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227 of 239 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Matrix Reinvigorated on Blu-Ray
A word about the Blu-Ray quality first. There are some very strange rumours on these pages such as saying that these films are just upscaled DVDs. I don't know where people get these ideas from, but it is simply not true. For a 10 year old film "The Matrix" is very close to the top of the Blu-Ray tree. The close-ups, particularly of Neo and Morpheus, are stunning...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good
I like the Matrix trilogy and had them on normal DVD already. I was a little disapointed by the HD quality on these discs, the film is clear and sharp but not really that much better than the standard DVD version.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Matrix Reinvigorated on Blu-Ray, 30 Dec 2009
A word about the Blu-Ray quality first. There are some very strange rumours on these pages such as saying that these films are just upscaled DVDs. I don't know where people get these ideas from, but it is simply not true. For a 10 year old film "The Matrix" is very close to the top of the Blu-Ray tree. The close-ups, particularly of Neo and Morpheus, are stunning reference level examples of depth and plasticity. I watched this projected c. 3m wide, and just gawped at the detail in Fishburne's pock-marked face: it was more like having a giant statue of his head on the wall than looking at a flat TV-like image.

What some people are looking at and not liking is probably either (a) the occasional use of green colour filtration which is a clever cinematic trick conveying the irreality of The Matrix or (b) the crushed blacks which are a stylistic choice by the film's makers. Yes, the black levels on "The Spirit" make a mockery of these, but that's the look they've gone with. It is also true that not all scenes have reference level sharpness and HD image quality. But very few films 'pop' constantly as it gets boring, and with the aesthetic choices made the film has a very good share of stupendous image quality

Audio quality is very good (5.1 True HD) with dialogue and effects well balanced, although some late scenes are significantly louder than earlier ones (and I mean comparing action scenes with action scenes); again, a directorial choice no doubt.

In "The Matrix Reloaded" the picture quality is maybe slightly better, the audio a touch more forceful (although the actual music is not as good as in "The Matrix". For me, "Revolutions" is on the same BD level as Part II. But on balance, the boxset is a very good HD release at a crazily cheap price, and it does not deserve the false criticism of its supposedly sub BD-level standard.

The films themselves were interesting to see again after what, for me, was quite a long term. The original is magnificent as ever, and I found the second installment much less disappointing than back at the time of release. If you mentally prepare in advance for the wilfully tedious scenes with "The Merovingian" and "The Architect" then you realise that the film is actually a pretty good sequel, and not the disaster it seemed back then. The party scene in Zion is also fairly dull and overlong, but otherwise much better than I remembered. And even if the ending of "Revolutions" is not very satisfying, it remains my second favourite Matrix film, and as Mr Anderson loved to say, perhaps the way it is was "inevitable".

For just over a fiver a disc, you cannot go wrong. These are not upscaled DVDs, they are very good BD transfers. Free your mind!
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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value for money, despite obvious flaws, 15 May 2007
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Mr. A. Sands "Sandsman" (UK) - See all my reviews
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I'm assuming that by reading this you have already seen all 3 films and you're just reading this for an opinion. If by some crazy rule of physics you haven't actually bought/seen this, then what are you waiting for?! It is well documented that the first film is a true classic, and that the sequels are slightly poorer. But at this price, who is to complain?

The first film was, and is, awesome, and represents a milestone in action cinema. To be fair, even if you didn't watch the other two, it would be worth buying just for this film alone.

The 2nd and 3rd films generate such different opinions that it's hard to give an objective analysis of them. I personally enjoyed both of them, but at the same time felt that the script and story were trying to be more intellectual than they actually were. Using lots of big words in a string of incoherent sentences does not make you an intelligent script writer (see Matrix Reloaded).

The story of Reloaded does twist itself up a bit, and is pretty vacant really. Revolutions is definitely better, and the main battle scene between man and machines is definitely the highlight of the film.

