Taken the red pill? Then you may have made the right choice...
[Mar 22, 2007] Originally posted
[Mar 28, 2007] Updated with audio specs and release configurations.
[May 9, 2007] Updated with all the latest details and cover artwork. My apologies for taking a long time to update this blogpost.
All three movies in the Matrix film franchise, The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded & The Matrix Revolutions will be released on the HD DVD format on May 22, presented in glorious 1080p High Definition 16x9 2.4:1 video with Dolby TrueHD 5.1 lossless audio. Dolby Digital-Plus (5.1 English, 5.1 French & 2.0 Spanish) audio tracks are also provided. English [SDH], French & Spanish subtitles are provided.
All three will include Warner's HD DVD-Exclusive In-Movie Experience interactive feature. For these titles, the IME will let viewers experience via picture in picture the evolution of all The Matrix's ground breaking elements through the recollections of the cast and creative team.
There will be 2 HD DVD release configurations available for sale on that day. Only The Ultimate Matrix Collection HD DVD set would include all the bonus materials previously found on the 10-disc DVD release of The Ultimate Matrix Collection and previous DVD editions of The Matrix.
- The Ultimate Matrix Collection [5 double-sided discs; $119.99]
- Disc 1 The Matrix (1999) / The Matrix Revisited (HD DVD/DVD Combo)
- Disc 2 The Matrix Reloaded (2003) / The Matrix Reloaded Revisited (HD DVD/DVD Combo)
- Disc 3 The Matrix Revolutions (2003) / The Matrix Revolutions Revisited (HD DVD/DVD Combo)
- Disc 4 The Animatrix & The Roots of the Matrix (Double-sided DVD)
- Disc 5 The Burly Man Chronicles & The Zion Archive (Double-sided DVD)
Click on the below image for disc-by-disc breakdown of all the bonus materials on The Ultimate Matrix Collection and The Complete Matrix Trilogy HD DVD set.
- The Complete Matrix Trilogy [3 HD-30 (Single-sided, Dual-layered) discs; $99.99]
- Disc 1 The Matrix (1999)
- Disc 2 The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
- Disc 3 The Matrix Revolutions (2003)
The HD DVD side of each of the HD DVD/DVD Combo discs found in the Ultimate Matrix Collection will contain the high-definition version of the entire main feature, along with extras ported over from the 2-disc DVD set of each title. (The content on each HD-30 disc in The Complete Matrix Trilogy HD DVD set will be the same).
On the other hand, the DVD side will contain only the 'Revisited' extras of each title previously found on the DVD release of the Ultimate Matrix Collection. All the bonus materials present on both sides of the HD DVD/DVD Combo discs are in 480i/p Standard Definition.
All other extras present on the remaining double-sided DVD will also be in 480i/p Standard Definition.
Thanks to our readers for the heads-up on some of the release information. Thanks to Warner for confirming some of their widely-anticipated HD DVD titles.
By the way, here's our next request to Warner:
Please release the Harry Potter films on HD DVD in time for the next installment. Or at least release Goblet of Fire on HD DVD in time for the next movie, since it is already available in the UK.
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