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Studio and Year: Universal - 2012
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Feature running time: 135 minutes
Genre: Action

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 2,35:1
Resolution: 1080p/24


Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio, DTS 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Starring: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Stacy Keach, Edward Norton, Oscar Issac, Scott Glenn, David Strathairn, Albert Finney, Joan Allen
Directed by: Tony Gilroy
Music by: James Newton Howard
Written by: Tony Gilroy & Dan Gilroy
Region Code: A,B,C

Blu-ray Disc release Date: December 11, 2012
"There was never just one"


Film Synopsis:


The Bourne Legacy pulls back the curtain on a government secret even darker than Jason Bourne. When Bourne exposes Operation Treadstone at the end of The Bourne Ultimatum, he sparks a bonfire that threatens to burn down decades of research and development into the building of better spies and warriors. In The Bourne Legacy, audiences discover that there are actually a variety of covert intelligence programs – all of which now feel the threat of exposure. On the verge of having their conspiracy revealed, members of the government’s intelligence community will stop at nothing to erase all evidence of their top secret programs. With his life in jeopardy, agent Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner) must use his genetically-engineered skills to survive the ultimate game of cat-and-mouse and finish what Jason Bourne started.


My Take:


I am most decidedly a fan of The Bourne film series and while I didn’t get out to see The Bourne Legacy during its theatrical release I very much looked forward to seeing it. Twelve years ago, we met Jason Bourne when he was pulled unconscious from the Mediterranean. Over the course of three films, we followed his journey to survive as he worked to discover his identity. Simultaneously his CIA handlers mounted an increasingly desperate worldwide manhunt as the secrets about the Treadstone program and Bourne’s special skills and abilities, came to light culminating in trilogy’s conclusion.

The Bourne Legacy pulls back the curtain to expose a darker layer of intrigue, a deeper mythology, and introduces a new hero who must battle to stay alive when HIS program suddenly becomes a liability. Running concurrent with the events that transpired in The Bourne Ultimatum Legacy reveals that there are actually a variety of intelligence programs, that the CIA’s Treadstone was but one of the early developments and that Bourne’s actions created a tremendous anxiety that other programs may be exposed.


Retired Colonel Eric Byer, (Edward Norton) is the man who’s built these programs, fought to keep them funded and shopped them to a variety of eager U.S. intelligence services since 9/11. As it turns out he has been there along and it’s his world that’s being threatened as the CIA fails to contain Bourne and, with the realization that Treadstone’s fall will expose the close working relationship between two of his chief medical directors, Byer has no choice but to sacrifice Outcome. He must now bring to bear every resource possible and erase the infected program to preserve the rest of his work.


Aaron Cross (JEREMY RENNER) is one of six agents in a program called Outcome. Unlike the CIA’s Treadstone, Outcome agents have been developed and trained for use by the Department of Defense. More than assassins, Outcome agents are designed for use in isolated, high-risk, long-term intelligence assignments. The behavioral science that was suggested as the underpinning of the Treadstone agents has been upgraded and advanced. Their cognitive lift makes for a more adaptive and provocative skillset, however it also holds a great danger: The Outcome agents have proven difficult to control, and Cross, once cut free of the leash, makes for an even more dangerous threat to his creators.


Dr. Marta Shearing, (Rachel Weisz) is a research scientist with top-security clearance working in the laboratory responsible for developing the groundbreaking science Outcome. Her job includes monitoring the Outcome agents on the rare occasion that they pass through the area. She knows many of the Outcome agents, including Aaron. More interested in the science rather than the ethics associated with it Marta soon discovers that when the program needs to be terminated she may just be a loose end.


With his life on the line Aaron seeks out Dr. Shearing in search of the medications required to sustain his “abilities”. Together and on the run they fight to stay alive as the world around them closes in.

The Bourne Legacy has much the same feel as the first three films. The action is what you would expect and includes the requisite hand to hand encounters, weapons play and a pair of chases all of which differ little from previous installments. Depending on your point of view this isn’t necessarily a bad thing but there is no denying the feeling of been there and done that. It lacks the depth and compelling nature of its predecessors but it’s clearly not a throw away popcorn flick. The storyline is developed well enough and opens up avenues for further exploration and the production elements are top notch.