I can think of many worse things to spend my money on than this.
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265 of 304 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Matrix ,audios and subtitles list here, 27 Nov 2008
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Lluis Serra Serra "Batserra" (barcelona, Spain) - See all my reviews
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Hi ,today i have recived it ,where a list of what i read:

Audio:
English: Dolby True Hd ,Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish: 5.1,
French: 5.1
German 5.1
Italian 5.1
Latin Spanish: 2.0
Brazilian Portuguese: 2.0

Subtitles:
English, Brzilian Portuguese, Dutch, french ,Italian & Latin Spanish

Movie and Select Bonus Material

Extras:

* Written Introduction by the wachowski Brothers
* Comentaries by:
-Philosophers: Dr. Cornel West and Ken Wilber
-Crits: Todd McCarthy, John Powers and David Thomson
-Cast: Carrie_Anne Moss, Jazh Staenberw and Johnm Gaeta for the Matrix
-Composer: Don David with Music-Only track for the Matrix
* Feature-Length Documentary The Matrix Revisited
* Behind The Matrix Documentary Galleries
* The Music Revisited
* Music Videos: Marilyn Manson's Rock is Dead and POD's Sleeping Awake
* Enter The Matrix: The Game documentary
* Enter the Matrix. View 23 Live-Action Scener Shot for the video Gamet that Plug into the action of de the Matrix Reloades
* Theatrical Trailers and Tv Spots

Well i hope this post maybe can help someone.

Thanks to all
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Trilogy!, 18 Nov 2007
This review is from: Matrix Trilogy 3-Disc Set: The Matrix, Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions [DVD] [2005] (DVD)
I know of friends who only saw the first Matrix movie and that is a shame, as all three parts of the trilogy belong together as the journey of Neo and the change that happens to him along the way. It is a fantastic job that has been done in keeping the quality at the top without descending into making B-grade follow up movies as is often the case with sequels.

It is a movie that can be seen on many levels. Some will see it just as a great action movie which it is, but there is so much more to this film. It is a fantastic depiction of the journey of the spiritual seeker and the difficulties that he encounters within himself as he starts pushing against the prisons of his own mind and the multitude of programs that operates and which keep us small.

It also neatly depicts the way humans are kept as 'food for the moon' in Gurdjieff's words or simply food for ultra terrestrials. In the film this is depicted as humans, being little less than cultivated biological batteries for the machines.

All three parts are worth watching more than once, as you will undoubtedly see new things each time. Things that start making sense only after some time of reflection and reading. In this regard I can recommend reading the book by Ouspensky called "In Search of the Miraculous", and the book by Laura Knight-Jadczyk called "The Secret History of the World".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, 3 Jan 2014
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I like the Matrix trilogy and had them on normal DVD already. I was a little disapointed by the HD quality on these discs, the film is clear and sharp but not really that much better than the standard DVD version.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing quality, 5 Jun 2011
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I drew up a list recently of must-buy Blu-Ray films as an upgrade to replace the DVD versions of these films, and this is a definite must buy. The picture clarity on all 3 films is simply astoundingly good. I particularly enjoyed the 2nd film with several amazing scenes in a row, specifically the Agent Smith clones fight, then the Chateau fight along the staircases and the Motorway chase scene. It's definitely worth buying this because Blu-Ray is meant for audio and visual quality as stunning as this.

Just editing this in more depth now. In The Matrix, the picture quality is ahead of its time. When they filmed it, the cameras must have been very expensive because the HD on this BluRay is eye poppingly good, for a 12 year old film. It's 'probably' the best in the series, overly talky with some good actions scenes, I preferred the 2nd film in terms of the fight scenes. The huge Agent Smith fight in particular has outstanding choreography, I just don't know how Keanu Reeves did all those moves because it looks amazing. The 3rd film is the most disppointing, it just feels cold to me. Make no mistake there's some superb action scenes in there, but I didn't like it as much as the first 2.
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139 of 168 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Langages & subtitles, 11 Feb 2009
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Note : same audio / subtitles on the 3 blu-ray.

