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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...
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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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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
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Editorial Reviews

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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/6/2003
  • UPC: 097360564044
  • Original Release: 1990
  • Rating:

  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / DTS
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Français, Español
  • Time: 2:15:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 4,702

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
Kenton Kovell
Boris Krutonog Stavin
A.C. Lyles Advisor #1
Gates McFadden Caroline Ryan
John McTiernan Sr. 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 Jr. 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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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Set Up
      Audio Options
         English 5.1 Surround
         English DTS Surround
         French
      Commentary
         By Director John McTiernan
      Subtitles
         English
         Spanish
         None
   Special Features
      Commentary by Director John McTiernan
      Beneath the Surface
      Theatrical Trailer
   Scene Selection
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

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    We sail into history!

    I saw this maybe two or three times in the theatres, and numerous times after that once I got my own copy on VHS. The DVD is even better with its behind-the-scenes featurette, not to mention the sound quality. Sean Connery can play Captain Kangaroo as far as I'm concerned, and he would STILL make it look WICKED COOL. I thought Alec Baldwin (before he became an SNL frequent-flyer) did a credible job as Jack Ryan, and I loved James Earl Jones as Greer. Caution: you may find yourself rooting for Sam Neill's character, and Fred Dalton Thompson has a classic line (SEE THE MOVIE and look for the scene after Ryan comes aboard the carrier Enterprise).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ryan to the Rescue

    If Sean Connery was younger, he would have been a great Jack Ryan. But instead he is a classy, intellectual Russian submariner who wants to defect to of all places--America. Acting could have been better, but writing was supreme.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Hunt

    When I Veiwed the Hunt For The Red October I saw People were not lying when they said the film was good. The Acting, Script and action were excellent. The rating is PG But it should be PG-13 Becuase of all the language, including a ton of Religues Profanitys. PG-13 For Language and mild violence.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent excellent movie!!!!!

    The Hunt For Red October is a classic. The performances are superb. Sean Connery gave an outstanding performance. The film is worth seeing over and over. And then there was quite a few goodlooking men in the show as well. Especially many of the Red October and Konovalov crew. Anyways the movie is too good to pass up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best thriller movie ever!!!

    There is nothing like the character interplay in this movie. All of the sceens are supurbly played and the general plot line stays very close to the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Great Movie

    The Hunt for Red October is one of the best movies of all time. I was really happy because the movie basically followed the book. I recommend for anyone interested in a great movie with lots of action and suspence.An all around AWESOME movie!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best film currently on the market.

    This my favorite film of all time. The character development made me think I know these men. Just enough edge to the film to make me wonder what happens. Action is also a 10 in this movie. Definitely a 5 star + movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Thriller Ever

    I think this movie is one of the best Thriller Ever, Its really cool what Cpt. Ramius do...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    NOT FOR CHILDREN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    great film!!!but way to much language and voilence for kids under 13!!just a warning. R:VOILENCE,LANGUAGE,ADULT THEMES,THEMATRIC ELEMENTS

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This Movie Rocks!

    Great storyline, lots of action, and EXPLOSIONS, EXPLOSIONS, EXPLOSIONS!!!! Sean Connery is great in the role of Ramius, but light stomached people beware. After maybe 15 minutes, someone dies and there is a sickening sound.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Superb Film

    Hunt for Red October captures all the great elements and movements of the original Clancy novel. Though the movie goes through a somewhat hurried character and plot introduction, the overall storyline is well developed. The basic hide & seek game of submarine warfare is portrayed through the race between the US & Russian navies in locating the renegade Russian sub Cmdr, Capt. Marco Ramius.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This one is a keeper

    Supurb casting, excelent pace, very realistic, Should be great with suround-sound. In view of the recent Russian sub disaster - worth seeing again

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    can't believe I didn't see it earlier

    The movie had an interesting plot and was well done. I haven't read the book but I bet it's even better.

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