JACK RYAN 4K COLLECTION REVIEWED
“Jack Ryan 4K Collection” brings together the 5 Jack Ryan Movies into 4K. It’s a marketing promotion for the Jack Ryan show starting on Amazon with John Krasinski. Yet again, it’s another pseudo prequel in the vein of Shadow Recruit. However, these movies haven’t been that serious about keeping some sort of continuity. So, let’s talk about the last one for a moment.
“Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” plays like what you’d expect. An edgy novel about revamping a tired spy while playing catch-up to Jack Reacher. Your dad probably loved it and forgot the hardback in the trunk of his car after a hot day. This is the kind of fodder that terribly spy fiction has produced over the last few decades. The film centers around ultra Brit Kenneth Branagh playing a Russkie that wants to destroy the US economy. Just like every other godless Communist he didn’t think it out and a proud American authority is there to stop it.
Chris Pine is at this weird point in his career. Hell, I hope that Kevin Costner took the time to tell him what not to do, as the current Kirk is looking at getting typecast very fast and very soon. It’s not “Kingdom of the Spiders” bad yet, but there’s going to be life beyond the Enterprise. That life seems to be a series of leading and then dwindling roles as the looks fade and the cockiness can only get you so far. Hell, I see closer to a real Clint Barton in this flick than I ever see Jack Ryan. Those are the breaks, I guess. Luckily, the film knows its limits and it doesn’t drain on for so long. This won’t start a franchise, but I recommend picking it up and checking out this oddity.
I felt like going into depth about the other ones, but I’m tapped out. Most of the special features and all of the audio tracks are ported over from the DVDs. However, the real winner is getting Digital Copies of the stellar 4K presentations. Paramount has gone out of their way to clean these films up and their restorations look pitch perfect.
- Deleted and Extended Scenes
- 2.35:1 / 2.39:1 2160p transfer
- Dolby TrueHD 5.1/DTS-HD 7.1
RELEASE DATE: 8/21/18
- Video - 99%99%
- Audio - 93%93%
- Special Features - 95%95%
- Content Score - 92%92%
The Plot Thus Far
Author Tom Clancy’s renowned CIA analyst returns this August when the new series “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” debuts on Amazon. In anticipation, fans can catch up on all of the celebrated character’s cinematic exploits when a new 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo Collection arrives on August 21, 2018 from Paramount Home Media Distribution.
Featuring five 4K Ultra HD Discs, five Blu-ray Discs™, and Digital copies of each film, the JACK RYAN COLLECTION includes The Hunt For Red October (1990), Patriot Games (1992), Clear and Present Danger (1994), The Sum of All Fears (2002), and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014).
In The Hunt For Red October, the USSR’s best captain (Sean Connery) heads for the U.S. in a technologically advanced submarine. While the American government thinks it’s an attack, a lone CIA analyst (Alec Baldwin) insists the captain is planning to defect. Both the 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Discs include commentary by director John McTiernan and the Blu-ray additionally includes a 29-minute behind-the-scenes look at the film.
Patriot Games finds CIA analyst Jack Ryan (Harrison Ford) thwarting an IRA assassination only to make himself and his family targets of a renegade faction. The Blu-ray includes a 25-minute exploration of the film.
Harrison Ford returns in Clear and Present Danger as Jack Ryan, who becomes embroiled in an illegal war fought by the U.S. government against a Colombian drug cartel. The Blu-ray includes a 29-minute behind-the-scenes feature.
Ben Affleck takes on the role of Jack Ryan in The Sum of All Fears. In this thrilling chapter, Ryan must stop a terrorist plan to provoke a war between the U.S. and Russia. Both the 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Discs include commentary by director Phil Alden Robinson and cinematographer John Lindley, as well as a second commentary by the director and novelist Tom Clancy. The Blu-ray additionally includes a two-part making-of feature and a five-part exploration of the visual effects.
The origin story of Jack Ryan is explored in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, with Chris Pine taking on the lead role. As a young covert CIA analyst, Ryan uncovers a Russian terrorist plot to crash the U.S. economy. The 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Discs include commentary by director/actor Kenneth Branagh and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura. The Blu-ray also includes multiple featurettes exploring the Jack Ryan character and his enemies, as well as deleted and extended scenes.