Audio :

English Dolby TrueHD 5.1
Dolby Digital 5.1 : English, French, Italian
Stereo : Brazilian Portuguese, Latin Spanish

Subtitles :

English, Brazilian Portuguese, Dutch, French, Italian, Latin Spanish

Pour les francophones / For french dudes :
Ce sont bien les voix "françaises" (pas canadiennes quoi) et au final, en dehors des jaquettes en anglais, ce sont exactement les mêmes blu-ray que ceux vendus en France / Belgique. Aucun soucis sur ma PS3 belge.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Huh , upgrades ?, 11 Dec 2011
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After reading some of the good and bad reviews on this Blu-Ray trilogy (only the ones about the product and not the films themselves) I have to totally agree with the good reviews.
Picture quality is superb on all three films as is the sound , and cant understand how others have complained about the lack of quality which only leads me to believe that they must have a dodgy setup with their Blu-Ray players or TV's.

You could almost poke your finger through Lawrence Fishburnes colander skin and count every rain drop or shards of glass with ease the picture is so good.
5.1 True HD sounds fantastic when transferred into 7.1 on my AV receiver with crisp clarity , extra features have a picture in picture break down of a scene as well as all the features you got on DVD and all this for £14.

Is it worth the upgrade....YES !

Is it worth the price....HELL YES !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Quality Of A Sci-Fi Spectacular, 7 Jun 2014
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Directed by: The Wachowskis.
Produced by: Joel Silver.
Written by: The Wachowskis.
Starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving.
Release dates 1999 - 2003.
Budget $363 million (trilogy combined).
Box office $1,632,989,142 (trilogy combined).

Blu ray.
Region: All Regions.
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
Number of discs: 3.
Rated 15.

Audio:
English: Dolby True Hd ,Dolby Digital 5.1.
Spanish: 5.1.
French: 5.1.
Italian 5.1.
Brazilian Portuguese: 2.0.

Subtitles:
English, Brazilian Portuguese, Dutch, french, Italian, Latin Spanish.

Trivia.
1)Both Chow Yun Fat & Russell Crowe turned down the role of Morpheus.
2)Ewan McGregor turned down the role of Neo, as he was filming Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999).
3)David Duchovny turned down the role of Neo in order to star in X Files: Fight the Future (1998).
4)Will Smith was approached to play Neo, but turned down the offer in order to star in Wild Wild West (1999).
5)Nicolas Cage turned down the part of Neo because of family commitments, Other actors considered for the role included Tom Cruise and Leonardo DiCaprio.
6)The climactic subway fight scene between Neo and Agent Smith went ten days over schedule.
7)Neo is often referred to as the "One", which is an anagram of "Neo".
8)The fight sequence of Neo versus Smith and his clones (a.k.a. The Burly Brawl) in Matrix Reloaded took 27 days to shoot.
9)Sean Connery was originally picked to play The Architect in Matrix Reloaded, but turned it down because he couldn't understand the concept of the movie.
10)Late singer Aaliyah was cast to play Zeein Matrix Reloaded, but due to her death the role was given to somebody else.
11)Martial arts training for the lead actors for Matrix Reloaded/Revolutions started in November 2000 and lasted eight months.
12)The production spent 60 days in San Francisco. 48 of those days were spent filming the freeway sequence alone (Matrix Reloaded).
13) Actress Gloria Foster died before she could complete any scenes for the third film,Mary Alice took over the role of the Oracle for the third movie.
14)Keanu Reeves reportedly earned $15 million for the film, the equivalent of $400,000 for every minute of screen time.
15)In the last scene of Matrix Revolutions, The bench the Oracle sits on has a small metal dedication plate on it that says "in Memory of Thomas Anderson".

Plot Synopsis.
The Matrix.
Running time 130 minutes approx.
Computer hacker Thomas Anderson learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers & seeks the truth about the Matrix. Only one man has the answer, an elusive dangerous man who is known as Morpheus & a stranger called Trinity who invites Neo to follow a white rabbit which guides him into a parallel world.

