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    Jason Bourne (UHD Blu-ray) review

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    Plot
    The CIAís most lethal operative is drawn out of the shadows when he learns that his fatherís legacy is tarnished by those within the spy agency and his own recruitment was part of a much bigger conspiracy than he dreamed when he took down Treadstone in the previous movie. New characters will sacrifice anyone in order to retain their power and Bourne is the only man willing and capable of ending their diabolical plan.

    My Thoughts
    I read each of the Bourne books back in college and quickly became a Ludlum fan from the experience. When The Bourne Identity finally hit the theaters in 2002, I couldnít wait to see how the adaptation translated to the silver screen. Thankfully, it remained mostly true to the spirit of the book and was a box office success. The subsequent sequels were directed by Paul Greengrass and he continued with the traditional spirit of the character, but took the story in a slightly different direction, which is OK considering the different mediums.

    The one thing I didnít like with Greengrass at the helm is Iím not really a fan of his ďstyleĒ of movie. Namely, the quick edits and the shakey-cam type footage. Frankly, it gives me motion sickness and a headache. Sadly, thatís the case here was well. The story is fantastic, but his frenetic style of filmmaking detracts from the experience. I found myself counting how long he stayed on a shotóusually 3 seconds or lessórather than trying to follow the non-stop action. Despite this, I was able to enjoy the film for what it was, but be sure to check your brain at the door. The stunts are very over-the-top and the technology that the CIA has its fingertips is not remotely possible. If it were, Al Queda and ISIS wouldnít stand a chance of survival.

    Video 9/10 (HEVC)

    Audio 9/10 (DTS:X)


    Special Features:
    • Bringing Back Bourne - Matt Damon and Director Paul Greengrass discuss how they brought a beloved character back to the big screen.
    • Bourne to Fight - A behind-the-scenes look at the fight sequences in Jason Bourne.
      • Bare-Knuckle Boxing - Matt Damon discusses his love for boxing and how he prepared for the bare-knuckle fight sequences.
      • Close Quarters - A behind-the-scenes look at the brutal fight between Jason Bourne and Christian Dassault.
      • Underground Rumble - Matt Damon, Vincent Cassel, and fight coordinator Roger Yuan discuss how they staged Bourneís final showdown with The Asset.

    • The Athens Escape - Matt Damon, stunt coordinator Gary Powell and second unit director Simon Crane discuss the challenges of shooting a chase sequence through cramped city streets.
    • Las Vegas Showdown - For the final act of Jason Bourne, filmmakers wanted something bigger and bolder than ever before. Hereís an inside look at how they pulled it off.
      • Convention Chaos - Join the cast and crew on location in Las Vegas as they film the final act of Jason Bourne.
      • Shutting Down the Strip - A behind-the-scenes look at one of the wildest car chases in Bourne history.

    • Blu-ray + UV Digital Copy






    Conclusion
    If youíre a fan of the franchise, youíll definitely enjoy the newest installment with Matt Damon back in the fold. The presentation on UHD is near reference-quality and Iím sure the film is going to be a big hit on the new format. All of the films are being re-released on UHD, but sadly Universal isnít sending out the catalog titles for review, so I canít comment on whether those titles are worth the upgrade or not. Frankly, if youíre going to buy the movie on Blu-ray, just buy the UHD Blu-ray in order to have it in your collection, itís definitely worth it.
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    I'll have to give this one a rental, at the very least. I liked the previous films and this one looks like it will fit right into the storyline.

    Maybe I'll dust off my Bourne titles, on HD DVD, and make it a marathon. Thanks for the review.
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    Hi David,

    I ordered the UHD version even though I don't have a player. I used the same logic that you presented in your review.
    I no longer buy the first release of players for new formats, e.g. UHD. I've been retired 18 years and money isn't as plentiful as it once was . I really should have adopted this approach in the VHS era. I can't deny that having the latest technology isn't the cat's meow. Did you know that cats don't meow to other cats, only people.
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    Quote Originally Posted by k0rww View Post

    I ordered the UHD version even though I don't have a player
    Sounds like someone is planning their next upgrade. Oh, and you're going to need a UHD display too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tracy Rainwater View Post
    Sounds like someone is planning their next upgrade. Oh, and you're going to need a UHD display too.
    I upgraded the living room TV to a 55" UHD this year for the family. As to upgrading the Home Theater TV; I have not found a scheme that would get past the house's sergeant-of-arms. My 65" Panasonic Plasma TV shows no signs of wearing out. It has been in service since 12-04-2009 which ranks as one of my better buys.

    I watched Jason Bourne on Blu-ray last night and it was entertaining, better than I expected. My knowledge of satellite surveillance is 18 years out of date. However, it wouldn't surprise me if they had some of the limited capability used in the movie.
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    I would agree, the limited part. No way is it as fast as they made it seem. It was very entertaining though, I'll give it that. And the stunts were a lot of fun (not realistic, but fun!).
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    Quote Originally Posted by k0rww View Post
    IMy 65" Panasonic Plasma TV shows no signs of wearing out. It has been in service since 12-04-2009 which ranks as one of my better buys.
    Ditto on the Panny. My calibrated 55" Panny plasma still has a picture to die for.
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    I bought BB's Bourne The ultimate collection on UHD BD on release day. However, I had the chance to watch them until a few days ago.
    On the video side and by using more less Ralph's ratings: Bourne Identity gets 78, Bourne Supremacy 86, Bourne Ultimatum 89, and Bourne Legacy 86.

    Haven't had the chance to watch Jason Bourne yet.


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    Thanks Chris. I didn't see the need to upgrade to the latest versions since they are 1080p upconverts and I don't even think they have Atmos tracks on them. They'll eventually get better treatment, at least I hope they do.
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    Dave,

    They do have a DTS X track.


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