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The Bourne Identity (Widescreen Extended Edition)
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A man is washed up on the shores of the mediterranean seabarely alive suffering from multiple gun shot wounds. His amnesia has left with virtually no clues to his past or his identity. Little by little he tries to put his life back together while trying to avoid people who are trying to kill him Studio: Uni Dist Corp. (mca) Release Date: 02/14/2006 Starring: Matt Damon Brian Cox Run time: 119 minutes Rating: Pg13 Director: Doug Liman

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

Customer Reviews:

  • Bourne Identity Matt Damon
    Matt Damon has done a marvelous job with the character Jason Borne. He could make one million series of Bourne and I will purchase every one of them. Excellent character actor. Thank you for those who enjoy being entertained from the edge of our seat.

    Bravo!, Matt Damon and all of the wonderful people involved with bringing this series to us....more info
  • Bourne Identity
    You must sit down and watch this with all three movies together. A way to spend the day when you don't have much else to do. Grab a few steaks have a barbeque with some friends and have a movie marathon. ...more info
  • ludlum and damon at their best
    Pretty simple. Excellent story, excellent actors (first I thought damon would be to tiny to fit but i had to admit that he fits the role pretty well), extremely well filmed. The sequels gets better (wich is rare enough to be stressed!).

    HD DVD quality is excellent and allows u to rediscover the movie, specially the audio which is very good. Video is a bit under but only because the movie is past over ten years now!!

    A must have

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  • Great movie, poor HD-DVD transfer
    The transfer to HD fails to meet my expectations. Sure, the picture is better than DVD but I expect more for a movie with such a huge fan base. I think they will have to re-master this and re-release the trilogy in some kind of box set. Save your money for that. I strongly disagree that this is a "A must buy for HD DVD owners" or that it "looks 10 times better". The film looks grainy, if this was re-mastered or intentional I find the result to be annoying. Universal did not bother to include a Dolby TrueHD track or alternative high resolution audio format that takes advantage of the HD format. I would only recommend buying this movie if you can not rend the HD version, don't already own the DVD and can't wait for a better re-mastered version to be released. ...more info
  • Ludlum's Best Novel - Exciting Movie
    If you've read Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Identity, you won't see too much similarity to the book once Jason Bourne is fished out of the water. The only Carlos in this movie is in the (fortunately) deleted alternate opening.

    Although the Richard Chamberlain tv mini-series was more faithful to this book (at least until the last few minutes), this movie is much more exciting and likely to keep you on the edge of your seat. You don't want to miss it.

    The extras on this DVD sounded quite good, but were more pr for the movie than anything else. If you have a different version of the Matt Damon movie, don't pick this up just for the extras.

    If you haven't read The Bourne Identity (Bourne Trilogy, Book 1) be sure to pick up a copy. It's great reading....more info
  • Not even the best Bourne movie
    While this was an outstanding movie, it is not quite as good as the second one. But then the second one isn't as good as the third one. The video and sound on this one are excellent in HD and should impress. This is the series that made James Bond get a facelift. A must buy for HD DVD owners....more info
  • The Bourne Identity
    Good action packed movie, plenty of chase scenes. Good setup for the Bourne movies that follow....more info
  • Bourne Idenity
    This is a excellent video, I am very please to see this much action in just over ninety minutes. The plot is a bit hard to follow in some places however, if you like Matt Damon this is a truly great movie....more info
  • The Bourne Identity (Full Screen Extended Edition)
    Great Customer Service from this seller. Item was received in a timely manner and was exactly as described by the seller in his posting. I would purchase from this seller again. ...more info
  • Unhappy customer
    This item will not play on our new Sony HD DVD player and will be returned for credit. Very unhappy....more info
  • "How can I know that and not know who I am?"
    There is a compelling power to the Bourne trilogy films: The martial elegance of a supreme hunter; the beauty of reborn innocence; the inspired acting of Matt Damon - a stoic killing machine who protects children and whose goodness we admire more with each passing moment - and an action story deeply planted in character rather than built on gadgetry. In short this film delivers.

