. Maybe not a perfect disc, this one is such a step up from what was offered initially that it's difficult to find anything to complain about.
Commentary by Director John McTiernan
"Beneath the Surface" -- New cast & crew interviews
Widescreen version enhanced for 16:9 TVs
English 5.1 surround
English DTS surround sound
Sean ConneryCapt. Marko Ramius
Alec BaldwinJack Ryan
Scott GlennCapt. Bart Mancuso
James Earl JonesAdmiral James Greer
Sam NeillCapt. Vasily Borodin
Joss AcklandAndrei Lysenko
Richard JordanJeffrey Pelt
Peter FirthIvan Putin
Tim CurryDr. Petrov
Courtney B. VanceSeaman Jones
Jeffrey JonesSkip Tyler
Fred Dalton ThompsonAdmiral Painter
Daniel DavisCapt. Davenport
Tomas AranaLeginov (Cook)
Reed PopovichLt. Jim Curry
Timothy CarhartBill Steiner
Larry FergusonChief of the Boat
Ned VaughnSeaman Beaumont
Anthony PeckLt. Comdr. Thompson
Ronald GuttmanLt. Melekhin
Michael George BenkoIvan
Anatoly DavydovOfficer #1
Arthur CybulskiDiving Officer
Sven Ole ThorsenRussian COB
Radu GavorSoviet Seaman
Ivan IvanovSoviet Seaman
Ping WuSoviet Seaman
Herman SinitzynSoviet Seaman
Christopher JanczarAndrei Bonovia
Vlado BendenKonovalov Seaman
George WinstonKonovalov Seamen
Don Oscar SmithHelicopter Pilot
Rick DucommunNavigator C-2A
George H. BillyDSRV Officer
Andrew DivoffAndrei Amalric
Peter ZinnerAdm. Padorin
Tony VenetoPadorin's Orderly
Ben HartiganAdmiral (Briefing)
Ray ReinhardtJodge Moore at Briefing
F.J. O'NeilGeneral at Briefing
Robert BuckinghamAdmirals at Briefing
A.C. LylesAdvisor #1
John McTiernan, Sr.Advisor
John ShepherdFoxtrot Pilot
William Bell SullivanLt. Cmdr. Mike Hewitt
Gates McFaddenCaroline Ryan
Louise BorrasSally Ryan
Denise E. JamesStewardess
Tom ClancyBook Author
Jan de BontCinematographer
Basil PoledourisComposer (Music Score)
Cecelia HallMusical Direction/Supervision
Terence MarshProduction Designer
Don WoodruffArt Director
William CruseArt Director
Jerry SherlockExecutive Producer
Larry de WaayExecutive Producer
James W. TysonCostume Designer
Al di SarroSpecial Effects
Scott SquiresSpecial Effects
Terry FrazeeSpecial Effects
Chuck Picerni, Jr.Stunts
George Watters IISound Effects Editor
Political Thriller,Action Thriller,Sea Adventure
The Hunt for Red October
Year of Release
DVD, Special Collector's Edition
Dolby Digital w/ sub-woofer channel, Digital Theater Systems (akin to 5.1)
Enhanced Widescreen for 16x9 TV
English, French, Spanish
The Hunt for Red October [Special Collector's Edition] [DVD] 
THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER keeps tension and suspense front and center. The plot builds nicely, keeping you guessing as it moves quickly along. The tight writing and strong acting make much of essentially watching a chess game in which players try to guess the others' next moves. Every ounce of Sean Connery's charisma is on display, and a young Alec Baldwin is fun to watch as a nerdy government analyst who's a bit out of his depth. Both are strongly supported by the likes of Sam Neill, Stellan Skarsgård, James Earl Jones, Tim Curry, and more.
Although the content is fine for most tweens, it's more likely to be enjoyed by teens who can appreciate tension as a dramatic device. Navy and submarine buffs also will enjoy the depictions of strategizing, navigating, and sonar operations in the cramped confines of both Russian and American subs. It's fun to see what cutting-edge technology was like 30 years ago, and it's also a bit of a history lesson about the tensions of the Cold War, reminding us of how much U.S./Soviet tension was a huge backdrop to life then.
One of Sean Connery's better roles outside of Bond. In general though, a thoroughly enjoyable action flick with a star-studded cast. Also, when people ask you what movie you know Tim Curry from, you can lay this one on them. Everyone has at least one movie they can watch over and over and over and never get tired of it. This is one of mine. I love this movie.
I'm surprised that this Limited Edition steelbook is still available for sale on Best Buy. It's a great movie that you can watch more than once. I would highly recommend this one to all the Steelbook collectors out there. I noticed that Best Buy usually doesn't say if it's a Limited Edition or not when it comes to steelbooks. As it's a Limited Edition steelbook it's a no brainer. I spent the full price but I noticed it has gone on sale. If you see it at a low price, jump on this one.
If you love Sean Connery movies, the Tom Clancy novels, or just good movies, this movie is a must-own. The level of detail is amazing and the story is fantastic. The 4k and HDR remaster make the film look superb. Plus, if you collect steelbooks, the images all look amazing. Buy this movie if you are on the fence and I am positive you won't regret it
One of my favorite movies of all time. I never get tired of watching it. It is just so well made. A cinematic masterpiece. An incredible cast and excellent story telling. They just don't make them like this anymore. The feeling of suspense and excitement all perfectly balanced. When I first saw this movie in the theaters I left with a upbeat feeling, and I knew I had to see it again. The camaraderie between the characters on both sides, the relative dialogue was so enjoyable. I was giddy.
The transfer. I have been waiting for a long time for a proper treatment for this film, and a 4k version has finally been released. It's slightly on the dark side but the details are there to be admired. The 4k looks more filmic than the 1080 in my opinion. Definitely an improvement. The sound is where it shines. I noticed it right off the bat. The low frequency sounds, especially during the submarine sequences, the engine noises, all stand out. Also, surrounds are detailed and distinct even for a older movie like this. I was satisfied with this buy. Look into it folks, I think you'll like it.
While it is true Sean Connery can elevate any movie in which he is in, The Hunt for Red October is one of those rare movies that come along every now and then, that just appeals to everyone. The submarine attack scenes were just outstanding. I have purchased this movie so many times and in all the formats. The latest purchase, which was the 4K steelbook, was only eye candy so I could proudly display this iconic movie, as the art design on the steelbook really stands out. If there is anyone left on planet Earth who has not seen this great movie, I'd highly recommend you watch it.
This has been one of my favorite Tom Clancy movies of all time and I was elated when I saw it at Best Buy on 4K. The 4K presentation doesn’t disappoint and it is well worth the purchase if you don’t yet have it - give your Blu-ray to a good friend as you get another with the 4K movie anyways.
The steel book case is a nice addition. Although I am not a collector of steel book cases as they just add to the cost of the movies, I didn’t mind getting it with this movie because I enjoy the movie so much.
A great Dolby Vision presentation with fantastic Dolby TrueHD 5.1 audio!