The Bourne Trilogy: (The Bourne Identity / The Bourne Supremacy / The Bourne Ultimatum)
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Get ready for non-stop action, edge-of-your-seat suspense and spectacular chase sequences with everyone’s favorite assassin in The Bourne Trilogy! Matt Damon is Jason Bourne, an elite government agent determined to outwit and outmaneuver anyone who stands in the way of his finding out the secrets of his mysterious past. Follow his explosive, action-packed adventures in three blockbuster films from one of the most popular series of all time: The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum. Loaded with hours of bonus features, The Bourne Trilogy is the complete Bourne experience for movie fans everywhere!
The Bourne Identity
Freely adapted from Robert Ludlum's 1980 bestseller, The Bourne Identity starts fast and never slows down. The twisting plot revs up in Zurich, where amnesiac CIA assassin Jason Bourne (Matt Damon), with no memory of his name, profession, or recent activities, recruits a penniless German traveler (Run Lola Run's Franka Potente) to assist in solving the puzzle of his missing identity. While his CIA superior (Chris Cooper) dispatches assassins to kill Bourne and thus cover up his failed mission, Bourne exercises his lethal training to leave a trail of bodies from Switzerland to Paris. Director Doug Liman (Go) infuses Ludlum's intricate plotting with a maverick's eye for character detail, matching breathtaking action with the humorous, thrill-seeking chemistry of Damon and Potente. Previously made as a 1988 TV movie starring Richard Chamberlain, The Bourne Identity benefits from the sharp talent of rising stars, offering intelligent, crowd-pleasing excitement from start to finish. --Jeff Shannon
The Bourne Supremacy
Good enough to suggest long-term franchise potential, The Bourne Supremacy is a thriller fans will appreciate for its well-crafted suspense, and for its triumph of competence over logic (or lack thereof). Picking up where The Bourne Identity left off, the action begins when CIA assassin and partial amnesiac Jason Bourne (a role reprised with efficient intensity by Matt Damon) is framed for a murder in Berlin, setting off a chain reaction of pursuits involving CIA handlers (led by Joan Allen and the duplicitous Brian Cox, with Julia Stiles returning from the previous film) and a shadowy Russian oil magnate. The fast-paced action hurtles from India to Berlin, Moscow, and Italy, and as he did with the critically acclaimed Bloody Sunday, director Paul Greengrass puts you right in the thick of it with split-second editing (too much of it, actually) and a knack for well-sustained tension. It doesn't all make sense, and bears little resemblance to Robert Ludlum's novel, but with Damon proving to be an appealingly unconventional action hero, there's plenty to look forward to. --Jeff Shannon
The Bourne Ultimatum
The often breathtaking, final installment in the Bourne trilogy finds the titular assassin with no memory closing in on his past, finally answering his own questions about his real identity and how he came to be a seemingly unstoppable killing machine. Matt Damon returns for another intensely physical performance as Jason Bourne, the rogue operative at war with the CIA, which made him who and what he is and managed to kill his girlfriend in the series' second film, The Bourne Supremacy. Now looking for payback, Bourne goes in search for the renegade chief of CIA operations in Europe and North Africa, partnering for a time with a mysterious woman from his past (Julia Stiles) and constantly--constantly--on the run from assassins, intelligence foot soldiers, and cops. Directed by Paul Greengrass (United 93) with the director’s thrilling, trademark textures and shaky, documentary style, The Bourne Ultimatum is largely a succession of action scenes that reveal a lot about the story’s characters while they’re under duress. Joan Allen, Albert Finney, David Strathairn, Scott Glenn, and Paddy Considine comprise the film’s terrific supporting cast, and the well-traveled movie leads viewers through Turin, Madrid, Tangiers, Paris, London, and New York. Overall, this is a satisfying conclusion to Bourne’s exciting and protracted mystery. --Tom Keogh
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(1) The first film is very understated in its action sequences. Only 1 explosion, completely justified, and a chase scene that rivals any in film history. To get an idea of the accuracy just watch the sequence when the police officer on the motorbike flips over the car and smacks his helmet. Every sound is authentic and really adds to the overall product. I will say that the greatest disappointment in the films is the female lead played by German actress Franka Potente. Being of German decent and speaking German quite well I can say that she over acted many scenes and was never really a well-developed character. She just whines throughout the whole movie being surprised by the same issues over and over again and saying scheiße every two seconds.
(2) The second film is where it gets a little fuzzy on cinematography, but the story is so sound that you don't mind the seizure inducing camera movements. Again the action is understated and all reactions seem appropriate. The opening scene of Bourne and Marie crossing the bridge being chased by a sniper is still my favorite seen (see above for reference). The new director I think takes the 'sense of action' idea a bit too far, but again the Blu-Ray captures everything in the scenes and the sounds perfectly.
(3) The third and final Matt Damon Bourne movie is a nice combination of the first two films. The scenes are well thought out and the plot is quite deep and comes to a solid conclusion as to why and how he became the way he is. You will get a little bit of the blur 'sense of action' junk from the second film but it is much reduced and returns to the actual story.
Overall I would HIGHLY recommend this set to anyone who is a fan of spy movies. While Bourne and James Bond are really nothing alike, because of the series success they are constantly compared. If you like big explosions, gadgets, and amazing vehicles and women keep watching the Bond films I certainly do (Skyfall is Amazing!). If you like deeper characters, realism, and amazing hand to hand combat then Bourne is for you. I like them both, but they should be held as exclusive from one another. I think the Blu-Ray, like most films, is really only needed for cinephiles or audiophiles. So if you are a general movie watcher the normal DVD set should be fine.
i had seen these all, on tv, already ... back when the tv i had was an old crt, ...
recently upgraded to a large-screen samsung smart-tv,... WOW!, ... blu-ray is incredible,... even if these were not absolutely incredible films, loved matt damon in so many of the films he has done,
first saw him in 'dogma', .. he shown through like a beacon, .. in 'saving private ryan' he was great, ..
but, only when i saw him in 'the talented mr. ripley' did i realize, this man can act!, wow ...
in the bourne series, ..this very talented and versatile man ...... wow!, superlatives fail, ... i already had richard chamberlain's tv mini-series, 'the bourne identity'... with the release of 'the bourne legacy', .. it just made sense to watch these five films, .. back to back to back ... great, .. all of them, great, .. and watching these three, .. just makes me want to go back and watch more of matt damon, ... where to start??
The Bourne Identity
The extras included in this disc are great! Even some alternative scenes that are not found on previous DVD releases. This is a must-have for the fans. I wont give any spoilers. Even a psychologist's diagnosis of Jason Bourne!
The Bourne Supremacy
Action sequences are given due credit here and even documentaries. There are extras after the car chase scene in Goa, India and interviews with Matt Damon and Franka Potente.
The Bourne Ultimatum
There are SO MANY extras here! Many documentaries and sections about the film and Robert Ludlum! You'll enjoy this very much!
The special features are fantastically done on all the movies. The ability to see notes about the characters and gadgets in the film (either while it's playing or separately) are great and really give you the option to get more insight into the character motivations and the technical aspects of the film.
I highly recommend this on blu ray, it's well worth the money, especially if you're a Bourne fan. Just be aware that Supremacy looks a bit green (like Fellowship of the Ring on blu ray)