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The Hunt For Red October [4K UHD + Blu_ray + Digital Copy] [Blu-ray]
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|Genre||Action & Adventure|
|Format||Blu-ray, 4K, Subtitled|
|Contributor||Alec Baldwin, Sean Connery|
|Runtime||2 hours and 15 minutes|
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Based on Tom Clancy's bestseller, directed by John McTiernan (Die Hard) and starring Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin, The Hunt For Red October seethes with high-tech excitement and sweats with the tension of men who hold Doomsday in their hands. A new technologically-superior Soviet nuclear sub, the Red October, is heading for the U.S. coast under the command of Captain Marko Ramius (Connery). The American government thinks Ramius is planning to attack. A lone CIA analyst (Baldwin) has a different idea: he thinks Ramius is planning to defect, but he has only a few hours to find him and prove it - because the entire Russion naval and air commands are trying to find him, too. The hunt is on!
- MPAA rating : PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
- Product Dimensions : 0.7 x 7.5 x 5.4 inches; 2.4 Ounces
- Media Format : Blu-ray, 4K, Subtitled
- Run time : 2 hours and 15 minutes
- Release date : October 5, 2021
- Actors : Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin
- Studio : PARAMOUNT
- ASIN : B07F7VFCJ7
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,474 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
- #202 in Action & Adventure Blu-ray Discs
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Reviewed in the United States on March 26, 2019
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The quality of 4K films, in comparison to the regular Blu-ray versions, often depends upon two things: (1) the quality of the original that they have to work with; and (2) how much effort they put into the project. Here there must have started with either the original film or a first-generation print of it.
There is a noticeable upgrade from the regular Blu-ray version to the 4K version. I did a side-by-side comparison of both films and you will notice improvements in the video quality of the 4K version--more details, sharper images throughout, improved resolution, and better color saturation. You will notice the improvements most in outdoor, daylight scenes and less so in night-time scenes. There are no glitches in the print--no "snow," spots, or lines. It is a very good image.
Interestingly, there is no mention of this new release being an HDR version of 4K, and that's probably a good thing. HDR makes the contrast sharper by making dark colors darker and light colors lighter. This has worked well for some films and not well for other films. The most common complaint for HDR when it is bad is that the scenes are too dark in the 4K version of the film, particularly night-time scenes (Skyfall, Spectre, & Van Helsing all suffer from this). Happily no HDR problems here. Everything looks good, including the night-time scenes or dimly-lit submarine underwater scenes.
The 5.1 audio is excellent and an improvement from the regular Blu-Ray version. Several special features are included as well, including commentary by the director and a feature entitled "Beneath the Surface."
I now own about sixty 4K movies or nature specials. Roughly 45 of the 60 show noticeable improvements in video and audio. The others either are roughly the same from Blu-Ray to 4K or suffer from the aforementioned HDR darkness issues. So it's overall good but in some cases not worth buying the film again in 4K. My favorites in 4K and I'm talking about imagery, not the plot or acting? Jurassic World, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Planet Earth II, and the Flight of the Butterflies. Those films really wow you in 4K.
This is an excellent film in 4K and is worth upgrading to if you already own the regular Blu-ray version.
"The Hunt for Red October" stars, among others, Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, James Earl Jones, Scott Glenn, Courtney B. Vance, and Richard Jordan. It iis is a film adaptation of Tom Clancy's technological/political thriller novel of the same name. It tells the story of a famous Soviet submarine captain named Marko Ramius (played by Sean Connery) who takes a newly designed nuclear submarine out to sea in order to test its top-secret silent underwater propulsion system. Unbeknownst to his superiors in Moscow, he intends to defect to the United States with the submarine. He leaves a letter behind for his boss informing him of his decision. Naturally, the entire Soviet navy deploys in hot pursuit in order to stop the Red October.
The CIA gets wind of the submarine's existence, and analyst Jack Ryan (Alec Baldwin), who has studied Ramius, figures out his plan to defect. This sets in motion a grand design involving the CIA and the entire US Navy to deceive the Soviets into thinking the "Red October" has been destroyed, thereby averting a potential nuclear war...
Everything about "The Hunt for Red October" is excellent. The acting is wonderful, the script (written by Larry Ferguson, who also acted in the film) is sharp with crackling dialogue, and the action sequences are exciting. Despite its 2 hour, 15 minute runtime, the pace never flags. And oh, and did I mention the stunning high definition streaming video and surround audio? All of this combines to make "The Hunt for Red October" one of the most entertaining films I've ever seen, even thirty years since its initial release. Most highly recommended.
Honestly, no review is needed. Anyone who hasn't seen it, please change that soon. The movie is amazing. Great music, Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin at the top of their game, incredible supporting actors, and a top notch script.
And be still my heart - when you get to see Sir Sean AND Alec Baldwin in dress Navy blues? It's an added perk.
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Based on Tom Clancy's bestseller, directed by John McTiernan and starring Sean Connery and Alex Baldwin. The Hunt for Red October seethes with high-tech excitement and sweats with the tension of men who hold Doomsday in their hands. A new technologically superior Soviet nuclear sub the Red October, is heading for the U.S. coast under the command of Captain Marko Ramius (Sean Connery) The American government thinks Ramius is planning to attack. A lone CIA analyst (Alex Baldwin) has a different idea, he thinks Ramius is planning to defect, but he has only a few hours to find him and prove it as the entire Russian naval and air commanders are trying to find him too.
Jack Ryan is brought into a meeting about a new sub just launched by Russia. They set out to find out what the submarine's purpose is. We find out a lot about Jack. It has a lot of action in the cat and mouse chases. Not only the Americans but the Russians are looking for the sub. There is a great twist at the end.
The film has a lot of character, some amazing acting and amazing special effects for it's time.