Reviewer's Rating 3 out of 5  
The Bourne Identity DVD (2002)

Matt Damon goes super spy in Doug Liman's action thriller which, as the director reveals, had more to do with his father's life than the Robert Ludlum book of the same name.


Picture Cold greys and blues make up the colour scheme of much of the movie, and they look icy cold and sharp here, in a superior transfer to disc.

Sound The 5.1, whether in Dolby or DTS, creeps up on you in the opening minute of the movie, only to explode into a tremendous thunderstorm that'll have you staggering around your rain-lashed room trying to reach your subwoofer to batten it down. The DTS mix is a little punchier, but the Dolby effort is tight and effective.


Audio Commentary Director Doug Liman has another commentary where he can talk about budget restrictions. Sure, he had more money to play with than on "Go", but the opening storm-swept scenes at sea were in fact filmed on a boat tied up in dock in Italy, as they couldn't afford to use a tank.

Liman's work on the film is unusual: he wasn't trying to adapt the actual Robert Ludlum book, but simply take the book's title and premise. Conversations and notes from his father, who worked in the NSA while Reagan was in power, inspired the main body of the movie.

Liman finds time to discuss his political views, which he wanted to include in the film. Describing himself as "left of centre", he shares some of his thoughts on US foreign policy, and what he wanted to say about that with his movie.

Birth of "The Bourne Identity" This 14-minute making of featurette holds few surprises, with the usual focus on plot and characters forming most of the interviewees' comments. There's plenty of behind-the-scenes footage, including Matt Damon working up a sweat practising his kung fu moves.

Additional Extra Features Also on the DVD is a two-minute alternate ending, four deleted scenes, a music video, trailers for: "The Bourne Identity", "Johnny English", and "The Hulk", and DVD-ROM weblinks to exclusive online content.

Region: 2
Chapters: 20
Ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic)
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1
Audio Tracks: English
Subtitles: Multiple languages
Captions: English
Menus: Animated, with music
Special Features Subtitles: All of the special features come with subtitles.

This DVD was reviewed on a JVC XV-S57 DVD player.

End Credits

Director: Doug Liman

Writer: Tony Gilroy, William Blake Herron

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

Genre: Action, Thriller

Length: 118 minutes

Cinema: 06 September 2002

DVD: 10 March 2003

Country: USA