Movie Renter's Guide - January, 2009



"The Bourne Trilogy" (Blu-ray)


The trilogy is based on novels by Robert Ludlum and deals with a CIA Assassin Jason Bourne. In the first installment (The Bourne Identity), Jason finds himself in Zurich, Switzerland, with no memory of who he is or what his profession is. But when CIA Director Conklin (Cooper) sends out his team to kill Bourne because he failed in his mission, Jason soon realizes that his job was a dangerous one. Along the way, he picks up a young woman, Marie, (Potente) to help him get away from Conklin's killers.

In The Bourne Supremacy, Jason has married Marie and is living in Thailand, when Conklin's team makes another assassination attempt. So, off they go again, escaping the attempt, and leaving CIA assassins along the way. Moscow is the backdrop for this installment. CIA officer Pamela Landy (Allen) tries to negotiate a truce, but Jason is no fool.

By the time The Bourne Ultimatum rolls around, Jason has realized who he is, and because he has lost his wife, he is out for revenge, and heads for North Africa, to find a rogue CIA Chief of Operations to hand out his form of justice. His female companion and compatriot in this version is Nicky Parsons (Stiles).




  • Universal Pictures
  • 2002, 2004, 2007, Color, Rated PG-13, 1 Hr 59 min, 1 Hr 49 min, 1 Hr 56 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Chris Cooper, Brian Cox, Julia Stiles, Scott Glen, Joan Allen, Albert Finney
  • Directed by Doug Liman, Paul Greengrass
  • Entertainment:
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  • Extras:
  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Mild


The series definitely has a James Bond style, but without the jokes. Jason Bourne is all action. He is so busy keeping one step ahead of the CIA assassins, there is not enough time to sit around in hot tubs with his female companions. So, instead of doing the chasing as Bond does, Bourne is the one being chased. His hand-to-hand combat skills are also an order of magnitude beyond those of Bond.


Great picture quality, and DTS-HD Master Audio has a fine time with the action (and there is plenty of it).


There are a lot of features with this set, including the BD-Live feature for each movie. Also included are The Bourne Mastermind: Robert Ludlum, From Identity to Supremacy, Inside a Fight Sequence, Racing Through the Streets of Moscow, The Explosive Bridge Chase Scene, Planning the Punches, Driving School, and many other things.