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HTF HD DVD REVIEW: The Ultimate Matrix Collection (Highly Recommended)



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#1 of 16 OFFLINE   Cameron Yee

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Posted May 20 2007 - 05:31 AM



#2 of 16 OFFLINE   Tim Glover

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Posted May 20 2007 - 06:28 AM

Most excellent review Cameron! And an exhausting one no doubt. Posted Image....You took alot of time with this set and love the way you isolated each film's quality and extras. Bravo! Posted Image

I'm hoping that Amazon will send me an email very, very soon saying...."we thought you'd like to know that your order has shipped....". Posted Image

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#3 of 16 OFFLINE   Chuck Mayer

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Posted May 20 2007 - 06:48 AM

Same with me...I have one order full of Pirates and Matrix, and I want it ASAP. Can't wait to hear the Matrix films in TrueHD! Great review of the set, Cameron. It was too late to sway my purchase, but it's nice to know I am getting a nice quality collection.
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#4 of 16 OFFLINE   Cameron Yee

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Posted May 20 2007 - 06:48 AM

Thanks Tim. I got a good crash course in reviewing box sets when I did the James Bond collections. Now THAT was exhausting (but still fun).

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Posted May 20 2007 - 09:36 AM

What MINIMUM setup does one need to hear TrueHD? Thanks

#6 of 16 OFFLINE   Cameron Yee

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Posted May 20 2007 - 11:48 AM

Your player's firmware may need to be upgraded. Then your receiver needs six channel analog inputs if you don't have HDMI. And of course calibration.

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Posted May 20 2007 - 12:33 PM

I wanted to throw this in because someone with a 360 drive might be looking.. 1. You must own a standalone HD DVD player. The 360 drive does NOT count. 2. You must have the firmware upgraded if you have an A1, or XA1. The A2, A20 and Xa2 had it out of the box. 3. 6 channel analog outs or HDMI depending on which player. For the A2 and A20, it's HDMI only. 4. A 5.1 surround system.

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Posted May 21 2007 - 12:24 AM


Thanks for the review. No HD for the Animatrix is the main reason I opted for the complete set and not the ultimate.


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Posted May 21 2007 - 01:54 AM

Also bummed by the lack of HD for the Animatrix! But otherwise thrilled that WB has done such a stellar job with the video encode of the feature films.


Those of us who lived with laserdisc prior to DVD remember what it was like to give-up lossless audio when we moved to the better video of our beloved 5" discs. Sigh. It's so thrilling to realize that the future can give us everything: HD picture *and* lossless sound.

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#10 of 16 OFFLINE   Robert George

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Posted May 21 2007 - 02:10 AM

Very good work. A great review of a great HD DVD set. This has already become the centerpiece of my HD collection. I will only add that I personally would give the first film also a "5" for video based on how that film has looked in the past, and also knowing a little bit about what Warner had to do to bring it up close to the level of the second and third films. In relative terms, I don't think that movie could look any better within the limits of the consumer HD formats.

#11 of 16 OFFLINE   Cameron Yee

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Posted May 21 2007 - 02:23 AM

I admit I struggled with knocking it down half a point. Some of our reviewers don't like assigning point scores and that was a case when I didn't really like it either. And I thought it would look a little silly to put a 4.9, though that would probably quantify my opinion more accurately if it were ALL about a number. At any rate, I strongly encourage people to round up Posted Image.

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Posted May 21 2007 - 02:34 AM

Thanks for the review. I am looking forward to get this box!
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Posted May 21 2007 - 05:09 AM

First I'd heard mention that the color timing of the first film looks more like the initial DVD release (and theatrical release). Very cool news to me if true.
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#14 of 16 OFFLINE   Cameron Yee

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Posted May 21 2007 - 08:45 AM

I decided to remove the statement about the color timing until I or someone else can do a proper comparison. I apologize if I got anyone's hopes up.

#15 of 16 OFFLINE   Robert George

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Posted May 21 2007 - 09:06 AM

The first film has the rather darker green tint in the "matrix" scenes as was done for the second DVD release.

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Posted May 21 2007 - 10:22 AM

Showing up tomorrow with Pirates 1 and 2. Big high-def day!

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