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5.0 out of 5 stars Languages & Verdict, 30 Sept. 2011
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This review is from: The Hunt for Red October [Blu-ray] [1990] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
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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.

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. For instance, when the first torpedo is shot at the Red October, we can clearly see several wires holding the Red October when she is evading the attack.
- The CGI effects are quite obtrusive but it is 1989 CGI, in fact we can say they are good considering what we were capable of doing in the 80s.

Overall, it is a true pleasure to see this film on Blu Ray with its beautiful picture. Although we see the wires holding the sub, the underwater sequences still look superb thanks to the flawless motion and lighting of the 3 submarines.

- Making of "Beneath the surface" -> Dolby 2.0, 29 min, SD, subtitled.
- Theatrical Trailer -> Dolby 5.1, 1.5 min, HD, no subtitle.
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Initial post: 9 Apr 2012 20:14:09 BDT
I'm sorry to hear about the visible wires. I saw this in the cinema and didn't notice them then, which means the settings on your TV or PC are probably too bright. A common mistake.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jun 2012 00:50:43 BDT
IOWBOY says:
I also saw the film when it was released at the cinema, and I also failed to notice the wires etc. However, I would suspect that the viewing experience of the Bluray version of this film, watched through modern equipment would probably surpass the cinema quality. I doubt the original reviewer (who I must say provided an excellent initial review IMO) has his settings too bright, he simply has better viewing facilities than cinema goers had over twenty years a go!!

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Oct 2012 01:32:36 BDT
Last edited by the author on 22 Oct 2012 01:33:28 BDT
Flmfn says:
I suspect the same, some films are just not meant to be viewed in such a crisp clear way. I saw this when it originally came out and never noticed any wires. I just watched it on a regular dvd, no wires there. Although the special effects looked a bit dodgy here and there, but that's just because of the age of the film. It was released in 1990 after all. I don't like Bluray dvd's for just this reason. Sometimes you just don't want to see every single tiny detail, especially with older films.
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