In reality the real world is run by artificially intelligent machines who control the human slaves in a simulated 20th Century as Neo is deemed as the One & saviour of the humans who battle for survival against the machines.

Timelord Thoughts.
This Blu ray edition contains the uncut version of the movie for the first time in the UK & delivers unique epic scale bullet time action sequences that are nothing short of outstanding as The Matrix is a sci-fi extravaganza that delivers a great story & excellent performances by the three leads Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne & Carrie Anne Moss plus a scene stealing performance by the excellent Hugo Weaving as Agent Smith.

The story is a complex one which requires the viewers full attention yet stick with it & you'll literally be rewarded as the movie asks questions about us as human beings & the choices we make in life plus some exciting action scenes which raised the bar of what action movies were capable of.

Timelord Rating.
9/10

The Matrix Reloaded.
Running time 138 minuts approx.
Neo and the rebel leaders estimate that they have 72 hours until 250,000 sentinel probes discover Zion and destroy it and its inhabitants. During this, Neo seeks advice from the Oracle & must decide how he can save Trinity from a dark fate in his dreams while their meeting leads to a sorely outnumbered fight with Neo's old nemesis, Agent Smith & his many clones.

While the sentinels advance on Zion, various battles within the Matrix continue to escalate, culminating in an extended highway chase sequence involving Morpheus, Trinity, more imposing agents, and two new adversaries--the relentless white-clad Twins while Neo meets the architect & discovers what fate has in store for mankind.

Timelord Thoughts.
This 2003 sequel is a worthy follow up as actor's Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne & Carrie Anne Moss reprise there roles as Neo, Morpheus & Trinity who face the wrath of the machines determined to obliterate mankind once & for all.

The action scenes deliver especially Neo against 80 Agent Smiths which is a stunning superb choreographed sequence while the freeway chase is a tense action packed nailbiting sequence that delivers spectacle & is one of the movies highlights.

Yet there are pacing problems with this movie for a start the dance orgy sequence goes on far too long & slows the pace of the movie down & the ending doesn't deliver the spectacle of earlier sequences & feels quite flat compared to the original movies Neo vs Smith fight sequence.

Not a bad follow up but a little lacklustre in it's opening & closing scenes but overall a entertaining sequel.

Timelord Rating.
8/10

The Matrix Revolutions.
Running time 128 minutes approx.
Morpheus, Trinity & Seraph confront the ruthless Merovingian to secure Neo's release as the human city of Zion is about to defend itself against the massive invasion of the machines as the fight for Zion makes it's last stand against the sentinels.

Meanwhile Neo & Trinity embark on a perilous journey into the heart of sentinel city as Neo fights to end the war at another front while also opposing the rogue Agent Smith in a last battle for the fate of humanity.

Timelord Thoughts.
This final part of the trilogy doesn't deliver quite what I as expecting as Neo is kept out of the main action getting little to do until the final fight with Agent Smith which while a decent fight sequence isn't a patch on the originals climatic showdown.

While Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne & Carrie Anne Moss all deliver fine performances this final part to the trilogy doesn't gel together somehow as the three leads do very little in the battle against the sentinels relying on the films supporting characters to step up, Personally I came to see Neo, Morpheus & Trinity kick ass & this is were The Matrix Revolutions disappoints somewhat.

Yes the ending is what you were expecting with Neo sacrificing himself like a Christ like messiah to save the humans from the machines fulfilling his destiny as the chosen one as the story draws towards it's inevitable conclusion but overall keeping the main players out of the action hindered the movie leaving the viewer feeling underwhelmed & disappointed, No wonder this movies box office dwindled 60% after it's first week on release.

Timelord Rating.
6/10

Overall this is a excellent Blu ray set with each movie in it's own individual slipcase that delivers a superb clear sharp remastered print & crystal clear quality sound plus a ton of extras including commentaries & documentaries on the making of the movies that will entertain Matrix fans for hours, A excellent Blu ray release.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the BEST Trilogies, 31 May 2014
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One of the BEST Trilogies you will ever see. Did you know it was the Bible Story? Watch it again.
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