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The Hunt for Red October [Blu-ray]
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|Genre||Action & Adventure|
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|Contributor||Alec Baldwin, Jan de Bont, Basil Poledouris, Tim Curry, Timothy Carhart, Arthur Cybulski, Vlado Benden, Anatoly Davydov, Louise Borras, George H. Billy, Radu Gavor, Robert Buckingham, Andrew Divoff, Tom Fisher, Sam Neill, Mark Draxton, Michael George Benko, Peter Firth, Rick Ducommun, Ivan G'Vera, Sean Connery See more|
|Runtime||2 hours and 14 minutes|
Widescreen/Blu-ray. PG rating. Hunt for Red October. A contemplative thriller by early 1990's standards, the Hunt for Red October was the first movie based on the successful Jack Ryan novels of Tom Clancy. Hunt for Red October stars Alec Baldwin as eccentric CIA analyst Ryan and Sean Connery as Soviet submarine commander Marko Ramius. In the movie, Ramius sets the plot in motion when he murders his political adviser, burns his orders, and steers his sub Red October towards American waters, hoping to defect Robbed of much of the book's Cold War appeal by the time of it's release, the movie was nonetheless embraced by American audiences; it was among the ten highest-grossing movies of 1990.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
- Product Dimensions : 0.5 x 5.4 x 6.8 inches; 5.92 Ounces
- Item model number : Relay time: 135min
- Media Format : AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 2 hours and 14 minutes
- Release date : July 29, 2008
- Actors : Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, Sam Neill, Vlado Benden, Michael George Benko
- Dubbed: : French, Spanish
- Subtitles: : English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
- Studio : Paramount
- ASIN : B001AII4SQ
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,799 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Reviewed in the United States on March 26, 2019
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“Red October” is the latest super-secret Soviet submarine, with a new propulsion system that permits it to run very quietly, almost undetectable by normal sonar. It is named for the month in which the Russian Revolution of 1917 occurred, which actually happened in November, if one is keeping track on the Gregorian calendar (it occurred in October, on the Julian calendar, which was operative in the Russian Orthodox Catholic world at the time.) “Red October” is under the command of Captain Marko Ramius, who is not Russian, but Lithuanian. He is at the very top of his game in the Russian navy, having trained many of the other sub commanders. It is hard to imagine anyone playing that part better than Sean Connery. James Earl Jones is Admiral Greer in the American navy. Alex Baldwin plays the part of Jack Ryan, a famous character in his own right, who continues to live on today. Ryan is a book-writing CIA operative, also at the top of his game.
Ramius has decided to defect to the Americans, taking the sub with him. Early on, it is demonstrated that he knows the “enemy” (the Americans) well. Although his name is not mentioned in the movie, in the book that Ramius carries in his cabin, the famous quote by J. Robert Oppenheimer (“that fella up there in Los Alamos,” as he was once described to me), “Now I am Death, the Destroyer of Worlds,” taken from the Bhagavad-Gita, is underlined. It is the boat’s political officer, Ivan PUTIN (I can’t make that up!) who questions Ramius about this. Ramius blames his wife for underlining it! Later on, Ramius draws on the precedence of Cortez burning his ships once he got to Mexico. Adding to the glossy patina of intellectualism of some of the characters, the very clever American sonar technician enjoys his opera!
The two-hours plus flew by. It is a “thriller,” after all, with enough twists and turns in the plot to keep it very interesting. Ramius had written a letter telling the Soviet naval leadership that he was defecting, and thus the entire Russian navy is after him. The Americans can’t be sure he is defecting, or going to blow up NYC and DC. Every second counts, of course. Several bushel baskets full of “disbelief” must be suspended, for example when the American sub commander, who has Ramius in his sights, must surface to pick up Ryan, who is being helicoptered to the sub, in a chopper with not quite enough fuel, and he drops in the ocean to keep his rendezvous. Ugh. And that is just one example.
In “Dr. Strangelove,” it is an obsessed rogue American general who launches a nuclear attack on the Soviet Union. There is a lot of slapstick gallows-type humor as the Russians and Americans work together to thwart the attack. In “Red October,” the “rogue” Russian commander is not depicted as being crazy and the gallows-type humor is missing, but there are similar scenes of the Russian and American leadership working together, sometimes at cross-purposes. I think “Strangelove,” even with its deliberately exaggerated humor (“a fella could have a good time in Vegas with all that”), is a much better depiction of the real world than “Red October,” with its heroic CIA operatives jumping off the helicopter cable into the icy North Atlantic.
Overall, the time did “fly by,” and I am most surprised that no other reviewer has called out this fantasy as being even more unlikely than “Major King Kong” (Slim Pickens) riding that nuclear bomb down to its target (Note: James Earl Jones also played in “Strangelove” as Lt. Lothar Zogg). For “Red October,” a “screwy” 3-stars.
The quality of 4K films, in comparison to the regular Blu-ray versions, often depends upon two things: (1) the quality of the original that they have to work with; and (2) how much effort they put into the project. Here there must have started with either the original film or a first-generation print of it.
There is a noticeable upgrade from the regular Blu-ray version to the 4K version. I did a side-by-side comparison of both films and you will notice improvements in the video quality of the 4K version--more details, sharper images throughout, improved resolution, and better color saturation. You will notice the improvements most in outdoor, daylight scenes and less so in night-time scenes. There are no glitches in the print--no "snow," spots, or lines. It is a very good image.
Interestingly, there is no mention of this new release being an HDR version of 4K, and that's probably a good thing. HDR makes the contrast sharper by making dark colors darker and light colors lighter. This has worked well for some films and not well for other films. The most common complaint for HDR when it is bad is that the scenes are too dark in the 4K version of the film, particularly night-time scenes (Skyfall, Spectre, & Van Helsing all suffer from this). Happily no HDR problems here. Everything looks good, including the night-time scenes or dimly-lit submarine underwater scenes.
The 5.1 audio is excellent and an improvement from the regular Blu-Ray version. Several special features are included as well, including commentary by the director and a feature entitled "Beneath the Surface."
I now own about sixty 4K movies or nature specials. Roughly 45 of the 60 show noticeable improvements in video and audio. The others either are roughly the same from Blu-Ray to 4K or suffer from the aforementioned HDR darkness issues. So it's overall good but in some cases not worth buying the film again in 4K. My favorites in 4K and I'm talking about imagery, not the plot or acting? Jurassic World, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Planet Earth II, and the Flight of the Butterflies. Those films really wow you in 4K.
This is an excellent film in 4K and is worth upgrading to if you already own the regular Blu-ray version.
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Based on Tom Clancy's bestseller, directed by John McTiernan and starring Sean Connery and Alex Baldwin. The Hunt for Red October seethes with high-tech excitement and sweats with 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 (Sean Connery) The American government thinks Ramius is planning to attack. A lone CIA analyst (Alex 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 as the entire Russian naval and air commanders are trying to find him too.
Jack Ryan is brought into a meeting about a new sub just launched by Russia. They set out to find out what the submarine's purpose is. We find out a lot about Jack. It has a lot of action in the cat and mouse chases. Not only the Americans but the Russians are looking for the sub. There is a great twist at the end.
The film has a lot of character, some amazing acting and amazing special effects for it's time.