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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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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


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