Sunday, August 15, 2004

DVD review…

The Bourne Identity Special Edition

Matt Damon stars as amnesiac super-spy Jason Bourne in this 2002 thriller from director Doug Liman. Adapted from the Robert Ludlum novel of the same name, The Bourne Identity is the first of a proposed movie trilogy. Left to die at sea after a planned assassination goes wrong, Bourne is discovered with two bullet holes in his back and no memory of his past, a perfectly staged introduction to a fascinating character.

Franke Potente, of Run Lola Run fame, stars as Maria. A disorganised woman, who we meet trying (unsuccessfully) to negotiate a new American visa, Maria is Bourne’s polar opposite. A fantastic supporting cast including the always entertaining Brian Cox, Adaptation’s Oscar winner Chris Cooper and King Arthur himself (Clive Owen) all lend themselves brilliantly to their roles, helping to maintain the gritty, realistic tone of the picture.

This is the anti James Bond. Although they share the same initials, the too super-spies couldn’t be more different. While Bond escapes the most ridiculous megalomaniacal foes every time without injury, while discarding each one night stand as yesterday’s news, Bourne feels pain. He gets hurt. He falls for the ladies, not vice versa. He looks ordinary (well as ordinary as Hollywood ™ will allow). But that’s the idea. Who would suspect a short-arsed regular Joe of being a thirty million dollar killing machine?

Video and Sound Quality:
- The film is presented in 2:35:1 Anamorphic widescreen.
- The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound.

Special Features:
- Deleted Scenes.
- Optional ‘all-new’ beginning and alternate ending.
- Inside a fight Scene
- New interview with Matt Damon on the set of The Bourne Supremecy.
- Feature on novelist Robert Ludlum.
Overall, a very satisfying package. Although a director’s commentary would have been welcomed.

Overall Score: 4 out of 5