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The Bourne Identity [HD DVD]
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Universal The Bourne Identity - HD-DVD
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).

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:

  • The Bourne Identity
    This movie, although somewhat confusing at times, was very well done. Action was great and intense. Obviously with two sequels it gathered a hard-core of fans....more info
  • Bourne Ultimatum HD-DVD
    I have watched this movie twice (HD-DVD) as well as in the theatre. I keep seeing things I missed each time I watch it. Very good, exciting movie and it's excellent in HD-DVD. I highly recommend it....more info
  • Good movie
    The movie was good, but it was so loosely based on the original story that I felt let down. Liked the book better, but if I'd never read Robert Ludlum's "The Bourne Identity", I'd never have known....more info
  • Bourne Identity
    I am really into the Bourne series and own all three dvds separately (not a collector's edition). I bought the set for my dad as well. This is a movie that you can watch over and over and still find it just as cool! ...more info
  • The first one is still the best
    Like the title of my review says, the first Bourne movie is still the best, at least as far as the film itself goes. I did enjoy the final film in the trilogy quite a bit (especially when compared to the second movie) but the first film is still the most fun and the most impactful. With a story like the one surrounding the ill-fated Jason Bourne, it's tough to top the character's journey in this first movie, where he slowly discovers what he can do, what he is and finally who he is.

    The movie tells the story of one Jason Bourne, found floating in the middle of the ocean with an pretty basic case of amnesia. After being dropped off in Europe, he discovers he has skills and abilities that no normal person should have. With the help of a woman whom he offers $20,000 to drive him to Paris, Bourne slowly uncovers clues to his past while being chased by CIA operatives and several black ops agents with skills similar to his.

    The high-definition transfer of this fast-paced thriller is pretty darn good. It's not a pristine reference-quality disc, but it's not very easy to find HD movies that look a whole lot better than this one. The level of detail is high, the film lacks overt amounts of graininess, and there is nary a sign of compression artifacts to distract from one's enjoyment of the action unfolding. It's one of the better HD movies I've had the pleasure of watching. I have no trouble recommending a purchase....more info
  • Great movie
    This movie was already great but in HD DVD it looks 10 times better i recommend people to buy it ...more info
  • Matt an action hero?
    Wow! Who would have thought Matt Damon would be a great action/James Bond type? It worked well! This is definitely a good role for him. Action, romance and revenge makes this an A+ movie.

    A hitman loses his identity and spends the rest of the movie trying to figure out who he is while along the way he finds the woman for him and the truth he needs to move on with his life....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
  • Can't compete with the real thing
    First, the good news. Matt Damon makes a great Bourne, even better than Richard Chamberlain, whom I really liked in the prior version.

    The bad news is the departures from the book. I suppose I could get past the stock "CIA-assassination-team" theme, but what I can't get over is the way they turned Bourne from a good guy who lost his memory into a bad guy who lost his memory. Ludlum (or his family agent) was executive producer, so there's no excuse. Shame on them for doing that. Actually, shame on them for underutilizing Julia Stiles too....more info
  • A solid and entertaining thrill-ride of a movie
    Matt Damon is Jason Bourne - an agent of the U.S. government who has lost his memory, yet retains a great deal of intelligence and martial arts skills. The CIA believes he has failed a mission he was sent to accomplish in Europe. When they learn he is alive, they quickly use a league of agents to hunt down Bourne before time runs out on the clock, and the men involved with the screw up get in real trouble. The plot gets very detailed throughout the film, but this is the basic idea.

    Though there are some nice fight scenes and a great car chase in the film, the plot is always moving along, so there is little need for an abundance of action to keep things rolling. I love films like this, cause when there is action, it actually holds some meaning when it occurs. Bourne and the woman he accompanies (who the CIA is also after) share a great chemistry - both as characters and as actors. The remainder of the cast is solid, and includes stars such as Julia Styles and Clive Owen - both who actually player lesser characters in the film, though nice to see.

