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148 of 164 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great movie finally gets the Special Edition treatment
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...
Published on February 25, 2003 by Scott Andrews

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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Paramount's Heart Isn't Into DVD's
It is obvious that Paramount's late entry into the DVD format and lack of support shows on this movie. It is not anamorphic transfer but a second generation print used for making VHS tapes..hence the poor video and dust specks. Sound is also lacking it's depth of realism though it is Dolby. I have also noticed a "pause" when the layer change occurs. This...
Published on January 23, 1999 by SPage@aol.com


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb film version of Clancy's excellent novel!, January 2, 2004
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Roger J. Buffington (Huntington Beach, CA United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Hunt for Red October (DVD)
This is one of my very favorite movies of all time. It is, of course, the story of a Soviet submarine captain attempting to defect to the United States with his state-of-the-art "first strike" submarine during the latter days of the Cold War. The bestselling novel upon which the movie is based is the one that made Tom Clancy famous, and the movie hews close to the original story, rarely straying from it.
Sean Connery is magnificent as Captain Marko Ramius, the Soviet sub captain. He absolutely becomes the role, and whenever I re-read the novel I see Connery in my mind's eye as Ramius. Alec Baldwin does fine as Jack Ryan, although I don't find him to be nearly as good as Harrison Ford, who plays Ryan in the subsequent "Jack Ryan" movies (e.g. Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger). He's wildly better than Affleck though. While some reviewers have been critical of Baldwin as Jack Ryan, my own opinion is that he succeeded, and probably made a serious career mistake by not ensuring that he played Ryan in the subsequent films. Sam Neil does his customary stellar job as Ramius' second-in-command and co-conspirator. By the way, I thought that the actors who played the other Russian submarine officers all did fine jobs. They seemed Russian, at least to me.
The entire supporting cast does very well in this film, and everything comes together very effectively, making this one of the truly great films about the Cold War. The story transports from novel to Silver Screen beautifully, and the DVD is excellent. This is one that belongs in everyone's collection, and it is one that you will watch over and over again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Cold War cat-and-mouse gripper, but a murkfest on DVD, December 29, 1998
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This review is from: The Hunt for Red October (DVD)
From my favorite book by my favorite author, I bite my nails off every time I see The Hunt for Red October. I loved submarines growing up, and this one tops them all. Connery is his usual brilliant self, and Baldwin plays Jack Ryan exactly as I had pictured him (unlike the grisly Harrison Ford, later). The film features a great supporting cast with the exception of the sniveling Tim Curry, who delivers one particulary lame line that makes me cringe: "Captain!" Rick Ducommon's comic relief was also memorable. I have to dock this DVD for the relatively poor image quality. The underwater scenes were realistically murky, stressing my LCD projector's blue range. But the rest of the film crawled with compression noise, detracting from our enjoyment. Several SFX shots were obvious blue screens, with the seams visible as halos. In fact, the moonlit epilogue scene was unnecessarily fake. Granted, this movie was made "way back" in 1990, but a story this good deserved better treatment. I had wondered why this DVD cost less than most others, and now I know why. Shame on Paramount. This film was worth remastering.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie, poor transfer to DVD, October 25, 1999
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@Faber (Orlando, Florida) - See all my reviews
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I love the movie and it's in my top-ten list. The quality of the cast is unbelievable and it has an amazing sense of rythm. However, after using the VHS version quite a few times, I have to say that the DVD image quality (especially color) is worse than the tape. Muddy images, horrible flesh tones . I was not too excited about the audio either. Don't waste the money on the DVD, buy the VHS.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Hunt For Red October [Blu-ray], February 24, 2009
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Retro Ron (Duncanville, Tx) - See all my reviews
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BLU-RAY BUYER BEWARE!! The studios are playing us for dupes. In wanting us to buy their movies AGAIN (VHS, LaserDisc, DVD, now Blu-ray), with the expansive information a blu-ray will hold, they are cheating us!! Case in point..THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER (and others). The previous DVD release contained BOTH a Dolby Digital AND the usually preferred DTS track. On the Blu-ray we only get the Dolby. Shame on them!!

