The Hunt for Red October (Bilingual) [Import]
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Based on Tom Clancy's bestseller, directed by John McTiernan (Die Hard) and starring Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin, THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER sweats with high-tech anxiety and the tension of men who hold Doomsday in their hands. A new technologically-superior Soviet nuclear sub, the Red October, is heading for the U.S. coast under the command of Captain Marko Ramius (Connery). The American government thinks Ramius is planning to attack. A lone CIA analyst (Baldwin) has a different idea: he thinks Ramius is planning to defect, but he has only a few hours to find him and prove it - because the entire Russian naval and air commands are trying to find him, too. The hunt is on!
Before Harrison Ford assumed the mantle of playing Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan hero in Patriot Games, Alec Baldwin took a swing at the character in this John McTiernan film and hit one to the fence. If less instantly sympathetic than Ford, Baldwin is in some respects more interesting and nuanced as Ryan, and drawing comparisons between both actors' performances can make for some interesting postmovie discussion. That aside, The Hunt for Red October stands alone as a uniquely exciting adventure with a fantastic costar: Sean Connery as a Russian nuclear submarine captain attempting to defect to the West on his ship. Ryan must figure out his true motives for approaching the U.S. McTiernan (Predator, Die Hard) made an exceptionally handsome movie here with action sequences that really do take one's breath away. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The film’s cinematography is excellent – well, apart from what appears to me to be a rather poor green screen shot in the final scene. It can’t be easy to film the bulk of a movie within the close quarters of a submarine – granted, the Red October is pretty freakin’ huge for a sub, but it’s still a sub. Director John McTiernan may be known for blowing up everything in sight in Die Hard, but there really are no extravagant special effects in this movie.Read more ›
The basic plot is as follows: Red October is a new and technologically superior Russian submarine and it's heading for the USA under the command of the highly reputed Captain Ramius (Sean Connery). It was created as an undetectable submarine for the purpose of planting bombs/missiles on the USA coast. The Russians soon believe Ramius intends to defect and they send their navy out to sink his submarine. The Russians do not want to reveal the existence of this new submarine to the Americans and tell them that Ramuis has gone mad and intends to fire missiles on the USA. They ask for help locating his submarine. The Americans worry that the Russians are really coming to attack and so they are preparing for war. American CIA analyst Jack Ryan (the lead character from Tom Clancy novels, which this film is based on) is a submarine expert who believes he understands Captain Ramius' motives and can stop a war if he can communicate with the Captain.
The blu-ray looks and sounds excellent, a definite improvement over the DVD. I picked it up for about $8 on Amazon.ca. In terms of special features there's not much: a director's commentary, a theatrical trailer, and a 20-minute documentary on the making of the film which is good but is not remastered and looks rather grainy.Read more ›
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I enjoyed watching this movie...Sean Connery is one of my choice actors.Published 13 days ago by Fraser
The movie was good.
The disc. No resume no bookmark nothing. But. No advertising either. So if stop disc. U only need to wait for the paramount screen to show. Read more
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