Home Theater Movie Renter's Guide - December, 2012


 "The Bourne Legacy" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Stephen Hornbrook



The top secret US defense programs Blackbriar and Treadstone have been publicly exposed, thus leaving the secret service agencies in a state of panic.  Their only hope to cover up the mess is to shut down all the related programs including Operation Outcome, a black ops unit with advanced genetic capabilities.  Aaron Cross is one of those soldiers and is on a training mission in Alaska when the agency decides to exterminate the evidence.  Cross is able to escape the attack but is low on his medication that gives him enhanced mental and physical abilities. His only hope to retrieve more drugs is with one of the scientists, Dr. Shearing, who in the wake of the Treadstone collapse, just witnessed a fellow research scientist murder her colleagues and commit suicide.  Aaron must find Dr. Shearing and obtain more medicine as well as escape the fallout from Operation Treadstone.


  • Universal Studios
  • 2012, Color, Rated PG-13, 2 Hrs 15 mins
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC
  • English 7.1 DTS-HD Master
  • Starring: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton
  • Directed by: Tony Gilroy
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Mild


The Bourne movies have been solid entertainment, but the critical reception of Legacy was less than exuberant (56% on Rotten Tomatoes). I was not expecting much from Legacy, but I was thoroughly glued to the screen and entertained throughout the movie. Renner makes a great action star and I hope to see more of him as Aaron Cross.  There are some excellent action sequences and a great parkour chase scene to keep you from falling asleep.  I say forget about what the reviews say and check out The Bourne Legacy, you might be pleasantly surprised.


The picture quality is pretty good, but there is often quite a bit a noise to the picture. This may have been the intent, but for me it kept it from being in the stack of reference quality video transfers.  The 7.1 audio was aggressive and very well done.  Gave my system a great workout!


Audio Commentary, 7 minutes of Deleted Scenes, a few short featurettes.