The Final Countdown

The Final Countdown

Kirk Douglas
Director: Don Taylor Cast: Kirk Douglas
Kirk Douglas
, Martin Sheen
Martin Sheen
, Katharine Ross
Katharine Ross
Don Taylor

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Overview

A high-flying, time travel adventure that gets an "A" for originality, The Final Countdown arrives on DVD in fine form with this feature-packed Blue Underground release. The feature attraction is presented in 1.33:1 pan-and-scan, and the care that Blue Underground has put into restoring the print will certainly score points with fans. The image is virtually pristine, with solid, well-balanced colors that are bright and vivid, and even skin tones throughout. Audio is presented in closed-captioned English Dolby Digital Surround EX and 2.0 Surround, with an additional DTS-ES track offering a second option for home theater enthusiasts. All three soundtracks are great, with the Dolby Digital Surround EX and the DTS-ES in particular truly shining in the airborne dogfight sequences. Optional English, Spanish, and French subtitles are also accessible. Blue Underground is certainly an organization dedicated to presenting the definitive version of any film that it chooses to release, and this version of The Final Countdown is no exception to that rule. A commentary track with cinematographer Victor J. Kemper offers some good anecdotes concerning the shoot, and while there isn't an abundance of downtime, it ultimately leaves the viewer wanting something more. Though it's interesting to hear how the film crew adjusted their schedules to cooperate with Naval exercises (the anecdote regarding a still-photographer who was "kidnapped" for a "man overboard" exercise is amusing), it ends up being somewhat dry since Kemper doesn't have anyone to bounce memories off of. Theatrical trailers and television spots round the single-disc version of The Final Countdown rather nicely.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/30/2004
UPC: 0827058104692
Original Release: 1980
Rating: PG
Source: Blue Underground
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital Surround EX]
Time: 1:42:00
Sales rank: 4,042

Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary with director of photography Victor J. Kemper; Theatrical trailer; TV spots

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kirk Douglas Capt. Matthew Yelland
Martin Sheen Warren Lasky
Katharine Ross Laurel Scott
James Farentino Cmdr. Richard Owens
Ron O'Neal Cmdr. Dan Thurman
Charles Durning Senator Chapman
Victor Mojica Black Cloud
James Lawrence Lt. Perry
Soon-Teck Oh Simura
Joe Lowry Cmdr. Damon
Alvin Ing Kajima
Mark Thomas Cpl. Kullman
Harold Bergman Bellman
Bill Couch Actor
Dan Fitzgerald Navy Doctor
Robert Goodman Actor
Orwin Harvey Actor
Lloyd Kaufman Lt. Cmdr. Kaufman
Richard Liberty Actor
Jack McDermott Actor
Gary Morgan Actor
Phil Philbin Admiral
Ted Richert Actor
George Warren Actor
Billy Dee Williams Actor

Technical Credits
Don Taylor Director
David Ambrose Screenwriter
Bruce Bisenz Sound/Sound Designer
Fernando Carrere Production Designer
Gerry Davis Screenwriter
Joe Day Special Effects
Peter Vincent Douglas Producer
Garry J. Elmendorf Special Effects
Tom Hunter Screenwriter
Lloyd Kaufman Associate Producer
Pat Kehoe Asst. Director
Victor J. Kemper Cinematographer
Robert K. Lambert Editor
Robert J. Litt Sound/Sound Designer
Dennis Peeples Set Decoration/Design
Peter Powell Screenwriter
John Scott Score Composer
Richard St. Johns Executive Producer
Ray Summers Costumes/Costume Designer
Bob Thomas Camera Operator

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Program Start/Main Titles [6:55]
2. "Welcome Aboard Mr. Lasky" [3:54]
3. Weather Report [4:20]
4. A Peculiar Storm [4:34]
5. The Destroyer Returns [3:38]
6. State of Confusion [6:48]
7. The Past Meets the Future [3:28]
8. Nostalgia Broadcasting [3:53]
9. Pearl Harbor Photos [4:58]
10. Japanese Fighter Planes [4:38]
11. The Dog Fight [4:32]
12. Rescue Mission [4:58]
13. Changing History [3:24]
14. Senator Samuel Chapman [3:55]
15. The Japanese Pilot [8:51]
16. Contacting Pearl Harbor [4:38]
17. Transporting [3:52]
18. Preparing for War [2:51]
19. Following Orders [5:35]
20. Aborting the Mission [4:08]
21. "They'll Never Believe It" [5:46]
22. End Credits [2:44]
23. Chapter 23 [2:44]

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