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.