The Hunt for Red October 1990

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The first of several films based on Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan technothrillers, Hunt for Red October stars Alec Baldwin as eccentric CIA analyst Ryan and Sean Connery as Soviet submarine commander Marko Ramius. 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.

Starring:
Scott Glenn,Sam Neill
Runtime:
2 hours, 15 minutes

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The Hunt for Red October

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Action & Adventure
Director John Mctiernan
Starring Scott Glenn, Sam Neill
Supporting actors Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, Andrew Divoff, James Earl Jones, Tim Curry, Peter Firth
Studio Paramount
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By IOWBOY TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 July 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I have always considered 'The Hunt for Red October' to be one of my very favourite films, definitely top three, and my choice of film if I was allowed just one prior to be stuck on a desert island!

I first saw the film on it's initial cinema release, I was in my mid-teens and went with my dad. I then bought the novel, and still read it once every couple of years now. I bought the film on VHS, almost wearing it out before updating to DVD.

The lack of difference in picture quality between VHS and DVD always disappointed me (although the sound was noticeably better on DVD); particularly so with the underwater scenes, you could hardly see anything!

This has very much changed with the Blu Ray release.

The picture and sound quality are a huge improvement, and the level of detail on the underwater scenes now make them look almost like they have been re-filmed!

The sound is superb, particularly the sound of the sonar and the explosions!

I am still slightly suspicious of just how much a Blu Ray can improve a film of over twenty or so years old, but then again I suppose a lot depends on the source material made available for the transfer.

This is most definitely a good one, and I would say that if you consider yourself a fan of this film ie you watch it with some degree of regularity, you should upgrade to Blu Ray despite already owning it on DVD; you won't regret it!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By James on 30 Sept. 2011
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Blu Ray all zone (not confirmed)

Ratio of the feature film:
2.35:1

Languages of the feature film:
Dolby True HD 5.1: English
Dolby 5.1: French, Italian, German, Castilian Spanish
Dolby 2.0 Surround: Commentary by the director John McTiernan

Subtitles for the feature film and the making of:
French, German, Italian, Castilian Spanish, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish and English for the hard of hearings.

Verdict:
This film on Blu Ray is really amazing, a good picture with an outstanding soundtrack. The soundtrack is perfect with a fantastic music. The picture has a natural noise quite visible during the dark shots but not too annoying.
Even if the pictures is not 100% perfect, it gives us much more details about the models submarine for instance the missiles hatches visible on the hull of the Typhoon, the grid pattern on the outer bow doors of the caterpillar. We can also count the missiles silos when Ryan is about to go after the cook and show us how long the submarine really is, it makes the scene looking truly impressive!
High Definition picture means details we are not supposed to see !!
- We can clearly see the whole deck and the conn tower of the Red October is a giant model (where Sean Connery and Sam Neill stand at the beginning of the film) as we can see the edges of the model barely submerged.
- Technical mistake about this model, there is no wake as there are no propellers either which in fact are visible on a real typhoon-class submarine (when afloat).
- The wires holding the 3 models submarines are visible on nearly every "underwater" shot.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 8 April 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This really is a classic film. Dating from the end of the cold war era, when America and Soviet Russia were constantly flexing their nuclear muscles in the Atlantic, it perfectly embodies the paranoia of the age. John McTiernan pulls out all the stops to direct a taut thriller of epic proportions.

Carried mainly by impressive performances from Sean Connery, in one of his most memorable roles, and Alec Baldwin, this tells the story of a Russian submarine commander (Connery) trying to defect. The Russians are trying to sink him, as are the Americans, who think that he has gone rogue and is about to launch a nuclear strike on America. One man, Jack Ryan (Baldwin) has guessed the truth and has to convince his own government of the truth, contact Ramius and, finally, avoid the Russians. All in a day's work...

As well as the great script, full of twists and turns, and taut direction, this film is really made by appearance from a host of great character actors. Tim Curry, Peter Firth and Joss Ackland to name but a few. In fact, for me, it's Joss Ackland who makes the whole film, even though he's only in it for two minutes, his facial expression at the end of his appearance is just perfect and seals the film nicely.

This edition presents the film in its proper widescreen, with a really good 5.1 surround sound. There is also a DTS soundtrack, which sounds really good (especially `one ping only'!). There is a decent set of extras, all in all this is a package well worth getting.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jimbo-the Brit on 26 Mar. 2012
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Owned this on VHS (twice, one pan+scan, one widescreen) then dvd.

Now we have the Blu Ray, it's a clean and very 'movie-like' image, has great sound and is a major improvement in resolution, all of the underwater sequences are now much clearer than on any previous format, I spotted many details that I've never noticed before.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. H. A. Jones TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Aug. 2012
Format: DVD
This is a cold war thriller set at a time when the Soviet Union was regarded as the west's main enemy. Sean Connery plays Captain Rameus in charge of the latest Russian submarine undergoing its first sea trials. Rameus is a renegade, but his 2nd in command, Captain Borodin (Sam Neill), is sympathetic to Rameus' intentions. What we, the Russians and Americans do not know is whether Rameus is mad, intends to attack the U.S. with a first-strike of nuclear missiles, or intends to defect taking the prize submarine with him. Clearly therefore both sides are out to sink the submarine and all who sail in her. A C.I.A. operative Jack Ryan (Alec Baldwin) knows Rameus of old and thinks he knows his intentions so gets himself aboard another vessel shadowing Rameus. By today's standards of film making, with gratuitous and often quite meaningless violence constantly on screen, this movie is a little tame I guess but there was enough of interest going on to keep me entertained for just over two hours. But then I come from a simpler time.
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