Jeremy Renner is a bonafide action star that easily stepped into the role of Aaron. He didn’t display the varied range of Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne but he pulled this off nicely and shared solid chemistry with the always reliable Rachel Weisz. The production elements are top notch which adds an enriching element to the proceedings. The conclusion leaves the door wide open for another installment so we’ll see where it goes. For now The Bourne Legacy succeeds more than fails and primarily carries on in the Bourne tradition.


Parental Guide:


The rating is for sequences of action violence and brief language.



AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

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Audio: 94

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Video: 90

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The Bourne Legacy comes to Blu-ray Disc from Universal Studios Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 25 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 4.1 Mbps.


This is an excellent video presentation that boasts plenty of high level detail, strong contrast, deeply saturated colors, and three dimensional acuity. Blacks are punchy and stand out when onscreen with mixed content. Visual perspective in low lighting and darkened areas is estimable. The combination gives dark scenes appreciable depth. Images are dynamic, boldly colorful, clearly drawn, and perfectly suited for the source material.


The lossless 7.1 DTS-HD MA soundtrack has extended dynamic range, detail rich clarity and makes excellent use of the entire surround platform to drive the film’s elements. The music score, coupled along with the integration of discrete and ambient sound effects, plays an intricate role in this involving and engagingly active surround mix. The detection of subtle background sounds, off camera cues and spatial dimension within the room’s acoustic environment makes for a notably enveloping surround experience. Low frequency effects can be room energizing as the subwoofer works in tandem with the rest of the system to convey the low level bass and dynamic impact associated with the action based sequences. Dialogue is firmly planted in the center channel and clearly renders voices and effects with appropriate distinction and balance within the front soundstage. I thought this audio presentation enhanced the enjoyment of the film and makes for an entertaining home theater experience.

Bonus Features:

  • Audio commentary by Director/co-writer Tony Gilroy, co-writer Dan Gilroy, editor John Gilroy, director of photography Robert Elswit, second unit director Dan Bradley and production designer Kevin Thompson

  • (HD) Deleted scenes – 7 minutes

  • (HD) Re-Bourne – 6 minute featurette

  • (HD) Enter Aaron Cross – 7 minute featurette

  • (HD) Crossing continents – 8 minute production featurette

  • (HD) Moving targets – 6 minute featurette

  • (HD) Man vs. Wolf – 5 minute featurette

  • Wolf sequence attack – 2 minute storyboard sequence reel

  • (HD) Capturing chaos: The motorbike chase – 8 minute production featurette

  • My Scenes bookmark feature

  • pocket BLU

  • Bonus DVD

  • Ultraviolet Digital Copy

  • Digital Copy



Final Thoughts:

The Bourne Legacy borrows much from its predecessors and while it doesn’t quite live up to them still has enough merit to warrant the attention of Bourne series fans. I enjoyed it and look forward to what lies in store for the next installment should there be one. The Bourne Legacy comes to Blu-ray Disc from Universal Studios Home Entertainment featuring sparkling high definition video, reference quality DTS-HD Master Audio surround sound and a decent supplemental offering that includes Blu-ray exclusive content. This is worth picking up if you’re already a fan otherwise give it a rent before buying.












Ralph Potts
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Excellent review. As a Bourne fan, I've been worried about watching this. I don't want to watch something the weakens the true trilogy. I think I'll give it a watch before I buy. Thanks.
 

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Can't wait to see this again. My wife and I are huge Bourne fans, and saw this in the theater.


Ralph's review is spot on.


Those worried about this movie taking away from the original trilogy, need not be. This film follows it's own track and is nicely tied to the original 3.
 

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For some reason I walked out of the theater disappointed with this film. I'll have to rent it and watch it again to see if I want add it to my trilogy.
 

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Totally agree that the film leaves the door wide open for another installment. Too much so, in my opinion. I felt that the ending left me with the feeling that I had seen only the first half of a movie. Other than taking care of the immediate need, no other issues were resolved. I too felt that the rooftop scene and the motorbike chase had all been done in the earlier Bourne films. Some twists to reboot the series, but other than a change in evil higher ups and the main character, this was pretty much a rehash. So having said all that, based on the audio and video scores, I may take a look at this on my home theater when it hits the bargain basket. Thanks for confirming my feelings on this movie.
 

