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The Matrix 4K (1999/Warner 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray)



4K Ultra HD Picture: A 1080p Picture: B+ Sound: A Extras: B+ Film: A



The 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.


The 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 Ascending).


This 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.


Computer 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.


Presented 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 grabbing up.


The 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.



Special Features include...


Written Introduction by the Wachowskis


"Philosopher" Commentary by Dr. Cornel West and Ken Wilbur


"Critics" Commentary by Todd McCarthy, John Powers and David Thomson


"Cast & Crew" Commentary by Carrie-Anne Moss, Zach Staenberg and John Gaeta


"Composer" Commentary by Don Davis with Music Only Track


BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES:


The Matrix Revisited


Follow the White Rabbit


Take the Red Pill


Marilyn Manson "Rock is Dead" Music Video


Teaser Trailer


Theatrical Trailer



For more on the trilogy, try this link to an older Blu-ray set...


http://www.fulvuedrive-in.com/review/8087/The+Ultimate+Matrix+Collection


And for the hilarious pro-animal satire, The Meatrix, try this link...


http://www.themeatrix.com/



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