The Bourne Legacy (Two-Disc Combo Pack: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet)
The narrative architect behind the Bourne film series, Tony Gilroy, takes the helm in the next chapter of the hugely popular espionage franchise that has earned almost $1 billion at the global box office: The Bourne Legacy. The writer/director expands the Bourne universe created by Robert Ludlum with an original story that introduces us to a new hero whose life-or-death stakes have been triggered by the events of the first three films. On the verge of having their conspiracy exposed, members of the government’s intelligence community will stop at nothing to erase all evidence of their top-secret programs – even the agents involved. 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. -- (C) Universal
Fortunately, The Bourne Legacy's 1080p/AVC-encoded video transfer doesn't disappoint. The stark, stylized palette is almost perfectly represented, minus the problematic reds of Renner's heavy coat in the film's opening scenes. Contrast is quite striking on the whole too, with crisp, wintry whites, relatively lifelike skintones, tenacious primaries and deep shadows. Black levels are occasionally muted, mind you, but it's a non-issue that traces back to the original photography, not Universal's presentation. More impressive is the detail on display. Shaky cam or not, edges are clean and well-defined (with only a few instances of exceedingly minor ringing), fine textures are nicely resolved, close-ups look terrific and grain is intact. Moreover, the technical encoding is precise and proficient, without any banding or other errant distraction to be found.
The Bourne Legacy boasts a top-tier DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 surround track that commits its all to the mission. The sound field alone makes the film more immersive and engaging than it would be otherwise, and the rear speakers never relent. Whether it's a windy mountaintop, a quiet cabin, a hushed conference room, an old farm house riddled with bullet holes, a busy factory floor or the crowded streets of Manila mid-motorcycle chase, the mix takes full advantage of every channel at its disposal. LFE output is weighty and bombastic as well; bolstering every hit, hail of gunfire, drone approach, explosion, screaming engine and crashing car. And dialogue, ever the unsung hero, is clear, impeccably prioritized and, above all, masterfully grounded in the action and intrigue erupting on screen. The fourth Bourne film may fall short, but its lossless track sets a new franchise standard.
The movie shows the domino effect caused by Jason Bourne's activities. We are introduced to two more operations in this movie; Outcome (agents on a regimen of drugs/gene splicing to enhance mental and physical capabilities) and LARX (a cross between Treadstone and Outcome programs). Introducing Aaron Cross as an Outcome agent on pills trying to survive due to Bourne sending the CIA into panic mode is the perfect way to spin off the original Bourne Trilogy. The first part of the film focuses on the agency's vain attempts on damage control but the most gripping aspect of this movie is learning about the process of the Outcome program in detail. The way this movie ended and the way Ultimatum ended, the writers can now go in any direction they want and are free to tie the two stories together however they see fit. The action is great in this movie and is present when essential to the story just like the first Bourne movie. Even thought it doesn’t measure up to the original trilogy, I highly recommend this movie for fans of Bourne and any adrenaline junkies.
Posted by Ryan Gibbs, February 5, 2013 7:12 AM