Bourne Identity

Bourne Identity

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Director: Doug Liman

Cast: Doug Liman, Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Clive Owen


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Doug Liman's box-office hit The Bourne Identity gets a new DVD release to coincide with the theatrical release of the film's sequel, The Bourne Supremacy. This "Explosive Extended Edition" of the film offers a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. English, French, and Spanish soundtracks are rendered in DolbySee more details below


Doug Liman's box-office hit The Bourne Identity gets a new DVD release to coincide with the theatrical release of the film's sequel, The Bourne Supremacy. This "Explosive Extended Edition" of the film offers a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. English, French, and Spanish soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a new beginning and ending for the film, deleted scenes, a featurette about choreographing a fight scene, a featurette about how much the film resembles actual spy work, a short documentary on amnesia, and a profile of Robert Ludlum -- the author who created these characters. This is a solid release from Universal, who were kind enough to throw in a free ticket to see The Bourne Supremacy with all purchases of this disc.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
At first glance, boyish Matt Damon might strike you as unsuited to play a formidable secret agent, but he does remarkably well in the role in this intricate, action-packed, and well-crafted spy thriller. Adapted from the bestselling novel by Robert Ludlum, The Bourne Identity opens with the rescue of a badly wounded amnesiac (Damon), who carries beneath his skin a tiny capsule bearing the number of a Swiss bank account. Upon recovering, the befuddled young man claims a veritable fortune -- and passports bearing several different names -- from his safety deposit box. Understandably eager to find out which one of these identities is his real one, he hires a young Gypsy woman (Run Lola Run’s Franka Potente) to drive him to Paris. From this point, the script by Tony Gilroy and William Blake Herron gets incredibly complicated; the Damon character, who uses his "Jason Bourne" identity for the time being, becomes the object of repeated assassination attempts, which he foils by employing skills he never knew he had. Fine character actors Chris Cooper and Brian Cox are chillingly convincing as CIA bigwigs who decide that "Bourne" must be eliminated and assign their top assassin (Clive Owen) to do the job quickly and, if possible, quietly. Doug Liman (Swingers) directs with headlong single-mindedness, hurling his protagonist into one death trap after another and extricating him with dizzying speed. Wintry European exteriors and drab interior settings give the film a grayish cast, but The Bourne Identity isn’t about pretty pictures; it’s about international intrigue and one man’s refusal to be a pawn in some sinister, global chess game. Improbable but engrossing, The Bourne Identity will keep you poised on the edge of your chair.
All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
A tight, gripping spy thriller that's nonetheless a pleasant surprise given a notoriously difficult production that included an incomplete script, usually an omen of impending artistic doom. Not to disparage his abilities in any way -- a pair of showdowns with rival assassins are high-octane show stoppers -- but so much of what works about director Doug Liman's make-or-break studio debut is in the absolutely superb, even brilliant, casting. Matt Damon is perfect in a role that requires him to be simultaneously smart but baffled, competent but confused, lethal but little-boy-lost. By comparison, Richard Chamberlain in the late '80s TV-movie version of the same novel plays like a stone carving. Franka Potente is the first solid, realistic female foil to hit this genre in a long, long time, leaving one to wonder what exactly the James Bond producers will do with characters like Pussy Galore and Honey Ryder now that they've been trumped by the modern, feminist approach of Bourne and the spoofing jabs of the Austin Powers series. Praise must also be heaped on the blink-and-you'll-miss-it performance of Clive Owen as a rival assassin, whose chilling performance suddenly twists into eerie poignancy in a Van Gogh-inspired death scene that occurs in a wheat field bursting with crows, an unexpectedly quiet high point of the film. The always reliably efficient Chris Cooper, who never seems to use a movement, facial expression, or vocal inflection without deliberate care, seems at first an odd choice for a villain, until it becomes clear that his character's villainy is hopelessly intertwined with his very bureaucratic flunkeyism. Envisioned by Universal as a franchise-launcher with at least two follow-ups to come, The Bourne Identity is a solid kick-start to a series that will, hopefully, remain grounded in the sort of reality that makes the film a slick, enjoyable thriller.
New York Times
Free from the encumbrances of history and of Ludlum's cloddish prose, The Bourne Identity, like its hero, triumphs through sheer unreflective professionalism. A.O. Scott
Washington Post
There isn't a dull or dumb moment in this movie. Desson Howe
Los Angeles Times
Laced with great shock moments, Bourne moves along smartly on its own steam, drawing us confidently into its orbit. Kenneth Turan

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

"Matt Damon: From Identity to Supremacy": Exclusive interviews with Matt Damon and Franka Potente explore making The Bourne Identity -- and build a bridge to the upcoming sequel, The Bourne Supremacy; Deleted scenes: Declassified information; "Inside a Fight Scene": Join Matt Damon on the set as he and the film's stunt choreographer map out the explosive action-packed U.S. Embassy fight sequence; "Cloak and Dagger: Covert Ops": CIA Liaison Chase Brandon delivers a detailed, real-world analysis of the making of a super-spy; "The Bourne Diagnosis": A renowned UCLA psychologist probes into the intriguing causes and effects of Jason Bourne's amnesia and its central role in this gripping espionage thriller; "The Bourne Mastermind": A compelling look at the best-selling author of the internationally acclaimed Bourne Trilogy

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Matt Damon Jason Bourne
Franka Potente Marie Kreutz
Clive Owen The Professor
Chris Cooper Ted Conklin
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje Nykwana Wombosi
Brian Cox Ward Abbott
Tim Dutton Eamon
Walton Goggins Research Tech
Orso Maria Guerrini Giancarlo
Josh Hamilton Research Tech
Gabriel Mann Zorn
Judy Parfitt Actor
Julia Stiles Nicolette

Technical Credits
Doug Liman Director,Producer
Robert Ludlum Source Author
Bettina von den Steinen Art Director
Laurent Piron Art Director
Patrick Crowley Asst. Director,Producer
Kate Dowd Casting
Joseph Middleton Casting
Alexander Witt Cinematographer
Oliver Wood Cinematographer
Andrew R. Tennenbaum Co-producer
Pierre-Yves Gayraud Costumes/Costume Designer
Saar Klein Editor
Robert Ludlum Executive Producer
Frank Marshall Executive Producer
Julianne Jordan Musical Direction/Supervision
Richard N. Gladstein Producer
Dan Weil Production Designer
John Powell Score Composer
Tony Gilroy Screenwriter
William Blake Herron Screenwriter
Alexandrine Mauvezin Set Decoration/Design
Bernard Bats Sound/Sound Designer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. "Dead" Man
2. It's Not Coming Back
3. To Switzerland
4. The Wombosi Problem
5. My Name Is Jason Bourne
6. The American Embassy
7. Find Jason Bourne
8. Marie Helena Kreutz
9. Home
10. Assassin
11. The Right Thing
12. Paris Pursuit
13. Mr. Kane's Hotel Bill
14. The Wombosi Connection
15. Eamon
16. The Killer Outside
17. Bourne's Game
18. A Malfunctioning Weapon
19. Forced Retirement
20. End Titles

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