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- Apr 4, 2017
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Jack Ryan 5- Film Collection: The Hunt for Red October
Paramount has really been on a roll lately with their big name catalog franchises. Transformers, Gladiator, Saving Private Ryan, Mission Impossible, Tomb Raider and now the entire Jack Ryan series in one big boxset. This time around I'm going to be doing something different. Instead of reviewing the boxset as a whole, I"ll be reviewing each individual film in the boxset (they're only available IN the boxset, not individually) so that you can compare and contrast the films in a more detailed manner. To wrap up the box set review, we go back to the beginning with the film that started it all.
John McTiernan was a power house action director in the 80s and 90s, but most people don’t remember that he directed The Hunt for Red October. When you think of McTiernan the first things that come to mind are Predator, Die Hard, The Last Action Hero, Rollerball. However, he branched out a bit and made a few “odd” films that were different than all the rest. 1990’s The Hunt for Red October is probably his most mature and well done film, despite the fact that some of the other films I mentioned above are more iconic in nature. Tom was in full gear during the 80s and 90s, having penned several books at that point, so his most famous one (at that time), was the perfect choice to bring the man’s work to the silver screen. It’s a fun movie, and one that just WORKS on so many levels, despite a few goofy plot points and Sean Connery losing his Russian accent every 5 minutes.
The most deadly submarine ever detected. That’s the premise behind Tom Clancy’s The Hunt for Red October. A vessel that was packed with first strike warheads, and outfitted with a super secret “caterpillar” drive that allowed the submarine to slide by silents, thus evading traditional sonar and echo location equipment making it virtually unfindable. CIA analyst Jack Ryan (Alec Baldwin) and the U.S. military learn of this ship the day that it sets sail. A day that is also marked by the Russian government informing the U.S. that the ship’s Captain, Marko Ramius (Sean Connery) has gone rogue and sailed without authorization, with a suspected target being the United states. However, Jack Ryan doesn’t think that this is the case. Using his knowledge of the man’s past, as well as his psychological profile, Ryan believes that Ramius is actually defecting to the United States, and not actually intending to fire upon us.
What happens next is a thrilling game of cat and mouse, as the undetectable submarine tries to evade the U.S. forces at all cost, while Jack Ryan, with the help of Admiral Greer (James Earl Jones) attempts to find Captain Ramius and ascertain what his actual intentions are, and hopefully stop an international incident from going into full blown warfare if Ryan’s analysis of the Russian captain’s motives are incorrect.
The film is tense, superbly acted, and fill with everyone from Tim Curry, Sam Neill, Sean Connery, Scott Glen, Alec Baldwin, James Earl Jones, up to Daniel Davis (who was most well known for his role as Niles, the butler in The Nanny tv series). If you can overlook some of the typical over the top scenarios that McTiernan can put in his films, The Hun for Red October is a great nail biting thriller that is simply superb. Everyone is having a blast with their roles, and despite Sean Connery’s inability to keep a Russian accent for more than 5 minutes, is one of the more impressive films of the decade.
Rated PG by the MPAA. Parental Guidance suggested
4K Video: Video:
• Theatrical Trailer
• Audio Commentary
The Hunt for Red October is easily the best of the Jack Ryan films out, and a bonafide classic to boot. Alec Baldwin put Jack Ryan on the map and it still holds up as one of the best thriller and submarine movies of the 1990s, with one of the best performances of Alec Baldwin’s long career. The film is expertly acted, perfectly scored, and one of the more fun movies from John McTiernan’s career as well. There’s a few flaws, but it still holds up 28 years later on it’s merits and is a blast to watch. The 4K UHD is a solid step up from the Blu-ray and despite carrying over the same extras and audio track as the Blu-ray is still recommended due to the obvious quality increases in the image. Definitely a great watch.
Starring: Alec Bladwin, Scott Glenn, Sean Connery, Sam Neill, Tim Curry, James Earl Jones
Directed by: John McTiernan
Written by: Donald E. Stewart, Jarry ferguson, Tom Clancy (Novel)
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 HEVC
Audio: English: Dolby TrueHD 5.1, German, Spanish, French, Italian, DD 5.1, Japanese DD 2.0, Portuguese DD Mono
Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, Arabic, Cantonese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Icelandic, Korean, Mandarin (Simplified), Norwegian, Slovak, Swedish, Thai
Runtime: 135 Minutes
Blu-ray Release Date: August 21st, 2018
Recommendation: Great watch