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The Final Countdown (Two-Disc Limited Edition) (1980)

Kirk Douglas , Martin Sheen , Don Taylor  |  PG |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (567 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kirk Douglas, Martin Sheen, Katharine Ross, James Farentino, Ron O'Neal
  • Directors: Don Taylor
  • Writers: David Ambrose, Gerry Davis, Peter Powell, Thomas Hunter
  • Producers: Lloyd Kaufman, Peter Douglas, Richard R. St. Johns
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Limited Edition, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Subtitled, THX, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX), English (DTS ES 6.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Blue Underground
  • DVD Release Date: March 30, 2004
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (567 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00019GHQ6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,250 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Final Countdown (Two-Disc Limited Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • High-Definition transfer from original camera negative
  • Audio Commentary with Director of Photography Victor J. Kemper
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • TV Spots
  • Bonus Disc
  • Interview with Associate Producer Lloyd Kaufman
  • Interviews with The Jolly Rogers F-14 Fighter Squadron
  • Poster & Still Galleries
  • Kirk Douglas Bio
  • Zero Pilot Journal (DVD-ROM)
  • Only 100,000 made

Editorial Reviews

Additional Features

It's a bit light for a two-disc set, but the limited edition of The Final Countdown is worth it if only for the half-hour of interviews with the Navy pilots who helped with the filming of the F-14 footage. Two dozen years after the movie, six pilots are interviewed separately and together, and they tell about the experience of flying, how in comparison missile shots in Top Gun are "just bogus," how much they liked the cast, and what they would have done had the final decision been theirs to make. There's also a 14-minute interview with Troma guru Lloyd Kaufman, who served as associate producer; various stills; and a DVD-ROM article from the Commemorative Air Force Dispatch that recounts the experiences of the pilots who flew the Japanese Zeros. Despite some stumbles and a bit of dead air, director of photography Victor J. Kemper provides a reasonably entertaining commentary track. The Final Countdown was briefly available as a poor-quality DVD from Pacific Family Entertainment, and it's safe to say that Blue Underground's new THX-approved high-definition transfer is the best the film has ever looked on home video. The 5.1 Dolby Digital EX and 6.1 DTS ES tracks are limited by their source material, however, and don't have quite the oomph or surround effects one would wish for in the aerial-dogfight scenes. --David Horiuchi

Product Description

Kirk Douglas, Martin Sheen, Katharine Ross. Includes the fantastic original time-travel adventure tale plus loads of new DVD special features! Limited to 100,000 copies. 2 DVDs. 1980/color/102 min/NR/fullscreen.

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116 of 120 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A film that has everything May 28, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
"The Final Countdown" is one of my all-time favorite films, because it has just about everything I like: military hardware, heroism, and history -- with a delicious helping of sci-fi fantasy. Off the coast of Hawaii, the modern day USS Nimitz encounters a bizarre storm, which is actually a portal through time. The crew gradually becomes convinced that they have emerged in 1941 just prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor -- and that they have the futuristic firepower to stop it. But can history really be changed? Initially, it seems likely! In the highlight scene of the film, F-14 Tomcats go to the rescue of a yacht under attack by Zeros. Survivors, a suspicious Congressman and his assistant, as well as an incredulous Japanese pilot, are brought on board the spectacularly anachronistic aircraft carrier. From there, the mission to change history begins to go awry as paradox-producing events occur. Nonetheless, the Nimitz never falters. And you really anticipate, even as the time portal begins to close, that her guns and aircraft will engage the oncoming enemy. "The Final Countdown" is a wonderful fantasy, very realistically enacted. For a time-travel epic, I like the way all the "loose ends" are neatly tied up. History is preserved, with a sensitive, and I must say, emotional, tribute to the heroes of Pearl Harbor.
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90 of 94 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Final Countdown - Sci-Fi Story Telling at it's BEST November 1, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This film is well written, has an all star cast and has wonderful photography. Filmed well before Top Gun, The Final Countdown has great areial combat/flight scenes and shows the awesome capabilites of the navy's modern nuclear aircraft carriers and the stressful environment that all aboard have to live with every day.
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.
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134 of 146 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best "What If" time travel movie ever May 10, 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This is without doubt one of my all time favorite movies, good acting, good plot, etc. For those who can get the book and read it there is more, though the movie was quite good. I look forward to getting it on DVD as soon as it is released again.
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 !!
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Classic Science Fiction Film July 11, 2003
Format:DVD
"The Final Countdown" is one of those films that never got the recognition that it so rightfully deserves.
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.
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106 of 121 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie...Terrible DVD! June 28, 2002
By A Customer
First of all, I have to say The Final Countdown is one of my favorite sci-fi films of all time. If you like time travel stories and the dilemas they create, then you'll love this film. Also, it's a great look into the day to day operations of an aircraft carrier. The technical details were outstanding from my POV; though not having been in the Navy I can't really say how accurate they were, but they sounded convincing enough.
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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Final Countdown
I'll start and preface this review by saying I was stationed onboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68) some months after the release of the movie. It was a movie shown WEEKLY onboard that ship. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Happy Camper
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Thanks to my father, who had this on a vhs, that was not at all clear, I got interested in the movie and had to have it.
Published 3 days ago by Sandra F. Studdard
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cast, subject, and movie
I normally don't like science fiction.However, I Love this movie. I like the WWII time frame, the clothes, the cars, simpler times and simpler communications. Read more
Published 6 days ago by FredColo
5.0 out of 5 stars The planes themselves were the REAL stars here - the "plot" not...
The real stars of this film, in my opinion, are the aircraft seen within this movie - and on "real" flight ops - not this trashy, made-up stuff we were shown in "Top... Read more
Published 7 days ago by john
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great, unknown movie !!!
If there is a """ FEEL Good ""' movie , this is it. Science fiction, but a patriotic american would wish this was a true story. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Bernard J. Scher
5.0 out of 5 stars Best movie yet
I played and replayed this movie many times It leaves you wondering how history would be sodifferent if they hadn't returned to the time they had come from when they did
Published 15 days ago by Joseph H. Greenwood
3.0 out of 5 stars Rating
I guess Amazon is aware I hate their shipping policy since I've rating each and everyone of my orders the same way. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Jimmy Hostetler
5.0 out of 5 stars Childhood favorite
I watched this movie last when I was a kid and have always thought it was great, so I decided to watch it again as an adult. Read more
Published 18 days ago by L. Jobson
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good HD quality
Plays well even though my blu-ray player will struggle with some blue rays this one was no probem. Video and audio quality very good.
Published 19 days ago by Jim Lebre
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic and excellent movie!
An Excellent Movie! Special effects are not so great but the history, action and drama of it makes you wonder what would happen!!
Published 20 days ago by Carlos Carrillo
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Sound tracks in the Movie - The Final Countdown
The soundtrack is by John Scott, you can purchase the cd through Amazon here;
http://www.amazon.com/Countdown-Original-Soundtrack-Recording-Scott-Original-soundtrack/dp/B0009RGO5E/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1332691485&sr=1-1ck

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