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Hunt For Red October, The
Special Collector's Edition
Genre: Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 74 (July 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, Joss Ackland, Tim Curry, Peter Firth, Scott Glenn, James Earl Jones, Jeffrey Jones, Richard Jordan, Sam Neill, Stellan Skarsgard, Fred Dalton Thompson & Courtney B. Vance

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: 5
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Critics' Composite Score: 4.5
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Special Features
While this "Special Collector's Edition" is more special than the previously released version which added only a trailer, it is hardly anything to brag about. Supplements include audio commentary by director John McTiernan, a new 29-minute Beneath The Surface featurette, and the theatrical trailer.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Paramount Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 05640
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $19.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 135
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1990
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 05/06/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): John McTiernan
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  WSR Narrative Review
Special Notes:
Also available in The Jack Ryan Collection, which includes the remastered editions of The Hunt For Red October, Patriot Games, Clear And Present Danger, and the previously released The Sum Of All Fears.

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 (Connery) is planning an attack, but CIA analyst (Baldwin) believes he is planning to defect. With both the American and the Russian Naval and air command on the hunt, the movie is filled with high-tech excitement and intrigue.

DVD Picture:
After being given an anamorphic treatment, this new 2.30:1 DVD is preferred to the previously released non-anamorphic DVD, though it doesn

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