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With the recent release (and box-office failure) of the fifth Jack Ryan movie: Shadow recruit - following the passable but largely forgotten Ben Affleck-starring Sum of all Fears, it's time to reappraise the first three adaptations Tom Clancy novels adapted for the big screen.

First up is submarine drama: The Hunt for Red October; most notable for starring Sean Connery as a curiously-accented Russian sub commander, and featuring Alec Baldwin for the first and only time as Jack Ryan. Less than riveting, there is some heart here, but for the large part (and despite excellent supporting turns from the likes of Sam Neill and Tim Curry), it is a moribund affair.

Patriot Games saw Harrison Ford take over as the lead, and a heady brew of Irish political intrigue, and London-based terrorist attacks, was a critical and commercial success, paving the way for Ford's return in Clear and Present Danger. The last of the three is a solid thriller, featuring a memorable turn from Willem Defoe as a compromised mercenary, and with the feel of a late-80s James Bond film.
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on 30 November 2017
Three excellent political thrillers from the nineties for the price of a single DVD. These films are all based on the novels of Tom Clancy and follow the career of his hero, Jack Ryan, who progresses from CIA analyst to director over the course of the films. Ryan is played by Alec Baldwin in The Hunt For Red October, the first film, which also stars Sean Connery. The next two films star Harrison Ford as Ryan and are a pair of excellent thrillers, one dealing with international and domestic terrorism and the other dealing with the drug cartels using black ops soldiers on a plausible deniability basis so that the President is not implicated. All the films are well worth watching and are highly recommended.
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on 10 July 2003
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 5
Special Features-
The Hunt for Red October
-Commentary by Director John McTiernan
-Beneath The Surface- Cast and Crew interviews
-Theatrical Trailer
comments- The features on Red October
arn't in great supply, but
they are still very enjoyable.
3 out of 5
Patriot Games
-Patriot Games Up Close- Cast interviews
-Theatrical Trailer
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
-Theatrical Trailer
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
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on 17 November 2016
Bought 2nd hand from a marketplace seller with 100% feedback. Clear & Present Danger was still in cellophane and none looked they'd ever been physically touched, they were totally unmarked. I bought it to replace my Red October VHS tape as I no longer have a VCR. Sadly on my hardly used PS3 THFRO kept going into fast forward mode. Scanned disc on PC which found no errors. Suspect disc production error or they've done so much to prevent copying it can't even be read properly. Hopefully the other discs will be OK.
Not the fault of the seller, thankfully I haven't paid a lot for it.
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on 18 May 2017
Although these films a classed as old now they make for great viewing, all with plenty of action and containing excellent acting and storyline, a good addition to any ones library.
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on 1 June 2014
I love the books and the movies do the stories justice, the acting and directing are appropriate, with action and clarity as to plot, the character is well developed and doesn't suffer from having different actors, though my favorite is Harrison Ford.I am well pleased with adding this st to my collection, which is carefully selected and minimalist _ not in an artistic sense- just reflects my narrow tastes and lack of time to view too many.
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on 9 January 2018
3 very good value for money films excellent.
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on 5 December 2017
Great classics featuring Harrison Ford. K
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on 16 March 2016
I was under the impression that Sum of All Fears was included, disappointed to find that is old information. Reviews including this title should be removed from the site as they are misleading.
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on 19 January 2018
good value excellent thrillers
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