Hunt For Red October

Hunt For Red October

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Director: John McTiernan

Cast: John McTiernan, Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, Scott Glenn

     
 

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This reissue, a "Special Collector's Edition," of The Hunt for Red October is a vast improvement, in every way, over the initial release. For starters, the widescreen image (framed at 2.35:1) is anamorphic this time, and the transfer has never looked better. Granted, some grain is evident, especially early in the film, but it's never intrusive. The distinctSee more details below

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Overview

This reissue, a "Special Collector's Edition," of The Hunt for Red October is a vast improvement, in every way, over the initial release. For starters, the widescreen image (framed at 2.35:1) is anamorphic this time, and the transfer has never looked better. Granted, some grain is evident, especially early in the film, but it's never intrusive. The distinct color patterns are far more clear and the detail more exact. Equally, the blacks are very strong and solid. Also an upgrade is the sound. The earlier disc had a 5.1 Dolby Digital track, but this one includes that and a new DTS track. While the Dolby Digital track is good, the DTS version is noticeably stronger. Basses are deep, and surround effects are utilized in just the correct moment. As for supplements, while this disc is far from supplement heavy, it offers far more than the original disc. Along with the theatrical trailer, also on the first DVD, there is a fine half-hour documentary, covering many elements, from the story to the visual effects. As good as it is, it really begs for more. Also included is a commentary track from director John McTiernan. Despite significant gaps, he does offer some interesting insight into the production, but simply doesn't cover enough ground. Maybe not a perfect disc, this one is such a step up from what was offered initially that it's difficult to find anything to complain about.

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A contemplative thriller by early 1990s standards, The Hunt For Red October was the first movie based on the successful Jack Ryan novels of Tom Clancy. Robbed of much of the book's Cold War appeal by the time of its release, the movie was nonetheless embraced by American audiences; it was among the ten highest-grossing movies of 1990. It would be director John McTiernan's third major action hit following Predator and Die Hard, and he manages to maintain a high excitement level for the film's 134-minute length. Ultimately, Red October's success might have been due to the sex appeal of stars Alec Baldwin and Sean Connery. This would be Baldwin's first big-budget hit; for Connery, it continued the career upswing that had begun with The Name of the Rose and The Untouchables. Baldwin declined to reprise the Ryan role; Harrison Ford would play the character in Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/06/2003
UPC:
0097360564044
Original Release:
1990
Rating:
PG
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:15:00
Sales rank:
750

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by Director John McTiernan; "Beneath the Surface" -- New cast & crew interviews; Theatrical trailer; Widescreen version enhanced for 16:9 TVs; Dolby digital; English 5.1 surround; English DTS surround sound; French stereo; English subtitles; Spanish subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sean Connery Capt. Marko Ramius
Alec Baldwin Jack Ryan
Scott Glenn Capt. Bart Mancuso
James Earl Jones Admiral James Greer
Sam Neill Capt. Vasily Borodin
Joss Ackland Andrei Lysenko
Richard Jordan Jeffrey Pelt
Peter Firth Ivan Putin
Tim Curry Dr. Petrov
Courtney B. Vance Seaman Jones
Stellan Skarsgård Capt. Tupolev
Jeffrey Jones Skip Tyler
Fred Dalton Thompson Admiral Painter
Daniel Davis Capt. Davenport
Tomas Arana Leginov (Cook)
Peter Antico Seaman
Vlado Benden Konovalov Seaman
Michael George Benko Ivan
George H. Billy DSRV Officer
Louise Borras Sally Ryan
Robert Buckingham Admirals at Briefing
Timothy Carhart Bill Steiner
Arthur Cybulski Diving Officer
Anatoly Davydov Officer #1
Andrew Divoff Andrei Amalric
Mark Draxton Seaman
Rick Ducommun Navigator C-2A
Larry Ferguson Chief of the Boat
Tom Fisher Seaman
Ivan G'Vera Officer
Radu Gavor Soviet Seaman
Ronald Guttman Lt. Melekhin
Ben Hartigan Admiral (Briefing)
Ivan Ivanov Soviet Seaman
Denise E. James Stewardess
Christopher Janczar Andrei Bonovia
Amanda Mackey-Johnson Actor
Kenton Kovell Actor
Boris Krutonog Stavin
A.C. Lyles Advisor #1
Gates McFadden Caroline Ryan
John McTiernan Advisor
F.J. O'Neil General at Briefing
Anthony Peck Lt. Comdr. Thompson
Reed Popovich Lt. Jim Curry
Ray Reinhardt Jodge Moore at Briefing
David Sederholm Sunglasses
John Shepherd Foxtrot Pilot
Herman Sinitzyn Soviet Seaman
Don Oscar Smith Helicopter Pilot
William Bell Sullivan Lt. Cmdr. Mike Hewitt
Sven Ole Thorsen Russian COB
Ned Vaughn Seaman Beaumont
Tony Veneto Padorin's Orderly
Michael Welden Kamarov
George Winston Konovalov Seamen
Ping Wu Soviet Seaman
Peter Zinner Adm. Padorin

Technical Credits
John McTiernan Director
Scott E. Anderson Special Effects
Charlie Canfield Animator
William Cruse Art Director
Wes Dawn Makeup
Jan de Bont Cinematographer
Larry de Waay Producer
Christopher Dierdorff Animator
Larry Ferguson Screenwriter
Terry Frazee Special Effects
Robert Garland Screenwriter
Richard Bryce Goodman Musical Direction/Supervision
Cecelia Hall Musical Direction/Supervision
James Kail Makeup
Terence Marsh Production Designer
Pat Meyers Animator
Mickey Michaels Set Decoration/Design
John Milius Screenwriter
Mace Neufeld Producer
Chuck Picerni Stunts
Basil Poledouris Score Composer
Al di Sarro Special Effects
David Shaber Screenwriter
Jerry Sherlock Producer
Michael T. Sherman Consultant/advisor
Scott Squires Special Effects
Donald E. Stewart Screenwriter
Eric Swenson Animator
James Tyson Costumes/Costume Designer
Dennis Virkler Editor
Dianne I. Wager Art Director
Don Woodruff Art Director
John Wright Editor
Peter Zinner Editor
Tom Clancy Source Author

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Turbulence
2. Two Keys, One Safe
3. Caterpillar Drive
4. Ryan's Briefing
5. Sub Plots
6. Thor's Twins
7. Evasive Action
8. Crazy Ivans
9. Rendezvous
10. Periscope Depth
11. East Meets West
12. Battle Stations
13. Home Free

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