- Format: Blu-ray
- Language: English, French
- Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
- Dubbed: French, Spanish
- Region: Region A/1
- Number of discs: 1
- Average Customer Review: 175 customer reviews
- ASIN: B001AII4SQ
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,144 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
NEW Connery/baldwin/glenn - Hunt For Red October (Blu-ray)
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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 alternate Blu-ray edition.
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Harrison Ford plays the Russian commander in K19 and plays a more convincing role. The Russian commander in Red October is played by Sean Connery who plays Sean Connery, basically the same character he plays in every movie. Listening to Connery English/Scottish accent trying to emulate a Russian accent is kind of humorous. Same with Same Neill. Baldwin does his typical manic style of acting, which I usually like, but seems a bit over the top in this movie.
Red October clearly had a bigger budget than K19, but K19 did more with what they had. I would call Red October more of a Popcorn style of adventure movie, meaning enough action, sets, special effects, middling suspense and adequate acting for its 135 minutes length. After all any movie that has Tim Curry playing a Russian doctor, pretty well tells you the level of drama the studio was aiming for. It was enjoyable for what it was but it's not likely that I'll watch this one a second time.
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.
If you like this film, you may like other well reputed submarine films like: K-19 The Widowmaker, U-571, The Enemy Below (1958), Run Silent Run Deep (1958), Crimson Tide (1985), Up Periscope (1959), and Das Boot (the 1981 German film which many believe to be the best submarine film ever).
If you like the Jack Ryan character, there are 5 films based on this Tom Clancy character so far: The Hunt for Red October (1990, played by Alec Baldwin in his first major role), Patriot Games (1992, played by Harrison Ford), Clear and Present Danger (1994, also played by Harrison Ford), Sum of All Fears (2002, played by Ben Affleck), and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014, played by Chris Pine).
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