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The Bourne Ultimatum (Single-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo) - Blu-ray / action adventure DVD / suspense DVD / spy thriller DVD review
THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM (SINGLE-DISC BLU-RAY/DVD COMBO) Rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America curledupdvd.com rating: 4 stars
Featuring: Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, David Strathairn, Scott Glenn, Paddy Considine
Director: Paul Greengrass Studio: Universal Studios
DVD release: 19 January 2010 Runtime: 116 min. (1 disc)
Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dual Disc, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, Blu-ray
DVD features: 1080p HD, Aspect ratio 2.40:1, Audio tracks (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 - English; DTS 5.1 - French, Spanish), Subtitles (English SDH, French, Spanish), Exclusive U-Control, Picture-in-Picture, Bourne Orientation, Be Bourne Spy Training game, Bourne Card Battle strategy game, Blackbriar Files, BD-LiveT, My Scenes Sharing, My Scenes, Man on the Move: Jason Bourne, Rooftop Pursuit, Planning the Punches, Driving School, New York Chase, Feature commentary w/ dir. Paul Greengrass, Deleted scenes

Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) is reluctantly brought back into action again, this time by his tortured memories and a reporter who is publishing a three-part exposť on Bourne. Haunted by memories of his initial training, Bourne wants the truth and closure on his life. When the first part of reporter Simon Ross's (Paddy Considine) exposť hits newstands, Bourne tracks him down to discover his source. Problem is, the CIA is doing the same thing, though they suspect that Bourne is the source.

Pamela Landy (Joan Allen) is brought in to help out, although she hasn't been working in the same department. Her old job belongs to Noah Vosen (David Strathairn), who enjoys the black ops he manages, along with his extraordinary power (and rendition) to call hits on targets without any of those pesky checks and balances.

The Company tries to track down Bourne and get to Ross's source so that they can keep their unethical work private and still rolling. Bourne runs into Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles) again in the third installment, and she attempts to help him, risking her job and her life in the process.

The Bourne Ultimatum takes off right where Supremacy left off, and there's even some exciting fleshing-out of the last film's final scene. Ultimatum takes off at a run and doesn't stop until the credits roll, racing headlong through car chases, hand-to-hand combat, and pulse-pounding adventure around the world.

There's a pretty good car chase in New York City, but it doesn't come close to the chase in Identity - it's good, but not great. The close-quarters fight scene between Bourne and Blackbriar assassin Desh (Joey Ansah) in Tangier is fast-paced and fantastic, easily as good as the fights in any of the others. You may want to step through the scene slowly to catch every nuance.

Extra features include a spy test (see if you're Blackbriar material), deleted scenes, commentary, profiles on the scenes shot in many parts of the world, and more. The most impressive thing about this latest release of Ultimatum on Blu-ray is the standard DVD version recorded on the flip-side. The price on these latest releases is extremely attractive as well. As Blu-ray prices fall, I can see my collection growing.
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reviewed by Eric Renshaw
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