Cast: John Krasinski, Wendell Pierce, Abbie Cornish
Release Date: June 4, 2019
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 7/10
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.
The debut season of ‘Jack Ryan’ follows CIA analyst Jack Ryan (Krasinski) whose work monitoring financial activity around Yemen leads him to uncovering a man who could potentially be the next true threat to our way of life. Without his superiors willing to jump the gun, Ryan manages to cut a few corners and before long is in route to investigate. But after everything goes terribly wrong and more information is uncovered amidst a brutal attack, Ryan and his colleagues soon find themselves racing against time to uncover the location and true intentions of this peculiar and incredibly clever terrorist before he is able to unleash whatever threat he’s planning.
Created for television by Carlton Cuse (TV’s Bates Motel) and Graham Roland (TV’s Almost Human) and based upon the popular character created by Tom Clancy respectively, the debut season of ‘Jack Ryan’ is an explosive, beautifully produced and global spanning adventure that only continues to impress throughout its course. With a cleverly cast John Krasinski portraying Ryan in the series and bringing a subtle tension and heart to the character that fits perfectly and an impressive production value not often seen in television, it adds in an engaging story and solid supporting cast on top of it that all forms together into something truly special, easily making ‘Jack Ryan’ one of the best new shows in the last year and one that is definitely worth taking the time to check out. I would strongly encourage anyone that’s at all interested in the series yet hasn’t had the pleasure to try and make a point of giving ‘Jack Ryan’ a chance whenever possible, there’s a pretty great chance that you’ll be truly thrilled you did. For those of you already hooked on the series and merely curious about the Blu-ray release’s technical merits, you need not worry. This 2-disc Blu-ray collection compiles all eight episodes from the debut season with gorgeous high definition video presentations on each, not to mention Dolby Atmos audio presentations (a rarity for television releases) that are quite the treat in themselves. The release may be somewhat lacking in the supplements, but definitely delivers admirably on the presentation of the episodes themselves.
Overall, the first season of ‘Jack Ryan’ only exceeds expectations and delivers a fast paced, visually gorgeous and often quite intense global thriller with John Krasinski making a solid new Jack Ryan who viewers will have no trouble rooting for. ‘Jack Ryan’ is definitely recommended, especially for anyone that’s a fan of the character, along with those who enjoy a great crime thriller crafted with style and care who are sure to appreciate the tension and impressive scope the show offers. The Blu-ray release of ‘Jack Ryan: Season One’ doesn’t disappoint either and brings home all eight episodes in this 2-disc set which may be pretty light in the extras department but provides impressive high definition video and audio presentations which should more than please fans of the series.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Jack Ryan: Season One’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the show’s original 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio on all of the debut season’s episodes. These video presentations look fantastic altogether and offer sharp, clean and detailed presentations on each episode, with no noticeable faults or issues to be uncovered throughout. They hold up impressively even during the darkly lit, fast moving and heavily populated sequences, never allowing anything onscreen to become negatively affected or rendered indiscernible. Overall, these are great high definition video presentations that should easily please fans of the character and the show itself.
The Blu-ray release features a Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 channel compatible) soundtrack on all 8 season one episodes. Please note that this review pertains solely to the Dolby TrueHD 7.1 audio presentations. These multichannel soundtracks are quite spectacular and it’s a fairly rare treat to see such detailed and aggressive audio presentations accompanying a TV on Blu-ray release. They provide crisp, clean and booming audio presentations on every episode and frequently utilize all seven available channels in order to send gunshots, music, debris, vehicle and nature activity, along with bits of crowd chatter and plenty more whipping throughout the various speakers quite regularly, and never allowing any dialogue or other audio elements that might be occurring simultaneously to become distorted or rendered inaudible in the process. Overall, these are magnificent Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 compatible) soundtracks that continually impress and should thrill fans of the series and newcomers alike.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Jack Ryan: Season One’ doesn’t include much in the way of extras, although does offer ‘Deleted Scene(s)’ from a few select episodes (running approximately 3 minutes in length altogether).