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The Hunt For Red October Blu-ray

United States
Paramount Pictures | 1990 | 135 min | Rated PG | Jul 29, 2008

The Hunt For Red October (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (32.86 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio
English: Dolby TrueHD 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
French: Dolby Digital 5.1 (640 kbps)
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1 (640 kbps)

Subtitles
English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese

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50GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

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Video 3.8 of 53.8
Audio 4.0 of 54.0
Extras 1.5 of 51.5
Based on 15 user reviews

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Thriller50%
War42%
Drama31%
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The Hunt For Red October

 (1990)

The Hunt For Red October Blu-ray delivers great video and audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

Russia's newest Typhoon-class nuclear missile submarine Red October, equipped with a silent propulsion system, sets sail from Murmansk. At the same time a mysterious letter is sent from Red October's captain, Marko Ramius, to the chief political officer of the Soviet Navy. Shortly after almost the entire Soviet fleet in the North Atlantic and Mediterranean sets out for the Atlantic Ocean with the mission to hunt down and destroy the Red October. CIA-analyst Jack Ryan believes that Ramius is trying to defect to the West. The Pentagon and White House generals do not believe in his idea. They believe Soviet's story, that Ramius is a madman and that he will launch his nuclear missiles at the United States. A race between NATO and the Soviet Union begins. Who will find the Red October first? In the middle of all this Ryan is trying to get to Ramius and help him.

For more about The Hunt For Red October and the The Hunt For Red October Blu-ray release, see the The Hunt For Red October Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Starring: Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, Scott Glenn, James Earl Jones, Sam Neill, Joss Ackland
Director: John McTiernan

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The Hunt For Red October Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

The Hunt For Red October sets sail on Blu-ray with a 1080p, 2.35:1 framed transfer. This is not the kind of transfer that will wow audiences the same way I, Robot and Saawariya did some months ago. If you are familiar with John McTiernan's work, particularly Predator, you know that grain plays an important role in the look of some of his films, and a heavy amount of grain is visible on this transfer, too. The film is a rather dark one that takes place in dimly lit interiors, both in and out of submarines, with no dazzling use of colors, and the look is true to the source. Still, colors are a bit more eye-popping than I have seen them before, even if they are generally dull as a rule. When the "Pavarotti" story is being told early in the film, the colors on the buttons next to the storyteller are brighter and more vibrant than I've ever noticed them before. Likewise, the various colored adornments on uniforms -- particularly gold -- stand out as better defined and clear than in previous editions. The print shows some black speckles, pops, and debris, along with a few vertical black lines here and there. Mostly thanks to the original look of the picture, detail level is only moderate. Likewise, definition and clarity don't necessarily impress. The scene where Ryan gives a briefing on the Red October in chapter four is one spot where this is evident. The image is soft, somewhat lacking in depth and clarity, and not highly detailed in either the foreground or the background. It still looks fine, far better than any other edition of the film I've seen at home (this is the fifth edition I've owned -- once on VHS, once on LaserDisc, and twice on DVD). The few daylight, well-lit scenes, such as when Ryan leaves the Enterprise in chapter eight, look wonderful, with solid colors, great detail, and a crystal clear image. Skin tones are non-problematic, as are black levels. There is one oddity of note. At the beginning of chapter seven, there are blue lines at the top and bottom of the frame that do not appear on my DTS-DVD copy. All said and done, this is a very true-to-the-source image that is superior to the latest DVD copy I own, but audience expectations need to be set appropriately to enjoy the look this film has to offer in high definition.


The Hunt For Red October Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

The Hunt For Red October submerges listeners with a solid Dolby TrueHD 5.1 lossless surround soundtrack. One area where The Hunt For Red October excels is in bringing some fantastic choral music to the presentation that, oftentimes, better suits the mood of the film in lieu of a more traditional score. These pleasing and exciting choral pieces heard throughout the film sound better than ever in lossless audio, filling the entirety of the listening area with sonic delight. Underwater sequences are also well-reproduced. The sound of the submarine moving underwater from rear to front in chapter one offers fine panning and sonic clarity. The first time we are taken inside the Red October in chapter two, we quickly feel like a member of the crew as a robust use of the entire soundstage perfectly recreates the sound of a bustling ship. Voices, footsteps on the deck, and other sounds flow from every speaker, all distinctly and clearly. While in the submarines, the constant hum of the engine is heard all around us, truly placing us inside these most deadly of weapons. Likewise, when Ryan arrives at the ship yard in chapter three, we are instantly transported there thanks to the engulfing sound of work, machinery, and voices that immerse the soundstage and turn your living room into a bustling, busy work area. When Jack's plane lands on the Enterprise in chapter five, we can feel the impact of the landing gear on the flight deck. Gunshots ring out with fine volume and clarity, and the impacts and ricochets on various items on the Red October that "don't react well to bullets" react well with your sound system; the effect fills every speaker with action and excitement. Dialogue reproduction is crisp and precise. Once you listen to The Hunt For Red October in lossless audio, you'll never go back to your obsolete DVD edition ever again.


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