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#1 of 12 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted November 19 2008 - 09:02 PM

BRING BOURNE HOME ON BLU-RAYTM HI-DEF FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER

THE BOURNE COLLECTION

EXPERIENCE THE BLOCKBUSTER TRILOGY IN PERFECT PICTURE AND PUREST
DIGITAL SOUND ON JANUARY 27, 2009
FROM UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT

Universal City, Calif., November 19, 2008 — For the first time ever on Blu-rayTM Hi-Def, The Bourne
Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum are available together in perfect picture and purest digital sound in this special edition high-definition collection on January 27, 2009 from Universal
Studios Home Entertainment. Starring Matt Damon as Jason Bourne - a highly-trained assassin on the run from a shadowy government agency - the Bourne movies offer non-stop action, edge-of-your-seat suspense and spectacular chase sequences brimming with international espionage conspiracies. Featuring collectible packaging and exclusive never-before-seen bonus content, The Bourne Collection is the ultimate, must own Blu-ray™ collection for every movie fan! The exhilarating three-disc set is loaded with hours of bonus materials including deleted scenes, interviews,
behind-the-scenes featurettes, commentaries and all-new interactive content exclusive to Blu-ray™ Hi-Def.

Universal’s Exclusive U-Control takes viewers beyond the movie with Picture-in-Picture and a series of interactive dossiers, loaded with classified information about Jason Bourne’s mysterious past and the people
who pursue him. Through Universal’s BD-Live Center fans can download even more bonus content, share their favorite scenes with buddies, and engage in a Blu-ray™ exclusive strategy game that pits users against
each other in hand-to-hand combat simulation.

The Bourne Identity, directed by Doug Liman (Mr. and Mrs. Smith), launched one of the highest domestic grossing action adventure movie franchises in history. The film’s extraordinary cast included Oscar® winners Matt Damon and Chris Cooper, Oscar® nominee Clive Owen, Brian Cox, Julia Stiles and Franka Potente. Oscar-nominated director Paul Greengrass upped the ante with The Bourne Supremacy and continued the unstoppable momentum with The Bourne Ultimatum, adding Oscar® nominees Joan Allen, David Strathairn and Albert Finney to the powerhouse acting ensemble. Preorder close is December 16, 2008. The three-disc Blu-ray Hi-Def collection is priced at $119.98 S.R.P.

CONTENT OVERVIEW & SYNOPSES: THE BOURNE IDENTITY

FILM SYNOPSIS:

After being pulled from the sea with two bullets in his back, Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) awakens on a fishing boat with no memory of his involvement in a top-secret, black ops arm of the CIA called Treadstone. The only clue to his identity is the number of a Swiss bank account in which he discovers an
array of passports and weapons, as well as a fortune in cash. As he struggles to regain his memory, his former employers dub him a rogue agent and target him for termination. When an equally deadly assassin
codenamed “Professor” (Clive Owen) is sent to dispose of him, Bourne rediscovers his extraordinary survival skills, including hand-to-hand combat, martial arts and multiple languages, and begins to understand who he really is. As he struggles to unlock the secret of his own identity, Bourne has to deal with his past in order to ensure his own future.

BONUS FEATURES INCLUDE:

