All four Jack Ryan movies are now available in Special Collector's Editions. This new set is the first to feature new editions of The Hunt For Red October, Patriot Games, and Clear and Present Danger that deliver these act... more »ion-packed movies in 5.1 Surround Sound and DTS. New cast and crew interviews also included. The set also contains the previously released Special Collector's Edition of The Sum of All Fears and all four films are in a series slipsleeve.« less
The Hunt for Red October- A brand new hi-Tec Russian sub under the command of Captain Marko Ramius, at the height of the cold war is found to be heading towards the U.S Coast. The Russian and American government believes he is going to attack, only C.I.A analyst Jack Ryan (Alec Baldwin) believes the truth: he is going to defect... I believe that this is the best and most well made of the four Jack Ryan films. Baldwin far surpasses Ford as Jack Ryan, who in the words of a wise friend is typecast waaaay too much. A must see along with the three other movies. -5 out of 5 stars
-Patriot Games- Jack Ryan and his family are just beginning their vacation in London, when a group of terrorists cease a member of the Royal family, almost kill him in cold blood, but Jack is able to same the Lord, and even takes out one of the terrorists. For his courageous act the kill terrorist?s brother will stop at nothing to kill him and his family.
Patriot Games is not the masterpiece The Hunt for Red October happens to be but with it interesting plot and exciting climax, it come pretty close. As I said in the first review, Ford is a bit over typecast but it barley takes away from the movie. Another exciting must-see. - 4 and a half out of five.
Clear and Present Danger- Jack Ryan has been put unwillingly into the position of head of the CIA, when the Presidents closest friend is murdered. Ties to the drug lords in Colombia are discovered and a military force is sent to Colombia to fight a secret war against them, this was unknown to Jack and soon he finds himself in the cross fire between corrupt Political leaders and gorilla war forces. This is the worst of the Jack Ryan movies I must admit. Although it was a tricky plot and great acting, it just was not as good. The action was toned down and the space between the important parts was too much. Although with it flaws it is still an excellent movie.
-4 out of 5
The Sum of All fears- A young Jack Ryan is just beginning his job as a CIA analyst, at the same time the Russian President is succeeded by a man with an unknown past. Soon the CIA starts to think that the Russian are building more nuclear bombs, but the truth is much more complicated than that: Neo-Nazi terrorists are planning to explode an atomic bomb at the Super bowl. The Newest of the Jack Ryan films still holds up against the classics, even with Ben Affleck replacing Ford as Jack Ryan. The suspense just keeps on building until it explodes...literally...- 4 and a half out of 5Special Features-
The Hunt for Red October
-Commentary by Director John McTiernan
-Beneath The Surface- Cast and Crew interviews
comments- The features on Red October
arn't in great supply, but
they are still very enjoyable.
3 out of 5
-Patriot Games Up Close- Cast interviews
comments- What no commentary? I hate
to say there's not much here.
2 out of 5
Clear and Present Danger
-Behind the Danger- Cast and Crew interviews
comments-Ho Hum. Once again no commentary.
2 out of 5
The Sum of All Fears
-Commentary by the director and cinematographer
-Commentary by the Director and Novelist
-The making of The Sum of All Fears
-Creating Reality: The Visual Effects of The Sum of All Fear -Theatrical Trailer
Finally some Commentary and making of's!
This DVD has by far the best special features
of all of the Jack Ryan Movies.
4 out of 5
Final statment: Buy it.
Overall: 4 and a half out of 5"
As Good As A Godfather Marathon
T. A. Wauldron | Magalia, Ca United States | 08/12/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"...Start with Alec Baldwin as a young Jack Ryan, and Sean Connery as a Russian commander in `Hunt For Red October' in one of the greatest submarine movies since Das Boot! Then you have Harrison Ford as Jack Ryan in `Patriot Games' in a tense drama about the IRA and terrorism (such a beautiful performance by the late Richard Harris as the IRA contact). And then `A Clear and Present Danger' with Jack Ryan uncovering government conspiracies that reach to the Presidential Office.`Sum of All Fears' has Ben Affleck as the `new' Jack Ryan difusing a war scenario between Russia and the USA after a nuke is exploded in Baltimore.All these films are seat-grippers in their own right, but I have to say the Harrison Ford films are the best. Like the Connery 007 flicks, they are top notch in cinematography and screenplay writing. Ford is the only Jack Ryan I will remember with detail. Affleck was better in `Daredevil' and `Pearl Harbor' (I believe Pearl Harbor will be the highpoint in his career especially after the horrible `Gigli'...)This is a guys' set of flicks. You've seen them all on TBS (owns everthing now including `Field Of Dreams'...), BUT, this is a set of movies you want to watch one after the other with a pizza and a surround system."
Much better picture and sound
F. Janahi | 02/01/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Even if you have the original DVD, buy this collection, because it has much better sound (DTS) and better picture transfer. At this price this is a bagen."
THE MANY FACES OF JACK RYAN
Linda J. Dale | Memphis, TN USA | 03/14/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I really like this collection particularly because there are many Jack Ryans in these movies. Depending on the movie / actor, the facets of the character change. It's fun."
If you love Jack Ryan
Antonio Cipoyone | CARACAS, CARACAS Venezuela | 09/15/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The only reason to have this collection is because someone loves the novels and character of Jack Ryan (as I do). All 4 movies have their ups and downs, being Harrisond Ford my personal favorite to play Jack Ryan. But it is certainly worth mention the performance of such great actors as James Earl Jones, Sean Connery, Morgan Freeman and Willem Dafoe. What I also like of these movies is there is no pretension to become anything else but stories very well written and remaining true to the original novels by Tom Clancy. If you love thrillers, you'll not be dissapointed and will probably have a great time."