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Directed by Tony Gilroy
USA 2012

 

Mr. Gilroy cleverly handles some of the overlap between the new Bourne reality and the old by, for instance, folding characters from the earlier movies into this one. He even stitches a bit that looks as if it’s from “The Bourne Ultimatum,” with a shot of Colonel Byer on the phone, a juxtaposition that suggests that he’s been casting shadows over Bourne World for a while. Yet Mr. Gilroy, perhaps impatient to establish his own Bourne legacy, doesn’t work off the franchise’s foundation for long, instead veering off to juggle his many new faces and places. By the time Rachel Weisz, as a scientist called Dr. Marta Shearing, showed up in a lab coat, I stopped trying to parse every plot twist and just went with the action flow.

Excerpt from the NY Times located HERE

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The fourth installment of the highly successful Bourne series sees the return of the franchise's screenwriter, Tony Gilroy, this time stepping into the director's seat for an entry which sidelines main character Jason Bourne in order to focus on a fellow estranged assassin (Jeremy Renner). Edward Norton and Rachel Weisz co-star, with Joan Allen and Albert Finney reprising their roles from the previous films.

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Theatrical Release: July 30th, 2012

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Distribution Universal - Region FREE - Blu-ray Universal - Region FREE - 4K Ultra HD
Runtime 2:15:02.302       2:14:56.630 
Video

2.39:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 46,048,945,876 bytes

Feature: 37,529,659,392 bytes

Video Bitrate: 26.03 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

2.39:1 2160P 4K Ultra HD
Disc Size: 63,295,779,935 bytes
Feature: 62,099,742,720 bytes
Video Bitrate: 50.08 Mbps
Codec:
HEVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Bitrate 4K Ultra HD:

Audio DTS-HD Master Audio English 4752 kbps 7.1 / 48 kHz / 4752 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS Audio English 1509 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit
DTS Audio French 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
DTS Audio Spanish 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
DTS Audio English 448 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps / 24-bit
Commentary:
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB / Dolby Surround

DTS-HD Master Audio English 4324 kbps 7.1 / 48 kHz / 4324 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS Audio English 256 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 256 kbps / 24-bit
DTS Audio Spanish 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
DTS Audio French 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
DTS Audio Japanese 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
DTS Audio Portuguese 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles English (SDH), English, French, Spanish, none English (SDH), English, Spanish, French, Japanese, Portuguese None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Universal

 

2.39:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 46,048,945,876 bytes

Feature: 37,529,659,392 bytes

Video Bitrate: 26.03 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• Feature Commentary with Director/Co-Writer Tony Gilroy, Co-Writer Dan Gilroy, Editor John Gilroy, Director of Photography Robert Elswit, Second Unit Director Dan Bradley and Production Designer Kevin Thompson
• 3 Deleted Scenes (6:48) with optional commentary
• Re-Bourne (6:11)
• Enter Aaron Cross (7:12)
• Crossing Continents: Legacy on Location (8:22)
• Man vs. Wolf (4:36)
• Wolf Sequence Test (1:39)
• Moving Targets: Aaron and Marta (6:11)
• Capturing Chaos: The Motorbike Chase (7:49)
My Scenes


Blu-ray Release Date:
December 11th, 2012
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 20

Release Information:
Studio:
Universal

 

2.39:1 2160P 4K Ultra HD
Disc Size: 63,295,779,935 bytes
Feature: 62,099,742,720 bytes
Video Bitrate: 50.08 Mbps
Codec:
HEVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• Feature Commentary with Director/Co-Writer Tony Gilroy, Co-Writer Dan Gilroy, Editor John Gilroy, Director of Photography Robert Elswit, Second Unit Director Dan Bradley and Production Designer Kevin Thompson

 

and second disc Blu-ray with:

• Feature Commentary with Director/Co-Writer Tony Gilroy, Co-Writer Dan Gilroy, Editor John Gilroy, Director of Photography Robert Elswit, Second Unit Director Dan Bradley and Production Designer Kevin Thompson
• 3 Deleted Scenes (6:48) with optional commentary
• Re-Bourne (6:11)
• Enter Aaron Cross (7:12)
• Crossing Continents: Legacy on Location (8:22)
• Man vs. Wolf (4:36)
• Wolf Sequence Test (1:39)
• Moving Targets: Aaron and Marta (6:11)
• Capturing Chaos: The Motorbike Chase (7:49)
My Scenes


4K UHD
Release Date:
December 6th, 2016
Standard
4K UHD Case inside slipcase

Chapters 20

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Universal 4K UHD (October 2020): Universal have transferred Tony Gilroy's The Bourne Legacy to 4K UHD. While released only 4-years after the Blu-ray,  the 4K UHD image quality takes some dramatic shifts. At half the video bitrate the 1080P can looks blue, even teal (see Lt. Gen. Paulsen's uniform below,) infested beside the 2160P. This is also apparent in the wolf capture (really a beautiful Husky, I think), and Drone-tech above it, comparisons. Our imperfect simulated HDR process can't really pick up the skin tones which look warmer than these caps (but cooler than the BD) on my system. This doesn't look as dynamic as some of the 4K UHD discs we have been reviewing - but granted, I think we are somewhat spoiled with Vertigo and Spartacus etc. The CGI is a dead loss looking fuzzy and hazy but the overall appearance is notably superior with texture support (even shot in HD, printed in 35mm) and a higher level of detail - include in that the more pure whites and losing the blue-leaning and this image is much better than 4-year older Blu-ray, imo.