It amazes me. You would think they would load these releases with much, much more than the standard DVD release to help get people to switch over to Blu-ray but, for the most part, they're not. I guess they figure they have enough control over people to get away with it. Do they? YOU answer the question.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Movie, Junk DVD-quality, October 25, 1999
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This review is from: The Hunt for Red October (DVD)
As some people stated before: The movie is great, very thrilling, with excellent actors. But the DVD-version is REALLY disappointing. The worst one I have seen. Compared with the german version of the 5th Element, this DVD is junk!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie but a terrible dvd, November 6, 1999
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Neil Moreton (Melbourne, Australia) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Hunt for Red October (DVD)
This is a great movie but the movie lacks any special features and looks really bad. You might as well save your money and get the VHS version,
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth watching again...., April 11, 2012
Now that this film is available on Blu-Ray it is definitely worth watching again. The photography is exceptional and very believable. You really feel like you are on board a submarine for an hour or two. The exterior shots, the sea, the aircraft carrier scenes, the helicopter scenes- are all very well done. The exceptional photography lends itself well to HD and Blu-Ray. And on top of all this, the story is exceptional. Right up until the last closing minute you can not predict the outcome. Based on the exceptional novel by Tom Clancy the story is one of the best in the 'submarine genre'.
Perhaps the very best submarine movie ever made.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic adaption of Clancy's novel, October 18, 2001
This review is from: The Hunt for Red October (DVD)
A first-rate thriller that provides the goods again and again. Excellent cast, good direction (the almost always reliable McTiernan--see "Last Action Hero" for the only real blemish on his record), plenty of suspense and thrills. There are a few differences between the novel and the film, but only purists will quibble about that. And yes, Scotsman Connery plays a Lithuanian, but he does it well, and as always, brings a touch of class to the role. I despise Alec Baldwin, but he's perfect as Ryan--the right age and look combined with the proper mix of guile, humility, and cockiness. The film also boasts an excellent supporting cast, with kudos to Sam Neill, Richard Jordan, and Courtney Vance for their performances. Scott Glenn and James Earl Jones are also solid in their roles. The occasional "technobabble" and military talk may confuse those unfamiliar with such terms, but it doesn't detract from the plot or action--in other words, you can still understand and follow the film even if you don't understand the terminology. The DVD features no extras of note, unfortunately, but the transfer quality--while a bit off-color at times--is still far better than VHS, and those of you with home theaters BEWARE--the sound quality (5.1 Surround) is frighteningly good at times (is that torpedo in your living room, or on the screen?!?). A so-so disc, but an incredible, intelligent thriller that's worth buying in any format.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Super movie, junk DVD, August 22, 1999
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Danny Fixit (Atlanta, GA United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Hunt for Red October (DVD)
This movie is one of my all time favorites for kewl action and awesome sound for a theater system. Loved it on VHS. But the DVD is pure TRASH! It is the worst DVD I have bought yet and am returning it. Pictures are very fuzzy and unclear, even compared with movies of similar vintage. Paramount ripped us off by just slapping this thing on DVD with no focus on quality. DON'T BOTHER WITH DVD. Stick with the VHS version.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tense thriller!, November 4, 2005
This review is from: The Hunt for Red October (DVD)
The claustrophobic atmosphere gradually will intensify with major tension elements around a Russian nuclear submarine in the times of the Perestroika. A high Officer decides to defect to USA. The Soviet authorities go for them and at the same time, the North American Navy being ignored the real intentions undertakes a parallel hunt until a sharp and clever Officer seems to anticipate every move in this cat and mouse chase, that reminds us that forgotten gem picture of the middle Fifties: The Enemy bellow with Robert Mitchu and Curt Jurgens.

A very exciting adventure with an unexpected final. Do not miss it.
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