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DVD Reviews: The Bourne Identity (2002)

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Reviewed by Tory Favro
Review Date: 26 May 2003
Distributed by:
Universal Pictures
Running Time: 113 Minutes

I must let you know that I read the book of the same title a long long time ago and that I have also seen the original movie starring Michael Caine. It was with a degree of skepticism that I sat myself down to watch this film starring Matt Damon. Surely something like this project can only come across as a poor cousin to the original, especially since I enjoyed the first one so much.

I am exceptionally pleased to let you know that this movie exceed all expectations and slammed home some quality entertainment that was a must watch from start to finish.

For those of you not in the know about the story, I'll break it down into a nutshell. A young man is recovered from the sea unconscious by a fishing vessel. Upon coming to, he has no idea of his name or any other single identifying piece of information about himself. He has been shot a number of times in the back and an obvious talent for weapons and unarmed combat. All that can possible identify him is a laser light that bears a Swiss bank account number. Who is he? Why is he shot? Who wants him dead?

Featuring brilliant car chases and some superbly choreographed fight scenes, The Bourne Identity was one hell of a rollercoaster ride that gave me a great deal of enjoyment. Add to a good movie, a great video transfer with some kick butt audio and this makes this film a must have movie to own on DVD. Even with a modest 5.1 audio setup, you will be loving this movie and the way you become immersed in it due to the great quality sound.

Another great part of this disc is the plethora of extras that have been put on there for your enjoyment. For me, of particular enjoyment was the making of and the alternate ending. Have a look for yourself, but personally I think they made the right decision in choosing the ending that made it onto the movie.

The Bourne Identity (2002) Features

  • Feature Commentary with Director Doug Liman
  • The Birth of the Bourne Identity - Behind the Scenes
  • Alternate Ending
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Extended Farmhouse Scene
  • Moby Extreme Ways Video Clip
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • DVD Rom Featuring Total Axess


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