Blu-ray Review: Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan: Season One

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan stars John Krasinski, Wendell Pierce and Abbie Cornish. The series was created for television by Carlton Cuse and Graham Roland, the show is executive produced by Krasinski, Cuse, Roland, director Morten Tyldum and Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes. Executive producing the series with Bay at Platinum Dunes are Andrew Form and Brad Fuller. Additionally, Daniel Sackheim, Mace Neufeld and Skydance’s  David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross also executive produce the series with Lindsey Springer and Allyson Seeger serving as a co-executive producers.

When CIA analyst Jack Ryan stumbles upon a suspicious series of bank transfers his search for answers pulls him from the safety of his desk job and catapults him into a deadly game of cat and mouse throughout Europe and the Middle East, with a rising terrorist figurehead preparing for a massive attack against the U.S. and her allies.

Jack Ryan poses as an analyst for the State Department but when things heat up internationally and the occasion calls for it, Jack is dispatched to wherever it is he’s needed. What happens is, there’s a new terrorist threat and Jack Ryan is part of the elite military team that’s assigned to the mission to take out the enemy. The thing is, they have to hit several countries around the world because it’s hard to track down this elusive madman but when his wife leaves him it makes things a lot easier for Jack’s team.

The scary thing is, this terrorist is a family man but his way of thinking is just twisted because he wants to kill as many people as he can around the world. There’s some flashbacks that also show why this man has turned out the way he has. It takes Jack and his team a little while to track this woman down but they do end up finding her and she becomes a useful asset. The thing is, her murderous husband has already killed lots of innocent people and he has bigger plans that have already been set in motion. It’s a race against time but Jack and his team are able to neutralize the situation and put a stop to this deadly terrorist threat.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes series details, some images and specs. The reverse sleeve features an image along with the list of episodes and the synopsis for each one. Each disc is light blue and features the series logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan: Season One ended up being a fantastic watch that deals with hot topics ripped right from today’s headlines. Well, kinda. This is more of the top secret stuff that shouldn’t get out to the public which makes it all the more interesting. Terrorism is all too real and I think this series handles this serious issue unapologetically straight forward. Political correctness will get you killed in times like these and this action-packed series doesn’t hold back the punches when it comes to its content and who the real villains are and in this case it’s Islamic terrorists. Plain and simple! Well, they call them Islamic fundamentalists here to soften the blow but we all know who’s who in this situation. As far as the writing for the series goes I think it’s near perfect and that’s its strong point, along with the fantastic cast that’s been assembled. I didn’t know how I’d like John Krasinski as Jack Ryan but after watching the first season I have to admit that he nailed it. There’s kind of a nice guy nerdiness to this character but make no mistake about it – he’s a badass! As action-packed as the series is, it’s also about these these interesting characters and the lives they lead outside of their jobs. I also like the fact that the series has already been renewed for a second and third season on Amazon Prime Video and I can’t wait to see what they do next. Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan: Season One will be available on a 2-disc Blu-ray set on June 4th.

Distributor: Paramount Home Media Distribution

Run Time: 2 Discs / 8 Episodes / 400 Minutes

  1. Pilot
  2. French Connection
  3. Black 22
  4. The Wolf
  5. End of Honor
  6. Sources of Methods
  7. The Boy
  8. Inshallah

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.78:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English Dolby Atmos / French Dolby Digital 5.1 / EDA

Subtitles: English, English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: A few of the episodes include deleted scenes but that’s all we get as far as extras go.

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