Jason Bourne

Featured In Issue 212, December 2016

WSR Score5
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Paul Greengrass
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Jason Bourne is back and this time it's personal. The CIA's most dangerous former operate is drawn out of hiding to uncover more explosive truths about his past. (Gary Reber)

Special features include five featurettes: Bringing Back Bourne (HD 08:15), Bourne To Fight (HD 18:13), Close Quarters (HD ), The Athens Escape (HD 05:37), and Las Vegas Showdown (HD 14:56); upfront previews, and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 2.39:1 1080p AVC picture, digitally captured, exhibits a dark, sinister, rough appearance, typically in low-light conditions. The color palette is darkly hued with hues generally subdued in the low light. This creates a mysterious feel to the imagery. Flashes of highlights penetrate the darker scenes, but daylight scenes still appear darker than natural. Fleshtones also appear to integrate with the darker overall palette. Contrast, within these parameters, is good, with generally revealing shadow delineation. Resolution is excellent, especially during close-ups of facial features, hair, clothing, and object texture. But otherwise, due to the dark veiled stylization, foreground and backgrounds are generally soft. Still, this is an exciting and compelling visual experience that sustains a constant level of tension with its rapid editing direction. It is certain to please Bourne fans. (Gary Reber)

The DTS:X/DTS-HD Master Audio™ 7.1-channel soundtrack is a content-tension stimulator, with an exciting and rhythmic orchestral music score that aggressively occupies all seven ear-level channels. Atmospherics and sound effects also are constantly engaging, effectively defining the varied international locations, The music effectively ties the scenes together. The atmospherics and sound effects are aggressively enveloping with a wide and deep spread across the soundstage. The .1 LFE is very active with extended bass to sub-25-Hz frequencies, which perfectly punctuates the intense segments, as well as provides a strong background to the music. Surround activity is quite aggressive and energized, which creates an effective holosonic® experience. As for intensity, the final car chase scene through the strip on Las Vegas Boulevard is a tour de forces of sound effects. The added two channels really create a large soundfield, and the presence of height enhances the overall soundfield impact. Dialogue is intelligible throughout, even during the more intense and loud scenes, with generally good spatial integration. This is a superb soundtrack that sounds excitingly intense and dynamic, with constant stress-inducing music and engaging atmospherics and sound effects. (Gary Reber)