WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Hunt For Red October, The
Genre:Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 01 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, Scott Glenn, James Earl Jones & Sam Neill

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Paramount Home Video
(Catalog Number): LV32020-2L
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $29.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 135
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): No
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1990
(LD Release Date): 10/90
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): John McTiernan
(Screenplay/Written By): Larry Ferguson & Donald Stewart
(Story): NA
(Music): Basil Poledouris
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Terence Marsh
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Dennis Virkler & John Wright
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Larry De Waay & Jerry Sherlock
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Mace Neufeld

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Panavision
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.39:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo SR & 70mm 6 Track Dolby
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The Hunt For Red October is based on the novel by Tom Clancy about The Red October, a new technologically-superior Soviet nuclear submarine headed for the U.S. coast with unknown intentions. The American government thinks Captain Ramius (Sean Connery) is planning an attack, but a CIA analyst (Alec Baldwin) believes he is planning to defect. With both the American and the Russian naval and air command on the hunt, the film is filled with high-tech excitement and intrigue.

LaserDisc Picture:
The presentation quality is outstanding. The digital video transfer emulates the darkish reddish look of the theatrical projection. The interior look of both the Russian and the American submarines is stunning with excellent shadow detail and colors that are vibrant and warm. The aspect ratio is about 2.26:1.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The Dolby Surround® soundtrack is spectacular with explosions and thrusting deep bass, and a tense, ponderous full orchestra and chorus music score. This is an action adventure that is sure to please.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): Yes
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): No
(Aggressive Split Surround): No
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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