Matrix 4K (1999/Warner 4K
Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray)
Ultra HD Picture: A 1080p
Picture: B+ Sound: A Extras: B+ Film: A
Matrix (1999) is one of my favorite films of all time and I
jumped for joy the day that I found out that it was going to be
released in 4K UHD. Luckily, we got the disc in and are able to
cover this impressive new upgrade. This is one of the best looking
4K discs yet that actually improves heavily upon the 1080p release.
This is another film that I've seen on VHS, DVD, Blu-ray, and now 4K
UHD and with each release it pushed the standards of the formats.
Despite what you may think about the sequels (due out later this year
in 4K), this genre-defying first entry is as much fun as you can have
watching a movie.
Matrix stars Keanu Reeves, Lawrence Fishburne, Carrie Ann Moss,
Hugo Weaving, Joe Pantoliano, and others with direction by The
Wachowskis (V for Vendetta, Speed Racer, Jupiter
is another classic genre film where its hard to say something that
hasn't been said before... complete with ground breaking special
effects, incredible fight choreography, inspiring cinematography and
editing, The Matrix is a near perfect film.
Hacker Neo (Reeves) ends up stumbling down the rabbit hole and finds
himself in the company of Morpheus (Fishburne) a mysterious man who
challenges Neo's concept of reality. After he's unplugged, Neo finds
himself in the real world and realizes the truth... that we are
living in a computer generated dream world and humanity is being used
as its energy source. Pursued by Agents within this world,
especially the dastardly Agent Smith (Weaving), Neo and the band of
rebels attempt to survive in this surreal and war torn future.
in 2160p HECV/H.265, HDR (10; Ultra
HD Premium)-enhanced Ultra High Definition image with a
widescreen aspect ratio of 2.40:1 (and a 4K transfer supervised by
Director of Photography Bill Pope) and a newly remixed Dolby Atmos
11.1 lossless sound mix (upgraded from its celebrated 5.1
soundmaster), the film simply has never looked or sounded better.
The green tones of the matrix itself shine though in more detail as
does the heavily blue shaded colors of the real world. Skin textures
and backgrounds are more pronounced and the Don Davis score not aged
a day. A few digital effects here and there have shown some minor
age, but that doesn't detract from the high quality presentation
here. The film was shot on 35mm Kodak Vision film with action
sequences in large-frame VistaVision, so that's a huge plus here.
Even if you own the older Blu-ray, this 4K is definitely worth
1080p Blu-ray edition included here is from the new 4K remaster as
well so it is an improvement over previous releases as well,
including Blu-rays we've reviewed before. There are two Blu-ray
discs, one for the film and a few features and another disc devoted
entirely to extras. A digital UV copy is also included.
Introduction by the Wachowskis
Commentary by Dr. Cornel West and Ken Wilbur
Commentary by Todd McCarthy, John Powers and David Thomson
& Crew" Commentary by Carrie-Anne Moss, Zach Staenberg
and John Gaeta
Commentary by Don Davis with Music Only Track
the White Rabbit
the Red Pill
Manson "Rock is Dead" Music Video
more on the trilogy, try this link to an older Blu-ray set...
for the hilarious pro-animal satire, The
try this link...