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The Hunt for Red October (1990)

Sean Connery , Alec Baldwin , John McTiernan  |  PG |  DVD
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  • Actors: Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, Scott Glenn, Sam Neill, James Earl Jones
  • Directors: John McTiernan
  • Writers: Donald Stewart, Larry Ferguson, Tom Clancy
  • Producers: Jerry Sherlock, Larry DeWaay, Mace Neufeld
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: December 1, 1998
  • Run Time: 134 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (641 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305182043
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,582 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The Hunt For Red October

Before Harrison Ford assumed the mantle of playing Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan hero in Patriot Games, Alec Baldwin took a swing at the character in this John McTiernan film and hit one to the fence. If less instantly sympathetic than Ford, Baldwin is in some respects more interesting and nuanced as Ryan, and drawing comparisons between both actors' performances can make for some interesting postmovie discussion. That aside, The Hunt for Red October stands alone as a uniquely exciting adventure with a fantastic costar: Sean Connery as a Russian nuclear submarine captain attempting to defect to the West on his ship. Ryan must figure out his true motives for approaching the U.S. McTiernan (Predator, Die Hard) made an exceptionally handsome movie here with action sequences that really do take one's breath away. --Tom Keogh

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150 of 166 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great movie finally gets the Special Edition treatment February 25, 2003
This great movie was previously only available on DVD as a "bare-bones" edition -- a non-anamorphic presentation of the movie, with only a trailer and no real extras. But with this release, the film finally gets the Special Edition treatment!
The special features for this disc will reportedly include a new anamorphic transfer, both a Dolby Digital 5.1 sound track AND a DTS 5.1 sound track, an audio commentary by director John McTiernan, a "Beneath the Surface" featurette (new interviews with Alec Baldwin, James Earl Jones, screenwriter Larry Ferguson and producer Mace Neufeld) and the theatrical trailer. Not TONS in the way of extras, but certainly a lot more than what was on the previous edition.
And for you Tom Clancy fans, Paramount has also announced "The Jack Ryan Special Edition DVD Collection" for release on the same day this disc is released, May 6th. The box set will include the new Special Editions of "The Hunt for Red October", "Patriot Games", "Clear and Present Danger", and "The Sum Of All Fears"... each with new bonus material, new anamorphic transfers and both Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 sound. (The movies will be available separately as well as in the 4-disc box set.)
As for my review of "Hunt For Red October":
Personally... and I'm sure that Harrison Ford fans will lambast me for this... I think that Alec Baldwin made the best Jack Ryan in the series. At least, he fit my own personalized vision of the character as I was reading the book better than Ford did. "The Hunt For Red October" is also far and away the best movie based on a Tom Clancy book and follows the SPIRIT of the book more closely than any of the others. Sure, they took some liberties with the details of the story, but they got the broad strokes absolutely dead-on correct.
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46 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars After 18 years, my favorite movie on BD. July 29, 2008
By Jason
The Hunt for Red October is my favorite movie of all time, bar none. It's the kind of movie you can watch over and over.. I've probably watched it a couple of dozen times over the years, first on VHS, then DVD, now on BD. Mind you, I'm not in the habit of re-purchasing titles, but in this case, I made an exception.

The picture is the best I've seen for a film of this vintage. It's not up to the quality of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, but it is a film that's nearly 20 years old. All that said, there is a noticeable improvement over my copy on DVD.

The audio was remastered in Dolby TrueHD 5.1, and is utterly stunning. Good thing my wife & kids are out of town tonight, because I'd be in trouble if they were here -- the sound's so good, I've got the shades drawn and the sound turned up, we're going movie-theater style here.

Don't expect a gaggle of extras here, just expect a great copy of the film with fantastic audio.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still a fantastic movie August 29, 2008
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Thought is was nice in DVD, but then decided to take a chance on Bluray.
What a difference. Not in the habit of upgrading a DVD, but now that I've seen and heard the difference that BD makes, I'll be replacing several of my old DVD versions. Just a classic that belongs in anyone's inventory.
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29 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Most things in here don't react well to bullets..." October 17, 2001
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Now this is a movie worth watching. "The Hunt for Red October" has such a superb casting with actors Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, Scott Glenn, Sam Neill, James Earl Jones, Richard Jordan, Joss Ackland, and more.
Under the command of Captain Marko Ramius (Sean Connery), a technologically superior Soviet nuclear sub, the "Red October", is heading for the U.S. coast. When the American government hears this, they immediately jump to the conclusion that the Russians are planning to attack the United States. But then strangely enough, they find out that the entire Russian naval and air commands are trying to find the "Red October": there orders, to sink the submarine! The Americans are told that they think that Ramius is mad and that he's going to shoot nuclear missiles into America so of course, the American government agrees to help the Soviet hunt the "Red October" to stop him. But a lone CIA analyst, Jack Ryan (Alec Baldwin), has a different idea that he thinks that Ramius is planning to defect but he has only a little time to be able to prove it with the reluctant help of Cammander Bart Mancuso (Scott Glenn). The hunt is on!!
On my list of favorite movies ever, "The Hunt for Red October" measures up to such submarine movies such as "Run Silent, Run Deep" with Clark Gable and Burt Lancaster and "U-571" with Matthew McConaughey. This movie is based on Tom Clancy's bestseller and you have to admit, he was a genius in writing this story.
I love the acting done by not only Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin, but also of Sam Neill as Vasily Borodin, Scott Glenn as the Commander, and naturally James Earl Jones as Admiral James Greer.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely wonderful! August 11, 2002
"The Hunt for Red October" is an absolutely great adaptation of one of the best novels ever written. The producer's of this movie took Tom Clancy's masterpiece and made one of the best military action movies ever. While they didn't stick to the novel perfectly, that's no big deal, it's still a great movie. Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin and the rest of the cast performed admirably. Although later films have Harrison Ford and now Ben Afleck in the role of Jack Ryan, to me, Alec Baldwin epitomized Jack Ryan. Sean Connery turned down the role of Sybok in Star Trek V to do this role, clearly a no brainer there. I would recommend this DVD to anybody. I would also recommend the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Prompt & as described!
Prompt & as described!
Published 27 minutes ago by The Minn Man
5.0 out of 5 stars Good action movie for family movie time
Excellent movie. We've watched it over and over for years. I just ordered a DVD because all we had was an old VCR tape. Read more
Published 4 days ago by momofthree
5.0 out of 5 stars Real submarine operations
This is my absolute favorite film of all time! I sailed in the USS SKIPJACK SSN5985, and lived much of this. It is as real as it gets. Read more
Published 6 days ago by oldgreyfox
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great submarine movie.
Published 6 days ago by William Payne
4.0 out of 5 stars Adapted well from the book
While Sean Connery is a fantastic actor, it was funny that he chose not to (or couldn't?) use a Russian accent. I read the book first and I really liked how they adapted this. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Kent Mills
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Watch it.
Published 16 days ago by Mark Perlstein
5.0 out of 5 stars I find it to be one of the best I have seen
This is not my first viewing of the movie. I find it to be one of the best I have seen, and will watch it again as time passes, because the content and performances by all actors... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Jehu Richmond
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent movie forever
Published 1 month ago by KARLO NAVAS
5.0 out of 5 stars loved this so much
Replacing my VHS tape, loved this so much. Yes, I'm a lady, who loves many "man movies".
Published 1 month ago by truthbtold
5.0 out of 5 stars My husband really likes this movie. He has seen ...
My husband really likes this movie. He has seen it so many times he can mimic every word!
He just had to have a copy for his library
Published 1 month ago by Jo Ann Swatley
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