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NEW Ford/spruell/neeson/stebbings/ - K-19 The Widowmaker (Blu-ray)


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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002DMJM5C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #70,529 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Tresca on March 22 2004
Format: DVD
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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By Risé on Jan. 2 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Good movie with Harrison Ford. A great guy, submarine movie. That's all I have to say about that. So, there ya go.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cool Nerd on Dec 24 2003
Format: DVD
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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By bernie TOP 50 REVIEWER on July 31 2011
Format: Blu-ray
This is another caught in a leaky sub movie. You just have to enjoy this type of movie to watch it. No new revelations. Harrison Ford gets to play the misunderstood heavy Capt. Alexei Vostrikov; we have to remember he is a good actor and play on both sides of the fence. Harrison Ford is also the executive producer. If you have the heavy then you have to have the father figure played by Liam Neeson as Capt. Mikhail Polenin.

People like to compare this movie to other recent submarine movies but the formula was played out long ago in "Run Silent Run Deep" (1958) with Clark Gable as Cmdr. 'Rich' Richardson and Burt Lancaster as Lt. Jim Bledsoe. They had similar command and loyalty conflicts.
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By Mike Sobierajski on June 20 2004
Format: DVD
This is a great movie and is far superb to U-571. The story is exellent and just about everything is exellent. I recommend this to any submarine movie collector or just a person who likes a good story.
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Format: VHS Tape
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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