The Bourne Classified Collection – Blu-ray Edition

the bourne classified collectionThe Bourne Identity directed by Doug Liman:

Move over James Bond!!!  “The Bourne Identity”, a taut spy suspense-thriller, set the bar rather high for flicks of this genre. Unlike the aloof, jet-setting 007 or buddy Ben Affleck’s sputtering take o­n Jack Ryan, Matt Damon perfectly evokes Robert Ludlum’s “Jason Bourne”, a special forces C.I.A. operative/lethal killing machine.

 

As the movie opens, a bullet-riddled Damon, adrift in the Mediterranean is rescued by a small fishing vessel. From that rather ominous beginning, he is o­n the run, all the while trying to piece together who he is, even as he evades capture by countless pursuers.

 

Damon is aided and abetted in this perilous endeavor by the aptly cast, Franka Potente, playing a character reminiscent of her memorable Lola in “Run Lola Run”.

 

Many elaborate subterfuges come to light as our intrepid “hero” delves more deeply into his makeshift past, discovering far more than he ever wanted to know.

 

What sets this movie apart from others of its ilk, apart from the uniformly excellent performances and sublime cast which also includes Julia Stiles and Clive Owen, is the startling action sequences that will leave you gasping in disbelief. That coupled with the frenetic thrill-a-minute pacing, deft directorial touch of Doug Liman and, of course,  terrific source material – the Ludlum novel from which the movie draws its name – makes for an edge of your seat cinematic experience – let the popcorn fly!!!

 

The Bourne Supremacy directed by Paul Greengrass:

 

The winning trend continued on with the second installment of Bourne films.  In part it is your typical secret agent/spy film in that it done in high gear, involves a lot of physical stuff and some brain usage required.

 

Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) finds himself on the run again as his lover has been murdered as has been a fellow agent.  Being suspect numero uno he has to get to the bottom of who is actually responsible. While he is doing this he realizes that his former handlers are back on his trail.

 

A murder happens in Berlin and Bourne’s fingerprints are everywhere. Now an ambitious CIA operative becomes obsessed with catching the on the run former agent.

 

The Bourne Ultimatum directed by Paul Greengrass:

As I am writing this I am in the process of untightening my stomach, which was tense throughout the whole nearly two hour film. A combination of the handheld shaky camera work and the almost non-stop action lead to me being tense throughout the film. Oddly enough until the very end, which is kinda slow in comparison, the film is like an adrenaline rush. There are chills, thrills, car chases, rooftop chases, gunfights, and a fight in the tight quarters of a Moroccan flat that keep your heart pounding throughout.

 

Jason Bourne (Matt Damon – The Bourne Supremacy, The Brothers Grimm) is still on the run from the CIA trying to find out who he is and what he has done. The lead agent on his case, Pamela Landy (Joan Allen – The Upside of Anger, The Notebook), has put the case on the backburner, as she no longer sees Bourne as a threat.

 

This all changes when he reads an article by British journalist Simon Ross (Paddy Considine – Hot Fuzz, In America) about Bourne that indicates he has a source that knows the story behind the fugitive. While Bourne is trying to get info from him Ross is killed by the CIA led by Noah Vosen (David Strathairn – Good Night, And Good Luck, L.A. Confidential), who has brought Landy back on the case to find Bourne. Landy still does not believe that Bourne is a threat, but follows her orders…in the beginning. Bourne’s quest for his real identity and his past leads him to Agent Neal Daniels (Colin Stinton – Proof, The Jacket), who is also assassinated, and his assistant and Bourne’s old foe, Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles – Save the Last Dance, The Omen – 2006). Parsons sides with Bourne and finds herself on the run with him. Landy does not like Vosen’s methods and begins to suspect that there is more going on than she knows. Landy thinks, Vosen searches, Parsons runs, and Jason Bourne is still looking for the truth.

