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Product Details

  • Actors: Franka Potente, Matt Damon, Chris Cooper, Clive Owen, Brian Cox
  • Directors: Doug Liman
  • Writers: Robert Ludlum, Tony Gilroy, W. Blake Herron
  • Producers: Doug Liman, Andrew R. Tennenbaum, David Minkowski, Frank Marshall
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: Dutch, English, French, German, Italian
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Studio: Universal Music Group
  • VHS Release Date: Aug. 24 2004
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (309 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000077VT7
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,698 in Video (See Top 100 in Video)

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Freely adapted from Robert Ludlum's 1980 bestseller, The Bourne Identity starts fast and never slows down. The twisting plot revs up in Zurich, where amnesiac CIA assassin Jason Bourne (Matt Damon), with no memory of his name, profession, or recent activities, recruits a penniless German traveler (Run Lola Run's Franka Potente) to assist in solving the puzzle of his missing identity. While his CIA superior (Chris Cooper) dispatches assassins to kill Bourne and thus cover up his failed mission, Bourne exercises his lethal training to leave a trail of bodies from Switzerland to Paris. Director Doug Liman (Go) infuses Ludlum's intricate plotting with a maverick's eye for character detail, matching breathtaking action with the humorous, thrill-seeking chemistry of Damon and Potente. Previously made as a 1988 TV movie starring Richard Chamberlain, The Bourne Identity benefits from the sharp talent of rising stars, offering intelligent, crowd-pleasing excitement from start to finish. --Jeff Shannon

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3.6 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Josh Hudson on July 21 2004
Format: DVD
I had serious doubts before seeing this movie. I just didn't think Matt Damon could pull off a good action hero role.
BOY WAS I WRONG.
Damon's performance is one of the best "action hero" roles since Bruce Willis in Die Hard. The plot is nothing new, probably because it's been copied from the original Bourne books so many times before that it's already predictable once it gets to the big screen. It's forgivable though, as the action sequences are tight and frantic, with decent enough acting and dialogue in between to make it more than "just" an action movie.
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By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER on June 24 2005
Format: UMD for PSP
As far as a shoot-um-up with the obligatory car chase goes, this movie did it quite well. And like many of the other "1984" machine churned out films for the proletariat, the title and a few names bear the only resemblance to the Ludlum story. Quite a few of the characters that give this story depth and mystery are left out of the movie completely.

Now let's not compare this quickie in shoot-up land with the well thought out book "The Bourne Identity" by Robert Ludlum or the much better portrait of the story in the Mini-Series "The Bourne Identity" (1988) starring Richard Chamberlain and Jaclyn Smith; then we can enjoy what is left.

A sailor on a fishing trawler spots a human body in the water. After retrieving it we find it is alive. Helping this stranger back from the near dead we find a couple of bullet holes and a mysterious capsule under his skin. The capsule displays what the fisherman recognizes immediately as a Swiss bank account. The man can not remember who he is. Now we follow along with his journey to Switzerland and find out if he will recover. In the mean time someone is out to kill him. Why?
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Format: DVD
I have been a fan of this movie since it first came out, so when they annouced a new EXPLOSIVE EXTENDED EDITION, I got real excited and couldn't wait to own it, now I do, and guess what? Really, really desapointed in this dvd.
The movie is still great of course, but the EXTENDED version is nothing to brag about... first of all, the actual deleted scenes which you can access on the special features menu of the original dvd and this version dvd, are not included in the EXTENDED VERSION... and the only 2 clips that are added, are a new begining and alternate ending. These last two new clips need to be accesed by pressing an icon which appears while the movie is playing, and the switch is cheaply done; lacking the original movies quality...
It would have been nice if the Extended version would have been made up without the PRESS THE ICON feature, and WHAT do they mean by EXPLOSIVE???? The only excitement and action is in the original movie.... nothing else.
This is a real rip off in my opinion. If you own the old version; stick with it... this new version is REALLY NOT WORTH IT!!!!
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By Topher on Aug. 20 2004
Format: DVD
This is a vapid cash grab, a DVD that doesn't need to exist because the original DVD release is good enough.
The Explosive Edition is anything but. First, this is probably the most cheaply produced DVD I have seen, with lackluster menus and annoying "previews" that start the DVD (for Dawn of the Dead and Magnum PI of all things). I could have happily lived my whole life having never watched the bookend scenes that were dropped from the film, and the annoying documentary that was parsed into the beginning of the film explaining why they dropped them (because they were boring and meaningless??). Also, the Extended scenes were not even editted into the film, you have to press the Select button when an icon appears on the screen in order to access these bookend scenes.
Even if your a fan of the Bourne identity, you can avoid this disk, and get the original release which I feel was given better treatment then this rushed edition. If you already have the first release, don't bother with this, as it doesn't over any new insight into the making of the movie.
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Format: DVD
Robert Ludlum wrote "The Bourne Identity" in the 1980's and it is the quintessential "spy" story. It is a thriller and the characters are so rich and well drawn.
A man is dragged from the sea. He has two bullet wounds and a "chip" embedded into his body. These are removed; the man recovers from this ordeal. He does not, however, remember anything, His name, where he is from from and his entire identity has been lost. He takes the chip and goes in search of himself. In a bank in Zurich he finds his identity- Jason Bourne and several other passports and lots of money. Enough information for Jason Bourne to change his identity whenever he needs to. But what does this mean? It appears to mean that many people are after Jason Bourne, that he has information that many people want or they want this information to die!! Around every corner is danger and there is no one that he can trust. He meets up with two CIA analysts who appear to be trustworthy, but are they really? He travels all over Europe and changes identities at every turn. He meets very interesting people at every turn. His life is full of risk and danger. Jason Bourne is an important person with so much hidden information that he doesn't remember. But as time goes on, the people he meets share some of what he is missing, and he is beginning to put the pieces together. He begins a love affair, and he thinks this is what he has been looking for. Why can't he be happy as a single man leaving the "spy" profession and finding his true love?
The movie stars Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, and he does a credible job. The action filming is wonderfully done. The car chases and the flights on foot and in trains are very real and I felt I was amongst them. I was part of the action!!
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