    The plot is excellent. Like Roger Zelazny's Amber Chronicles and Dalton Trumbo's Johnny Got His Gun, the protagonist wakes in critical condition unable to remember himself, immediately confronting death while piecing together the puzzle of his own shattered identity. Meantime a hostile world seeks Jason Bourne's destruction.

    Loosely based on an inspired work of fiction by former US Marine Robert Ludlum, the Bourne Identity portrays the CIA MKUltra program of creating "Manchurian Candidates" (through a smorgasbord of hypnosis, martial arts training, and torture). Ie, hypno-programmed robot assassins: "It's like behavioral software". But in Jason Bourne's case the software has crashed: "You're a malfunctioning thirty million dollar weapon". The movie is also a mute commentary on the bitter heartlessness of the modern intelligence state, and the moral twilight of CIA Clandestine Services.

    Fished from the sea, healed by a wise old man, aided by a beautiful maiden, assaulted by ghouls, seeking to escape a labyrinth of unknown dangers, the hero triumphs. That's the Bourne Identity. Pure heroic myth depicted in great cinema.

    This is a dynamic movie with nine lives. What's more it has a happy ending. One of my favorites.

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  • Excellent
    This movie will keep you on the edge of your seat. I never thought of Matt Damon as an "action hero" type until I saw this movie. It just keeps getting better with the sequels....more info
  • Great movie, but .....
    Great movie but it does not include either spanish audio or spanish subtitles in HD version. What is happening with Universal Studios? Why do they include spanish subtitles in standard dvd version and not in HD version. It stinks....more info
  • A great-paced action film with a good story
    As many of you probably already know, The Bourne Identity is the first of the three installments of the Bourne film trilogy. It is loosely based on the Novel by Robert Ludlum of the same name. I had already watched this film long before I realized that it was based on a novel and that there were actually three total books involving the Bourne character, all of which would soon have their own film adaptations. With all of that said, I was initially surprised on how good this film really was. I had my doubts that Matt Damon would be able to pull off a character like Jason Bourne. For some reason, Matt Damon just doesn't come to my mind when you think action star, but he really pulled it off here. Not only Damon, but the supporting cast is good as well, with Franka Potente, Chris Cooper, Clive Owen, and Julia Styles all having good performances. But what I loved about this movie was the pacing. This film has very few slow parts in it, but yet it isn't just all over-the-top action either. There's a very good balance to the film. And during the more action-packed sequences, it isn't just senseless action for the sake of action, there's a purpose behind it. The main reason for this is simply because this a good story, and it keeps the audience entertained. There's more than just one storyline happening throughout the film as you get to follow the Jason Bourne character as he tries to find out just who he really is. I really don't have many negative things to say about this film. The only thing I would change would be the last action sequence in the film involving the Bourne character jumping off a staircase and shooting someone. I really thought that was completely unrealistic. Another thing that has really nothing to do with the movie, it's about the packaging of this DVD. This is supposed the the Extended Edition with a bunch of special features. But in reality, there's not a lot of difference in this edition and the regular one. There's a few more little featurettes and an alternate beginning and ending (which I didn't care too much for), and a few little other things, but nothing real special. Heck, this isn't even a 2-disc DVD! So, if you already have this movie and not this edition, then you're not missing much. But if you're thinking about purchasing this film for the first time, I highly recommend it to any fan of not only the action genre, but anyone who just wants to see a well-paced, well written story that will keep you entertained. ...more info
  • THIS IS GROWN-UP STUFF. NO FOOLING AROUND.
    It may be Mat Damon himself. Surely the leading man in a film of this kind is important, but at first glance, Damon has none of the obvious traits. He isn't killer handsome. Neither has he the body of a circus ariealist. What he's got, it seems to me, is the ability to remind you of a younger brother who enlisted in the Navy and somehow wound up in the Seals. Nobody had any idea. One minute he's the hot-shot of the High School Baseball team, the next minute you're watching him get his papers at a graduation ceremony, dressed in whites. You're so proud of him, even if you don't know what it is he does, and all your family loves him.