 

The third film seems more like a continuation of the first rather than the second one. However, you do not have to have seen either film to understand this one. It is highly political with its illustration of how paranoid and trigger happy the American government has become since 2001. They are now going to defend themselves from any perceived threat with much force and not ask any questions. We leave wondering if those we have put in the positions of fighting the bad guys have not now become the bad guys.

 

Matt Damon has demonstrated himself to be an accomplished actor in almost every role that he takes. I think that of Jason Bourne is his most beloved in which he really becomes the character. He is totally believable. Damon has had that quiet determination about him throughout the three films. It is too bad this is the last one. Joan Allen, Julia Stiles (good even though she does not say much) and David Strathairn all turn in good supporting efforts, but it truly is the Matt Damon show.

 

Like most action films there are some holes in the plot and some implausible things that happen (this Bourne seems to be able to escape from any type of tight situation), but these leaps are what make them thrilling. We don’t care that the one man fighting a whole nation is not plausible; we just sit there rooting for Bourne. This is fantasy folks and highly entertaining fantasy!

The Bourne Legacy directed by Tony Gilroy:

Going into the fourth Bourne film we were all wondering about accepting another actor as the lead in the film. Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker, The Avengers) was stepping into the film but not taking Matt Damon’s place. Renner would be the lead as Aaron Cross. Bottom line is there is no Bourne in The Bourne Legacy. Big shoes for Renner to fill as the previous films have featured high quality action. I was really pulling for Renner and writer/director Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton, Duplicity) with their taking on the massively successful franchise.  Unfortunately it did not live up to what Damon and director of the second and third film Paul Greengrass had created.

Kudos to Gilroy for giving another life to the Bourne series as Damon has said he won’t make another one. It would have been a shame if we never got another Bourne film. What turns out to be a shame is that Gilroy brought nothing really new to the story.  The film does keep you on the edge of your seat during several sections but definitely not throughout.

Outcome is in trouble. Not run by the CIA, Outcome is the brainchild of retired Admiral Turso (Stacy Keach – American History X, Machete) and retired Colonel Byer (Fight Club, The Incredible Hulk). It has been a useful organization though it’s funding is in danger due to the risk that the public might find out about it. Deciding to think about the future rather than the present, Turso and Byer decide to end the program. What this means is that they will have to terminate or kill off all their present agents.

Aaron Cross (Renner) is one of the nine agents that make up Outcome. All these agents have been injected with medication that increases their speed, stamina and mental abilities. He, of course, does not want to be terminated. Outsmarting his bosses, Cross makes it to the woods in Alaska and hides there.

Wanting to find out what is happening, Cross tracks down scientist Dr. Marta Shearing (Rachel Weisz – The Whistleblower, The Lovely Bones), the only remaining doctor of those who used to “maintain” him. Dr. Shearing has also been targeted for termination. Cross needs the good doctor to keep up his pseudo super abilities. Soon the two are on the run together all over the planet trying to stay alive.

It all began with some hope as the lead up is strong. Then it fell apart for me. Became boring and predictable with the usual cat-and-mouse chase stuff happening. It becomes less a spy thriller at this point and more a romance/commentary on drugs/desperation film. In other words, not what we were there for. Then there is the facts that it is too long and oftentimes muddled so hard to follow that really sink this ship that was already taking on a lot of water.

Bottom line is that the script lets down the two leads – Renner and Weisz. It feels like we’ve seen it all before with The Bourne Legacy. Gilroy brings nothing new to the table and it certainly isn’t as intelligent as the first three films. You can feel and see Renner and Weisz fighting for the film but even their talent cannot save it. Due to the lack of any backstory or reason to care about these two we end up not really caring if they live or die

 

Special Features:

 

