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The Final Countdown [Blu-ray]
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"HIGHLY RECOMMENDED... One Of The Coolest Movies I've Seen In Quite Some Time!" -- DVD Verdict
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Kirk Douglass and Marten Sheen show why they were "A" list actors when this film was made. Both gave excellent performances.
The script was well written with the exploration of the ships crew trying to deal with a potential paradox that would effect every person on the planet.
Great acting a good story and super photography of aircraft carrier and flight operations. If you like these features, you will love this movie.
It wasn't until last year that I made it to Pearl Harbor, and to my surprise saw one the newer "Nimitz" class carriers, CVN-72, USS Abraham Lincoln. The scene at the end of the movie was not only realistic as they pass by the USS Arizona. It was a great tribute to the brave men on that USS Arizona, to all those died on that fateful day, and to those who fortunate enough to survive. To the brave men and women who served in World War II we owe a deep gratitude we can never re-pay.
I did some further research and found out that Pacific Family Entertainment will be re-releasing "The Final Countdown" on both DVD and VHS in the Winter some time. We don't have to worry about buying used, or worn out copies of the film any more !!
Blending history, military, moral dilema & science fiction together nearly perfectly, "Final Countdown" is a very powerful and thought-provoking film about a chance to change the course of history.
The modern-day nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz
(an Atlantic Fleet-based aircraft carrier)stationed at Pearl Harbor goes through a mysterious electrical storm in the Pacific Ocean, the crew (Kirk Douglas, Captain; James Farentino, Airwing Commander; Ron O'Neal, XO) & a cilvilian advisor (Martin Sheen)
soon realize through a series of events that they have gone back in time to December 6, 1941, the day before the attack on Pearl Harbor!
After rescuing survivors of a yacht blown up by Japanese Zeros, the crew of the Nimitz is faced with a decision that would change the course of history...whether they should destroy the Japanese Fleet BEFORE they attack Pearl Harbor.
For those of you who've seen the movie, you know the ending.
For those who've never seen "Final Countdown", I won't ruin what is a great ending!
I've been waiting for years for "Final Countdown" to come out on DVD. Hopefully it will be loaded with extra features never found on the rare VHS version from Vestron.
The footage aboard the USS Nimitz is fantastic. No movie since has shown in such detail the action aboard a modern-day carrier.
The flightdeck scenes are breath-taking. You'll see aircraft markings on the F-14s & other aircraft that look absolutely awesome!
This is a movie you will want to watch over & over again.
The DVD that has been released from Pacific Family Entertainment though is another matter entirely. After waiting 6 months after it's supposed release date, I finally received it and watched it. The transfer is very poor to the point where you can see the scan lines from whatever source they made it from (VHS? LD?). It's good the film is in Letterbox, but I was hoping that it would also be enhanced for Widescreen TV's.
Though the case boasts that the DVD has special features such as Scene Selection and Theatrical Trailer, it had no menu except for "Play Movie" and "Trailer" In fact, the movie has no chapters at all.
I hope that someone else can get the rights to this movie and make a DVD that's worthy of this excellent piece of 80's nostalgia.
So 5 stars for the movie, but 0 stars for such a poorly executed DVD.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I saw this in theaters when I was a kid. Brought back so many memories. Great story, but I disagree with how the story twists at the end. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great Movie, streaming quality was poor. Sound and movie were out of sync.Published 2 days ago by Richard Brown
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Thats interesting, does someone know if bestbuy and sears ships internationally ?
Nov 1, 2008 by N. Lindström | See all 2 posts
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The soundtrack is by John Scott, you can purchase the cd through Amazon here;
It's very good.
Mar 25, 2012 by Jeffrey Scott K. | See all 4 posts
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