Paramount Canada has brought home the first season of Amazon Prime’s new Jack Ryan series on DVD and blu-ray and John Krasinski, who also serves as one of the producers of the series assumes the mantle of Tom Clancy’s CIA analyst, who first appeared on the big screen in The Hunt For Red October.
Krasinski is the fifth actor to take on the role, and instead of using any of Clancy’s previously told tales, the series showrunners came up with a story ‘ripped from the headlines’ that feels very much in keeping the the tech thrillers that the author is known for.
The fantastic picture and sound provided by a digital transfer makes the blu-ray visuals pop and the 5.1 sound put you right into the action with Ryan.
The story begins familiarly enough with Ryan working as a CIA analyst before finding himself in a dangerous field assignment that could see a terrorist action occur on American soil.
Over the course of eight episodes we follow Jack, as well as familiar character like Greer (Wendell Pierce) and Cathy Mueller (Abbie Cornish). And while the series loves its tech side, much like Clancy’s gargantuan novels, the series never lacks for emotion and character beats.
The cast also includes Timothy Hutton, Canadian icon Alan Hawco, and our friend Natalie Brown!
It’s tough getting used to Krasinski as Ryan, but he throws himself into the role, and makes you believe. And that speaks to his abilities as an actor. He knows his craft, he knows everyone sees him and thinks The Office, he works hard, and makes the viewer a believer.
The episodes are packed with detail, and pay attention or you’ll miss it dialogue, and it is completely involving. And now thanks to the blu-ray release, you don’t need Amazon Prime to watch it at your convenience.
There’s only one misstep with the release, there are no real extras. No behind the scenes featurettes on the making of the series, the history of the character, the stunts, the visuals, bringing Ryan into the 21st century, none of that. The only thing we get are four deleted scenes.
That makes for a huge missed opportunity. I live for comprehensive extras, and in today’s day and age, they tend to be very easy to shoot.
Oh well, maybe for season two.
But for fans of the character, for lovers of technical, and geopolitical thrillers, this one is a must-see, and the blu-ray collection for season one, is a helluva watch.
Check it out! It’s available from Paramount Canada now!