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Movie Renter's Guide Number 153 - December, 2007 - Part III

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"The Bourne Ultimatum"  (HD DVD Hybrid)

The Bourne UltimatumSynopsis

Matt Damon returns as highly trained assassin Jason Bourne, who is on the hunt for the agents who stole his memory and true identity. With a new generation of skilled CIA operatives tracking his every move, Bourne is in a non-stop race around the globe as he finally learns the truth behind his mysterious past.

Specifications

    • Universal
      2007, Color, Rated PG-13, 1 Hr 56 min
    • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
    • 1080p
    • English Dolby TrueHD 5.1
    • English/French DD+ 5.1
    • Directed by Paul Greengrass
    • Starring Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, David Strathairn, Scott Glenn, Joan Allen
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

This is one of the best films I saw this past year and one of the best trilogies of recent times. The action in this one is terrific, and the pace never slows. This is one of those rides that grips you from the start and never ever lets go. A solid thriller and a must own in my opinion.

Technical

One of the best video presentations from Universal yet, and fitting considering how big of a title this is. Everything about this image is gorgeous. Detail, depth, contrast, color. Even long shots have tons of detail and dimension, a trait I find lacking in a lot of presentations. If I had to complain about something it would be the constant sense of motion due to the camera shaking. While effective in some action sequences, I don't appreciate it nearly as much in the normal course of the movie. Aside from that, a flawless presentation from Universal!

Universal delivers a full lossless 5.1 mix on this one. Encoded in Dolby TrueHD, the soundtrack is quite a fun ride. Dynamics are rich, and I loved the use of the surround environment. The score plays in nicely as well. Dialogue is balanced perfectly with the rest of the track, and the soundstage imaging is excellent. A phenomenal soundtrack.

Extras

Universal didn't pull any punches with the extras. Their "U-Control" system is in full effect here and lets you watch a video commentary or check out more information about the characters and locales. The only cheesy part is the blatant advertising for the new VW SUV. You also get deleted scenes, production features, and a commentary.