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K-19: The Widowmaker (Widescreen) (Bilingual)

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  • Actors: Harrison Ford, Sam Spruell, Peter Stebbings, Christian Camargo, Roman Podhora
  • Directors: Kathryn Bigelow
  • Writers: Christopher Kyle, Louis Nowra
  • Producers: Basil Iwanyk, Brent O'Connor, Christine Whitaker, Dieter Nobbe, Edward S. Feldman
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Studio: New Films International
  • Release Date: Dec 10 2002
  • Run Time: 138 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 94 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00005JLGJ
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Ford/Spruell/Neeson/Stebbings/Camarago ~ K-19 The Widowmaker

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I became a fan of the "sub" genre after seeing movies like U-571 and The Hunt for Red October. While U-571 was sort of a pastiche of all the other submarine films that went before it, it made me an immediate fan. It also made me realize just how contrived spaceship movies are.
Unlike the other films, K-19 - The Widowmaker is about a real incident (like the supposed Red October incident) in which a Russian nuclear submarine's reactor nearly had a catastrophic meltdown just off the eastern coast of the United States in the 1960s. Scary stuff.
As a result of this gritty reality, K-19 is powerful in a way that Titanic was powerful. It doesn't matter if the movie isn't quite realistic - the events are so horrible that tension is rife throughout the film. Or at least, it should be.
K-19's initial launch is a debacle. In short, the submarine never has a chance to be successful - the men are inexperienced and costs are cut, such that K-19's crew is lucky that it even works at all. Add in the ship's doctor getting run over by a truck, the failure of the christening bottle to break against the sub's hull, and the firing of the chief engineer and it's hard to disagree with the notion that the ship is cursed.
The new captain aboard Alexei Vostrikov, played by Harrison Ford, pushes the sub to its limits. The tension rises as he forces the crew to do random drills, forces it to dive to near crushing depths, and rise right through the arctic ice. This by far is the most exciting part of the film - there is no enemy except Vostrikov, and it's nail biting after witnessing the poor construction of K-19. Ultimately, K-19 fires its test missile, signaling a message to America that the Russians could launch a nuclear strike if they wished.
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I love reading reviews from people who complain about the historical inaccuracies in movies such as this. What were they expecting? Anything put out by Hollywood is meant to entertain, not educate. Movies such as this are BASED on true events, not actual retellings of the events.
I thought both Harrison Form and Liam Neeson did outstanding acting jobs, and yes they even made believable Russians.
I also thought the film did a good job of portraying the Russian military as human beings, rather than just the enemies we learned to despise during the Cold War.
So see this movie and leave all expectations of a history lesson at home.
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Veteran actors Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson star in this thrilling film about a Russian nuclear submarine and its crew during the height of the cold war. Ford stars as Captain Alexi Vostrikov, a by-the-book, bend and no break commander of the Russian submarine K-19. Neeson stars as Captain Mikhail Polenin. Polenin is the exact opposite of Vostrikov. He is well liked by the crew and is willing to take advice from them.
The K-19 is the newest is Russian submarine technology. Capable of firing missiles up and down the American coast, the submarine and its crew set off on their maiden training mission.
The crew successfully fires the test missile, but soon another problem develops. The crew soon realizes that their nuclear reactor which powers the ship has developed a severe leak which threatens to possibly destroy the ship.
Volunteers are chosen to go inside the reactor area to try to fix the leak by welding pipes to bypass the leak, but these men soon are suffering from radiation exposure. Meanwhile, an American destroyer has come upon the crippled sub and has offered assistance. Vostrikov is determined not to seek help from the "enemy" Americans, and the K-19 does manage to contact another Russian sub and the crew is transferred.
I thought this was a very good movie. Neeson and Ford do very good jobs as the Russian captains, although I didn't care too much for the fake Russian accents. The special effects, especially the underwater shots of the K-19 are excellent. I've been a fan of submarine movies for a long time, and I rate this movie alongside others such as "U-574", "Crimson Tide", and "The Hunt for Red October". It is full of excitement and will definitely captivate you throughout.
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At the height of Cold War tension in 1961, the Russian government is in a hurry to deploy their brand new nuclear submarine, the K-19, with orders to test fire a nuclear missile in the north Atlantic. The hope is that such a show of power will discourage America from launching an attack on the motherland. When Captain Mikhail Polenin (Liam Neeson) argues that the ship is unready to begin sea trials as scheduled, he demoted to the position of executive officer and replaced by Alexei Vostrikov (Harrison Ford). The barely seaworthy K-19 is sent out as initially planned.
Vostrikov tests the crew's physical and mental limits with a series of intensive drills designed to determine what the men and the ship collectively can withstand, creating much tension between the men. After successfully firing the test missile, the K-19 is ordered to take up a position off the American coast, but then disaster strikes as the cooling system of one of the nuclear reactors on board fails. Repeated attempts to repair the leak are unsuccessful and radiation begins to spread through the ship, leaving Vostrikov in a precarious position - he can seek help from the nearby Americans and risk charges of treason at home, or he can wait for a Russian ship to find them and risk the life of every man on board.
When I saw that this film was being done by National Geographic, it encouraged me to go see it in theaters. I'm glad I did, for it lived up to my expectations in almost every way. Ford, Neeson, and all the supporting actors turned in wonderful performances. They made their roles very believable. The cinematography was also extremely well done. The few on-shore scenes were shot in the actual locations in Russia where the original events occurred, giving the film an authentic feel.
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