The late Tom Clancy’s CIA analyst Jack Ryan has been the subject of such edge-of-your seat thrillers as The Hunt for Red October (1990, Alec Baldwin), Patriot Games (1992, Harrison Ford), Clear and Present Danger (1994, also with Ford) and The Sum of All Fears (2002, Ben Affleck).
As with James Bond, Charlie Chan or Sherlock Holmes, various actors play the same character as their exploits are revisited again and again. So too with Jack Ryan, who returned to screen after a 12 year absence with Chris Pine taking on the role in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.
Paramount Home Media has tabbed June 10 as the street date for DVD and Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack editions of this Kenneth Branagh-directed (who also stars as the chief villain) “re-boot” of the Clancy/Ryan film franchise (updated to reflect a post 9/11 world — with an eerie script that seems to be locked in on what is happening in Russia these days).
Bonus features are limited to the Blu-ray SKU and include commentary by filmmaker Kenneth Branagh, who is joined by producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, plus deleted scenes and a quartet of production featurettes — “Jack Ryan: The Smartest Guy in the Room,” “Sir Kenneth Branagh: The Tsar of Shadow Recruit,” “Jack Ryan: A Thinking Man of Action” and “Old Enemies Return.”
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