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The Matrix avoids Blu-ray due to technical shortfalls

Although Warner Bros. officially supports both HD DVD and Blu-ray camps, one of its biggest upcoming catalog releases will be an HD DVD exclusive for better part of 2007. On May 22, Warner will be releasing the Matrix movies on HD DVD in the form of two different packages.

The first offering, The Complete Matrix Trilogy, contains HD DVD versions of the three Matrix films in a 3-disc set, perfect for those who just want to see all three Matrix films in hi-definition. For the hardcore fan, The Ultimate Matrix Collection, presents all three of the Wachowski brothers’ post-modern films with more than 35 hours of bonus material in five double-sided discs.

Both The Ultimate Matrix Collection and The Complete Matrix Trilogy come with the In-Movie Experience (IME), an exclusive interactive feature that allows viewers to enjoy interviews and other material via picture in picture while the movie is running.

The IME feature is precisely why the Matrix trilogy is appearing on HD DVD first. Even after more than half a year following Blu-ray’s introduction, many players are still unable to support picture in picture. For this reason, HD DVD movies such as Batman Begins, Poseidon and V for Vendetta have yet to appear on Blu-ray. The Blu-ray Association hopes to catch up by setting a deadline for all Blu-ray players to support such new features by this fall.

The Ultimate Matrix Collection will be available for $119.99 SRP and The Complete Matrix Trilogy available for $99.99 SRP. Blu-ray Disc versions of both collections will be released later this year.

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By kyleb2112 on 3/27/2007 2:32:46 AM , Rating: 4
Does it come with an apology for the last two movies?

RE: Apology
By Saist on 3/27/2007 3:11:49 AM , Rating: 2
Thanks Kyleb... you beat me to it...

Yeah, I'm trying to figure out how this would classify as a big "thing" for HD-DVD and Blu-Ray. Most of those who were fans of the first Matrix movie weren't exactly clamoring at the gills over the second, and outright mad at the third movie. Okay, big deal, so Matrix finally goes HD, and it will arrive on HD-DVD first. Who cares?

RE: Apology
By kristof007 on 3/27/2007 4:15:40 AM , Rating: 3
Who cares I do? Yes I am a huge fan of all three of the movies. Yes I did see the Animatrix. Yes I did go online and read essays on all of symbolism and then went the two books about the movie. So what. Different strokes for different folks.

There are a lot of people out there who enjoyed the three movies immensely, even the third one. If you fail to take pleasure in the action (intertwined with a plethora of subliminal messages), then I am sorry. I do not claim it to be the greatest movie that mankind has ever made, I'd just wish you wouldn't be so quick to put something down.

On a lighter note, put me down for Ultimate Edition .

RE: Apology
By luhar49 on 3/27/2007 4:21:54 AM , Rating: 2
Count me in too.
For me LOTR and Matrix are the most anticipated movies on HD. Release of these movies should get lots of "on the fence" people to jump into HD. Fact that it is getting released on HD DVD first will certainly help Toshiba's cause.

RE: Apology
By kalak on 3/27/2007 9:04:12 AM , Rating: 2
I agree. LOTR is the best... But I like Matrix too. So.. What's the differences (if any) between HD and BR versions?

RE: Apology
By Spivonious on 3/27/2007 12:42:25 PM , Rating: 2
Please don't tell me you had to read essays and books in order to see the symbolism that the Wachowskis were blatantly parading around the screen.

RE: Apology
By kristof007 on 3/27/2007 3:21:25 PM , Rating: 2
I did not need to read essays but obviously I did not catch everything that they had intended for me to get so to explore things more in-depth

RE: Apology
By therealnickdanger on 3/27/2007 9:57:54 AM , Rating: 3
How much for just the first one?

RE: Apology
By qrhetoric on 3/27/2007 10:48:49 PM , Rating: 2
You know I like the second and third as well, though not like the first. I'm still not sure why I would get an HD-DVD to see it again.

RE: Apology
By Moishe on 3/28/2007 8:13:19 AM , Rating: 2
It always surprises me when hollywood produces truckloads of crap that is crap in so many ways (predictable, not funny, not entertaining, etc, etc, etc) and people still find the time to bash movies that *taken relatively* are really good. Some examples are SW:E1, Godfather 2-3, and Matrix 2-3. The movies were entertaining and filled an important part of the story while being well done in most areas. Of course, we have our opinions about different aspects, but overall, I don't understand how these movies can be seen by most as "more bad than good".

I know that a lot of people couldn't get past the philosophical stuff in Reloaded and Revolution. I'm that way with the rants in social-soapbox movies but I can still generally set my dislike for one aspect of the movie aside and enjoy the rest of it for what it is. The action was great in Reloaded, the whole section with the merovingian, the highway scene, the rumble. I don't understand why the movie gets bashed. Is it as good as The Matrix? No! But it's way better than most crap that hollywood puts out.

I think Reloaded and Revolutions were a good, appropriate, and entertaining ending to the first movie. I like how the hero dies and bad things happen (because it's annoying and unrealistic when only good things happen to people in movies). I like how the complex philosophical stuff plays out in the end and how the story wasn't just intelligent for the sake of making people feel dumb.

And by the way, if you're gonna tell me I'm an idiot, at least please explain in logical terms (like I did) why you think I'm wrong instead of just saying "yeah, but reloaded sux and so do you!". I have little patience for people who don't even try backup their opinions.

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