The extras in this Trilogy set are overwhelming in quantity, irritatingly standard in definition, and mixed in quality.
Besides a revealing and interesting commentary by the director (Doug Liman for Identity, Paul Greengrass for Supremacy and Ultimatum), each film has a so-so PIP feature of behind-the-scenes footage and photos intercut with interviews, an extremely trivial trivia track, and another track explaining the plot so far - presumably for anyone who may have entered the (home) theater late or somehow nodded off during the proceedings. Playing all of those extras, however, does give variety, depth, and plenty of visual stimulation.
Lots of deleted scenes add little, as they're often taken from fuzzy editing prints and usually provide only information that is unnecessary to know. More rewarding are a music video of Moby's gets-under-your-skin theme song "Extreme Ways," a testing of your observational skills, and a Web-based card game (beware: there's a learning curve).
Then there's the seemingly limitless number of short, overlapping featurettes. One of the more interesting is dedicated to a psychologist who doesn't diagnose our noble warrior's condition as an Oedipus complex or a narcissistic personality disorder but, instead, reduces his universal tragic flaw to partial dissociative amnesia - i.e., Bourne is torn. Unfortunately, like all the other featurette subjects, it's dealt with in such a fast and choppy manner - as if in tribute to the films' editing - that it's barely touched upon before we're off again into the whirlwind of documentaries. Still, the revelations of how you blow things up, stage a demolition-derby-style car chase, or practice self-defense with a rolled-up magazine are engaging and fun.
Meanwhile, there are several portraits of the late Bourne novelist Robert Ludlum, who raconteurs entertainingly - revealing, among other things, that he didn't begin writing until the age of 40, having failed to earn a living as an actor and then as a theater owner. He would go on to write 25 bestsellers. So I guess there's still hope for us all.
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