The Matrix Trilogy (4K Ultra HD/Blu-Ray Review)

The Matrix (1999) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Lilly Wachowski, Lana Wachowski
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss
Rated: R/Region A/2:39/4K (2160p)/Number of Discs 3
Available from Warner Bros.

In the near future, a computer hacker named Neo discovers that all life on Earth may be nothing more than an elaborate facade created by a malevolent cyber-intelligence, for the purpose of placating us while our life essence is “farmed” to fuel the Matrix’s campaign of domination in the “real” world. He joins like-minded Rebel warriors Morpheus and Trinity in their struggle to overthrow the Matrix.

The original Matrix is a movie that due to a couple missteps in the sequels people may have forgotten just how original and solid it is. First and foremost this is a very visual film that looks amazing, especially in 4K here. The movie was a visual explosion for 1999 but has stood the test of time and maintained that quality even now. It also packs action and science fiction elements that are very much worth seeing again and again. I think this is a movie that brings home a great concept and is never dull as the movie powers its way from point A to point B and so on and so forth. There’s a lot that can be said about the style and concept of the movie, but I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone who hasn’t seen it and I think this 4K release would be a great way for people to experience it.

While some people want to be down on his acting from time to time, I love Keanu Reeves in this movie (I’m also a fan of his in general). I think this is one of his best performances, as he makes this whole franchise as a whole in my book. He and Mr. Smith is a heck of a rivalry in this series and it all starts here in the original Matrix. All in all, if you add in the visual parts of this movie and the science fiction nature of it all. Then you combine it with the action and the concept. You’ll have a great movie with a great release here on 4K from Warner. I’ve attached screenshots and listed the extras below, but you won’t want to miss out on this one.

Extras

SPECIAL FEATURES AND TECHNICAL SPECS:
– NEW 4K REMASTER SUPERVISED BY DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY BILL POPE
– NEWLY REMIXED DOLBY ATMOS TRACK for this release
– Dolby VisionTM HDR-enabled presentation that dramatically expands the color palette and contrast range and uses dynamic metadata to automatically optimize the picture for every screen — frame by frame.
4K BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES:
– 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
– The Blu-ray release will also be sourced from the brand new 4K remaster of the film.

QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 100%

 

The Matrix Reloaded (2003) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Lilly Wachowski, Lana Wachowski
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss
Rated: R/Region A/2:39/4K (2160p)/Number of Discs 3
Available from Warner Bros.

Neo, Morpheus, Trinity, and the rest of their crew continue to battle the machines that have enslaved the human race in the Matrix. Now, more humans are waking up out of the matrix and attempting to live in the real world. As their numbers grow, the battle moves to Zion, the last real-world city and center of human resistance.

“Reloaded” might not have lived up to the level of the original Matrix but it did help add to the methodology of the series and a lot of fun things did come from it. I happen to be blown away by the visuals in the film and think this new 4K transfer only helps to show why this trilogy is held in high regards overall despite a rocky finish. Reloaded just went for the visual overload all the while taking time to give you a real solid action flick on top of it all. It’s like having pepperoni on your pizza, but this time around it wasn’t a Pappa Jones pizza it was a Pizza Hut one. Which to me means it wasn’t as good, but still not bad. All the major players still bring the goods in the acting department and a lot of new ground is uncovered. This with the original makes for a very nice one-two punch of Sci-Fi action that I think even horror fans that mostly read this site will appreciate. It only helps build but does not duplicate completely the original film.

Extras

– In-Movie Experience – Cast and creative team guide you through a unique infiltration of the filmmaking
Written Introduction by The Wachowskis
– “Philosopher” Commentary by Dr. Cornel West and Ken Wilbur
– “Critics” Commentary by Todd McCarthy, John Powers and David Thomson
– Behind The Matrix
– Car Chase
– Teahouse Fight
– Unplugged
– I’ll Handle Them
– The Exiles
– Enter The Matrix: The Game
– Enter The Matrix
– P.O.D Sleeping Awake Music Video
– Theatrical Trailer
– TV Spots

QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 100%

 

The Matrix Revolutions (2003) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Lilly Wachowski, Lana Wachowski
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss
Rated: R/Region A/2:39/4K (2160p)/Number of Discs 3
Available from Warner Bros.

Neo. Trinity. Morpheus. They and other heroes stand on the brink of victory or annihilation in the epic war against the Machines in the stunning final chapter of the Matrix trilogy. For Neo, that means going where no human has dared – into the heart of Machine City and into a cataclysmic showdown with the exponentially more powerful renegade program Smith. The revolution is now: The Matrix Revolutions.

The Matrix sadly doesn’t as finish as it started here in Revolutions. It’s the final showdown between Neo and his friends against a whole bunch of Mr. Smiths and more. This one remains as visually appealing as the others and still busts out the action, but sadly the plot for this one seems to get a bit screwy from time to time and that can become a problem, especially after the classic original and the still very solid sequel. Revolutions kind of ends up messing with the core of the series a little too much for my liking and while you can’t say it is a bad movie you can still call it a bit disappointing at the end of the day. You won’t, however, call this transfer disappointing as it remains to look mind-blowingly solid in this 4K release and has a great Blu-ray master as well. So, while the movie might disappoint the disc won’t and that is an overall victory when it comes to the Matrix trilogy.

Extras

In-Movie Experience – Cast and creators navigate you through the Trilogy’s thunderous conclusion – all as you watch the movie
Written Introduction by The Wachowskis
“Philosopher” Commentary by Dr. Cornel West and Ken Wilbur
“Critics” Commentary by Todd McCarthy, John Powers and David Thomson
Behind The Matrix
Crew
Hell
New Blue World
Siege
Aftermath
Theatrical Trailer
TV Spots

QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 100%