Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Bourne Trilogy DVD

Flipper Disc Review by Kam Williams

Headline: Universal Unveils Flipper Disc Format via Bourne Trilogy Re-Release

Instead of having to choose between Blu-Ray and DVD, you can now enjoy the convenience of having the alternate formats on opposite sides of the same disc. Dubbed “Flipper Discs” because one side contains the DVD version, the other, the Blu-Ray, the groundbreaking technology is being introduced by Universal Studios via the re-release of The Bourne Trilogy. While all three movies are available individually in the new format, what follows is a review of the final installment in the high-impact espionage series.
Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) is a man without a past. Ever since he was found floating unconscious in the Mediterranean several years ago, the amnesiac has been on an earnest quest in search for his identity. All he knows is that he’s a CIA-trained assassin and that, for some reason, the Agency wants him dead.
Consequently, he spends most of his time on the run. And although he’s successfully engaged all his attackers, he wasn’t able to prevent a goon from murdering his girlfriend, Marie (Franka Potente) in Bourne 2. Since one of the staples of the action adventure genre is the presence of a fetching female for the chivalrous hero to protect, The Bourne Ultimatum puts a new spin on the script by having CIA Agent Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles) suddenly switch sides.
Otherwise, the movie unfolds identically to the previous editions of the spine-tingling franchise, and measures up both in terms of intrigue and intensity. At the point of departure, we find Bourne under the radar in Russia but about to have his cover blown by a British newspaper. Flushed out of hiding, he tries to track down the journalist (Paddy Considine) who outed him, but someone puts a bullet in the reporter’s head before they can talk.
Thus, begins a frantic manhunt which will have our peripatetic protagonist eluding and eliminating enemies as he perambulates the planet. Along the way, Bourne matches wits with worthy adversaries in CIA director Ezra Kramer (Scott Glenn), internal investigator Pamela Landy (Joan Allen), special ops chief Noah Vosen (David Strathairn), field agent Paz (Edgar Ramirez), plus all the savage spies he can handle in wave after wave of all-out assaults.
Another stunt-driven, Matt Damon vehicle about a relentless killing machine without a memory caught up in manic, mindless mayhem not of his own making.

Excellent (4 stars)
Rated PG-13 for violence and intense action.
Running time: 116 minutes
Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Flipper Disc Extras: Deleted scenes, director’s commentary, Playstation 3 interactive applications, picture-in-picture, Bourne Orientation, plus six additional featurettes.

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