Crimson Tide Blu-ray Review – Defcon 1 With Washington & Hackman

I’d have to say my favourite submarine film would have to be The Hunt For Red October followed by Crimson Tide (1995). It’s the latter I’m reviewing as part of my Denzel Washington season. It’s been available on blu-ray for several years but does that make it a good blu-ray release?

Let’s find out, so without further ado here’s Crimson Tide blu-ray review.

crimson tide blu-ray review
  • Crimson Tide (1995)
  • Genre: Action, Thriller
  • Directed by Tony Scott
  • Running Time: 116 mins
  • UK Rating 15
  • Discs: 1
  • Released By Walt Disney
  • Blu-ray Released: 2 July 2007


When nuclear weapons fall into the hands of Russian rebels in post-Soviet Russia, the Americans puts their navy on full alert. They send a submarine to the region to monitor the situation. On that sub is an old school captain (Gene Hackman) and his new XO Lieutenant Commander Ron Hunter (Denzel Washington).

Following an order to fire nuclear weapons they receive a second incomplete message. Do the fire or try to obtain the complete new message?

Style / Direction

The films directed by Tony Scott whilst the cinematography is handled by Dariusz Wolski. Scott delivers a tense and gripping movie that never has a dull moment.

Music / Audio Effects

The music score comes from Hans Zimmer.

Acting / Characters

This is Washington verses Hackman and it really is a joy to see it play out on screen. Two top actors really going at it makes for compelling viewing. Both characters believe they are right and both have a completely different way of working. Which one is right? You’ll need to watch the movie to find that out.


  • Denzel Washington as Lieutenant Commander Ron Hunter (XO)
  • Gene Hackman as Captain Frank Ramsey, Commanding Officer
  • George Dzundza as Chief of the Boat Walters (COB)
  • Matt Craven as Lieutenant Roy Zimmer, Communications Officer
  • Viggo Mortensen as Lieutenant Peter Ince, Weapons Officer (WEPS)
  • James Gandolfini as Lieutenant Bobby Dougherty, Supplies Officer
  • Rocky Carroll as Lieutenant Darik Westerguard, Operations Officer
  • Jaime P. Gomez as Officer of the Deck Mahoney
  • Michael Milhoan as Chief of the Watch Hunsicker
  • Scott Burkholder as Tactical Supervising Officer Billy Linkletter
  • Danny Nucci as Petty Officer Danny Rivetti, Sonar Supervisor
  • Lillo Brancato, Jr. as Petty Officer Third Class Russell Vossler
  • Rick Schroder as Lieutenant Paul Hellerman
  • Steve Zahn as Seaman William Barnes
  • Mark Christopher Lawrence as Head Cook Rono
  • Ryan Phillippe as Seaman Grattam
  • Daniel von Bargen as Vladimir Radchenko

Conclusion: Crimson Tide (1995) Film Review

Tense, gripping and compelling all some up Crimson Tide. The acting is on another level as Washington and Hackman take us to Defcon 1.

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Conclusion: Crimson Tide Blu-ray Review

Thankfully there no issues with the picture quality meaning you can happily purchase this version. The image is sharp and clean whilst the colour seems perfect.

The extras are very good and definitely worth watching. There’s plenty of interviews and behind the scenes stuff perfect for all film fans.


  • Deleted Scenes
  • All Access: On The Set Of Crimson Tide (10 mins)
  • The Making of Crimson Tide (20 mins)

Popcorn Cinema Rating: Crimson Tide (1995)





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Crimson Tide (1995) Trailer

For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…

Clip may not representative of the blu-ray version

That concludes my Crimson Tide (1995) bu-ray review, I’m aiming to review at least one Denzel Washington film a week. What’s next? Check back soon…

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Summary: Crimson Tide (1995) Blu-ray Review

Movie title: Crimson Tide (1995)

Duration: 116 mins

Director(s): Tony Scott

Actor(s): Denzel Washington, Gene Hackman, George Dzundza, Matt Craven, Viggo Mortensen, James Gandolfini

Genre: Thriller

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Washington and Hackman take us to DEFCON 1