The fact that there is an upcoming Jack Ryan Amazon series, premiering on August 31, makes a perfect time for Paramount to release the feature films – all five of them – on 4k.
The films arrived over a 24-year span, beginning in 1990 with The Hunt for Red October, followed in 1992 with Patriot Games, 1994 with Clear and Present Danger, 2002 with The Sum of All Fears and finally in 2014 with Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.
The final title sound like a video game.
The leads have ranged from Sean Connery to Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck and Chris Pine, and always with superb supporting players.
Directors, John McTiernan, Phillip Noyce (2 & 3), Phil Alden Robinson, and Kenneth Branagh, who also appeared.
While all were shot on film, the final installment was finished as a 2k DI. Whether negative was cut, and the studio returned to film for the 4k is questionable, but all look superb.
The first four are tack sharp, with a gorgeous river of grain, and beautifully rendered shadow detail and black levels.
Tracks on all are excellent, as one would presume. The first four are Dolby TrueHD 5.1, while the final is DTS HD 7.1
Pricing couldn’t be more fair. Currently $70 for the five films. For those without an abacus, that works out to $14 a film for true (back to film) 4k. A bargain for five superb thrillers.
Image – 5
Audio – 5 (Dolby TrueHD 5.1 / DTS HD-MA 7.1)
Pass / Fail – Pass
Upgrade from Blu-ray – Absolutely!
Upgrade from Blu-ray - Absolutely!