February 25, 2021
Indie distributor Blue Underground will release the 1980 time travel classic The Final Countdown on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc May 25 through MVD Entertainment Group.
The film stars Kirk Douglas as the captain of the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Nimitz, which is in the middle of a training exercise when it is transported via a mysterious vortex back in time four decades to just before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Joined by his first officer (Ron O’Neal), a defense department expert (Martin Sheen), and an air wing commander (James Farentino) who is also an amateur historian, the captain must decide whether or not to commit the advanced technology of his fighter planes to taking out the Japanese fleet prior to the sneak attack.
The cast also includes Charles Durning as a 1940s senator who encounters the future ship, and Katharine Ross as his assistant.
The film is presented with a new restoration, scanned in 4K 16-bit from the original 35mm camera negative, with Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio. The exclusive limited collector’s edition set will include the film on 4K and regular Blu-ray discs, a soundtrack CD and a collectible booklet. The first run of the 4K edition will also include a lenticular slipcover.
Extras include audio commentary with director of photography Victor J. Kemper; an interview with associate producer Lloyd Kaufman; interviews with The Jolly Rogers F-14 Fighter Squadron; theatrical trailers; TV spots; and poster and still galleries.
The Final Countdown 4K collector’s edition carries a list price of $59.95. Fans can save $10 by preordering the set at MVDshop.com.