Even the casting choices here are dead on, starting with powerhouses Hackman and Washington. I sense that Hackman, who is always magnetic, not to mention intense, raised the stakes and the result is a far better performance out of the sometimes lazy Washington. (Don’t believe me, see VIRTUOSITY and OUT OF TIME!) The rest of the cast, a lot of whom are now leading men and stars in their own right (go James Gandolfini and Viggo Mortensen!), are pitch perfect, not creating the standard caricature, but real guys who aren’t sure where their loyalty lies. CRIMSON TIDE is a film that the uber-powerful producing team should be proud of; it takes all the conventions of an adventure picture and adds a healthy dose of class. It’s a good mix of everything, a perfect swell of a compelling story, dead on direction, a memorable music score, and acting that’s top notch – a tide that can wash over me any day.
Deleted Scenes: This is just available individually, not as a Play All, but with only three scenes that last under three minutes, who needs it!
• Movie Trivia On Bus (0:30): Definitely more of Quentin’s contribution, with Mortensen and Gandolfini trading movie trivia questions. But it’s so damn short that it’s hard to tell whether it was bad or not. (Guess if it’s that short, it must be bad!)
• Sara Interviews Radchenko (1:32): A scene completely unneeded and the acting and accent on the guy playing Radchenko ain’t great either! (But I did love him in BASIC INSTINCT – “Hey shooter. Might drive you to drink!”)
• Awaiting The Naval Hearing (1:13): A scene that is supposed to add tension, but instead lies down and dies! (Good call excising this one – cut the fat!)
All Access: On The Set Of Crimson Tide (10:18): This one could have been much more revealing in terms of behind the scenes stuff, instead mixes of a few revealing snippets with a lot of jokes and goofing off. Though the most interesting and revealing moment is a reading on set of the big confrontation between Hackman and Washington. Hackman knows every line and nuance down to a tee, while Washington fumbles with his side of the dialogue – very interesting.
The Making Of Crimson Tide (19:56): A very strange making of indeed, as this was done before the death of Producer Don Simpson, who appears throughout this featurette. It’s strange to see the dynamic between him and Bruckheimer, as Simpson seems to be the more talkative of the two. Again, this looks like a bit more like a promo reel, then a full out making-of, but it’s still good. Funniest moment - when Bruckheimer calls the popcorn movies that he and Simpson make “process movies” – I guess that’s one way of describing it!
There is also a Sneak Peeks section featuring Trailers for PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN’S CHEST, THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE, REMEMBER THE TITANS: DIRECTOR’S CUT, GLORY ROAD, and EIGHT BELOW.