WHV Press Release: The Matrix 10th Anniversary Single Blu-ray Book Version

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    The Matrix Celebrates 10th Anniversary
    with New Single Blu-ray™ Book Version
    from Warner Home Video March 31

    37-page Collectible Contains Essays, Trivia and Photos

    Burbank, Calif. December 15, 2008 – The Matrix, the film Entertainment Weekly called the #1 Sci-Fi Film of the past 25 years and a staple on countless other Top Ten Sci-Fi lists, celebrates its 10th Anniversary with a new single Blu-ray book release on March 31 from Warner Home Video and Village Roadshow Pictures. The film will be released as The Matrix 10th Anniversary Blu-ray™ Book, packaged in a collectible bonus book that includes 37 pages of insightful essays, trivia and photos. Previously only available as part of a collection, this new edition of The Matrix includes the In-Movie Experience and a digital copy for use with Windows Media and iTunes.

    The Matrix 10th Anniversary Blu-ray™ Book will sell for $34.99 SRP. Orders are due February 24, 2009.

    The Matrix follows the trials of Neo (Keanu Reeves), a young computer programmer, searching to determine the deepest reality of a post-Apocalyptic world. His journey uncovers a web of deceit and massive computer-generated illusions obscuring the truth. As Morpheus (Lawrence Fishburne) says to Neo, “No one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself.” The same is true for this mind-blowing movie which was a worldwide box-office sensation when it debuted in 1999.

    Special Features (standard definition):
    In-Movie Experience
    Commentaries
    Written introduction by the Wachowski brothers
    Philosophers commentary by Dr. Cornel West, Ken Wilber
    Critics commentary by Todd McCarthy, John Powers, David Thomson
    Cast and crew commentary by Carrie-Anne Moss, Zach Staenberg and John Gaeta
    Composer commentary by Don Davis with music-only track
    The Matrix Revisited
    Behind The Matrix
    Making The Matrix The Dance of the Master: Yuen Wo Ping's Blocking Tapes
    The Bathroom Fight and Wet Wall
    The Code of the Red Dress
    The Old Exit: Wabash and Lake
    Agent Down
    But Wait- There's More
    Take the Red Pills
    Follow the White Rabbit
    Audio
    The Music Revisited
    Marilyn Manson Music Video Rock is Dead
    Trailers
    The Matrix teaser
    The Matrix trailer
    The Matrix TV spots

    The Matrix 10th Anniversary Blu-ray™ Book
    Street Date: March 31, 2009
    Order Due Date: February 24, 2009
    Catalog No.: 1000042991
    Pricing: $34.99 SRP
    Feature Running Time: 136 minutes
    Rated: R
     
  2. David Wilkins

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    I'm glad to see the original in a stand-alone release. The Warner "book" packaging doesn't bother me.

    February is shaping up to be a fine but expensive month. As I type, it's -7, with a -30 windchill, so February is shaping up to be a fine month to watch every one of those scheduled releases.
     
  3. Ronald Epstein

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    Finally!

    Under no circumstances was I purchasing the expensive trilogy
    set as the second two Matrix films were horrible.

    Thank you Warner for finally giving us the opportunity to purchase
    the single Blu-ray release.
     
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    +1 on the thanks to Warner re: an individual release of the first film on Blu-ray.
     
  5. Ron Reda

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    Here, here...I'm so happy we can buy this thing separately. Great job, Warner!!! Although I wish they'd jettison the "book" packaging. I can see this thing getting trashed over the years not to mention that the back paper insert (glued on the back) contains all of the pertinent film info (like running time), so you have to keep it as well. I've had to do that on JFK and Shawshank so far and it's really bothersome. They need to just print it on the back of the book like any other release BR.
     
  6. Ed St. Clair

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    Why not!
    They know its gonna sell.
    "The Matrix" which helped usher in the SD DVD era deserves it.
     
  7. oscar_merkx

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    I'll second Ron's decision.

    Matrix rules
     
  8. ChadMcCallum

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    Thanks Warner!

    I don't hate the sequels but I don't really like them either. I have no plans to upgrade them any time soon. I will, however rebuy the original Matrix.
     
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    ^ Exactly my opinion! So I'm happy about this.

    I do like those "book" cases too. However, I wish they'd make the back cover sheet a size that one could put completely *inside* the book after opening the package (without folding it).
     
  10. Jefferson Morris

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    Hmm...tempting. I already have the Matrix Collection...on HD-DVD. Might be worth a repurchase to have the first film by itself on blu. While I rather like the second one (for its action scenes), the third film really goes off the rails, IMO.

    --Jefferson Morris
     
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    My sentiments exactly. Thank you Warner. Although, why March? The disc's are already done, should have been a slam dunk to get it out before Christmas.
     
  12. Yee-Ming

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    Me too. As for March, my guess is Warner knows this will sell plentyof copies, so rather than 'make it easy' for consumers to buy this as a Christmass prezzie, consumers have to buy less popular titles for the holidays, since this will sell regardless of when it comes out.

    Alternatively, being 10 years old, it could be viewed as a 'catalog' title so they'd rather get the new movies out, e.g. Dark Knight, for the holidays, being the latest and greatest. Or to smooth out revenue streams, since TDK is going to sell millions anyway?
     
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    Well, the very title of the release answers this question. It's the 10th Anniversary release, and the 10th anniversary isn't until next March. In fact, a March 31st release puts it EXACTLY on the 10th Anniversary of the film's theatrical release.
     
  14. Chris S

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    First saw this mentioned in Home Media Magazine just after the boxset was released. I wasn't real interested in upgrade the entire set but individual titles (atleast the first two movies) suits me much better.
     

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