Jason Bourne UltraHD Blu-ray

Summary: After a few years off the Bourne series returns with Matt Damon again reprising the role of Jason Bourne. Nicky Parsons has just broken into the CIA database, stealing classified files including those on the Treadstone project that Jason Bourne was a part of. Using this files to try to uncover information about the death of his father, the CIA now once again is after Jason Bourne worried that he might put their Iron Hand program at risk.

UltraHD Specs
Studio: Universal
Title: Jason Bourne
Audio: DTS:X
Negative Formats: ARRIRAW (2.8K), Super 35, Redcode RAW (6K)
Digital Intermediate: 4K
Peak Brightness: 1000 nits
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Length: 123 Minutes
Director: Paul Greengrass
Stars: Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Julia Stiles, Alicia Vikander
Review Date: December 7, 2016
Price: 25

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Movie Review: Jason Bourne is an enjoyable though not spectacular return to the world of Jason Bourne. Unfortunately lots of the plot is similar to all the past films: CIA is unjustly after Jason Bourne, he’s struggling to remember his past life or move past itm, people close to him are hurt or killed, and some people inside of the CIA actually believe him and want to help him. This isn’t to say it isn’t a good film, it is, it’s just a bit of familiar territory that doesn’t stand out the way that the prior films did. Still it is an enjoyable film and I enjoyed watching it on UHD Blu-ray again despite already seeing it at the theater.

Technical Review: Jason Bourne is shot on a wide variety of formats, from 35mm to 2.8K ARRIRAW and 6K Red RAW. All of these eventually wind up on a 4K digital intermediate and overall the extra detail from this is clear. The image is sharp and free of artifacts, with very good black levels and detail all around. Some fine film grain or video noise can be seen in some shots, but that likely is there from the source.

HDR and WCG are both present on the disc but don’t stand out nearly as much as they do with some other films. The chase scene through Las Vegas does a decent job here, with bright neon lights and flashing police sirens benefitting from the expanded brightness and color gamut. As they race through Greece earlier in the film, the fires during the riot burn a bright, vivid orange against the dark backgrounds. Overall the image presentation here is top notch though the original footage a bit more subdued than some films.

Jason Bourne is also one of the first DTS:X titles available. The overall soundtrack is very well done, with the ceiling channels being well utilized. During the chase through Las Vegas you can hear the police helicopter overhead, moving around the scene while clearly being above the action. Voices are clear and crisp, and there is plenty of low end impact when a chase scene involves an armored car.

Special Features: Bonus features are on the included Blu-ray disc and have a number of featurettes, including how they managed to shut down the Las Vegas strip to shoot that chase scene (I wondered during the film how they managed to pull that off).

Review System: Vizio P65-C1 display, Samsung UltraHD Blu-ray Player, KEF Ci5160RL-THX Fronts, Ci3160RL-THX Center, 2x Ci200RR-THX Surrounds, 4x CI200RR-THX Atmos Speakers, Anthem MRX 1120 Receiver.

Review Summary
Title: Jason Bourne UltraHD Blu-ray
Pros: Very sharp image, great shadow detail, good soundtrack
Cons: Not as much use of HDR or WCG for demo material
Summary: Jason Bourne is a fine film, but not a great one, but has a very detailed transfer with a 4K digital intermediate and an immersive DTS:X soundtrack.
Video: 4.5/5
Audio: 4.5/5
Movie: 3.5/5

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