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Crimson Tide [Blu-ray]
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Superstars Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman face off in the intense action-thriller CRIMSON TIDE, now on Blu-ray Disc(R). Viggo Mortensen and James Gandolfini also star as the "full-throttle tension" (LOS ANGELES TIMES) builds relentlessly in this pulse-pounding format! Amidst a global crisis, the USS ALABAMA is ordered to launch its nuclear missiles -- signaling the start of World War III! And when the sub's commander and his executive officer clash over the validity of their orders, an epic struggle for control erupts under the sea. Watch every explosive frame in spectacular 1080p, while 5.1 48 kHz, 16-bit uncompressed audio blows you away. See, hear and feel the "Tide" rage through the power of Blu-ray(TM) High Definition!
You can almost hear the studio pitch meeting echoing throughout Crimson Tide like the sonar on the soundtrack: "It's The Cain Mutiny on a nuclear submarine!" When radio communications problems aboard the USS Alabama prevent the sub from receiving its orders clearly during a tense confrontation with Russian warships, Navy officer Denzel Washington faces a huge ethical dilemma: countermand the orders of legendary Captain Ramsey (Gene Hackman) to fire nuclear missiles, or follow his command and risk launching an unprovoked nuclear war. It's really an actors' picture, and the fun is in the fireworks between Washington and Hackman, each of whose characters articulates solid reasoning behind his decision. There are no easy villains, and there's no easy way to tell right from wrong--that's what makes the nuclear stakes so terrifying. Director Tony Scott (who directed Quentin Tarantino's True Romance script) called in Tarantino to punch up the dialogue, which is why, for example, the sailors talk about Silver Surfer comic books. The digital video disc is in anamorphic widescreen; the sonorous underwater rumblings on the Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack will provide you with a good opportunity to show off your system's bass response. --Jim Emerson
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I bought this movie from Amazon in blu-ray format and also streamed it. The streaming video is pretty good, for an older movie, but I couldn't turn the sound up quite loud enough. So I just turned on subtitles, Problem solved.
PS - the dog is a great character in this movie. Kinda made me wonder if I could like Jack Russells after all.
Crimson Tide is worth a revisit. The BD's video and audio are decent, but nothing to write home about. It's definitely dated, but in a wonderful classic film sort of way.
Lots of heavy themes from the nature of power, nuclear war, sacrifice, responsibility, and even racism.
The combat is top notch. Though I enjoy Red October, the combat in that film is absurd and unbelievable. The combat in this film is blood pumping and has consequences.
And the end scene is is also simple yet satisfying. This is the kind of film you watch over and over again as the years go by.
Directed with a sure hand by Tony Scott, who knows how to direct and pace an action/ suspense film, the film it doesn't seem the least dated even though it's 20 years old now. Color and overall visual quality is quite strong, and the audio also holds up very well, again without seeming dated. Somehow I Missed this back in the day and just bought it, and with all its strengths I'm delighted to have it in my collection.
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No nonsense combat veteran Captain Frank Ramsey (Hackman) and his newly installed first officer Ron Hunter (Washington) are caught in the middle of a global crisis. On board a nuclear submarine they're heading for Russia where radical nationalists are threatening to start World War 111. But when they receive an unverified message to launch their missiles, Ramsey and Hunter clash over the validity of the orders. With nuclear holocaust close at hand, mutiny erupts on the sub-pitting the entire crew against each other in a showdown that will decide the fate of the world
Audio is excellent (5.1) (DTS HD MA and LPCM) for those of us who wants the very best!
Video quality is also very good, with rich details.
A very good and breathtaking experience when Denzel and Hackman (among other excellent actors!) drives us thought the experience of a near nuclear strike over the old continent...
Hostilites between the USA and the USSR seem to have broken out again. When an incomplete order to open fire at an enemy target is received the two clash on its validy. With neither being prepared to back down, Denzil Washington leads a mutiny against his Captain knowing that the consequences of him being wrong are even more serious as his Captain being right.
Thus each of the crew is forced to take sides. As they fight for surpremacy, their submarine comes under attack from an enemy vessel. Even in this limited setting the action is fast and furious, and with a far from certain ending, there is much excitement and tension, is this highly charged claustrophobic atmosphere.
Give this a try, you will not be disappointed. So, sit back and enjoy.
The Enemy Below
The Hunt for Red October
Probably the 4 best up periscope films ever made
This has it's 2 leads on top form,excellent supporting cast,sound plot and storyline
Possibly the mutiny on a mutiny was uneccessary,but a top film anyway
Great cast, well acted all round, well directed, keeps you watching til the very end. Overall good film would recommend this to anyone.Well worth a watch and good value for money.