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The Bourne Identity (Single-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo) - Blu-ray / action adventure DVD / suspense DVD / spy thriller DVD review
THE BOURNE IDENTITY (SINGLE-DISC BLU-RAY/DVD COMBO) Rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America curledupdvd.com rating: 4 stars
Featuring: Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Chris Cooper, Clive Owen, Julia Stiles, Brian Cox
Director: Doug Liman Studio: Universal Studios
DVD release: 19 January 2010 Runtime: 119 min. (1 disc)
Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dual Disc, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, Blu-ray
DVD features: 1080p HD, Aspect ratio 2.35:1, 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, Bourne Card Battle strategy game, Treadstone Files, BD-LiveT, My Scenes Sharing, My Scenes, The Ludlum Identity, The Ludlum Supremacy, The Ludlum Ultimatum, The Birth of the Bourne Identity, Deleted and extended scenes, Alternate opening and ending, The Bourne Mastermind: Robert Ludlum, Access Granted (interview w/ screenwriter Tony Gilroy), From Identity to Supremacy - Jason & Marie, The Bourne Diagnosis, Cloak and Dagger, Inside a Fight Sequence, Moby "Extreme Ways" music video, Feature commentary w/ dir. Doug Liman

A man (Matt Damon) is found adrift at sea by the crew of an Italian fishing boat. They drag him out of the water, pull a couple of bullets out of his back and care for him. When he awakes, he doesn't know who he is or why he was in the middle of the ocean. His only clue is the address of a bank in Zurich and a number. This young man finds himself unnervingly equipped to follow any leads toward uncovering the mystery at hand.

The audience is almost as in the dark as the unnamed hero, who discovers in a safe deposit box that his name may be Jason Bourne. He struggles with agonizing headaches and the mystery of his identity as government agents, police and security try to kill or apprehend him. His only ally is Marie (Franka Potente), a German girl who is giving him a ride to Paris. In a cafe, Bourne confesses to Marie that he doesn't know who he is, but he knows the license numbers of every car in the lot, that their waitress is left-handed, and that the guy at the counter weighs 215 pounds and knows how to handle himself.

His abilities suggest a former life as a highly-trained operative of some sort, but that doesn't answer the specifics as to why he was in the ocean with bullets in his back or who put him there. It also doesn't stop the agents from rappelling into his window with automatic weapons and trying to kill both him and Marie. The two are stuck together until they can unravel the mysteries of Bourne's identity.

The Bourne Identity is a wonderful mystery and a spy thriller. The fight scenes are kinetic and fun to watch, and the car chase in the second act The French Connection to shame. Once it gets rolling, it leaves you perched on the edge of your seat until the end.

This latest edition doesn't really add any new material to the previous Blu-ray release, but that stuff is wonderful! Director's commentary, making-of featurettes, and Universal's U-Control interactive features add an extra dimension to the film's subsequent viewings by adding informational overlays and picture-in-picture details about the making of the film. The best new thing about this release is the innovation of adding a DVD layer to the opposite surface of the Blu-ray disc. Take it on the go, and you can still enjoy the film and many of the extra features included at a really reasonable price. I think we'll see more of this.
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reviewed by Eric Renshaw
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