    Best thing about this film is the non-stop running of Bourne. He rarely gets time to stop for a breather, therefore making this film a very easy one for the viewer to stay alert to. There is a detailed plot that takes a lot to follow every step of what's going on, but it is just as easy to watch if you prefer to sit back and enjoy the ride.

    Compared to James Bond in a sense, Bourne actually feels much more realistic. While Bond is more fun and action packed in the long run, Bourne gives us a greater taste of reality.

    Acting - 4
    Action - 4
    Characters - 4
    Story - 4
    Overall - 4
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  • undocumented
    The chemistry between Franka Potente's 'Marie' and Matt Damon's 'Jason Bourne' sizzles on top the European scenery where it's left to rest on this film adaptation of Robert Ludlum's novel. The result is a splendid kickoff to a strong trilogy treating a CIA black op gone bad and, to boot, amnesiac.

    My son got me into these flicks. Now there's no getting out.

    A great night's entertainment here. And the fun has barely begun....more info
    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 from any shot or sequence in any other film. And the editing is flawless. Flawless!
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  • Fasten your seatbelt
    Great spy/action movie which should find its place on the shelf of any good movie collection.
    The transfer to HD-DVD is very good with the bonus of U-Control in-movie info pop-ups which are a great feature of HD-DVDs...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
  • I loved the book and still liked the movie!
    The Bourne Identity is one of my all-time favorite books. I couldn't see how a movie could capture the depth and detail of Ludlum's best book. Fortunately, they didn't try. They took the basic premise of the book and delivered a solid action-packed thriller. It's hard to make a good movie from a great book, but they probably did as well as could be expected taking on Ludlum in two hours....more info
  • The Bourne Identity
    Good action packed movie, plenty of chase scenes. Good setup for the Bourne movies that follow....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
  • Love it!
    Love Jason Bourne and Matt Damon is a great actor. I am also a big fan of Franka Potente....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
  • `...I think I'm in the shipping business'
    Sure you are... ummm
    Now, this film couldn't fail because so many things work for it. The cast... top notch. Surprise factor... check. Simply... it's not what you'd expect. Damon as an action [anti]hero?, techno-drama in technicolor, gritty european adventure, short to-the-point witty yet realistic dialogue. Fast, brutal violence. No BS. Franka Potente as an accidental girl-friend, her bright girly sarcasm balanced against Bourne's straight thinking. Haunting score, symphonic mixed with electronic, sometimes nostalgic the other times pumps you up with drum&bass.
    From the perspective of bad guys (scenes in the agency shot through brownish warm filter look very nice) it's an example of `your sins are gonna hunt you down'.

    Hard to say what influenced Doug Liman here but film noir for sure. The Matrix (during action sequences)? Maybe...

    I'd take half a star away there for the `funny' ending. Not a bad ending at all... just felt a bit campy. Although, alternative ending doesn't fit too well either.

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  • This Action Flick is a Winner
    Perfect casting, well plotted, and great action sequences make this movie a 5 star show! This is one of few movies out there that deserves to be made into a trilogy....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
  • "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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  • Jeff's review
    Buy them all !
    I like this franchise of movies , the bourne movies are action packed .
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  • 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
  • The best Bourne
    This movie is the best of the Bourne trilogy (which says a lot, since they're all great), and on HD-DVD it's even better. I have it on both DVD and HD-DVD, and the difference is huge on my 46" TV. This is one of the best action movies of the past 10 years without question....more info
  • Great movie even greater on HD-DVD
    I am a big fan of the Bourne movies. Seeing them in HD makes them even more enjoyable to watch. If you are Bourne fan you really need to check these movies out on HD-DVD. Can't wait for Ultimatum to come on HD-DVD. ...more info
  • 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
  • Hand Helds
    The constant screen jitter from hand held cameras was enough to make me walk out of the theatre mid-movie....more info
  • great movie!
    It is a very good dvd set! Love the quality of the picture and the sound! And of course Matt Damon is always so nice to look at. haha......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
  • 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