Crimson Tide
Hollywood Pictures / 1994 / 112 Mins / Rated M15+


MOVIE
Crimson Tide is yet another summer action flick from the producing team of the late Don Simpson & Jerry Bruckheimer and was one of the first movies they did with Disney after leaving Paramount. Unlike some of there other action flicks e.g.: Con Air this one is outstanding. I first saw it at the theatre but this is the first time I have seen it in it's original format since it's theatrical release. 

Denzel Washington plays Ron Hunter the first officer on the USS Alabama a ship run firmly by Captain Frank Ramsey (Gene Hackman) Hunter comes from the new school and Ramsey comes from the old school of training. Both do not see eye to eye on everything but they are both very competent in there jobs. The back story to this movie revolves around an international crisis when a dictator is trying to take over the Russian government and wage war on the U.S. As one of the main submarines on the frontline, the USS Alabama receives an emergency message to launch nuclear weapons at the Russians, just as they are about to do so they receive a second message that gets cut off when they fall under the attack of a Russian submarine. 

Concerned, Hunter wishes to verify the message to which the Captain refuses, Hunter relieves the captain and takes control of the ship. But then all hell breaks loose when Captain Ramsey decides to take the ship back and a full scale mutiny occurs. Who's right and who's wrong. Should they launch or should they get verification? 

Mix that with wonderful cinematography by Dariusz Wolski with some of the best camera angles and pans I've seen in quite a while, excellent direction by Tony Scott which includes some of the most realistic sub explosions filmed and some of the most rousing music recorded by Hans Zimmer & you have got yourself one great DVD to demo off to visitors.

VIDEO

This is great stuff. Most of the movie is set in very dark scenes and there are also a lot of murky looking underwater scenes which get pulled of very effectively. No MPEG artifacts were present from what I could see. The contrast & brightness were spot on, blacks are a deep solid black, the picture was exceptionally sharp, the colors were well saturated and flesh tones were very natural. The only little problems was a slight shimmering of the start & end credits but that's it. It doesn't get any better than this. Reference quality.

Crimson Tide is framed at 2:35:1 and it is a true 16:9 transfer not an electronic enhanced transfer. Way to go R4. That's another over R1.

This is a Single Sided, Single Layer disc.

AUDIO

This is another excellent aspect of the disc. Crimson Tide is encoded in Dolby Digital 5.1 and is very aggressive. The surrounds get an effective bashing as does the .1 channel. Sound effects steering around the channels was spot on. Music ambience was also very well encoded and is placed well to complement the movie. WOW. Demo quality again.

The dialog was clear all the way through and was mixed well.

EXTRAS
What extras, who cares. A great movie with excellent sound & picture quality that's 16:9 enhanced. Stuff the extras. The only other things to note is the fact that the disc has R2 labeled on it but there is a leaflet in the insert to say it is a R4 disc. The disc also has a British ratings sticker on it to show it was from Europe but there was no apparent censoring in this version as it is the same as the Australian released version.

Do subtitles count as an extra? Probably not but they are here in English, French, Dutch, Portuguese and Closed Captions.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Certainly a great start to Buena Vista's R4 start. I hope that they keep them coming like this. Get it now.

16:9 ENHANCEMENT DISC RATING

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REVIEW EQUIPMENT

Display: 48" Sony RPTV.
DVD Player:
Panasonic A350 Player using S-Video Cables.
Receiver:
Pioneer VSX-D508 Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround.
Speakers:
Accusound speaker system.

Copyright 2000 by [Roger Ward].
Revised: 25 May 2000 00:16:57 +1100 .

DVD INFORMATION
Region Coding: Region 4
No of Discs: 1
OFLC Rating M15+
Running Time: 112 minutes
Case Type: Black Amaray
Release Date: 17/5/1999
Catalog Number: 34502
List Price: $34.95
Distributor: Buena Vista
DISC SPECIFICATIONS
Disc Format: PAL
Disc Type: Label Only
Disc Format: SS-SL
Chapters: 32
Macrovision: Yes
Manufacturer: WAMO
VIDEO SPECIFICATIONS
Aspect Ratio: 2:35:1
Anamorphic: Yes
Film Format: 35mm
SOUND SPECIFICATIONS
Dolby Digital:

5.1 Surround
2.0 Surround

DTS: None
PCM Stereo: None
Other: None
Languages:


English
French
Italian
Subtitles: Yes
SPECIAL FEATURES
Audio Commentary: None
Theatrical Trailer: None
Teaser Trailer: None
TV Spots: None
Dolby Trailer: None
Documentary: None
Cast & Crew Bios: None
Deleted Scenes: None
Music Videos: None
DVD Rom Content: None
Collectable Booklet: None
Scene Access: Yes
Animated Menus: None
Production Notes: None
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