Movie Review: JASON BOURNE (4K Ultra HD Combo Pack)

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JASON BOURNE was directed by Paul Greengrass who co-wrote the screenplay with Christopher Rouse. The film  stars Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel, Riz Ahmed and Julia Stiles.

This fifth installment takes place nearly a decade since Jason Bourne’s (Matt Damon) disappearance that finds the CIA’s most lethal operative drawn out of the shadows. His only ally is his longtime friend Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles) who also makes her return and locates Jason where she is able to alert him that there’s new information about two more programs that the agency has been keeping top secret. This reunion immediately becomes a deadly game of cat and mouse for the two friends because they’re being tracked. This also features new information about Jason’s mysterious past that also includes his father.

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Agency head Robert Dewey (Tommy Lee Jones) and his sleazy international assassin Asset (Vincent Cassel) are determined to put a stop to Jason before he finds out too much about these programs and more about his past that also includes the both of them. There’s also Heather Lee (Alicia Vikander) who works for Dewey and it doesn’t take her long to learn that something just isn’t right about what’s going on. She sort of turns face and ends up quietly helping Jason in his fight against Dewey and the agency. The big question is if Heather really is on Jason’s side or does she have her own ulterior motive?

The story for Jason Bourne was well written but simple as it marked the return of the CIA’s most lethal operative who is drawn out of the shadows. More is revealed about his mysterious past but there’s still so much we don’t know about Jason Bourne, which is also part of the fun that this action franchise offers. Matt Damon shows that he’s still got it when it comes to kicking ass and saying very few words while doing so. The rest of the cast was great where we got to see Tommy Lee Jones and Alicia Vikander’s characters offer something new and important to the story. It felt like there was more action than dialogue this time around but I’m also okay with that. There were some great choreographed fight scenes in the movie but the standout action scenes were easily the insane motorcycle chase in Athens and the destrutive car chase in Las Vegas and it was all so well done.

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The packaging comes with a slipcover. These Ultra HD movies all come in black keep cases which helps them easily standout from the popular blue cases that have been around since day one. The front features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Both discs also feature some matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio for this release. Fans will be able to experience this entire franchise like never before with the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD) release. This features four times the resolution of Full HD and High Dynamic Range (HDR) that delivers the brightest, most vivid and realistic color and greatest contrast.

Bottom line is, Jason Bourne was a really exciting return to the long-running franchise for actor Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass. I know there was a tireless effort getting Damon and Greengrass to return to the action-thriller franchise and they delivered an exciting new chapter in the Bourne saga. It’s not the best in the series but it’s still a fun ride. The story picks up nearly a decade later and continues the adventures of this man who is simply trying to find out more about his past. The thing is, the more he finds out, more is also revealed about the agency who made him the way he is – and it’s not good! Movie fanatics that have already upgraded their home entertainment centers (screens and players) to watch 4K movies are sure to enjoy the experience, but this is also for the high-def loyalists because there’s a Blu-ray disc included for them as well. There’s also a digital copy that you can add to your Vudu library or whatever digital platform you use. Jason Bourne makes his return when this 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD) releases on December 6th and it’s worth checking out.

Distributor: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Run Time: 124 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

4K Ultra HD Video: 2180p Ultra High Definition Widescreen (2.40:1)

4K Ultra HD Audio: English DTS:X / DTS Headphone:X / French DTS-HD 5.1 / Spanish DTS-HD 7.1

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS:X-DVS Dolby Digital 2.0 / French DTS-HD 5.1 / Spanish DTS-HD 7.1

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: Good Stuff! The extras include commentary from the cast, filmmakers, stunt performers and fight coordinators, plus behind-the-scenes features that take viewers inside the making of the film’s intense stunt choreography and one of the wildest car chases in Bourne history.

  • Bringing Back Bourne – Matt Damon and Director Paul Greengrass discuss how they brought a beloved character back to the big screen. (08:15)
  • Bourne to Fight – A behind-the-scenes look at the fight sequences in Jason Bourne. (18:13)
  1. Bare-Knuckle Boxing – Matt Damon discusses his love for boxing and how he prepared for the bare-knuckle fight sequences.
  2. Close Quarters – A behind-the-scenes look at the brutal fight between Jason Bourne and Christian Dassault.
  3. Underground Rumble – Matt Damon, Vincent Cassel, and fight coordinator Roger Yuan discuss how they staged Bourne’s 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. (05:37)
  • Las Vegas Showdown – For the final act of Jason Bourne, filmmakers wanted something bigger and bolder than ever before.  Here’s an inside look at how they pulled it off. (14:56)
  1. Convention Chaos – Join the cast and crew on location in Las Vegas as they film the final act of Jason Bourne.
  2. Shutting Down the Strip – A behind-the-scenes look at one of the wildest car chases in Bourne history.
  • Digital HD Copy

 

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