It is likely that the monitor you are seeing this review is not an HDR-compatible display (High Dynamic Range) or Dolby Vision, where each pixel can be assigned with a wider and notably granular range of color and light. Our capture software if simulating the HDR (in a uniform manner) for standard monitors. This should make it easier for us to review more 4K UHD titles in the future and give you a decent idea of its attributes on your system. So our captures may not support the exact same colors (coolness of skin tones, brighter or darker hues etc.) as the 4K system at your home. But the framing, detail, grain texture support etc. are, generally, not effected by this simulation representation.

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We have reviewed the following 4K UHD packages to date: Full Metal Jacket (software uniformly simulated HDR),  Psycho (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Birds(software uniformly simulated HDR), Rear Window (software uniformly simulated HDR), Vertigo (software uniformly simulated HDR),  Spartacus (software uniformly simulated HDR), Jaws (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Invisible Man, (software uniformly simulated HDR), Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds (software uniformly simulated HDR), Lucio Fulci's 1979 Zombie  (software uniformly simulated HDR),, 2004's Van Helsining (software uniformly simulated HDR),  The Shallows (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Bridge on the River Kwai (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Deer Hunter (software uniformly simulated HDR),  The Elephant Man (software uniformly simulated HDR), A Quiet Place (software uniformly simulated HDR), Easy Rider (software uniformly simulated HDR), Suspiria (software uniformly simulated HDR), Pan's Labyrinth (software uniformly simulated HDR) The Wizard of Oz, (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Shining, (software uniformly simulated HDR), Batman Returns (software uniformly simulated HDR), Don't Look Now (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Man Who Killed Killed and then The Bigfoot  (software uniformly simulated HDR), Bram Stoker's Dracula (software uniformly simulated HDR), Lucy (software uniformly simulated HDR), They Live (software uniformly simulated HDR),  Shutter Island (software uniformly simulated HDR),  The Matrix (software uniformly simulated HDR), Alien (software uniformly simulated HDR), Toy Story (software uniformly simulated HDR),  A Few Good Men (software uniformly simulated HDR),  2001: A Space Odyssey (HDR caps udated), Schindler's List (simulated HDR), The Neon Demon (No HDR), Dawn of the Dead (No HDR), Saving Private Ryan (simulated HDR and 'raw' captures), Suspiria (No HDR), The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (No HDR), The Big Lebowski, and I Am Legend (simulated and 'raw' HDR captures).

This audio is not in Dolby Atmos but rather a duplicates the BD - "Sound is brought to your system via a explosive DTS-HD Master 7.1 at a dynamic 4752 kbps. What I appreciated about it was the more restrained qualities that eventually accentuate the more aggressive sequences. Your eardrums aren't under constant assault when when the surround kicks in - the range fills your Home Theater space. Magnificent." It seems the lab gunfire and cabin explosion are even more impacting on the 4K UHD but I can't quantify that (to quote a phrase form the film.) James Newton Howard's (2005's King Kong, 8 Million Ways to Die, Batman Begins, I Am Legend, The Lookout etc.) score is excellent here adding tension, adventure and suspense. There are multiple optional DUBs and subtitles including English and as with all 4K UHD discs, this is Region 'Free' - playable worldwide. 

The Universal 4K UHD contains the same group commentary as found on the 2012 Blu-ray, reviewed HERE, with director /co-writer Tony Gilroy, co-writer Dan Gilroy, Editor John Gilroy, Director of Photography Robert Elswit, second unit director Dan Bradley and production designer Kevin Thompson. It is is relaxed with each participant sharing production preparation and details as well as specifics on their area of expertise from evolution of the story to minutia about hurdles overcome.

Included is the 2012 Blu-ray (see VOB files HERE), reviewed HERE, that has that commentary plus other supplements. There are also more than 1/2 hour's worth of video extras including thee deleted scenes, with optional commentary, and seven short featurettes on things like the wolf-attack scene and shooting in locations, as well as the new Aaron Cross character. The Blu-ray is 'My Scenes' compatible, has DBox motion controls and contains a Digital copy leaflet with code for your portable device.

People may wonder why I am reviewing Tony Gilroy's The Bourne Legacy on 4K UHD when it came out almost 4 years ago. Well, my fondness for the film just continues to grow - I've seen it close to a dozen times now. I think it is one of the best written (plot and dialogue) actioners in the past decade. I'm indifferent to the critical response - to each his own. And Gilroy has realized his own script... perfectly. I like this better than any of the pre-cursor Matt Damon 'Bourne trilogy' thrillers. This is a near flawlessly paced film with excellent performances from Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz - not to mentioned Edward Norton. It is somewhat strange for me as I don't really gravitate to Hollywood 'blockbusters' - which this should be considered (budget 125 million.) Renner sells it wonderfully as the superspy hero, Weisz as the intelligent every women caught up in the conspiracy and Norton as the ruthless, doggedly pursuing, Neocon. If you haven't seen it - I strongly recommend The Bourne Legacy and the 4K UHD is quite the step-up - making it the best viewing presentation despite being a notch below more recent a/v standards. At the writing of this review its at at very reasonable price on Amazon.

Gary Tooze

 


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