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Crimson Tide Director's Cut Review

Published May 16, 2006 in DVD News
By Fred Topel | Image from Amazon.
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It’s been a while since I’ve seen Crimson Tide but I still remember it fondly. I worked at a movie theater in Annapolis, Navy town, when it came out, so I saw it over and over between taking my free movie benefits, working the screenings and cleaning the theaters.

Crimson Tide Director's Cut


I know a Director’s Cut DVD is more about marketing than art, but I still can’t tell any difference between this version, extended by six minutes, and the version that defined my childhood. Tensions still build, exposition still flows and the action still heats up. Only now it’s more than an hour before the big confrontation so perhaps all of the padding comes in the first act.

If adding six minutes makes no discernible difference, the scenes must be pretty unextraordinary. It’s nice to see early Viggo Mortensen and James Gandolfini, and late Rick Schroeder again, but Crimson Tide is still the same great movie either way.



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