    So, as I say, no International Lounge Lizard with nouveau riche tastes, or a necklace of Euro-Trash beauties around his neck.

    But, when the movie begins and they haul him out of the sea, nearly dead, you see it. And as he recovers from his wounds, it becomes clearer. He's one of the brightest and the best; clean as a whistle, sharp as a tack. Dad's favorite boy, memory clouded, somehow, and on a mission even he doesn't remember. And whithout making any judgment about it, you've got a great deal invested in him; in seeming him safe and his enemies identified and routed. Therefore, when the action begins, and it does immediately, one watches him negotiate the thorny mazes of predicaments of incredible complexity and menace, with ingenuity and dispatch. One of the best demonhstrations of what he can do happens when he arrives in Paris, after getting his money and passports out of a Swiss bank. ANd himself and a German girl of some sort with a car, out of the American Embassy trap. Well, an assassion crashes into his Paris apartment before either of them can catch a breath, and there's a life and death flght which ends when the failed assassin thorws himself out of the window and dies on the sidewalk below. That is the prelude to as brilliant and harrowing a demonstration of trick driving as I've ever seen, as Borne and the girl drive her Cooper Mini through the mazes and tangles of fast, congested Parisian traffic, followed by police cruisers and motorcycle mounted cops. Thrilling! And that's just the first third of the film.

    Rather than describe the remainder of the story in detail, I will say, instead, that the director does not allow the project to make any fatal mistakes. He doesn't flirt with us; doesn't try to seduce us into liking the movie with mugging or stupid action jokes. He doesn't use kids that way. Or animals. Or any people. There are no faux literary pretensions anywhere. Although there are people of different racial and ethnic backgrounds in the film, there's no ethnic or racial humor. There are no shameful and insincere attempts to conjure up a facile moral to the story by juggling religioius symbols. The sexual attraction of the hero and heroine to one another isn't either lewd or tricky, but grows inevitably out of the inter-reliance that builds between them as they cling to life and avoid discovery. What attracts her is his freshness, frankness, fearlessness and his determination to protect her from enemies that are really his alone. Their care for each other becomes as artless and as inevitable as sunrise.

    The sound track is good and the intercut POP music is as one would expect it, but the music is never distracting.

    Seems to me I've watched this show 3 times now, and it looks better and better every time. The complex entity that IDENTITY is has been handled with such deftness and skill that no shot or sequence appears to have been derived by any shot or sequence in any other film. And the editing is flawless. Flawless!
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  • The only things preserved are a few names
    As far as a shoot-um-up with the obligatory car chase goes, this movie did it quite well. And like many of the other "1984" (book by George Orwell in which to satisfy the proletariat they had a machine mass produce formula pulp fiction) type machine churned out films for the proletariat, the title and a few names bare the only resemblance to the Ludlum story. Quite a few of the characters that give this story depth and mystery are left out of the movie completely.

    Fortunately or unfortunately it is easy to get wrapped unpin technology as assume that high definition (HD) or even 3D is going to take the place of Carlos and the search for his real identity.


    Now let's not compare this quickie in shoot-up land with the well thought out book "The Bourne Identity" by Robert Ludlum or the much better portrait of the story portrayed in the Mini-Series "The Bourne Identity" (1988) starring Richard Chamberlain and Jaclyn Smith; then we can enjoy what is left.

    A sailor on a fishing trawler spots a human body in the water. After retrieving it we find it is alive. Helping this stranger back from the near dead we find a couple of bullet holes and a mysterious capsule under his skin. The capsule displays what the fisherman recognizes immediately as a Swiss bank account. The man can not remember who he is. Now we follow along with his journey to Switzerland and find out if he will recover. In the mean time someone is out to kill him. Why?

    The Bourne Identity (TV Miniseries)...more info
  • MATT DAMON WAS BORN TO BE JASON BOURNE
    The Bourne Identity


    I believe that this was one of Robert Ludlum's first novels. In fact I have heard that he wrote it while serving time in a prison for a white collar crime. What a good way to spend your time!

    Highly recommended for Ludlum fans and for fans of high adventure.

    Gunner October, 2007


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