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Ultimate Matrix Collection, The (Blu-ray Review)

9 Nov, 2008 By: John Gaudiosi


$129.95 seven-disc Blu-ray
Rated ‘R.’
Stars Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Laurence Fishburne.

This high-definition extravaganza, previously released on HD DVD, is a great example of what Blu-ray Disc has to offer. Pop in any of the three movies (the second and third look better, thanks to their larger budgets), or The Animatrix (in many ways better than the sequels, and in high-def for the first time), and you have an instant way to show off your home entertainment system.

The three films are among the best-looking I’ve seen on Blu-ray, especially considering how dark they are and how well drab greens, blues and blacks come to life. The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 audio track lives up to the visual excellence.

While The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions failed to live up to expectations, Andy and Larry Wachowski have been masters at offering an extensive and intimate look at how they created all of these films. The bonus material in this collection is unprecedented. Unfortunately, it’s also all in standard-definition with Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo sound.

Warner also has its In-Movie Experience available with each film, re-authored in BD Java, which allows a picture-in-picture version of the extras to be viewed while the movie is playing. The 35 hours of bonus materials are far too exhaustive to list, although by reading the written introduction by the Wachowski Brothers, fans can get a sense of what’s in this boxed set.

Though the films went down in content quality while improving in visual fidelity, this ultimate collection is a must-have for any BD owner. The films look and sound amazing, and there’s such a vast array of in-depth bonus materials that fans will definitely get their money’s worth. A digital copy of the original Matrix, the best of the trilogy, is a nice bonus.

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