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HD Bourne release, the anti-Matt
  • The first review of the Bourne Supremacy re-release in high definition (HD) is here:

    Here’s a HD disc you’ve got to buy – "The Bourne Supremacy" (audio: ****, video: ****, extras: ****). The global adventure – the second of the Robert Ludlum novel series – features the first parallel video commentary. A pop-up window in the lower right corner comes up while you watch the movie – taking you behind the scenes with the cast, director Paul Greengrass and producer Frank Marshall ("Raiders of the Lost Ark" & "Back to the Future") who calls the instant access, "a new dimension to your movie watching experience."

    The folks at Universal Studios edited the interviews and on-location footage to match scene-for-scene with the action on the screen, making it the best bonus feature ever. Matt Damon (Jason Bourne) gives insights about his role as the CIA operative – who's slowly piecing his life together but still haunted by his violent past. And Franka Potente gives a play-by-play of her role and Joan Allen does the same as the CIA team leader. Don't worry, there's plenty of footage and storyboards breaking down the fabulous chase sequences.

    You can remove the pop-up and just listen to the commentary or just watch the movie in all of its HD GLORY! (HD wide-screen, 2004, rated PG-13 for violence, intense action and some language)

  • It's not Matt-related, but there's a fascinating article about the extraordinarily egotistical Russell Crowe at the Sydney Morning Herald. Very interesting for all sorts of reasons, but especially for the questionable standards of the journalist, the relationship between a celebrity and the media, and the amazing demands (and opinions) of Crowe. Some excerpts:

    Russell said he needed "a champion", someone who could change people's minds and make them see that his music was not awful. In essence, he needed a guerrilla publicist - a plumber, of sorts, plugging up leaks in media goodwill, pressing his music into the ears of journalists whose opinions were hamstrung by prejudice. The rest of the world, then, would follow. He wondered if I could be such a champion.

    I observed the inner clockworks of Russell Crowe's world. We were rarely perfectly alone, doors opening and closing as a legion of minions beavered in the service of tasks unseen. On one occasion, Russell asked a young man to bring us some cheese and crackers, which the young man did. Moments later, scarcely breaking conversation, Russell picked up a telephone an arm's length away and declared that the crackers were slightly stale (I hadn't, myself, noticed). In a twinkling, a replacement arrived from the kitchen, ferried to the table by a new man entirely. I don't think I ever saw this Executive Cracker Roadie again.

    And it was during these times that I saw evidence of something that made me wince - Crowe's bizarre propensity for nickel-and-dime media manipulation. It seemed Russell was running his own parallel, one-man PR fix-it campaign. It was much the same as my own, but he was pitching himself to journalists while I was handling his CD. He'd go through the daily papers and call journalists in person, chastising them for perceived inexactitudes. There was nothing morally corrupt about this, but I found it a silly pastime for a man of his stature. Sometimes it did him no service at all.

    He once bragged to me about how he had called a prominent Sydney gossip columnist who had been dumping on him, promising her that should she publish a positive word or two, he would grant her an exclusive interview. Like magic, a nice mention appeared in her column the following week, and the exclusive interview followed. It was doubtful, I thought, this transaction hadn't been noted by the columnist's peers, who'd consider her weak and Russell quite the meddler. If he needed an answer for why so many journalists disliked him, I thought, he need look no further.

    While working on the story one evening I sent Russell a few questions by email. His response, in an email headed "Fucking homework...why am I doing your job too?", carried an undeniably aggressive tone. The answer to one request for a list of his own perceived faults being: "Oh fuck off...that's definitely your job."

    Perhaps he was right - I may have a book to write after all. A little fable that tells how these people are fakers, their pretence on film just the tip of the iceberg. How publicity is a lifestyle to he who seeks it, his lies indiscernible from our daily prayers, his conscience forgiven by his movie star dreams. How success can make a good man swollen with lust for praise, needlessly bluffing his way into good books and buying his way out of bad. About how this egotist's plaything called Motion Pictures is out of control, the characters jumping from the screens and swinging their dicks in ordinary lives. All the world's a stage, it seems, and an elite few are aware of the plot. We clueless extras are there to be deceived, abused and bullied into playing our parts, for the show that celebrates the stars must go on.
  • 7 comments or Leave a comment
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 7th, 2006 04:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Hey!!! guess what, there was a screening of "the departed" in chicago and i have one of the reviews right here at this link. Don't read it if u don't wanna know anything about the film but they said matt was great in it.

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 7th, 2006 09:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Saw that - a good positive early review, but it was only the first test screening.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 8th, 2006 04:19 am (UTC) (Link)

    Only Matt please...

    I love your column and read every entry. I don't have time, nor the interest in Russell Crowe, however, to read anything about him in this particular column. Was there perhaps a commonality relating to Matt that I missed?
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: June 8th, 2006 07:30 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Only Matt please...

    As I wrote in the introduction to the item, there was no reference to Matt (thus the entry title of "the anti-Matt").

    First time I've ever linked something completely non-Matt related, only because I dislike Crowe so much - mostly as he represents everything Matt is not.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 8th, 2006 08:43 am (UTC) (Link)

    the anti-Matt

    Even though the article had nothing to do with Matt, I think it gives good insight into how celebrity like any power can corrupt. Russell Crowe has clearly lost touch with reality, and sounds genuinely unpleasant. I remember reading a qoute somewhere once that basically stated that the more popular an actor is the nastier they are in private.

    I also hate it when journalists collude with the stars in their vile behaviour as the journalist in Sydney did. It doesn't show her in a good light at all.

    Good manners and politeness cost nothing, except humility something foreign to the nature of the egotistical and selfish Crowe.

    Matt Damon in my opinion has so far avoided going down this road. I hope this never happens to him because I think he's one of the best actors working in Hollywood today, and I've yet to see or read anything that puts him in the same camp as Crowe.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 8th, 2006 08:53 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: the anti-Matt

    I agree with you, part of Matt's appeal is that he always comes off in his interviews as a really nice normal person who just happens to earn his living by acting. He even seems to choose his parts with good common sense and wont take a role just to get noticed. And I am REALLY glad he has never made a fool of himself by jumping up and down on someone's couch shouting to world that he is love.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: June 8th, 2006 09:34 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: the anti-Matt

    I agree, too. Matt is the antithesis of the inflated egotistical ("don't you know who I am") *super star* and is one of the reasons that I admire this man so much. Good looks coupled with a kind nature, keen intelligence and a humble approach to life is quite the package.

    I used to like Russell Crowe, at least his acting, until I heard him interviewed the first time. Arrogant, boorish and an ego that wouldn't fit in a room. I haven't watched a film of his since, and I have to wonder how many other "fans" were turned off by him in a similar fashion.

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