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

3.5 out of 5 stars 94 customer reviews

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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
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 94 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B002DMJM5C
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K-19: The Widowmaker [Blu-ray]

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Great submarine warfare movie.
Instant classic.
Based on real events.
Ford and Neeson make a good work.
A ''must to have'' movie for every submarine lovers.
Filmed nearby RCN base.
Good FX.
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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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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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I can think of few things drearier than living in communist Russia, or having to do submarine duty. This is probably only exceeded by living in modern day communist North Korea. But getting back to our story, doing submarine duty while living under the rule of the old regime. A party movie this isn't.
The movie takes the Russian point of view, or at least the Russian point of view that Hollywood would like us to have. In the not-too-distant past, the Commies have developed a submarine that can launch nuclear missiles while under water. As this country has a perpetual fear of being invaded, even while still in the business of invading other countries...the successful completion of this mission will allow Vitali and Irena back home to sleep much better at night.
So with a mission as critical as this, the commander for this mission seems to do everything he can. The Russkies have chosen Indiana Jones himself to run the operation, and he seems to want it to fail from the beginning. When his crew pleads with him that more time is needed to safely prepare the ship, he tells them they will leave in two weeks whether they drown or not. Can you imagine the leaders of the Space Shuttle taking this stand?
Then, of course, there is the problem of unifying the crew. With a mission as important as this one, we seem to have a rag-tag group of drunks operating the vessel. It might be a stab at the way the country was in those days, but once again, with a mission so critical, don't you try to have everything right before proceeding? Indiana Jones answer to this is to take the boat so deep that it actually damages the ship in order to make the crew fear for there lives, and in this respect, somehow grow closer. I don't buy it.
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