Review: Jack Ryan Shadow Recruit (4K)

Author Tom Clancy’s renowned CIA analyst returns this month 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 new 4K UHD/Blu-Ray Combo Collection which arrives today via Paramount.

With four times the resolution and more than double the number of colors available with full HD, the 4K UHD disc offers the highest quality picture for your home entertainment system. The 10-disc Jack Ryan Collection is available now at Amazon and Best Buy. Furthermore, the films are also available on 4K UHD Digital through select retailers.

Finally, you get Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. This is the origin story of Jack Ryan 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 UHD 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.

Plot: To his friends and loved ones, young Jack Ryan (Chris Pine) appears to be an ordinary executive; however, he has secretly worked for the CIA for years. Ryan was originally brought in to crunch global data, but when he uncovers a carefully planned scheme to crash the U.S. economy and spark global chaos, he becomes the only man with the skills to stop it. Now a full operative, Ryan finds himself caught between his secretive handler, his clueless fiancee and a brilliant Russian leader.

Director: Kenneth Branagh

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1

Runtime: 105 min

Rating: Rotten Tomatoes 55% & IMDB 6.2/10

Unboxing (see below)

Review:

Unlike the first four films, this was shot on multiple types of cameras and lenses instead of just Panavision, the only thing seen before in the entire series. Ultimately, it was finished as a 2K Digital Intermediate, so it was upscaled for this release and given a HDR color grade in both HDR10 and Dolby Vision.

For this ‘current’ final film in the series, there’s only a fine layer of grain — heavy in just a few scenes, but it’s the clearest of the bunch. Going in I thought it would be the best by a mile because it’s the newest, but even though that’s not true, it still keeps the same tone in mind as seen previously — in a positive way.

What this transfer puts forth over the Blu-Ray is a nice boost to the clarity along with the added use of HDR. The detail, depth and color being enhanced in the disc can be seen in the sweeping shots of the cities in the film. Seeing Russia & New York by both day and night look great.

Specifically, there is more up-close detail with quality seen in other more recent UHD releases. You will notice more pores in the skin, instances with noticeable sweat on the forehead, imperfections of the skin, etc. By no means is this of the up-most importance, but you do see it.

More specifically you can see the transfer benefit from scenes like in Chapter 11 when the car chase ensues through Moscow. Black levels look great with HDR doing it’s job pushing whatever color is on the screen through.

Conclusion:

As seen across the board with all of the movies in this collection, it’s a jump over the original Blu-Ray, so if you’re fan of the Jack Ryan series — I would recommend you pick it up and add it to your collection. They are fun movies to enjoy at the very least.

This is my final review of the series, so if you read this one first, catch up on The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present DangerThe Sum of All Fears all individually of course.

Cheers,

Matt.