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The Final Countdown [Blu-ray]

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  • Actors: Kirk Douglas, Martin Sheen, Katharine Ross, James Farentino, Ron O'Neal
  • Directors: Don Taylor
  • Writers: David Ambrose, Gerry Davis, Peter Powell, Thomas Hunter
  • Producers: Lloyd Kaufman, Peter Douglas, Richard R. St. Johns
  • Format: Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Surround Sound, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Release Date: Nov. 4 2008
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001BTKP8G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,738 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Swederunner on July 11 2004
Format: DVD
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Therabbitssing on June 19 2004
Format: DVD
Since so many reviews are already posted, I'll keep this brief. It's nice to see this film get such an excellent DVD release. This movie is great and has aged quite well. The premise of the Nimitz being thrown back into time and given the opportunity to change the course of world history is an intriuging one even today. The Final Countdown boasts some ofthe best aircraft footage ever caught on film, hollywood or documentary. The scene between the Jolly Rogers F-14's and the 2 Japanese Zero fighters is a timeless classic.
The sound is excellent, the transfer is quite good, and the 2 disc set includes very special bonuses for fans of the F-14, or aviation in general. And the bonus disc interviews the Jolly Rogers squadron that flew in the film, worth it if you are an avaiation fan. If not, you might still enjoy it anyways, as they certainly have an entertaining story about one of the cast members!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mys M TOP 500 REVIEWER on Feb. 5 2015
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Today I watched The Final Countdown (1980). What an amazing time travel adventure.
Martin Sheen plays an efficiency expert sent out to observe on a aircraft carrier. They go through some kind of electrical storm in the middle of the Pacific in 1980, and end up tracking the Japanese invasion force heading for Pearl Harbour, Dec. 6th, 1941. They observe two fighter planes en route that strafe an American yacht carrying a senator, his assistant, and her dog, Charlie. James Farentino plays the carrier's wing commander and rescues the survivors plus one of the pilots they have struck down. The captain is played by Kirk Douglas. The carrier is in a war situation and the top brass on board are unsure as to who their commander-in-chief is. It just might be Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

What ensues is an esoteric debate about how to proceed. The senator, in charge of the senate committee of defence, is also from 1941, and had disappeared just before the attack. What do they do with him? Do they engage in war? What do they tell the crew? When the Japanese prisoner grabs a gun and takes over the sick bay, it complicates everything further. I'm not going to spoil this for you. It's an incredible piece of alternate history science fiction. I absolutely loved it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David R. on June 2 2004
Format: DVD
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael Butts on June 14 2004
Format: DVD
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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