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The Bourne Identity (Widescreen Extended Edition)
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Academy Award winner Matt Damon stars in this explosive, action-packed hit filled with incredible fight sequences. Found with two bullets in his back, Jason Bourne discovers he has the skills of a very dangerous man and no memory of his violent past. Racing to unlock the secret of his own identity, he discovers the deadly truth: he's an elite government agent, a 30 million dollar weapon the government no longer trusts. Now this top operative is the government's number one target in this super-charged, thrill-a-minute spectacular loaded with "non-stop action!" (Bill Zwecker, FOX-TV)
Created to take advantage of the sequel playing in theaters, the "Explosive Extended" edition of The Bourne Identity is neither. Unlike many special editions, this is still a single disc, and several of the original DVD features--like the DTS and commentary tracks--are jettisoned for more extras, most of which are lightweight 3- to 6-minute featurettes. The new beginning and ending is incorrectly advertised as an extended edition--the feature is the same as the theatrical, and the new footage is seen &aagrave; la carte, with explanations. These "bookend scenes" were shot after 9/11, an insurance policy for the filmmakers who were unsure how a spy film would play. Fortunately, the scenes were dropped and the results here are more a curio than anything else. The new featurettes are ordinary filler, pumped up with film clips and hooks for the sequel. A nice exception is a sound-mix segment and an all-too-quick recollection of author Robert Ludlum. Funny that "explosive" would be a word chosen to represent a film that was quite proud of going out of its way not to be just a dumb, explosion-filled action film. --Doug Thomas
- Aspect Ratio : 2.35:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG13 PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 7.75 x 5.75 x 0.53 inches; 4.8 Ounces
- Director : Doug Liman
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, AC-3, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 59 minutes
- Release date : July 13, 2004
- Actors : Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Chris Cooper, Clive Owen, Brian Cox
- Dubbed: : Spanish, French
- Subtitles: : Spanish, French
- Producers : Doug Liman, Patrick Crowley, Richard N. Gladstein
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Unqualified, Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Studio : Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B00023B1LC
- Writers : Tony Gilroy, William Blake Herron
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #21,949 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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In the end, I was fortunate that I gave this movie a second chance. It's now one of my favorites.
The plot is only related to the Ludlum novel -- the screenplay was morphed into a nicely claustrophobic character story about a small community of people up to no good, and the movie is cast to perfection with a wonderful collection of actors who deliver terrific performances. The director also directed "Swingers" and "Go", and his indy-film background shows through in quite a few scenes where the tension is heightened by the use of handheld cameras and shooting in real locations without a crew.
Damon is just outstanding as an amnesiac with a growing sense of dread about himself and his abilities, and Franka Potente has the presence and intelligence to bring off the character of the girl that helps him at first for money, and then later out of a combination of curiosity, tenacity, and aimlessness (she really doesn't have anything better to do). Chris Cooper, Brian Cox, and Julia Stiles are wonderfully menacing and matter-of-fact as the villians.
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Obviously he still loved the movie but compared to something like Avatar which was clearly made to be watched like this, there really was very little benefit in upgrading to 4k with this particular movie
Bit by bit small pieces of his past begin to emerge, he has skills and abilities that sometimes reveal themselves in a reflex (eg, when he is attacked) but he does not know why this is. After tracing a bank account, which was hidden in a small device beneath his skin, he finds that he is Jason Bourne residing in Paris, France and for some reason is the holder of various passports and identities.
Meanwhile the CIA in Langley are aware that Bourne is on the lose, and are anxious to tie up all lose ends by whatever means necessary. Every moment longer he lives he jeopardises the very program he was trained to serve.
Jason is not alone in his quest and is aided by an unsuspecting, cute, German national with visa problems who gets swept along after agreeing to take Jason from Zurich to Paris for $20,000.
Jason must get to the bottom of his identity, his life depends on it, but it wont be easy, he has a few clues, but everywhere he turns people are after him, and he doesn't know why. He has many questions and must face a formidable enemy who is determined to silence him.
I loved this film, right from the very start the story began to unfold and gathered pace as the film went on. I thought the characters were great and the story compelling and gripping. Time flies with this movie as u follow it like a roller coaster twisting and turning all the way to the end. There are some amazing action scenes and a solid plot to this movie, and I feel it's well worth seeing. I'm definitely a big fan
There is the statutory car chase, but rather than switching off till it was finished as normal, I found it exciting - perhaps in part because it mirrors the David and Goliath theme of the picture.
Add to this a clever plot, an excellent performance from Matt Damon and an inspired choice in the German actress Franca Potente and you have something well worth watching.