Movie Renter's Guide - July, 2008



"Patriot Games" (Blu-ray)


CIA Analyst Dr. Jack Ryan (Ford) is in London on vacation with his wife Carolyn (Archer) and daughter Sally (Birch).

They are getting ready to leave when Jack is in the wrong place at the wrong time, and encounters an assassination attempt on one of the Royal Family. He kills one of the terrorists and is wounded himself. The terrorists, a group from Ireland, are captured.

He goes home to rest, only to discover that Sean Miller, who is the brother of the killed terrorist, has escaped.

Admiral James Greer (Jones), Jack's boss, tells him that it is very unlikely that Sean will come to America for revenge.

But, that is exactly what Sean does, and the consequences for everyone are severe.



  • Paramount
  • 1992, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 56 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • English Dolby TrueHD
  • Directed by Phillip Noyce
  • Starring Harrison Ford, Anne Archer, Patrick Bergin, Sean Bean, Thora Birch, Richard Harris, James Earl Jones
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Yes
  • Language: Yes


Several actors have played Jack Ryan, and Ford does it best. This is a superb thriller from start to finish.


I don't know which codec they used, but the picture is terrific. I have been waiting for this one to arrive on Blu-ray, and here it is. The explosive sound track is deserving of Dolby TrueHD.


Surprisingly, there are only a couple of extras, such as cast and crew interviews.