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K-19: The Widowmaker [Blu-ray] [2002] [US Import]

Liam Neeson , Harrison Ford    Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Liam Neeson, Harrison Ford
  • Format: Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Paramount Catalog
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Jan 2013
  • Run Time: 138 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AEFYEIA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,149 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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An intense dramatisation of a long-suppressed Cold War anecdote, K-19: The Widowmaker is the first big Hollywood film to view the conflict through a Soviet periscope, casting Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson (with slight accents) as patriotic Russians.

In 1961, as NATO deploys long-range nuclear attack submarines, the Kremlin forces the Russian Navy to follow suit, whether they're ready or not. Ford takes over from popular skipper Neeson in command of the eponymous submarine, riding the men hard through a missile test, and then coping with an escalating series of crises as a jerry-built reactor threatens to melt down (and perhaps start World War III).

Though the political specifics are fresh, this has all the expected elements of a sub movie, citing everything from Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and Das Boot to Crimson Tide and The Caine Mutiny as sailors bristle mutinously under a marine martinet. This, along with inept engineering and ideological interference, prompts disaster.

Director Kathryn Bigelow, the most undervalued talent in Hollywood, is in her element with heroic men under pressure, and a terrific central stretch has comrades trying to fix the reactor even though they've been given the wrong protective gear and start coming down with radiation sickness as they work. Less successful is a superfluous epilogue that pulls the old Spielberg present-day-reunion-of-the-aged-survivors-at-a-gravesite gambit. --Kim Newman


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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars we came close to destruction that time 19 May 2003
By ab..c VINE VOICE
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This is a well crafted, true story and Exposition of the cold war submariners' duties. The unusual thing is that the Russians are depicted as the good guys. The editing, as signified by the pace of the film is superbly done. The claustrophobic aspects of the ship could have been boring but it was not the case. The two captains are shown as mutually distrusting at first but under duress begin to see the others point of view under the weight of an unreliable and dangerous vessel. The 'rights and wrongs' of politics are left aside and the crews lives are shown during this catastrophic failure. Both Alice and I enjoyed this film. It was shown to a Russian audience of Sea fairer and had mixed reviews. One reason was the lack of understanding in the script of the importance of 'heavy water' as a moderator in the nuclear reactor and why ordinary water would not work as well.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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K-19 may be historically inaccurate, but show me a military movie that isn't. This film is way more true to life than the idiotic fantasy that was U-571, in which Americans won the second world war by capturing a cipher machine (FYI, it was a British crew who captured the machine and anyway the Brits already had one, reverse-engineered by Polish intelligence and given to them in one of the more stunningly generous acts of wartime cooperation).

The important thing is not so much how doggedly authentic the story is. After all, Wolfgang Petersen's classic 'Das Boot', surely the ultimate sub movie ever in its original miniseries form, is fictional. What matters is the quality of the story, and the story told here in K-19 is profoundly touching. Harrison Ford seems really engaged for the first time in a long time, Liam Neeson is properly cast for a change as a slightly ambiguous figure (instead of just as a nice guy) and Peter Sarsgaard is heartbreaking as the head of the team that attempts to repair K-19's reactor.

Kathryn Bigelow's films have veered between genuinely eerie (Near Dark, The Loveless), silly (Point Break, Blue Steel) and romantic but a bit daft (Strange Days). For my money, this is the first movie she's made that her fans don't have to apologise for. So who cares that the crew all have silly Russian accents? Like you'd prefer that Harrison Ford sounded American and Liam Neeson sounded like he was from Ballymena? The sadness and grimness of life in the USSR have not generally been paid attention to by US filmmakers, who for the most part portrayed Soviets as cannon fodder, but this is a brave effort and a gripping and affecting movie.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Suspense Throughout The Movie 10 Jun 2003
Format:DVD
K19, the Widow Maker is a suspense full movie that keeps you guessing the outcome. Your emotions that calls for anger turns into applause and in the final outcome you realize that people, also people that are on the other side are worthy of their courage, their dedication, loyalty and honor to their Nation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars K 19 17 April 2012
By cKingc
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I have watched this film several times and still enjoy watching it, an excellent film with two great actors, well worth the money.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Run-of-the-mill film, ok but not spectacular 29 Nov 2009
By J. S. Hardman TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson wouldn't be the obvious first choices to play Soviet submariners, but despite this they both do a reasonable (but not great) job in this "inspired by a true story" movie about a nuclear submarine in trouble at the height of the cold war. I have no idea how close to the true story the film is, and it doesn't have the gritty, atmospheric quality of "Das Boot", but it is a watchable film. Is it the best cold-war related film I've seen even in the last few weeks? Is it the best submarine-related film I've seen? The answer to both is a definite no, but it's still worth a viewing. Just don't approach it with huge expectations - to me it felt like standard, run-of-the-mill stuff, lead actors doing adequate rather than great performances, made more obvious by unimaginative editing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sad tale 12 July 2014
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Good story well played by top class actors. Sad story though.....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 29 Jun 2014
By Louise
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Great
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5.0 out of 5 stars based on true story 12 Mar 2014
By Cambria
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A cursed sub with a monumental disaster in the making, a subs reactor starts
To fail, the ships commander Ford sends men into their deaths to fix the problem
Hampered with wrong radiation kit, many are effected by radiation poisoning also the
Ight officer mutiny, hushed up The facts came out decades later
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent film
Published 5 days ago by Andrew W
4.0 out of 5 stars A really great submarine movie
A truly gripping Cold War submarine movie. The story is based on a real event in 1961, and the superb acting from Ford and Neeson compliments the truly shocking, compelling and... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Alex Denny
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
great film
Published 28 days ago by Terence McKenna
3.0 out of 5 stars Rather Slow
Should have been more from these two great actors. I had the feeling they were being held back. Too many thoughts and not enough action.
Published 6 months ago by Bonny
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than what most will think
Based on similar facts.
I suppose only so much can be made into film.
Books on the incident are well worth reading.
Published 7 months ago by steve
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the time given to view.
Ford and Neeson were excellent in their roles backed by a very adequate cast. Gives a taste of the potential outcome of an accident on a nuclear submarine.
Published 8 months ago by edward george
5.0 out of 5 stars k19
this was a preasant for my son so i havenot seen it yet. im sure it will be fine as i like liam neeson a lot
Published 8 months ago by margaret tanner
5.0 out of 5 stars a great movie
a great movie at a great price harrison ford and liam neeson work well off each other good value for money too thanks
Published 9 months ago by derek richard deacon
5.0 out of 5 stars Based on a true story
This is an incredibly moving story based on different philosophies of two sub commanders and the catastrophy that can ensue. Read more
Published 9 months ago by John Paget
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film
A film I've always enjoyed and I'm glad to have it on DVD, very happy with this purchase and would recommend this to anyone else
Published 10 months ago by Ryan Pearson
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