Harrison Ford is back as Jack Ryan in Tom Clancy’s Clear and Present Danger, and he’s fighting bad guys in 4K Ultra HD. But how does it all scrub up on the format? Is it an all-time high, or an all-time low?
The story: Jack’s moving up the food chain at the CIA in this second Phillip Noyce directed Ryan tale, but as he does he realises that something’s rotten in both the country of Colombia and the district of Columbia. Take South American drug cartels, the murder of friends of the US president, the slaughter of others in the White House orbit, a secret CIA strike force, crooked politicians and bang them all together, then throw good guy Jack into the mix and it’s a recipe for political intrigue as only Tom Clancy delivers it.
“I’m sorry, Mr President, I don’t dance.”
The 4K disc: The sequel to Patriot Games (read our review here), we had high hopes for a better 4K transition this time around. For the most part, Clear and Present Danger delivers. Another native 4K presentation, detail is once again pleasing, and a finer level of grain is the norm throughout, with only a handful of scenes where it’s more pronounced. Once again we have Dolby Vision-enhanced delivery (or standard HDR if your gear doesn’t do DV), and it works well in the very monochromatic gamut from black to white that’s on display here. Yes, as that implies this one’s also almost alarmingly washed-out looking. It was obviously a deliberate decision, however we’re not sure we agree that it was the best course of action. As for sound, this one also uses the already existing Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix, but pleasingly this one offers more oomph than that of Patriot Games, with the subwoofer avoiding having long periods of slumber, while a much more enveloping surround mix is delivered. While no extras appear on the 4K disc, an almost 30-minute long featurette and a trailer pop up on the included standard Blu-ray.
Release date: November 7, 2018
Format: 4K Ultra HD
Starring: Harrison Ford, Willem Dafoe, Anne Archer
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