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Based on Tom Clancy's bestseller, directed by John McTiernan (Die Hard) and starring Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin, THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER sweats with high-tech anxiety and the tension of men who hold Doomsday in their hands. A new technologically-superior Soviet nuclear sub, the Red October, is heading for the U.S. coast under the command of Captain Marko Ramius (Connery). The American government thinks Ramius is planning to attack. A lone CIA analyst (Baldwin) has a different idea: he thinks Ramius is planning to defect, but he has only a few hours to find him and prove it - because the entire Russian naval and air commands are trying to find him, too. The hunt is on!

Special Features

  • Commentary by Director John McTiernan
  • Beneath the Surface - New Cast & Crew Interviews

Product Details

  • 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: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, 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: May 6, 2003
  • Run Time: 135 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (775 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008K76U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,288 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Hunt for Red October" on IMDb

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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157 of 174 people found the following review helpful By Scott Andrews on February 25, 2003
Format: DVD
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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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Jason on July 29, 2008
Format: Blu-ray
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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Energy Saver "Karen" on 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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32 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Priscilla Stafford on 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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Steve Douglas TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 30, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Many have already provided summaries and discussions of who was the best Jack Ryan so this review will focus on only the transfer of the film from Standard Def to Blu Ray.

I do have the Standard Def version and have seen it many times and I finally got the film on Blu Ray and am glad I did. The video transfer shows a nicely increased color resolution and contrast in all areas. Though this older film retains much of the filmic grain, especially noticeable in the background and sky areas, there was no artifacting or aliasing at any point that I could see. The Mbps rate seemed to average from the low 20's all the way up to the high 30's and this would be the cause of the cleaner colors and sharper contrast. There were a good amount of details lost in the Standard Def version that can readily be seen in this Blu Ray transfer. That said, I do not believe that they really remastered the film but just did a clean job of reformatting it to Blu Ray. I give the video transfer 4 stars.

The Audio is a lossless Dolby True HD and the lesser amount of compression for the audio shines through with a nicely balanced audio level for both dialogue and action scenes. I found no need to roller coaster the remote's volume setting. There was a great deal of discreet channeling to the surround speakers for foley effects and ambiance audio. Your LFE sub channel really comes into play with the underwater sub scenes and explosions. While the audio for The Hunt for Red October does not reach the very high levels of audio excellence found in the Das Boot and U-571 submarine movies, it still is far better than 95% of any other Blu Rays you might find. There are many scenes in The Hunt for Red October that could easily be used for Demos of your home theater. The audio gets 5 stars from me.
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