Chris Pine becomes the fourth actor to take on the role of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan – following Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck -- with the reinvention of the franchise with the release of "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," now available on Blu-ray Combo Pack with Digital HD and nearly an hour of bonus material including featurettes from Paramount Home Media Distribution.
The new thriller, which will hopefully be followed by several sequels, is an origins story that goes back to the beginning and follows Jack through the military, his rehabilitation following serious injuries, meeting the woman who would become his wife, and going undercover for the CIA and, of course, discovering a terrorist plot to overthrow the U.S. government, which takes him to Russia for a life-threatening meeting.
"I've always loved the series," Pine told reporters at a press conference in London for the release of "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit." "I've always loved the spy genre fiction and films, so I was well versed with the Clancy universe having watched the films growing up. Looking at the character and re-watching the films, I think what I most enjoyed was the difference that I saw in how Alec portrayed the character and how Harrison portrayed the character. With Alec in "The Hunt for Red October," you have what Alec does really well, which is this confident, intelligent, analytical man that knows what he knows and is not afraid to say it. With Harrison, with his tweed coat and his Volkswagon Jetta, he's the humble intellect and he's what Harrison does best, which is the classic reluctant hero. I thought somewhere in that was a great way to begin looking at the character."
"Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," directed by Kenneth Branagh, also stars Kevin Costner, Branagh and Keira Knightley.
- Feature film in high definition
--Commentary by Kenneth Branagh & Lorenzo di Bonaventura
- Jack Ryan: The Smartest Guy in the Room
- Sir Kenneth Branagh: The Tsar of Shadow Recruit
- Jack Ryan: A Thinking Man of Action
- Old Enemies Return
- Deleted & Extended Scenes
--Optional commentary by Kenneth Branagh & Lorenzo di Bonaventura
- Feature film in standard definition