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The Final Countdown [Blu-ray]

Kirk Douglas , Martin Sheen , Don Taylor    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 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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7 of 7 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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. Aviation fans take note... June 19 2004
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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good movie.
Published 11 hours ago by Joseph Regis Decaire
5.0 out of 5 stars The Final Countdown
Very good film and DVD. Interesting topic thought provoking. Bonus disc has some good interviews.
Published 1 month ago by Danny Sinstead
5.0 out of 5 stars K. Douglas gives an great performance
A wonderful action packed movie with great action all around an interesting story line like the navy and jets this is for you
Published 1 month ago by kenneth eastman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Story is still relevant, althou the F-14s are retired. USS Nimitz still going strong.
Published 3 months ago by joemac74
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great semi classic.
Published 3 months ago by Sail Boat
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie
This was a remake and the quality is awsome i would recomended this movie to everyone so interesting and well done
Published 3 months ago by Lucie Tetreault
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Sci-Fi for its time
Good to see this movie again. Good actors and only a little action. However I enjoyed this movie when it came out and I still like it.
Published 4 months ago by Richard W. Allingham
3.0 out of 5 stars I finally saw this one.
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. Read more
Published 6 months ago by tornitons
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 7 months 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 7 months ago by K. Anderson
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