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Crimson Tide [Blu-ray]
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|Format||Blu-ray, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen|
|Contributor||Lucas Foster, Denzel Washington, Gene Hackman, Matt Craven, Viggo Mortensen, George Dzundza, Tony Scott, James Gandolfini See more|
|Runtime||1 hour and 56 minutes|
Superstars Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman face off in the intense action-thriller CRIMSON TIDE, now on Blu-ray Disc(R). Viggo Mortensen and James Gandolfini also star as the "full-throttle tension" (LOS ANGELES TIMES) builds relentlessly in this pulse-pounding format! Amidst a global crisis, the USS ALABAMA is ordered to launch its nuclear missiles -- signaling the start of World War III! And when the sub's commander and his executive officer clash over the validity of their orders, an epic struggle for control erupts under the sea. Watch every explosive frame in spectacular 1080p, while 5.1 48 kHz, 16-bit uncompressed audio blows you away. See, hear and feel the "Tide" rage through the power of Blu-ray(TM) High Definition!
You can almost hear the studio pitch meeting echoing throughout Crimson Tide like the sonar on the soundtrack: "It's The Cain Mutiny on a nuclear submarine!" When radio communications problems aboard the USS Alabama prevent the sub from receiving its orders clearly during a tense confrontation with Russian warships, Navy officer Denzel Washington faces a huge ethical dilemma: countermand the orders of legendary Captain Ramsey (Gene Hackman) to fire nuclear missiles, or follow his command and risk launching an unprovoked nuclear war. It's really an actors' picture, and the fun is in the fireworks between Washington and Hackman, each of whose characters articulates solid reasoning behind his decision. There are no easy villains, and there's no easy way to tell right from wrong--that's what makes the nuclear stakes so terrifying. Director Tony Scott (who directed Quentin Tarantino's True Romance script) called in Tarantino to punch up the dialogue, which is why, for example, the sailors talk about Silver Surfer comic books. The digital video disc is in anamorphic widescreen; the sonorous underwater rumblings on the Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack will provide you with a good opportunity to show off your system's bass response. --Jim Emerson
- Aspect Ratio : 2.40:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 6.75 x 5.25 x 0.3 inches; 1.6 Ounces
- Item model number : 05365500
- Director : Tony Scott
- Media Format : Blu-ray, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 56 minutes
- Release date : February 5, 2008
- Actors : Denzel Washington, Gene Hackman, George Dzundza, Viggo Mortensen, James Gandolfini
- Dubbed: : French
- Subtitles: : English
- Producers : Lucas Foster
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Studio : Hollywood Pictures Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B000YKYT6M
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,140 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Reviewed in the United States on February 27, 2017
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2. I took classes at the U of A and worked there for 11 years.
3. I am a lifelong Crimson Tide fan.
4. Gene Hackman and Denzel are two of my favorite actors.
5. Including in-laws we have six retired Colonels in our extended family.
This movie is excellent. Tons of drama. Conflict not only with the Russians, but between two alpha-dog officers.
All officers on-board are put in an untenable position of loyalty to their leader coupled with adherence to the Military Code.
Hackman, who served in the Navy (as a Marine), is always believable and does a good job of being a crusty, get'ur done Captain. Denzel is also a great actor. The two of them together is just good acting. Period.
I would rate this movie 5 Stars except for two things:
1. The racial issue seems far too contrived.
Almost every single older black career military man I have met told me the military was the closest thing to color-blind they have ever experienced.
The movie plot did NOT need the gratuitous racial component. It is sad to me that such a good movie would be tainted by this kind of social commentary.
There are several great YouTube videos of Denzel Washington where his message is loud and clear: race is not an issue in the USA - work hard, live right and treat others right. This lifestyle equals success.
2. The Captain punches the Executive Officer in the face.
Even with the tense situation of the movie, I just cannot see this happening. This kind of aggressive behavior has been slowly eradicated over the years, even by 1995 standards.
Great Movie...especially for an Alabama boy. Lose the racial object lesson for 5 Stars.
Reviewed in the United States on February 27, 2017
The movie has plenty of action, but it’s all the usual submarine fare. One side fires torpedoes, the other side uses countermeasures, there’s a chase, there’s flooding, etc.
The real story is about how Captain Ramsey and Commander Hunter disagree and the power struggles that ensue. Hackman and Washington are their usual intense selves.
The major problem is the ending is completely predictable.
Crimson Tide is worth a revisit. The BD's video and audio are decent, but nothing to write home about. It's definitely dated, but in a wonderful classic film sort of way.
Tensions arise between headstrong combat-hardened veteran Captain Frank Ramsey (Hackman) and Lieutenant Commander Ron Hunter (Washington) as his new XO, who has an extensive education in military history and tactics, therefore is more analytical and cautious, but no combat experience. We have a clash of wills (and underlying bigotry) from the git-go and two different styles of command – one old school, the other new – one brute force, the other psychological. The action takes place during a period of political turmoil in the Russian Federation, in which ultranationalists threaten to launch nuclear missiles at the United States and Japan. Ramsey’s and Hunter’s conflict comes to a head over interpretations of an order to launch their missiles – Ramsey proceeds, Hunter refuses to concur.
As I was watching, I kept seeing a re-boot of “Run Silent, Run Deep” (1958, Clark Gable/Burt Lancaster) with a twist = the race card. During the Mexican standoff near the end, an analogy is made to the Lipizzaner stallions.
The critics raved when the movie was released. I preferred “Run Silent, Run Deep”, but that’s not saying “Crimson Tide” is not worth your time… because it is.
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No nonsense combat veteran Captain Frank Ramsey (Hackman) and his newly installed first officer Ron Hunter (Washington) are caught in the middle of a global crisis. On board a nuclear submarine they're heading for Russia where radical nationalists are threatening to start World War 111. But when they receive an unverified message to launch their missiles, Ramsey and Hunter clash over the validity of the orders. With nuclear holocaust close at hand, mutiny erupts on the sub-pitting the entire crew against each other in a showdown that will decide the fate of the world
Hostilites between the USA and the USSR seem to have broken out again. When an incomplete order to open fire at an enemy target is received the two clash on its validy. With neither being prepared to back down, Denzil Washington leads a mutiny against his Captain knowing that the consequences of him being wrong are even more serious as his Captain being right.
Thus each of the crew is forced to take sides. As they fight for surpremacy, their submarine comes under attack from an enemy vessel. Even in this limited setting the action is fast and furious, and with a far from certain ending, there is much excitement and tension, is this highly charged claustrophobic atmosphere.
Give this a try, you will not be disappointed. So, sit back and enjoy.