Ice Station Zebra (BD) [Blu-ray]
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Academy Award-winning Cold War thriller based on Alister MacLean's bestseller stars Rock Hudson as an American nuclear submarine captain in a deadly race against the Soviets to find a downed satellite beneath the polar ice cap. All-star cast includes Ernest Borgnine (TV's "McHale's Navy," "Marty," "The Poseidon Adventure"), Patrick McGoohan (TV's "The Prisoner"), and football legend Jim Brown ("Mars Attacks!," "The Dirty Dozen"). Directed by John Sturges ("The Great Escape").]]>
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The image quality is stellar on this first time release from Warner Brothers. There's hardly any analog or digital artifacts. While there's no commentary track we do get the original promotional featurette on the movie "The Man Who Makes a Difference" and it's actually pretty good at providing behind-the-scenes footage about the shooting of a real Navy submarine to be integrated with visual effects into the movie. The big attraction here is a wonderful 5.1 remix of the original soundtrack. While it's not as active as, say, a brand new movie, it sounds pretty darn good with better depth and expanded sound than any previous incarnation of the movie on home video.
This was originally shot in SuperPanavision and, atlhough this is a widescreen presentation much like "2001: A Space Odyssey". It's a huge improvement on the previously cropped versions that have floated around. The original Overture from the roadshow edition of the movie has been restored to this version with Michel Legrand's marvelous score.Read more ›
The titular station is a weather outpost located close to the North Pole. Something has gone terribly wrong there, and an American nuclear submarine is sent on an urgent rescue mission. Nasty Arctic weather--and the polar ice cap--will not allow any other means of transport to reach "Zebra". Of course, there is a more sinister agenda here than trying to save the lives of a few stranded scientists. This is why the submarine has two espionage "experts" on board--one British and one Russian--as well as a platoon of marines.
Rock Hudson stars as the sub captain. While this role does not challenge Mr. Hudson's acting abilities, he is appropriately fearless and stalwart in the face of danger. Ernest Borgnine is our Russian secret service agent, working for the "West" as a "good Russian"--or is he ? Mr. Borgnine is a good actor, and after the first few scenes, I found myself accepting him in this role. Jim Brown is the tough-as-nails marine leader. I would never call him a great actor, but Mr. Brown is certainly convincing as someone nobody wants to annoy ! Real acting honours in this movie go to Patrick McGoohan as the British "agent". Fondly remembered for his sixties TV series "Danger Man" ( aka Secret Agent ) and "The Prisoner", it will always be a mystery to me why Mr. McGoohan did not choose to make a greater number of films and become a huge star. Frankly, for me at least, he steals the film.Read more ›
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An enjoyable Cold War story, with good filming and many technical gaffs.Published 6 days ago by William L Harrison
BEST modern day nuclear submarine movie ever. I know. I did two tours on nuclear subs. I also went to the North Pole on an attack sub. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
This movie has everything in it action-adventure submarine thriller, harkens back to a time when motion pictures were an event and had intermissions and overtures with great music... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Der Vunterkint
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