30th Anniversary: The Hunt for Red October

Based on Tom Clancy’s bestseller and starring Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin, The Hunt for Red October seethes with high-tech excitement and sweats with the tension of men who hold Doomsday in their hands. A new technologically-superior Soviet nuclear sub, the Red October, is heading for the U.S. coast under the command of Captain Marko Ramius. The American government thinks Ramius is planning to attack. A lone CIA analyst named Jack Ryan has a different idea: he thinks Ramius is planning to defect, but he has only a few hours to find him and prove it because the entire Russian naval and air commands are trying to find him, too. The hunt is on!

Director:  John McTiernan

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1

Runtime: 135 min

Rotten Tomatoes Consensus: Perfectly cast and packed with suspense, The Hunt for Red October is an old-fashioned submarine thriller with plenty of firepower to spare.

Online Ratings:

  1. Rotten Tomatoes 89% (Audience 88%)
  2. IMDB 7.6
  3. Metacritic 58

“The best submarine thriller ever made.”

On March 2, 1990, moviegoers were first introduced to Tom Clancy’s legendary CIA analyst Jack Ryan when the thrilling and suspense-filled The Hunt for Red October debuted in theaters. Now fans can relive every tension-laden moment with a special 30th anniversary Limited Collector’s Edition 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo Steelbook, arriving February 25, 2020 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

The 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo in a Limited Collector’s Edition Steelbook includes access to a Digital copy of the film, as well as commentary by director John McTiernan and the behind-the-scenes featurette “Beneath the Surface” on the Blu-ray.

Officially this was shot on 35mm film and for this Ultra HD release, it was scanned in full native 4K and given a HDR color grade in both HDR10 and Dolby Vision. As a side note, there is a fine layer of grain that can be seen throughout the film, so if you’re a grain hater… beware. This film, which mostly takes place inside of a few submarines sees very little light — so the biggest benefits of the UHD are the black levels and the little color that’s shown in these scenes.

Great news, I reviewed this back in 2018 when it first released on UHD, so you can check out the rest of the review of this disc right here on the site. It’s the same disc, but in all new packaging! The short of it? This is a film you need to own in the best possible format. If you don’t own the Jack Ryan 4K collection already, then this is a must own — especially if you’re a fan of steelbooks.



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