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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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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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By James on 30 Sept. 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
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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 MLindsay89 on 11 Feb. 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Having read a few reviews saying that the quality of the transfer for the film wasn't good I was pleasantly surprised by how good it was. It's not going to blow anyone away but it still looks very good. Considering that much of the film is set inside submarines it could have turned into just a dark blur but it isn't.

I have only seen this film on video before so can't speak as to whether you should upgrade from DVD to Blu Ray but it is a very nice looking film. If anything is an issue it's that it can seem rather dull outside of the submarines. Something I was quite surprised by.

As for the film itself, when the film was in the stages of getting made, many studios didn't want to touch it because they thought it was too complicated. It isn't really, there is a very good story here, all you have to do is pay attention.

Sean Connery I think can sometimes just end up playing himself in many films, what I mean by that is he doesn't seem to be trying to do anything different with a lot of his performances. I personally love Sean Connery though and have to say that in this there is something slightly different about him. He plays his character as someone a lot colder than we are used to seeing, somewhat distant from things at times, somebody who you can see has a million things going on in his head that he keeps beneath the surface.

The rest of the cast all play their parts well, obviously Alec Baldwin has the biggest part and he is very often used to help explain things to the audience. However I don't see his character of Jack Ryan as being integral to the story, there is nothing about him personally that really makes him stand out, or appear as if he could have a whole franchise of films starring him.
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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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