Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Bourne Legacy

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Dec. 11, 2012
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $34.98
Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

The Bourne LegacyThe fourth movie in the spy franchise inspired by Robert Ludlum‘s book, The Bourne Legacy brings a new star to the story: Jeremy Renner (Marvel’s The Avengers).

Renner plays Aaron Cross, a new breed of superspy who’s forced to go on the run after the actions of Jason Bourne from the previous films causes the government to end all its other secret operations. And that end also means the scientists behind the superspies, including Dr. Marta Shearing (Rachel Weisz, Dream House). Together, Cross and Shearing must find a way to survive.

Scott Glenn (Sucker Punch), Stacy Keach (TV’s Lights Out) and Edward Norton (Moonrise Kingdom) also star in the thriller film. The Bourne Legacy is the first movie in the series directed by Tony Gilroy, who wrote the screenplays for all the other films and co-wrote the action film with Dan Gilroy (Real Steel).

Although not as high an earner as its predecessors, The Bourne Legacy grossed a healthy $113 million in theaters. But the film got mixed reviews from critics and moviegoers. IndieWire critic Leonard Maltin wrote that the movie “may not be perfect, but [it’s] good enough to provide the kind of action and storytelling that Bourne fans expect.” But Newark Star-Ledger‘s Stephen Whitty wrote, “It’s twists and turns and nothing else.”

The Bourne Legacy Blu-ray boxUniversal packed the DVD and Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack with special features. Here’s what’s on both:

  • deleted scenes
  • “Re-Bourne” featurette about how Tony Gilroy, Renner and the rest of the cast and crew expanded the franchise’s universe in the movie
  • “Capturing Chaos: The Motorbike Chase” with Renner, Weisz and second unit director Dan Bradley talking about the climactic scene
  • commentary with Tony Gilroy, Dan Gilroy, editor John Gilroy, director of photography Robert Elswit, Bradley and production designer Kevin Thompson.

Exclusive to the Blu-ray are:

  • “Enter Aaron Cross” about how Renner prepared for the role
  • “Crossing Continents: Legacy on Location” from the snow peaks of Canada to the urban streets of Manila
  • “Man vs. Wolf” about the training and choreography to produce the wolf sequence
  • “Wolf Sequence Test”
  • “Movie Targets: Aaron and Marta” with Tony Gilroy, Renner, Weisz and others discussing the main characters and how the actors worked
  • UltraViolet instant streaming of the film
  • downloadable digital copy
  • Pocket Blu App to allow smartphones to interact with the Blu-ray player
  • BD-Live.

Here’s a clip of the bonus feature “Capturing Chaos: The Motorbike Chase:”


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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.