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5.0 out of 5 stars CAPTAIN KIRK AND CREW
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...
Published on June 14 2004 by Michael Butts

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3.0 out of 5 stars Cinematic experience that will stand its ground...
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...
Published on July 11 2004 by Kim Anehall


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cinematic experience that will stand its ground..., July 11 2004
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CAPTAIN KIRK AND CREW, June 14 2004
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Michael Butts (Berkeley Springs, WV USA) - See all my reviews
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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
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David R. (Raleigh, NC United States) - See all my reviews
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Terrible sound, Aug. 6 2013
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I love this movies but unfortunately, the sound on my copy is terrible. The conversations are way too low and when you want to crank up the volume you end up having the action scenes too loud. I still have my DVD copy and the problem is not there. The DVD is way better that the blu-ray. Comparing the DVD with the blu-ray, i dont see much more resolution.

So for me, i would not recommand buying the blu-ray, there is no value added over the DVD
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Final Countdown finally is a quality release !, April 1 2004
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bluguru (Huntington, NY United States) - See all my reviews
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 Five Stars, July 8 2014
A great semi classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Movie, June 29 2014
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Lucie Tetreault (Ville De Sainte-Catherine, Quebec Canada) - See all my reviews
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This was a remake and the quality is awsome i would recomended this movie to everyone so interesting and well done
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Sci-Fi for its time, June 22 2014
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Richard W. Allingham (Pickering, Ontario Canada) - See all my reviews
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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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I finally saw this one., March 30 2014
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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. I watched with attention. It turned out to be an average movie. In today's standards, it looks a bit cheap. The story, instead of playing with the effects of time travel on the future, focuses on what to do and not to do that could influence the future, and on the guy who doesn't make it back with the rest of the armada in the future, stays stuck in the past, gets older and must avoid contact with himself before he departs for this formidable adventure. Only when the armada comes back can he begin to really exist. This guy probably got rich because during all those years left in the past, he was the only one that already knew the future and could predict it. The story doesn't tell how he managed to do that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, March 9 2014
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This is an oldie but goodie. You have to watch from very start to very end to catch the nuances.
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