The Hunt For Red October

30th Anniversary Steelbook Edition                          review by Bobby Blakey

Over the years there have been numerous actors taking on the mantle of Jack Ryan including Harrison Ford, Alec Baldwin, Ben Affleck and Chris Pine. Like them or not, each has brought their own special something to the role and with the success of the Amazon Jack Ryan TV series what better time to revisit thbe one that started it all with the 30th Anniversary Edition 4K Steelbook of The Hunt For Red October.

 

The Hunt for Red October follows the USSR's best captain who heads for the U.S. in a technologically advanced submarine. While the American government thinks it’s an attack, a lone CIA analyst insists the captain is planning to defect. The film stars Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, Sam Neil, Tim Curry, Scott Glenn, and James Earl Jones. I was never a big fan of this film initially, but revisiting it I found it a lot more enjoyable than I had remembered. It isn’t overly exciting for the majority of the film like some of the other entries, but still keeps you engaged with the back and forth and conspiracy of it all.

 

What this film did do is remind me how much I miss seeing the always brilliant Sean Connery on the big screen. He fully embodies this role and you believe he is both Russian and fully invested in his mission. Baldwin is fine in the role, but this clearly more of Connery’s show with Ryan almost a secondary character. I would have liked to see Baldwin return to the role in some of the other outings to not only keep it consistent, but also to see what he did with the character. There is some interesting sub action at the end of the movie that is a bit dated, but still works well enough to bring it all home.

 

This latest release of the film offers up the film in 4K Ultra for the first time as well as bonus content including commentary, trailer and featurette taking you behind the action. Grab your copy of The Hunt For Red October 30th Anniversary Steelbook 4K Ultra Edition when it hits stores one February 25th from Paramount Home Entertainment.

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