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5.0 out of 5 stars Enter The Matrix All Within Your Budget With This Great Set!, November 15, 2008
This review is from: 4 Film Favorites: The Matrix Collection (The Matrix / The Matrix Reloaded / The Matrix Revolutions / The Animatrix) (DVD)
There's really no reason to go into describing The Matrix Trilogy. Unless you lived under a rock for the past ten years, The Matrix is one of the most original and influential Science Fiction films of recent memory. Starring Keanu Reeves and directed by The Wachowski Brothers (who recently gave us the live-action Speed Racer film), this tale of computers taking over the reality of the human race and a small group of survivors in constant battle to win back their independence, successfully blasted it's way through theatres between the years of 1999 thru 2003. Complete with two theatrical sequels and one direct-to-video animated film called "The Animatrix", it was THE complete tale to own on DVD. Each film was released separately on the format as two-disc sets complete with somewhat bloated extras (The first and animated releases keep the extras on the film disc). But back in 2004, Warner Bros. released the "Ultimate Matrix Collection", a whopping ten disc collection featuring a brand new transfer of the first film and even more behind-the-scenes footage. But at a steep price of $52.00, for someone that really just wanted the movies, it wasn't all that practical. Now Warner Bros has introduced The Matrix to it's "4 Film Favorites" line, and the result is a great buy for the fan that just wants the films but at a more reasonable price.

Let me explain what you exactly get here. Housed in one original sized keepcase with a leaf in the middle to separate the two discs inside, each disc is a DVD-18, otherwise known as "dual-sided/dual-layed". Imagine if you took say The Matrix DVD and glued/attached it's label side to the label side of the first movie disc of The Matrix Reloaded. Then did the same thing to Disc One of Matrix Revolutions and the single disc of The Animatrix. That's pretty much what this set is. Each side is an EXACT, down to the bitrate quality, copy of the original release as it was when first released. Same menus, video/audio, Disc One extras, and all. Nothing has been changed except there's no picture label side now. Sure, the Disc Two's of Reloaded/Revolutions are absent now, but for under $12, and if you only want the movies that still are presented in their original Anamorphic Widescreen video, this for the tight-walleted film fans out there that never bothered to buy these films in the first place is truly the best way to go.

If the set has any cons, the first film is from 1999 DVD master, and while it's okay, it's still nowhere near the quality of the 2004 remaster that for Standard Definition discs is still exclusive to the Ultimate boxset. The transfers on the other three films here DO match in quality since they all were shot digitally to begin with, so one out of three isn't all that bad. Also, in order to give two full dual-layered presentations on just one disc, they HAVE to be dual-sided, otherwise known as "flippers". With flippers, each side is untouchable so to not get unwanted scratches on either side, you have to be more careful with them than a single-sided disc with it's label side that can be handled much easier.

In conclusion, if you never bothered in buying either the individual releases or the high-priced boxset, this 4 Film Favorites set for the cost and space-saving is an excellent deal. Other than losing a bonus disc of features that you probably would watch just once anyway, you get the whole Matrix for the cost of just one tiny little red pill.
(RedSabbath Rating:8.5/10)
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Initial post: Nov 24, 2008 3:29:04 PM PST
Karen Shaub says:
If you ever find yourself with money to burn this sounds like the set to burn it on.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2008 8:32:41 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 26, 2008 8:34:00 AM PST
Eric Ericson says:
Actually Karen, this boxset is for Matrix fans that "don't" have much money to burn. If there's fans out there that never bothered buying the individual releases yet AND DO have money to burn, they should go for the 10 disc "Ultimate Matrix Collection". But if they just want the movies, this "4 Film Favorites" is the way to go. Thanks for replying.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2008 4:44:52 PM PST
a customer says:
Excellent, excellent review...thank you!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 25, 2009 8:26:50 AM PST
Eric Ericson says:
Thanks Poppet! If you think THAT was a good review, check out ALL of mine! Ya might be surprised....

Posted on Feb 24, 2010 8:53:06 AM PST
Just a note, The Animatrix is NOT a movie. It's a collection of different shorts that are each part of the Matrix canon. Otherwise, good review. Considering that I would only watch the extras once each, and that the second and third movies are pure crap (although Revolutions is slightly better than Reloaded), this collection is the best choice for people who just want to watch the Matrix trilogy without spending $40 for a bunch of behind the scenes stuff that they would likely watch just 1 time (if at all).

Posted on Feb 9, 2011 8:20:54 PM PST
Ren says:
Sold! Great review and since I really only liked the first one most of the extras in the Ultimate set don't appeal to me, save for commentary about the philosophy behind the movie which was always a big draw for me. And yeah, I'll take the red pill, thanks!!
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