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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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

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]

Customer Reviews

The Final Countdown 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
KorbenDS More than 1 year ago
Effects way before their time; awesome flight scenes between F-16's/F-15's and Japanese Zeros; great plot; movie makes you think "what if?"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a hard movie to find. Hubby loved his surprise.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this movie when it was first out in 1980... What an awesome movie... I loved the plot and the actors... the twists are great... If you like adventure/war movies... you can't help but love this one. I give it two thumbs up... five stars... and a big RIGHT ON!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
After seeing this movie on TV several years ago I have been trying to locate it to buy for my husband and I could not. This movie was very good movie about the history to date.
Guest More than 1 year ago
BU's High Definition transfer from original is fantastic. Captures the movie just like viewing in the theater. Sound Great! Loved the second bonus disk with Jolly Rogers Navy pilots who told interesting tales of their work on the movie. Great personal glimpses of the reality of filming this movie. The Final Countdown is a classic tale for the ages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first saw this movie when it was released in 1979. I was 9 years old and I was captivated, This movie was great fun. I remember everyone in the theater cheering as two f-14 tomcats duked it out in a dogfight over the Pacific Ocean with WWII Mitsubishi Zeros. Perhaps the greatest thing about the film however are the very human and believable characters. You won't miss the CGI a bit as the well told and expertly photographed story draws you in. The final plot twists will leave your head spinning & you'll have to watch the movie again just to see how they set the whole story line (and you) up for the climax. Fortunately you won't have to wait for a tape to rewind on the DVD format.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If only...I had a hundred dollars for every time I searched for this movie. See! Dreams do come true! It's well worth it just for the scene where the F-14s take on the Zeros and...wait, that would be telling :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
In my personal opinion, not only is this a superb performance from both Kirk Douglas and Martin Sheen, but has carrier aviation footage of a caliber seen only in movies like Top Gun and Flight of the Intruder.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have always loved this movie. From the movie screen to TV and now VHS. I have been searching for this movie. This movie is never shown on regular TV and I don't have cable. It really makes you think of how things could have been so different, if only ????
Guest More than 1 year ago
A real almost true feeling sci-fi movie. Kinda makes you wish it could turn back time.Imagine if it happened?? The U.S.S. Arizona might be docked next to the U.S.S. Missouri in Honolulu.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Even with a personal connection with the USS Nimitz, this movie kept me engrossed until the surprise ending. Amazing photography! Intriging! Makes your imagination kick into full throttle with 'what ifs'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i waited a long time for the release of this movie on DVD. saw this movie when i was a young boy and fell in love with it. awsome all star cast.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been on the lookout for this one on DVD ever since I saw it in the movies. A superb story with excellent sound and cinematography. The flight seens were out of this world. A very interesting story through time. Douglas and Sheen were very thoughtful provacative characters. The final twist ending was so awesome. You'll actually think you took the trip with them. The question is did they actually go back in time because that is the way it was suppose to happen?
Guest More than 1 year ago
The title has always been The final countdown, the Philadelphia experiment is a totally different movie, obviously Ed was seriously mistaken. Both movies are great, the only complaint i have is in the extra features where the director seems to want to lay blame on actors where there was no need to air out dirty laundry. It did cast a shadow over the movie. i suggest not watching the extra features and just enjoy the movie for what it is, A great movie
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very powerful movie for it's time. A sci-fi? Maybe. A Drama? Yes. A fantastic, unusal look at WHAT IF factor? Most assuredly. Great perfomances from all the characters, including the dog. LOL A must see, must addition to anyones collection.
Sgt_Rollo More than 1 year ago
This is a great movie if you are open to the possibility that the movie suggests. What would the world be like now if only . . .
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw the movie in the eighties and thought is was great. Taped it from TV. Someone finally thought of releasing it on DVD. My pray has been answered.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was released as, The Philadelphia Experiment. Yes, that's right. The title was changed during the early years of the Bush administration. Why? Could it be that its portrayal of the US government using members of the Armed Forces as guinea pigs is too realistic?Also, it is no longer re-run on TV. I have also noticed that since Bush's Machiavellian rise to power, certain movies that have run for years on the AMC channel unedited, have now been edited/censored, i.e. - Papillon, et al. What is going on? The movie industry is supposed to be a bastion of free thought. Something really stinks here.