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Blu-ray Reviews: The Bourne Identity

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Last updated 25 June 2009

The Bourne Identity
2002 - Universal Pictures (Australasia) Pty Ltd
Director: Doug Liman
Starring: Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Chris Cooper, Clive Owen, Brian Cox, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Gabriel Mann and Julia Stiles

Movie: 4.5 Picture: 4.5 Sound: 4.5 Extras: 4.5

No review as yet.

Running time: 119 minutes
Picture: 2.35:1, 1080p24, VC1 @ 24.87Mbps
Sound: English: DTS-HD Master Audio 24/48 3/2.1 @ 4313kbps (Core: DTS 24/48 3/2.1 @ 1536kbps); Japanese, French, Italian, German, Spanish: DTS 24/48 3/2.1 @ 768kbps; Commentary: Dolby Digital (Pro Logic flag) 2/0.0 @ 192kbps; PIP (English): DTS Express 24/48 2/0.0 @ 192kbps
Subtitles: Japanese, English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish, Chinese
Extras: My Scenes; U-Control: Treadstone Files, Bourne Orientation, BonusView Picture in Picture; BD-Live: Preview downloads, Bourne Card Strategy Challenge game, My Scenes, My Chat, My Movie Commentaries; 10 Featurettes (4:3, 480i60, MPEG2, DD2.0 @ 192kbps - 92 mins); 7 Alternate, Deleted and Extended Scenes (4:3, 480i60, MPEG2, DD2.0 @ 192kbps - 19 mins); Music Video: 'Extreme Ways' by Moby (4:3, 480i60, MPEG2, DD2.0 @ 192kbps - 4 mins)
Restrictions: Rated M (Australian rating); Region Free

This is the video bitrate graph for this movie, generated by BDInfo 0.5.2:

The Bourne Identity video bitrate graph

This is the video bitrate graph for the BonusView PIP stream in this movie. It shows where the PIP windows appear during its course:

The Bourne Identity PIP video bitrate graph

Comparison: Blu-ray vs PAL DVD

Here are some comparisons between the Australian PAL DVD and the Blu-ray version of this movie.

In the following examples, at the top of each is the full frame (suitably shrunk down) used in the comparison, with a 250 pixel wide detail from the frame underneath. The left side is from the PAL DVD. The image was captured digitally from the disc, scaled up from its native 720 by 576 resolution to 1,024 by 576 (to present in the 16:9 aspect ratio), and then, in order to be comparable to the Blu-ray version, from that to 1,920 by 1,080. The detail is from that last scaled version, and has not been rescaled again. The right side is from the Australian Blu-ray. This has not been scaled at all.

Different applications were used to capture the two frames, so I am not normally comfortable comparing the colour between the two, merely the detail and sharpness. For those visitors from NTSC lands, generally the PAL DVD is just a touch sharper than the NTSC DVD.

Comparison 1

Look at the pen in his pocket:

Comparison 2

Or the knit of the jumper:

Comparison 3

What year is on that rego sticker?

Comparison 4

Comparison 5

Comparison 6

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