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My take: The Final Countdown (1980)

HD Goofnut
02-28-2010, 04:56 PM
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Title: The Final Countdown
BD-50 Dual-Layer Disc
Video: 1080p/VC-1
Audio: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio & 5.1 Dolby TrueHD
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Subtitles: English, French, and Spanish
Run time: 102 minutes
Studio: Blue Underground
Rating: PG
Region Coding: Region Free
Player used for review: LG BH200

Cast/Crew Info:
Kirk Douglas as Capt. Matthew Yelland
Martin Sheen as Warren Lasky
Katharine Ross as Laurel Scott
James Farentino as Wing Commander Richard T. Owens
Ron O'Neal as Cmdr. Dan Thurman
Charles Durning as Sen. Samuel Chapman
Directed by Don Taylor

My take: (the breakdown)

The Final Countdown is one of those films that address what "What if?" factor, which is similar to the novels of Harry Turtledove. When the carrier U.S.S. Nimitz gets caught in a violent electrical storm no one thinks anything is wrong afterward until they start discovering evidence that it's really December 6, 1941. They begin to question whether it's right to change history and stop the Japanese on Pearl Harbor, which occurs on the following day. Will the change history for the better or worse? This is certainly a must see if you have never seen it and is easily a purchase for fans.

This is got to be one of the more lousy transfers that I have seen, but it's the source that is to blame. Colors are saturated properly, but they don't have any three-dimensional properties. Flesh tones waver between normal and red-orange as well. Grain is light during the interior shots, but the exterior shots become extremely grainy and noisy. Fine detail is a mess all the way through the film. Every shot appears to be out of focus with the exception of the center of the screen making most details indistinguishable. It looks better than the DVD, but only by a small margin.

We get both a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and 5.1 Dolby TrueHD track, but I chose the DTS-HD track. Dialogue is clear and understandable for the most part, but it is lost in a couple of the softer spoken scenes. Surrounds see plenty of use especially when the F-14 Tomcats start taking off. Your sub will see a lot of work, but the LFE is rather subdued in my opinion.

This is not a bad supplemental as the material given is quite good, but there's just not that much of it. We get am an audio commentary with the Photography Director, two making of features totaling about 45 minutes, and five (yes five) trailers for the film itself.

Movie: 7/10
VQ: 4.5/10
AQ: 6/10
Supplements: 4/10
Final word: A Purchase For Fans

As always thanks for reading folks.

Stew4HD
02-28-2010, 06:25 PM
I don't have this on BD but it's an old favorite from the '80's.

HD Goofnut
02-28-2010, 06:28 PM
I don't have this on BD but it's an old favorite from the '80's.

It's one my 80s favorites as well.

Stew4HD
02-28-2010, 08:38 PM
It's one my 80s favorites as well.

I do have the SD version and will, most likely, stick with that.. at least until I see this in the bargain bin :D

okdude123
03-01-2010, 01:27 AM
Thanks again for the review Goofnut! It is one of the movies I like, but I've read often that it was shot out of focus and not worth the upgrade, so thanks for confirming this for me :thumbsup:

HD Goofnut
03-01-2010, 06:47 AM
Thanks again for the review Goofnut! It is one of the movies I like, but I've read often that it was shot out of focus and not worth the upgrade, so thanks for confirming this for me :thumbsup:

You're welcome dude.:)

OCgamer
03-10-2010, 09:44 PM
I don't have this on BD but it's an old favorite from the '80's.

Yeah its a great sci fi classic "what if", hard to say what the Iran hostage situation played in the story (when the carrier had to leave to deal with Iran)did it change the story or shorten it? But I think everyone has though if I only knew what I know now back 35 years years ago (or 10 years ago). Classic paradox.

PFC5
03-11-2010, 06:02 AM
I love the time travel movies including this one. Too bad they didn't do a proper clean up job.

HD Goofnut
03-11-2010, 06:40 AM
I love the time travel movies including this one. Too bad they didn't do a proper clean up job.

I think they did do a cleanup job, but the film was filmed in such an out-of-focus fashion that you can't really tell.

hunt09
03-15-2010, 11:40 PM
It's one my 80s favorites as well.

I can watch it even now...a classic.