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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
- Aspect Ratio : 2.40:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 6.75 x 5.25 x 0.3 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Item model number : 05365500
- Director : Tony Scott
- Media Format : Blu-ray, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 56 minutes
- Release date : February 5, 2008
- Actors : Denzel Washington, Gene Hackman, George Dzundza, Viggo Mortensen, James Gandolfini
- Dubbed: : French
- Subtitles: : English
- Producers : Lucas Foster
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Studio : Hollywood Pictures Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B000YKYT6M
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,845 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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.
Tension steadily builds within the U.S. submarine. There’s a fire, there’s a fight, they run into a Russian submarine. As the film progresses the differences between Ramsey and Hunter become the center of the story. Ramsey is a hardnosed, self-assured commander while Hunter is more philosophical and cautious. There’s one scene where Hunter refuses to give an order from Ramsey and the two just explode. What is a lawful order is the core of their dispute.
There’s also plenty of action, but it’s all the usual submarine fare. One side fires torpedoes, the other side uses countermeasures, there’s a chase, there’s flooding, etc.
Hackman and Washington are their usual intense selves. The major problem is the ending is completely predictable.
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.
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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