Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, January 17, 2021, or: My 4K UHD/Blu-ray Collection Gets ‘Bourne’…and Trump’s Final Days in Office Are Nigh

Hola, Dear Reader. It’s Sunday, January 17, 2021, and it’s late in the afternoon here in New Hometown, Florida. Right now the temperature is 61˚F (16˚C) under mostly cloudy skies; with humidity at 59% and becalmed winds, the feels-like temperature is 61˚F (16˚C). The forecast for the rest of the afternoon calls for mostly cloudy skies which will persist tonight over our area. Tonight’s low will be 46˚F (8˚C).

Today was “Order Stuff on Amazon Day” because:

  • The Caregiver’s middle son needed some notebooks for college
  • The Caregiver needed a set of four green/red bins for Christmas decorations
  • I wanted Bourne: The Ultimate Movie Collection the 11-disc set of the five Bourne movies (I’ve never seen them, and the Bourne set is on sale in Amazon for $34.99)
(C) 2016 Universal Home Entertainment

I’m not sure why I decided to go for the Bourne: The Ultimate Collection box set; I have never read any of the novels by the late Robert Ludlum or his successor, Eric Van Lustbader, nor – as I said above – have I watched any of the films starring Matt Damon as Jason Bourne or Jeremy Renner. I assume it’s because I have Paul Greengrass’ United 93 and Captain Phillips in my collection; Greengrass directed the second, third, and fifth films in the series, and since I like the man’s style in the films that I’ve seen by him, I thought, Well, why not? (Of course, the fact that the set comes with 4K UHD, Blu-ray, and one DVD disc at a relatively low price of $34.99 plus tax helped seal the deal!)

According to Amazon, my 11-disc set will be here on Wednesday.

Now, the Bourne set is not my largest 4K UHD/Blu-ray box set. I actually have two sets that are bigger: the 27-disc Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga I ordered from Best Buy last spring takes the top spot, followed by the all-Blu-ray (no 4K) 24-disc The James Bond Collection. The third-largest Blu-ray set would be the all-region British import version of Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, which has 18 discs.[1]

When it comes to large franchises, I usually try to get the home media versions in box sets; it’s usually more practical to do so, since the packaging is – usually – attractive and it’s usually cheaper than buying each film in a series individually.

For instance, this is what it says on Bourne: The Ultimate Collection’s page on Blu-ray.com:

You save $43.73 by buying this box set instead of the individual titles.

The soon-to-be 46th President of the United States, Joe Biden (Image Credit: Pixabay)

Aside from that, I don’t have anything else to report; I have not watched TV or read anything beyond an article in Time magazine about the U.S. Capitol breach on January 6. I have spent most of my day lurking on Facebook to see how Trump loyalists are taking the impending departure of Donald Trump from the White House.

Predictably, there are some that are still in denial and insist that Trump is not going anywhere. And even those who – finally – realize that Trump will not be President after noon on January 2020 are still slinging insults at Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and the “Communist left.”

Here’s a typical comment from a Trump supporter:

Our free republic is over. Packing the Supreme Court, eliminating immigration law, adding DC and Puerto Rico as states, etc. Welcome to Global Socialism and the New World Order. Say goodbye to the Bill of Rights and the US Constitution.

As you might expect, this is only the tip of the iceberg, and I probably could share more right-wing lunacy, but why would I spoil a perfectly good pre-Inauguration Sunday, right?

Anyway, I’m looking forward to the week ahead; seeing Trump leave for Mar-a-Lago, Biden and Kamala Harris being sworn in, and getting new movies for my collection will certainly brighten my life – at least for a while!

Well, I’ve shared all that I can share today, so I humbly beg your leave, kind gentles all. I hope you stay safe, stay healthy, and remember…I’ll catch you on the sunny side of things!


[1] I have several TV series and miniseries in multi-disc sets, as well, including ones for Band of Brothers, The Pacific, From the Earth to the Moon, and John Adams, plus season sets for all of the live-action Star Trek TV shows, but it’s a given that those would be multiple-disc sets with four or more Blu-ray discs.

Published by Alex Diaz-Granados

Alex Diaz-Granados (1963- ) began writing movie reviews as a staff writer and Entertainment Editor for his high school newspaper in the early 1980s and was the Diversions editor for Miami-Dade Community College, South Campus' student newspaper for one semester. Using his experiences in those publications, Alex has been raving and ranting about the movies online since 2003 at various web sites, including Amazon, Ciao and Epinions. In addition to writing reviews, Alex has written or co-written three films ("A Simple Ad," "Clown 345," and "Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss") for actor-director Juan Carlos Hernandez. You can find his reviews and essays on his blogs, A Certain Point of View and A Certain Point of View, Too.

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