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Originally Posted by billybobg  /t/1443948/the-bourne-legacy-blu-ray-official-avsforum-review#post_22674515


Totally agree that the film leaves the door wide open for another installment. Too much so, in my opinion. I felt that the ending left me with the feeling that I had seen only the first half of a movie. Other than taking care of the immediate need, no other issues were resolved. I too felt that the rooftop scene and the motorbike chase had all been done in the earlier Bourne films. Some twists to reboot the series, but other than a change in evil higher ups and the main character, this was pretty much a rehash. So having said all that, based on the audio and video scores, I may take a look at this on my home theater when it hits the bargain basket. Thanks for confirming my feelings on this movie.

You must have invaded my mind.
 

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Thanks Ralph, great review. I did see this in the theatrical release and agree word for word with your assessment in terms of the film itself. As you mentioned, there was very much a "been there done that feel", which I think somewhat lessened the intensity for me. I also think this limited how vested I felt in the characters. This isn't in any way an indictment on Renner because I felt he did all that he could with what he had to work with. And I'm not sure I can think of a better choice to hand the franchise over to at this point and hope they're penning a fifth installment as I type. At worst I'd call this a rental option but for me it will be an addition to to my Bourne collection. My Christmas list keeps getting longer and longer!
 

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Thanks again for the great review, Ralph. It is hard to find reviewers whose sensibilities on films line up with your own, but more often than not, I find I completely agree with your takes on many films...making your DVD reviews go-to ones for me.
 

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Thanks again for the great review, Ralph. It is hard to find reviewers whose sensibilities on films line up with your own, but more often than not, I find I completely agree with your takes on many films...making your DVD reviews go-to ones for me.


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Great to hear it Mark, thanks!




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I wouldn't mind seeing this, thanks for the review Ralph.


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Sure thing Frank. Be sure to post back with your thoughts after seeing it.




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Originally Posted by billybobg


Totally agree that the film leaves the door wide open for another installment. Too much so, in my opinion. I felt that the ending left me with the feeling that I had seen only the first half of a movie. Other than taking care of the immediate need, no other issues were resolved. I too felt that the rooftop scene and the motorbike chase had all been done in the earlier Bourne films. Some twists to reboot the series, but other than a change in evil higher ups and the main character, this was pretty much a rehash. So having said all that, based on the audio and video scores, I may take a look at this on my home theater when it hits the bargain basket. Thanks for confirming my feelings on this movie.

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You must have invaded my mind.

+1. My thoughts exactly. Thanks for writing them :p
 

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I thought this was a good movie.

I don't know why they didn't go with the same actor!. But i guess they have to change it up some.

And i have to agree with the ending of the movie.

I'am looking forward to buy this on blu ray a long with my dvd collection.
 

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Originally Posted by DDigitalGuy05  /t/1443948/the-bourne-legacy-blu-ray-official-avsforum-review#post_22678613


I thought this was a good movie.

I don't know why they didn't go with the same actor!. But i guess they have to change it up some.

And i have to agree with the ending of the movie.

I'am looking forward to buy this on blu ray a long with my dvd collection.

Because it is not Jason Bourne!



And I totally agree with Ralph on the review of this film, it is a really good movie with excellent video and sound!
 

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I don't know why they didn't go with the same actor!. But i guess they have to change it up some.

Matt Damon said he would only do another one if Paul Greengrass were directing, but Greengrass was no longer interested.
 

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My wife won't let me pass this up. Kind of excited that they dropped Damon and went in another direction. Curious to see how it turns out!
 

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One last thing everyone should keep in mind is that the screenplays for all 4 movies, vary quite differently from the original story lines.


This series is based on the Ludlum books. I highly recommend if you liked the movies that the books are a must read.
 

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Great review! I didn't get a chance to see it in the theater but Im excited to pick this one up and see it in mine.
 

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Thanks, Ralph! I did see this at the movies. I agree with those who say it feels like half a movie, but in the end, I enjoyed it and happily await the next one. Jeremy Renner definitely kicks a$$ and Rachel Weiss can do no wrong. I will be getting this on Blu sooner or later...
 
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