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'Bourne' again: ‘Ultimatum’ DVD comes locked and loaded with extras, bonus features

Dana Barbuto

Get another dose of Matt Damon, People magazine’s newly crowned Sexiest Man Alive, in the third installment in the Bourne franchise – “The Bourne Ultimatum.” The DVD goes on sale Tuesday.

Damon, one of Boston’s favorite sons, is back as the amnesiac assassin Jason Bourne – on the run to thwart the CIA and dig up his well-covered-up past.

With 10 deleted scenes and extras ranging from behind-the-scenes on location in Europe to the “making of” the fight and car chase sequences, the DVD goes way beyond the standard interview-with-the-director bonus footage – but this DVD does have that, too. Damon teams with director Paul Greengrass for commentary.

The most compelling bit on the disc is the “Man on the Move” chapter that takes viewers on location to Paris, London, East Berlin (posing for Moscow), Madrid, Tangiers and Manhattan.

It’s not all antiseptic, either. The footage tells a story and has heart and soul. “You get nominated for one Oscar and you think you’re Stanley Kubrick,” says Damon, joking to Greengrass (“United 93”), referring to the legendary director of “A Clockwork Orange.”

One highlight of the movie is the tense action sequences in the marketplace in Tangiers. Behind-the-scenes cuts show these scenes were the most challenging to capture. Not only was it Ramadan, which requires fasting from sunrise to sunset, but

the locations were tight quarters to shoot, working in old buildings with twisting and winding pathways. At one point, the heavy film equipment collapsed one floor.

No drink, no food makes for some cranky personalities at times,” says actor Joey Ansah (“Desh”).

Most interesting was shooting the rooftop chase and subsequent jump through the window – with two stuntmen, one on a pulley with a camera. Equally compelling are shooting the tension-filled scenes in a fully operational Waterloo Station in London and Damon’s jump from a moving train in Berlin. “I’ve never jumped out a moving train before,” Damon says.

So good are the extras, it’s almost worth watching them before you see the movie itself.

Reach Dana Barbuto at dbarbuto@ledger.com.

THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM

DVD, $29.98; HD DVD combo disc, $39.98. (Universal)