"CRIMSON TIDE" is that kind of rare film that grows better with time. Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman give great performances in this action/drama, mostly set aboard a submarine, during a crisis, cut off from communication with the outside world. There is a struggle within about whether or not not to fire nuclear missiles because the last transmission was incomplete. Director Tony Scott gives the film a slick look, without succumbing to the ridiculous over-indulgences with hyper color and editing plaguing most of his more recent work. The script is intelligent, and an un-credited Quentin Tarantino is responsible for parts.
BUENA VISTA has provided the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio with this AVC MPEG-4 1080p blu-ray transfer. While there is still grain present in various scenes, the level of detail is terrific, especially in comparison to the most recently released dvd. There are plenty of scenes that "pop off the screen" with depth. Colors are rich, without over-saturation. It's always impressive, when detail reveals pores on the skin, as is the case here. One minor drawback lies in lack of deep blacks, diminishing the depth in darker moments.
BUENA VISTA has provided a PCM 5.1 mix. This is an aggressive mix, with bass kicking in almost immediately from the beginning. Surrounds and discrete effects are plentiful too, but this mix lacks the fine attention to detail found on many newer BUENA VISTA blu-ray releases. Dialogue, music and effects are well balanced throughout.