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The Hunt for Red October [Special Collector's Edition] [DVD] [1990]

Release Date:05/06/2003
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.
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    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (154 out of 155)

    Special Features

    • Commentary by Director John McTiernan
    • "Beneath the Surface" -- New cast & crew interviews
    • Theatrical trailer
    • Widescreen version enhanced for 16:9 TVs
    • Dolby digital
    • English 5.1 surround
    • English DTS surround sound
    • French stereo
    • English subtitles
    • Spanish subtitles
    • Closed Captioned


    The Hunt for Red October
    The first of several films based on Tom Clancy's "Jack Ryan" technothrillers, Hunt for Red October stars Alec Baldwin as eccentric CIA analyst Ryan and Sean Connery as Soviet submarine commander Marko Ramius. Ramius sets the plot in motion when he murders his political adviser, burns his orders, and steers his sub Red October towards American waters, hoping to defect. The CIA, aware that the Red October was about to embark on an evasive mission to demonstrate its ability to avoid detection and fire its nuclear missiles upon U.S. installations, believes that Ramius is insane, and that he plans to start World War III. To cover their own behinds, the Russians back up the CIA's suspicion. Only Jack Ryan believes that Ramius' mission is not as apocalyptic as it seems -- and it is Ryan who is assigned to infiltrate the Red October to prove his theory. The sort of film that in an earlier era would have been called a "thinking man's thriller," The Hunt for Red October ushered in a new series of Hollywood-produced post-Cold War adventure films, including 1995's Crimson Tide. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Sean Connery
      Sean Connery - Capt. Marko Ramius
    • Alec Baldwin
      Alec Baldwin - Jack Ryan
    • Scott Glenn
      Scott Glenn - Capt. Bart Mancuso
    • James Earl Jones
      James Earl Jones - Admiral James Greer
    • Sam Neill
      Sam Neill - Capt. Vasily Borodin

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