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Crimson Tide
Buena Vista Home Video
2.35:1/Dolby Digital 5.1
Rated:R
Spanish Subtitles
English 5.1/French 2.0
Region:1
Running Time:116min

"Crimson Tide" is, to be honest, one of my favorite films of all time.

Starring Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman, "Tide" tells the story of two rival nuclear submarine captains; the tension builds as the disagreements between the two begin to flare and the spark is lit when an Emergency Action Message comes in that has been cut off during an attack. It could mean that the US wants the sub to launch their weapons, it could mean that the war has been called off; sides are taken, loyalties shift and the war is suddenly anew, only this time, it's inside the ship.Hackman's commander believes that a moment spared is a moment where lives could be lost; the Russians could be fueling their missiles, Washington's character believes that if the submarine fires, they could unknowingly start off another world war.

Gene Hackman is outstanding as the Submarine captain; Denzel Washington is equally excellent as the new executive officer. The score by Hans Zimmer, which is one of the best scores of the 90's, and outstanding direction by Tony Scott pulls together one very outstanding, tension-filled drama. I liked how people are led from side to side, being pulled between the arguements of the two superior officers; there are some classic moments of tension as the ship is caught in an attack with a stray Russian submarine.

The film is one of the more outstanding and definitely one of the smarter and more literary action films of this decade; the wills of both men are extremely strong and both present logical and acceptable arguements; the end of the film of course displays who was right in the end, but was either one right throughout?

"Crimson Tide" is a wonderful and absolutely intense film; it's one of those films with great ability to hold the interest after multiple viewings. To be completely honest, I've probably watched this film myself well over 50 times. I have this film on every format(DVD, VHS, LD) and I think it's one of the best films of the 90's.

The Disc:
Picture: Gotta love it. Although it's not 16x9 anamorphic, the picture is of outstanding quality. Colors are extremely sharp, contrast is wonderful. This is a film where, once you're in the submarine, the colors(reds, greens and blues of the equipment that reflect off faces) have a tendency to bleed, or look a little muddy. The VHS is definitely muddy and, to be honest, I saw some of that problem apparent in the laserdisc. Here, colors are perfectly saturated and look outstanding. There are no major noticeable instances of artifacting on the disc, and images are crisp and detailed. A very good job overall. The image is letterboxed at 2.35:1 and I definitely recommend watching this film in this ratio; the full frame VHS version that I watched cut off way too much information.

Audio:Woah. Crimson Tide is full of major bass and major sound all around. Torpedos scream through the waters, the viewer can hear the clank of every boot running down the sub's stairs,the crackle of a fire in a scene, instrument panels fill the sound field with various beeps and the sounds of the disc fill the room with the sounds of the environment of a submarine. Outstanding, crisp dialogue transfer as well. Really, really good work. I wish, though, that Hans Zimmer's score was isolated. It's so outstanding and it really enhances the film. Even so, it sounds great on this disc.

Menus: Terrible. Very basic illustrations and zero animation.

Extras: Nothing. Not even a trailer. I would definitely liked to have had the "Making Of.." documentary and the trailer that the laserdisc has.

Grades:
Film:A+
Picture:A-
Audio:A
Menus:F
Extras:F

Overall:B
Overall:The disc is worth getting, even with the lack of extras. An outstandingly entertaining movie combined with a good transfer; it's definitely recommended.

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