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Bourne Identity, The

The Bourne Files
Genre: Thriller

Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Chris Cooper, Clive Owen, Brian Cox & Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

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WSR Picture Rating: NR
DD Sound Rating: NR
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Video
(Catalog Number): 61100843
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Violence and some language
(Retail Price): $22.98
(DVD Type): Three-Disc Set: DVD-9
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 118
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2002
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 07/24/07
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Doug Liman
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Story Synopsis:
The 2002 version of "The Bourne Identity" stars Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, a man with no past. After being rescued at sea by the crew of an Italian fishing boat, Jason wakes to find that has no memory of his past life. With no clues to his identity but the number of a Swiss bank account embedded in his hip, he discovers that he has a natural talent for survival that suggests something of a sinister life. After making his way to Zurich, Jason finds himself on the run from others who want to destroy him. Wondering what or who he was before his accident, Jason becomes determined to find out his true identity even though he's convinced he's not going to like what he discovers. Based on the novel by Robert Ludlum. (Tricia Littrell)

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DVD-ROM Review:
After loading the InterActual Player 2 software, you are brought to the DVD-Video main menu with the Universal Total aXcess menu below. From this menu you can access the mini games that are included with this film. These games are labeled Blueprint Chase, Observation Room, Memory Match, Stop the Enemy, and Snap Shot. Completing these games gives you parts of a Bank Access code, which will enable you to find the true identity of Jason Bourne once it is complete. Blueprint chase is a Pac-Man type game where you must exit a room without the enemy catching you. The enemy AI is extremely bad, making this an easy game to finish. After sneaking past the henchmen, you are given the first code in the sequence. Observation Room is a little trickier in that you must study a photograph for a few seconds and then recall eight of the items from the room. You must click and drag the picture to be able to see the entire thing, making it even more difficult to remember everything in the time allowed. This game gives you the second code in the sequence. Memory Match is a simple memory game, where you turn over cards and try to match them up. You only have 20 seconds to match 20 cards, and the images disappear quickly after you guess wrong. Completing this gives you the third code. In Stop The Enemy, a series of still images from the film flash on the screen, and you must recognize which enemy carries which weapon. There are six pictures, but only three of them actually carry a weapon. The images are shown at a blinding pace, so you have to be quick! Guessing well on this will give you the fourth code. The final game, Snap Shot, has you taking pictures of people as they cross open windows in a building. You must take pictures of five of the figures, and it is a pretty easy task to complete. This gives the fifth and final portion of the code. After obtaining all the pieces of the code, entering them in pops up a new window which verifies if the numbers are correct. If they are, you learn that Jason Bourne is an assassin, and you do not get any other treat. Searching through the DVD-Video portion of the disc led me to believe there is a special section dedicated to the DVD-ROM users with additional behind-the-scenes footage, but after searching around awhile, I could not find that section. I was hoping beating the games would offer that prize to no avail. Other then that, the games are well done and tie in wonderfully with the film. This could have been a superb title to check out if a few more features would have been added. (Danny Richelieu)