 Exclusive U-Control: Universal’s exclusive signature feature U-Control allows viewers to delve into the making of the film with the click of the remote without ever leaving the movie. While you watch the movie, immerse yourself in the character dossiers and location analyses, and explore the technology behind the spy gadgets through visuals and 3D animations.
o Picture in Picture
o Bourne Reminders
o Bourne Card Battle Strategy Game
o Treadstone Files: Includes interactive Character Dossiers, Agent Status info, and GPS features.
• BD-Live: Blu-ray and Playstation3 players with an Internet connection can access exclusive interactive applications that allow viewers to communicate with friends and family while watching the film:
o My Scenes Sharing: Share your favorite clips with friends through BD Live Internet discussions.
o Bourne card battle strategy game.
• Additional extras:
o My Scenes:
o The Ludlum Identity: An extraordinary portrait of the best-selling author through archival interviews with friends, colleagues, family members and Ludlum himself.
o The Ludlum Supremacy: Who is Jason Bourne? A revealing look at how Bourne was born.
o The Ludlum Ultimatum: A fascinating examination of the Bourne character and his enduring audience appeal
o Alternate Opening and Ending: With an introduction by producer Frank Marshall, screenwriter Tony Gilroy and actor Brian Cox
o Deleted and Extended Scenes
o The Birth of the Bourne Identity
o The Bourne Mastermind: Robert Ludlum: A fascinating new look at the late Robert Ludlum, the bestselling novelist who created the “Bourne” trilogy.
o Access Granted: An exclusive interview with screenwriter Tony Gilroy on the challenges of adapting Ludlum's 500-page book for the screen.
o From Identity to Supremacy – Jason & Marie: This feature includes exclusive interviews with Matt Damon and Franka Potente which explore the making of The Bourne Identity - and build a bridge to the spectacular sequel, The Bourne Supremacy.
o The Bourne Diagnosis: Insights into the causes and effects of Jason Bourne’s struggle with amnesia from a UCLA psychologist.
o Cloak and Dagger: In this feature, CIA liaison officer Chase Brandon delivers a detailed, realworld analysis of the making of a super-spy.
o Inside a Fight Sequence: Join Matt Damon on the set as he and the film’s Stunt Choreographer map out the explosive action-packed U.S. Embassy fight sequence.
o Moby “Extreme Ways” Music Video
o Feature Commentary with Director Doug Liman

THE BOURNE SUPREMACY FILM SYNOPSIS:

When his lover is murdered and he is framed for the assassination of a fellow agent, Jason Bourne finds himself on the run again. But as he closes in on his girlfriend’s killers, he realizes his former handlers are back on his trail. After his fingerprints are found at the scene of a murder in Berlin, an ambitious CIA operative (Joan Allen) becomes determined to stop him once and for all. Haunted by debilitating fragmented memories as he navigates the labyrinth of international espionage, Bourne (Matt Damon) must outwit, outmaneuver and outmuscle some of the most powerful forces in the world just to survive.

BONUS FEATURES INCLUDE:

 Exclusive U-Control: Universal’s exclusive signature feature U-Control allows viewers to delve into the making of the film with the click of the remote without ever leaving the movie. While you watch the movie, immerse yourself in the character dossiers and location analyses, and explore the technology behind the spy gadgets through visuals and 3D animations.
o Picture in Picture
o Bourne Reminders
o Bourne Card Battle Strategy Game
o Supremacy Dossier
• BD-Live: Blu-ray and Playstation3 players with an Internet connection can access exclusive interactive applications that allow viewers to communicate with friends and family while watching the film:
o My Scenes Sharing: Share your favorite clips with friends through BD Live Internet discussions.
o Bourne card battle strategy game.
• Additional extras:
o My Scenes
o Explosive Deleted Scenes
o Matching Identities: Casting – See what it took to land a key role in this major action hit.
o Keeping It Real – A look at the edgy and kinetic visual style the filmmakers brought to Supremacy.
o Blowing Things Up – Virtual isn’t always better. See how some of the film’s most awesome pyrotechnical sequences were created—without digital effects.
o On the Move with Jason Bourne – Travel the globe to visit the film’s exotic locations from India to Berlin to Moscow.
o Bourne to Be Wild: Fight Training – Matt Damon didn’t become a lethal weapon overnight. Witness the action as the star and the movie’s fight trainer perfect the film’s thrilling hand-tohand combat scenes!
o Crash Cam: Racing Through the Streets of Moscow – Experience how stunt coordinators meticulously planned and executed the movie’s stunning, high-speed chase sequence
o The Go-Mobile Revs Up the Action – Feel the rush of being in the driver’s seat with this revolutionary new vehicle used to capture Matt Damon’s high-speed exploits in the film’s jawdropping car chase sequences!
o Anatomy of a Scene: The Explosive Bridge Chase Scene – Step onto the set and experience the tension and intense preparation as the filmmaking team plans and shoots one of the movie’s most demanding, dangerous and thrilling action scenes.
o Scoring with John Powell: A special look at creating the pulse-pound score for the movie.
o The Bourne Mastermind: Robert Ludlum: A fascinating new look at the late Robert Ludlum, the bestselling novelist who created the “Bourne” trilogy.
O The Bourne Diagnosis Part Two: Insights into the causes and effects of Jason Bourne’s struggle with amnesia from a UCLA psychologist.
O Feature Commentary with Paul Greengrass

THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM FILM SYNOPSIS:

All he wanted was to disappear. Instead, Jason Bourne (Damon) is now hunted by the people who made him what he is. Having lost his memory and the one person he loved, Bourne has only one objective: to go back to the beginning and find out who he was. Now, Bourne will hunt down his past in order to find a future. He must travel from Moscow, Paris and London to Tangier and New York City as he continues his quest to uncover the truth behind his mysterious past—all the while trying to outwit a new generation of highly-trained assassins as well as the relentless CIA operatives who will stop at nothing to prevent him from learning his true identity.

BONUS FEATURES INCLUDE:

 Exclusive U-Control: Universal’s exclusive signature feature U-Control allows viewers to delve into the making of the film with the click of the remote without ever leaving the movie. While you watch the
movie, immerse yourself in the character dossiers and location analyses, and explore the technology behind the spy gadgets through visuals and 3D animations.
o Picture in Picture
o Bourne Reminders
o Bourne Card Battle Strategy Game
o Blackbriar Files: While you watch the movie, immerse yourself in the character dossiers and location analyses, and explore the technology behind the spy gadgets through visuals and 3D animations.
• BD-Live: Blu-ray and Playstation3 players with an Internet connection can access exclusive interactive applications that allow viewers to communicate with friends and family while watching the film:
o My Scenes Sharing: Share your favorite clips with friends through BD Live Internet discussions.
o Bourne card battle strategy game.
• Additional extras:
o My Scenes:
o Be Bourne Spy Training – Viewers test their skills to see if they’ve got what it takes to be a covert operative.
o Man on the Move: Jason Bourne – From Berlin to Tangier, see how the film’s exotic locations influenced the filmmaking process.
o Rooftop Pursuit – Discover how state-of-the-art technology was used to film the incredible Tangier rooftop chase scene!
o Planning the Punches – Matt Damon reveals his complex and rigorous fight training.
o Driving School – Join Matt Damon behind the wheel as he trains for the New York car chase scene.
o New York Chase – An insider’s view on how the film’s heart-stopping chase sequences were filmed.
o Feature Commentary with Director Paul Greengrass
o Deleted Scenes

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Street Date: January 27, 2009
Pre-Order Close: December 16, 2008
Copyright: 2009 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Price: $119.98 SRP
Selection Number: 61106536
Running Time:
• The Bourne Identity: 119:00 minutes
• The Bourne Supremacy: 108:20 minutes
• The Bourne Ultimatum: 115:09 minutes
Layers: BD-50
Aspect Ratio:
• The Bourne Identity: 2.35:1
• The Bourne Supremacy: 2.35:1
• The Bourne Ultimatum: 2.40:1
Rating: PG-13
Technical Info: English DTS-H Master Audio 5.1, French and Spanish DTS Surround 5.1, English SDH, French and Spanish Subtitles

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#2 of 12 OFFLINE   Sanjay Gupta

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Posted November 20 2008 - 05:01 AM

As I mentioned in the other 'Bourne' thread, a SRP of $119.99 for a catalog 3 title set, is an abolute rip off. That works out to $40 per title, putting this catalog release at par with day & date new releases of 'A' titles. $89.99 price would seem a far more appropriate price, specially considering the HD-DVDs for the first two titles were priced at $29.99 a piece with 'Ultimatum' priced at $39.99, but that was a yr ago when 'Ultimatum' was a new day & date title. I suppose Universal figures that they can capitalize on the popularity of the series to rip off their customers. Oh by the way, the DVD set for the series is selling for $20 after discount, that is only 1/4th the price of the estimated $80 price that probably Amazon will charge for the BD set.
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#3 of 12 OFFLINE   Robert Crawford

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Posted November 20 2008 - 05:28 AM

