Blu-ray, DVD Release – Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 10, 2014
Price: DVD $29.99, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.99
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment

Jack Ryan: Shadow RecruitChris Pine (Star Trek: Into Darkness) takes on novelist Tom Clancy‘s popular CIA operative in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.

The movie goes back to the beginning of Jack Ryan’s career, re-imagining his rise from soldier to analyst to full-fledged operative. He uncovers a Russian plot to crash the U.S. economy with a terrorist attack.

Kevin Costner (Hatfields & McCoys) and Keira Knightley (Anna Karenina) also star in the film, as well as Sir Kenneth Branagh (My Week With Marilyn) playing the villain.

Kenneth Branagh also directed Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, hot off his success helming Thor. This thriller didn’t get quite as good a reception, though. Shadow Recruit garnered mixed reviews from both critics and moviegoers. Richard Roeper called the movie “the very definition of an OK thriller.” And the film earned $50.3 million in theaters, making it the lowest-grossing Jack Ryan movie.

The fourth actor to step into Jack Ryan’s busy shoes, Chris Pine follows Alec Baldwin in The Hunt for Red October, Harrison Ford in Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger and Ben Affleck in The Sum of All Fears, none of which grossed less than $83 million at the box office.

Paramount has packed the Blu-ray/DVD Combo with a decent number of special features. The list includes:

  • commentary by Kenneth Branagh and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura
  • featurette “Jack Ryan: The Smartest Guy in the Room”
  • featurette “Sir Kenneth Branagh: The Tsar of Shadow Recruit”
  • featurette “Jack Ryan: A Thinking Man of Action”
  • featurette “Old Enemies Return”
  • deleted and extended scenes with optional commentary by Branagh and di Bonaventura
  • and a digital copy, via UltraViolet or iTunes.

The DVD just has the movie in standard-definition.


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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.