Review: The Sum of All Fears (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.

Next up you get Ben Affleck taking 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 UHD 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.

Plot: Based on Tom Clancy’s novel, this espionage thriller tracks a sinister plot to draw the United States and Russia into World War III. When the Russian president (Ciarán Hinds) suddenly dies, world tension escalates. Coupled with missing nuclear scientists and the threat of a nuclear detonation on United States soil, young CIA analyst Jack Ryan (Ben Affleck) must uncover who is behind the conspiracy.

Director: Phil Alden Robinson

Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1

Runtime: 118 min

Rating: Rotten Tomatoes 59% & IMDB 6.4/10

Unboxing (see below)

Review:

Like the first three films, this was shot on 35mm film and for this Ultra HD release, it was scanned in full native 4K and given a HDR color grade in both HDR10 and Dolby Vision. This time around, there’s only a fine layer of grain that can be seen throughout the film. It’s a lot clearer than the previous three in the series. Again, there will be some soft shots, but nothing that takes away from the movie.

As seen previously the HDR adds depth, color, texture and detail to all aspects — especially when you step outside the office and get into the field. Sure, you will get more clarity in close ups during conversations that take place throughout the movie; added texture in the fabric of suits, detail in furniture and other aspects of an office, but it may go unnoticed because it isn’t eye candy.

Some of the places that the transfer really benefitted from the boost were in the long shots shown Russia. Seeing the Russian scenery covered in snow with a cool blue hue — I wish we got more of that.

It sounds repetitive getting into the fourth film, but what these transfers put forth for your money is a nice boost to the clarity with solid-subtle use of HDR. It never was supposed to be an eye-popping disc, but it’s a worthy addition with detail, depth and color being enhanced.

Conclusion:

I’m actually a fan of this film in the series, more so than a couple others to be honest. It’s another jump over the original Blu-Ray, so if you’re fan of the Jack Ryan series — it’s worth adding to your collection.

Maybe I’m alone here, but the touch of natural HDR, some 4K resolution and a pinch of added film grain works just fine for me. It brings films like this to it’s best form.

If you are reading this one first, check out the previous three films in review form: The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games & Clear and Present Danger.

Cheers,

Matt.