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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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PIP
By deeznuts on 3/27/2007 1:29:58 PM , Rating: 2
I don't have a HD DVD player yet, thinking about getting the 360 add on and putting it into my computer (I'll have to vinyl dye it black) but does anyone use the PIP feature? That would absolutely annoy the F out of me.




RE: PIP
By AlexWade on 3/28/2007 9:00:48 PM , Rating: 2
PIP is nice when re-watching the movie and you want to get a behind the scenes look at that part of the movie. Very nice actually. Stuff like that is why studios that swing both ways favor HD DVD. Where is Batman Begins on Blu-Ray? I favor HD DVD because it is guaranteed to have the best picture quality, cost less, and does things Blu-Ray will never do.


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