The Matrix Collection on HD DVD

March 22, 2007

Matrix HD DVDI haven’t commented much on hi-def disc releases of late, barring up-coming releases like ‘The Pirates of the Caribbean’ franchise I haven’t noticed anything all that remarkable on the horizon; that is until yesterday afternoon. On May 22, Warner Home Video will release The Complete Matrix Trilogy for $99.99 and The Ultimate Matrix Collection for $119.99 on HD DVD.

The Trilogy will consist of the three movies in HD plus the 3 Revisited features, all on 3 discs. Meanwhile, the Ultimate collection, which is on 5 double sided discs, will also include the 3 HD versions of the movies plus an additional 35 hours of bonus material. As well as ‘The Animatrix’.

Both collections will have a new feature that is not available in the standard definition collections, the In-Movie Experience (IME). The IME will include commentaries from the cast and crew of the movies, behind the scenes featurettes, trailers, music videos, basically anything and everything pertaining to the Matrix trilogy will be in the IME. Each side of the movies will offer different features, some including a breakdown of scenes as you watch them.

No plans yet to release the HD Matrix movies on an individual basis, (in order to maximize sales I assume) which is a smart move on Warner’s part if you ask me, I’m admittedly not a big fan of the second and third installments. I guess the HD DVD camp isn’t ready to throw in the towel just yet regardless of what you might have heard. Warner also plans to release the Matrix titles on Blu-ray, but not until “later this year”.

Will the Matrix carry the same clout it did when first released on DVD? Will it even hold a candle to the Pirates powerhouse? I honestly couldn’t care less, I’m just glad to see some real blockbusters coming to hi-def media versus the middle of the road, re-hashed, B-movies of late. Viva la HD!



Posted by Bryan Greenway | | Filed Under HD-DVD


Comments

  • B.Greenway

    I guess that common consensus is that BD-J still isn’t quite as far along as HDi for the interactivity requirements, if that’s not it then who knows. As far as TotalHD I think their still a few weeks/months away on that.

  • B.Greenway

    I guess that common consensus is that BD-J still isn’t quite as far along as HDi for the interactivity requirements, if that’s not it then who knows. As far as TotalHD I think their still a few weeks/months away on that.

  • junger

    OK, so this might be looking into it waay to much, but why isn’t Warner offering it on Blu-ray at the same time? And why not on their Total HD disc?

  • junger

    OK, so this might be looking into it waay to much, but why isn’t Warner offering it on Blu-ray at the same time? And why not on their Total HD disc?