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The Final Countdown [Blu-ray]

Kirk Douglas , Martin Sheen , Don Taylor    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   Blu-ray
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
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The UUS Nimitz, America's mightiest nuclear powered aircraft carrier on maneuvers in the Pacific, is thrown back in time to Dec. 6, 1941, mere hours before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Do they allow the Japanese to complete their invasion or launch a massive counter-strike that will change the course of history? Kirk Douglas, Martin Sheen, James Farentino, Katharine Ross

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The USS Nimitz, a nuclear aircraft carrier, is on a routine assignment when the civilian systems specialist Warren Lasky (Martin Sheen) is flown to the aircraft carrier. Lasky's job is to evaluate the efficiency of the commander and crew as he should make recommendations in regards to what changes can be done to save tax dollars. Soon after Lasky's arrival Captain Matthew Yelland (Kirk Douglas) is put in a difficult position as the USS Nimitz is pulled into an outlandish electrical storm that relocates the warship in time. Captain Yelland is unsure about what truly has happened, but when they discover that they are in between the Japanese Naval Force that is about to strike at Pearl Harbor on December 6, 1941 they realize they might have a chance to undo history. Final Countdown is an interesting science fiction film that offers some room for thinking, yet it is entertaining as it displays the incredible event of time traveling. An appealing idea together with entertainment, Final Countdown offers a decent cinematic experience, which will stand its ground.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CAPTAIN KIRK AND CREW June 14 2004
THE FINAL COUNTDOWN has a very intriguing premise and because of an expert cast and a sense of patriotic gusto, it is quite good in spite of its plot holes.
A mysterious storm (similar to the one in Philadelphia Experiment) transports the USS Nimitz back in time to the eve of the attack of Pearl Harbor. Should the Nimitz interfere with history of should they let things go? The ramifications are quite obvious. Kirk Douglas is staunch and as always dependable in his role; James Farentino is quite good as his flight commander; a young Martin Sheen is an appropriate civilian interference; Charles Durning is purely dislikeable as the Senator rescued by the Nimitz; and Katharine Ross has never looked lovelier as Durning's personal assistant. The film maintains a quite suspense and the scene with Soon Taik Oh as the captured Japanese pilot is very intense and frightening.
Any movie that deals with time travel will leave unanswered questions, but THE FINAL COUNTDOWN offers good, mind-intriguing entertainment.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This film has finally been given justice! June 2 2004
Blue Underground has done a great job with this DVD and has finally given the film the high-definition transfer it has deserved after all these years. The color-correction done to the film makes most scenes look great even compared to today's movies. The soundtrack is flowing, emotional, and has some very memorable tunes. The flying sequences of the F-14s and other aircraft are TOP NOTCH and blow any other movie with jet aviation OUT OF THE WATER (this includes movies with a much larger budget such as Top Gun). Speaking of budget, the only vice of this movie is in the special effects. These are present during the storm sequence. It is mentioned in the commentary that the film crew was out of money at the time and it shows. This caveat will not spoil the film for people that watch a movie for more than special effects. The flying scenes are action-packed and the intriguing time-travel plot is tense.
Due to the film's relative obscurity, it's a great movie to show to friends that have likely not seen it. It can be a hit even with people that have no special interest in time-travel nor aviation. The next time you have some friends over, show them this DVD and enjoy a great discussion about the possibilities that are presented in the movie. If anyone would like to further discuss the film, go here: [...]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Terrible sound Aug. 6 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I love this movies but unfortunately, the sound on my copy is terrible. The conversations are way too low and when you want to crank up the volume you end up having the action scenes too loud. I still have my DVD copy and the problem is not there. The DVD is way better that the blu-ray. Comparing the DVD with the blu-ray, i dont see much more resolution.

So for me, i would not recommand buying the blu-ray, there is no value added over the DVD
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By bluguru
Thank you Blue Underground for aquiring the rights to this film from Family Entertainment (who's DVD release was a direct purchase only and quality less than it's full potential, in my opinion-also lacked chapter breaks, THX, etc).
This is one of my all time favorite "B" movies and, as a former Air Force Pilot, I really appreciate seeing the flying sequences in anamorphic widescreen, just like in the original theatrical release. This is as good video transfer from the original negative that this film is probably capable of and Blue Underground has a spectacular release w/the added Dolby ver and THX sound tracks. Unlike most bonus discs, I found this one highly informative/enjoyable and definitely worth watching.
One minor distraction is the loud "clicks/pops" when navigating the menus, chapter breaks and when the THX flag finishes. I'm sure it's just one of those "production things" and it's nowhere in the film, which is what's important. Just thought I'd mention it in case you thought you might have a bad copy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I finally saw this one. March 30 2014
By tornitons TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Over 20 years ago, someone told me about this movie, and it then touched my imagination. While surfing trough Amazon's selection of blu-rays, I encountered this title. I watched with attention. It turned out to be an average movie. In today's standards, it looks a bit cheap. The story, instead of playing with the effects of time travel on the future, focuses on what to do and not to do that could influence the future, and on the guy who doesn't make it back with the rest of the armada in the future, stays stuck in the past, gets older and must avoid contact with himself before he departs for this formidable adventure. Only when the armada comes back can he begin to really exist. This guy probably got rich because during all those years left in the past, he was the only one that already knew the future and could predict it. The story doesn't tell how he managed to do that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
This is an oldie but goodie. You have to watch from very start to very end to catch the nuances.
Published 1 month ago by Bob Bailey
4.0 out of 5 stars Time Travel Science Fiction
A great "what if" story about the nuclear aircraft carrier "USS Nimitz" going back in time with the possibility of altering history by thwarting the Japanese attack... Read more
Published 1 month ago by K. Anderson
2.0 out of 5 stars Product may be good. Yet to get it. Prime is a waste.
I received the product, but the whole 'get it within the next 48 hours using Prime' was a bogus as one could endure. Days turned into well over a week and some. Read more
Published 2 months ago by D.W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Came on time
This was a Christmas gift for a family member, who was absolutely thrilled to receive it. Looked to be in good shape.
Published 2 months ago by Sheila
4.0 out of 5 stars Good classic
It was a good movie for it's time. Good actors, story line was not believable. Would recommend for older (over 50)
Published 12 months ago by Theresa
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
I really enjoyed this movie. A star cast as well as some cool special effects for the time. Would recommend.
Published 16 months ago by John Pilon
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie
I ordered this move and it arrived very quick. The movie is older one that I enjoyed and the quality was excellent. It is a good movie that I'm suprized has not been re-done. Read more
Published on March 7 2012 by Dwayne Parsons
5.0 out of 5 stars A lot has changed since 1941
I saw this movie when it originally came out in the movie theater and its still mindboggling with the what do you do about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor scenario. Read more
Published on Sept. 12 2011 by Torie Monaghan
3.0 out of 5 stars GOOD MOVIE
I bought this movie to add to our collection. We had seen it once before and liked it. It has a rather unique story line; along the lines of The Terminator or Back to the Future.
Published on Sept. 10 2011 by Movie Nut
5.0 out of 5 stars History May Be A Little Harder To Change Than You Think
This is one of those movies that really make you think. It has one of those "what if" scenarios that I love. Read more
Published on May 13 2010 by Neil Roy
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