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Originally Posted by Sanjay Gupta
As I mentioned in the other 'Bourne' thread, a SRP of $119.99 for a catalog 3 title set, is an abolute rip off. That works out to $40 per title, putting this catalog release at par with day & date new releases of 'A' titles. $89.99 price would seem a far more appropriate price, specially considering the HD-DVDs for the first two titles were priced at $29.99 a piece with 'Ultimatum' priced at $39.99, but that was a yr ago when 'Ultimatum' was a new day & date title. I suppose Universal figures that they can capitalize on the popularity of the series to rip off their customers. Oh by the way, the DVD set for the series is selling for $20 after discount, that is only 1/4th the price of the estimated $80 price that probably Amazon will charge for the BD set.
Yup, we're better off if they released them separately at $29.99 a piece. Needless to say, I won't be buying these BRDs and will stick to my HD DVDs of them.

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#4 of 12 OFFLINE   RickER

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Posted November 20 2008 - 06:41 AM

Yea, i was a bit shocked with the MSRP, so far as to say its worse than FOX pricing!
I have no doubt we will find good sale prices a few months after release. I can wait, and i still have the DVDs.

#5 of 12 OFFLINE   Peter Raber

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Posted November 20 2008 - 06:51 AM

I never saw any of these movies, but at that price I have no problem continuing not to see them.

There is no reason for that kind of pricing.

If I could have grabbed the set for $60 I would have jumped at it. $80 or more...keep it.

#6 of 12 OFFLINE   Chris S

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Posted November 22 2008 - 08:18 AM

After (finally) getting around to reading about some of the new announcements this week I came to rant and rave about the $120 msrp for this set but it looks like that's already been covered. I agree with Sanjay, $89.99 is where this set should have been priced. I think a lot of people will be passing this set by...
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#7 of 12 OFFLINE   Carlo Medina

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Posted November 22 2008 - 10:31 AM

Ditto on the price. Too bad. It should be $89.99 MSRP with first week sale prices around $69.99. The whole point of selling a "set" should be to provide a discount (read: incentive) to buy all three movies rather than just one or two of them. Each movie should MSRP at $29.99-$34.99, with first week sale prices of $24.99-$27.99 (which is I think what recent Universal BD titles have gone for). Hence how I arrived at what I think is the fair MSRP/first week price of the set.

Sorry Universal, have you read CNN or the New York Times (or any major newspaper in the USA)? We're in a recession. You won't move many numbers with that pricing...

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#8 of 12 OFFLINE   Aaron Thorne

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Posted December 09 2008 - 03:31 AM

Amazon has it available for pre-order for $78 so at $26 per film. That is not too bad IMO.

http://www.amazon.co....8840271&sr=8-5
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#9 of 12 OFFLINE   Carlo Medina

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Posted December 09 2008 - 04:16 AM

No, not too bad, but I think still a tad high for something that is 2/3 catalog titles (I'll do them a favor and count the last one as a semi-new release). I still hold to $70 for release week as a fair price. This will be a game-time decision for me. If $78 is still the lowest price at the release date I'll have a tough decision to make...

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#10 of 12 OFFLINE   Sanjay Gupta

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Posted January 21 2009 - 05:16 PM

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No, not too bad, but I think still a tad high for something that is 2/3 catalog titles (I'll do them a favor and count the last one as a semi-new release). I still hold to $70 for release week as a fair price. This will be a game-time decision for me. If $78 is still the lowest price at the release date I'll have a tough decision to make...
You have your wish, Amazon is now selling the 'Trilogy' for $64.99. Posted Image It seems like better sense finally prevailed at Universal, or maybe it was the poor pre-order numbers that sent the message to Universal, either way, they seem to have dropped the MSRP from $119.99 to $94.98 Although a MSRP of $90 would have been more appropriate, atleat it's now in the realm of being somewhat justifiable.
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#11 of 12 OFFLINE   Carlo Medina

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Posted January 22 2009 - 05:29 AM

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Posted January 22 2009 - 09:13 AM

The new MSRP puts it just $5 over where I thought it should be priced so I'm happy to see that. Amazon's price reflects a 35% discount on the set so I'm willing to wait a little longer still although it is very tempting.

Hell, to be honest if I had the money to spend I'd pick it up for $65. Posted Image
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