The definitive ten-disc DVD set, The Ultimate Matrix Collection features all three films in the trilogy together for the first time ever with a newly remastered picture and sound for The Matrix. Also included is the compan... more »ion piece The Matrix Revisited and the best-selling The Animatrix, plus five entirely new DVDs packed solid with brand-new supplemental materials that encompass every aspect of the Matrix universe, including two new audio commentaries on each film, Enter the Matrix video game footage, 106 deep-delving featurettes/ documentaries and much more!DVD Features:
Additional Scenes:Filmed for Enter the Matrix video game
Audio Commentary:The Philosophers: Dr. Cornel West and Ken Wilber; The Critics: Todd McCarthy, John Powers and David Thomson
5/5 Rating - The Matrix - One of my favorites with a very original sci-fi plotline and incredible CGI effects. A must see for sci-fi action movies!
3/5 Rating - The Matrix Reloaded - I thought this was better back in the day but watching again you realize how downhill the plotline went after the first matrix. The CGI and action scores were out of this world keeping this at a 3/5 rating instead of a 2/5 rating.
2/5 Rating - The Matrix Revolutions - The Wachowski Brothers really fell out of the Matrix with the last movie by having a super confusing plotline and repetitious action scenes.
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Great Collection For The Hardcore Fans
Efrain Rivera Jr. | Anasco, PR United States | 11/24/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"During the following I will intend to describe as best and briefly as possible this collection. I also will mention some differences between this collection and the original releases. Enjoy.
The difference between the limited and the unlimited editions are: The Limited Edition comes in a plastic box with trays, a Neo bust and an 80 page booklet that lists the extras of the 10 disks (yes, that's all it does). Besides this the sets are the same.
These two sets include all three films, The Animatrix, the film footage shot for Enter the Matrix videogame and 106 documentaries. The bonus disks for Reloaded and Revolutions are different from those included in the versions already released.
REMASTERD: The movies were enhanced so the films look brighter in color and richer in details. Don't worry it was not done by Gorge Lucas. The films are the same.
AUDIO: Also enhanced (not that it was necessary). Voices are stronger, gentle noises stand out more and details were sweetened just a bit. Great work!
DISK 1: The Matrix. The original commentaries, the music only audio track, follow the white rabbit, take the red pills... ALL ARE MISSING in this version. It comes with two commentaries worth listening to, a written intro from the Wachowski bros., and a ROM feature.
DISK 2: The Matrix Revisited. It includes the entire contents of the original disk except the fanboy stuff.
DISK 3: The Matrix Reloaded. Two new commentaries and a ROM feature.
DISK 4: The Matrix Reloaded Revisited. All new stuff such as a 17-min look at the fight in the Merovingian's chateau, 55-min dissection of the car chase, 40-min look at the Neo vs. 100 Smith battle, 7-min segment on Neo vs. Seraph and more.
DISK 5: The Matrix Revolutions. Two new commentaries and a ROM feature.
DISK 6: The Matrix Revolutions Revisited. Includes a tour of the set, 27-min piece on the Club Hel fight (ceiling walkers), segments on the workers and extras, 17-min profile of Neo vs. Smith final battle, 36-min piece covering the soundtrack, film editing, etc. and more.
DISK 7: The Animatrix. Just as we all remember it.
DISK 8: The Roots of the Matrix. Two documentaries: 1-Return to Source: The Philosophy of The Matrix: is an hour long discussion on the philosophical elements of the movie. And 2-The Hard Problem: the Science Behind the Fiction is an hour long discussion of the science of the films and its possibilities for a real life Matrix.
DISK 9: The Burly Man Chronicles. This is a 94-min featurette documenting the whole 276 day shoot for films 2 and 3. Profiles, interviews, a tribute to Alliyah and more are also found on this disk. Although almost nothing is said about Gloria Foster (the original Oracle).
DISK 10: The Zion Archive. Here we find storyboards and concept art for all three films; trailers and music videos for all three films; video effects in various states of completion and a Matrix Online game preview.
Overall: Excellent collection and a must for fans. If you are not a hardcore fan though and you like this collection, you may want to purchase the one without Neo's bust. It's cheaper and the booklet is only a guide to the extras on the 10 disks which are all included in both sets. The Wachowskis DO NOT give any commentaries on these disks which may be disappointing for some fans. But over all this is a great collection. You may add it to the ones you already own with confidence. There are more goodies in these disks not mentioned here so have fun exploring. Just follow the white rabbit and remember... there is no spoon. "
Finally, something for the hardcore fans...
James Rosenthal | Wyoming, MN USA | 09/09/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Some people here might be asking themselves "Why in the heck should we buy a 10 disc set of the 4 Matrix movies?" Well, you should not buy this if your not a hardcore fan and you already have the original DVDs. This is being released for the more hardcore fans of the matrix.
First of all, this is being released because of the extra features and not for the movies directly. The new commmentary tracks, the dozens of featurettes, and the marketing materials are for all of us hardcore fans that were dissapointed by the lack of special features on the original DVD releases (no commentary tracks, lack of trailers or TV spots, etc).
So, you might still be asking yourself if this collection is worth the price of $60.00? The answer: Yes! Think about it, if you were to buy all 4 Matrix movies and the Matrix Revisited Documentary in stores you would pay at least $60.00! For the same price you get a slew of extras, most of which have never been seen! Once again, this is mainly for the hardcore fans but if you don't have any of the Matrix movies and are thinking about buying the original versions buy this instead! It has so much more for your money.
This is the kind of box set that they should have released right when Revolutions ended. I'm not complaining though because late is better than never. The hardcore Matrix fans finally get what they have always wanted.
In closing, I would like to repeat that this should probably only be bought by hardcore Matrix fans. Casual fans would probably be bored with all of the featurettes and think that this was a waste of money. Still, if your interested in buying the Matrix films individually get this instead. It will save you money and if you love the Matrix films as much as I do you will be glad that you got this version in the end."
Great Collection, but...
splinx001 | Seattle, WA | 02/19/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'll make this quick. It's a great set and the entire discs should be explored except for the commentary by the critics. These morons have no concept what the movie is about or the philosophies behind it. Nothing but a bunch of yes men agreeing with each other and then contradicting with what they talked about earlier. Skip it, and move on to the commentaries by Dr. Cornel West, and Ken WIlber. They not only give insight to the philosophies but enjoy themselves while doing it. Enjoy!"
Buy it for the commentary
John Forman | Shoreline, Washington USA | 12/10/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I would listen to Ken Wilber and Cornel West riff on philosophy, mythology, religion, sociology, psychology, biology and the rest if the DVDs were nothing more than watching the kitchen paint dry.
The fact that they have a fantastic story to work with is gravy. It's like sitting on the couch watching great movies with your two best friends who also just happen to be two of the most fascinating minds of the past 50 years.
Next time you are in the mood to take in a mind-blowing lecture, save yourself some time and money and pop one of these puppies in, then hang on for a wild ride. The movies are only part of the adventure!