  • Digital Copy of The Bourne Identity (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.)
  • Includes UltraViolet (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.)
  • U-Control: Treadstone Files
  • U-Control: Bourne Orientation
  • U-Control: Picture in Picture
  • Feature Commentary with Doug Liman
  • The Ludlum Identity
  • The Ludlum Supremacy
  • The Ludlum Ultimatum
  • Alternate Opening
  • Alternate Ending
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Extended Farmhouse Scene
  • The Birth of The Bourne Identity
  • The Bourne Mastermind: Robert Ludlum
  • Access Granted: An Interview with Screenwriter Tony Gilroy
  • From Identity to Supremacy: Jason & Marie
  • The Bourne Diagnosis
  • Cloak and Daggar: Covert OPs
  • Inside a Fight Sequence
  • Moby “Extreme Ways” Music Video
  • BD-Live: Download Center
  • BD-Live: My Scenes Sharing
  • BD-Live: My Chat
  • BD-Live: The Bourne Identity Commentary
  • BD-Live: Bourne Card Battle Strategy Game
  • Digital Copy of The Bourne Supremacy (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.)
  • Includes UltraViolet (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.)
  • U-Control: The Bourne Dossier
  • U-Control: Bourne Orientation
  • U-Control: Picture in Picture
  • Feature Commentary with Director Paul Greengrass
  • Explosive Deleted Scenes
  • Matching Identities: Casting
  • Keeping It Real
  • Blowing Things Up
  • On The Move with Jason Bourne
  • Bourne to be Wild: Fight Training
  • Crash Cam: Racing Through the Streets of Moscow
  • The Go-Mobile Revs Up the Action
  • Anatomy of a Scene: The Explosive Bridge Chase Scene
  • Scoring with John Powell
  • The Bourne Mastermind
  • The Bourne Diagnosis
  • BD-Live: Ultimate Download Center
  • BD-Live: Ultimate My Scenes Sharing
  • BD-Live: Ultimate My Chat
  • BD-Live: Ultimate My Bourne Supremacy Commentary
  • BD-Live: Ultimate Bourne Card Battle Strategy Game
  • Digital Copy of The Bourne Ultimatum (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.)
  • Includes UltraViolet (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.)
  • U-Control: Volkswagon Get More Info
  • U-Control: Blackbriar Files
  • U-Control: Bourne Orientation
  • U-Control: Picture in Picture
  • Be Bourne Spy Training
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Man on the Move: Jason Bourne
  • Rooftop Pursuit
  • Planning the Punches
  • Driving School
  • New York Chase
  • Feature Commentary with Director Paul Greengrass
  • BD-Live: Ultimate Download Center
  • BD-Live: Ultimate My Scenes Sharing
  • BD-Live: Ultimate My Chat
  • BD-Live: Ultimate My Bourne Ultimate Commentary
  • BD-Live: Ultimate Bourne Card Battle Strategy Game
  • Digital Copy of The Bourne Legacy (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.)
  • Includes UltraViolet (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.)
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Re-Bourne
  • Enter Aaron Cross
  • Crossing Continents: Legacy on Location
  • Man vs. Wolf
  • Wolf Sequence Test
  • Moving Targets: Aaron and Marta
  • Capturing Chaos: The Motorbike Chase
  • Feature Commentary with Director/Co-Writer Tony Gilroy, Co-Writer Dan Gilroy, Editor John Gilroy, Director of Photography Robert Elswit, Second Unit Director Dan Bradley and Production Designer Kevin Thompson
  • My Scenes
  • D-BOX
  • BD-Live
  • pocket BLU App
  • Big City Action
  • Blowing Up Bourne
  • The Evolution of Nicky
  • Creating Bourne’s Signature Look
  • Desh’s Journey Through Morocco
  • Drawing Bourne’s Train Escape
  • A Second Life: The Music Of Moby
  • Moby “Extreme Ways (Bourne’s Ultimatum)” Music Video
  • Bone-Crunching Fights
  • The Bourne Challenge
  • Inside The Crisis Suite
  • Music To The Extreme: The Sounds Of Moby

 

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