Jason Bourne appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this 4K UHD Disc. As expected, the movie enjoyed a high-quality transfer.
Sharpness usually seemed excellent. A smidgen of softness crept into the occasional wide shot, but those instances remained modest and created little to detract from this well-defined image. I saw no moiré effects or jaggies, and neither edge haloes nor print flaws marred the proceedings.
Like most modern action flicks, Bourne heavily favored orange and teal. These choices may be tedious, but the disc reproduced them in a satisfying manner, and the HDR added some impact to the tones.
Blacks were dense and dark, while low-light shots offered smooth imaging. HDR made whites and contrast more impressive. This was the kind of solid image I anticipated.
As for the movie’s DTS-X soundtrack – which downconverted to DTS-HD MA 7.1 on my system - it offered a pretty high-octane mix. With a lot of action sequences, the various channels got a good workout and used the spectrum well.
These sequences took advantage of their opportunities. In particular, scenes with vehicles fared best, as these objects zipped around the room in a dynamic manner. I also thought gunfire and other violent components used the soundfield well, and all this opened up matters to create a lively setting for the action.
Audio quality seemed strong. Music was peppy and full, and speech appeared natural and distinctive. Effects offered good bang for the buck, as those elements showed nice clarity and dynamic range. The soundtrack complemented the movie well.
How did the 4k UHD compare to the Blu-ray version? Both offered identical DTS X audio.
As for visuals, it appears that Bourne enjoyed a true 4K transfer, as it seems that the producers finished the flick at that resolution. That allowed this disc to offer improved definition, colors and clarity.
Within the limits of the source, that is. With its generally drab colors and jumpy shakycam photography, Bourne doesn’t exactly offer a videophile’s dream, so don’t expect a visual revelation. Nonetheless, the 4K does become a decent upgrade over the Blu-ray.
All the package’s extras appear on an included Blu-ray copy, and four featurettes fill out the set. Bringing Back Bourne runs eight minutes, 15 seconds and includes notes from director Paul Greengrass, producers Frank Marshall and Gregory Goodman, co-writer/editor Christopher Rouse, director of photography Barry Ackroyd, and actors Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Alicia Vikander, and Tommy Lee Jones.
The show looks at the decision to make a new Bourne movie, story and characters, cast and performances, and Greengrass’s approach to the material. This is largely superficial material with a promotional bent.
During the 18-minute, 13-second Bourne to Fight, we hear from Greengrass, Damon, Rouse, stunt coordinator Roger Powell, fight coordinator Roger Yuan, boxing trainer Matt Baiamonte, stunt performer Brian Nickels, art director Mark Scruton, and actors Vincent Cassel and Vinzenz Kiefer.
Here we learn about Damon’s physical training as well as stunts/action. While semi-glossy in nature, “Fight” still gives us a decent array of details.
The Athens Escape lasts five minutes, 37 seconds and features Damon, Powell, Greengrass, 2nd unit director Simon Crane, and picture vehicles supervisor Graham Kelly.
While “Escape” offers more about stunts/action, it comes with an emphasis on vehicular material. A few useful tidbits emerge, but the show remains fluffy too much of the time.
Lastly, Las Vegas Showdown takes up 14 minutes, 56 seconds with remarks from Damon, Goodman, Marshall, Greengrass, Rouse, Powell, Vikander, Crane, transport coordinator Denny Caira, Aria Casino VP of Hotel Operations Paul Berry, camera operator Nino Pansini, art director Caty Maxey, and actors Riz Ahmed and Ato Essandoh.
“Showdown” looks at shooting in Las Vegas as well as production design and more stunts/action. It offers another glossy piece with only minor informational value.
The disc opens with ads for The Great Wall, The Girl On the Train, Snowden, Death Race 2050 and Anthropoid. No trailer for Bourne appears here.
Lather, rinse, repeat: Jason Bourne offers a virtual carbon copy of its Paul Greengrass-directed predecessors. Since those movies lacked cohesion and offered little more than frantic action, I view this as a disappointment. The 4K UHD offers very good picture and audio along with a mediocre set of supplements. I hold out hope that someday I’ll find another Bourne movie to love, but Jason Bourne isn’t it.
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