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HTF BLU-RAY REVIEW: The Ultimate Matrix Collection (Highest Recommendations)



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#1 of 27 ONLINE   Cameron Yee

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#2 of 27 OFFLINE   Randy_M

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Posted October 12 2008 - 12:24 AM

I sure hope the films become available separately. I dislike cartoons, and thought the third film was just bad. Anyhow, thanks for the review, and will look forward to buying the first two movies separately.
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#3 of 27 OFFLINE   Neil Joseph

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Posted October 12 2008 - 01:22 AM

I enjoyed the total package and like all 3 films each in their own way. A real keeper for me. I hope they do LOTR in the same manner when it comes out. Thanks for the review
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#4 of 27 OFFLINE   Mark Butler

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Posted October 12 2008 - 02:46 AM

Nice Review. I am thinking of ordering this but I was wondering if you could check something out on the discs for me. Some of Warners (Harry Potter, Batman Begins etc.) discs have alternate language menus in them. For example if your blu-ray player is set to default to a display its menus in Japanese, if the disc has an alternate Japanese menu on it, it will load up that menu with available audio and subtitles for that language. Those language options are hidden unless your player is set to display that language. It is something that I discovered by accident. I rented I am Legend here (Japan) and when I put my disc in my PS3 it came up with an English menu. But none of the Japanese language or subtitle options were there, every thing was in English. I checked my PS3 to see what the problem was and noticed that it was set up to display menus in English. I changed it to display menus in Japanese and started the disc again and the Japanese menu came up and all the audio and subtitle options were there but some of the ones that were available on the English menu were gone. So if you could check this out I would be very grateful as the set is much cheaper ordered from the states and it comes out here in December. Thank you in advance
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Posted October 12 2008 - 03:01 AM

They're releasing a 10th anniversary edition of the original Matrix next year, but I think this may be the only way to own either of the other two for a while.
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#6 of 27 ONLINE   Cameron Yee

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Posted October 12 2008 - 05:27 AM

Hi Mark. I changed the BD Menu language to Japanese and the disc menu language showed the change to that language. But not everything was in Japanese, for example "Special Features." As you drill deeper into the menus also, it's a mix of Japanese and English. I understand there's generally a mix of Japanese and English in use in Japan, but I'm curious how it's decided what gets which language.

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Posted October 12 2008 - 01:06 PM

Thank you Cameron. As long as there are Japanese subtitles and/or language available for the movies that really is all I care about. Thank you again.
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#8 of 27 OFFLINE   Carlo Medina

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Posted October 12 2008 - 03:52 PM

I loved one, liked 2, am ambivalent about 3, but liked the Animatrix. And I've only purchased the original DVDs as they came out (so I have the original The Matrix DVD, not the remastered/reissued one). So this will be a no-brainer purchase for me.

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Posted October 13 2008 - 02:59 AM


Any chance there being Finnish subtitles also? I'd really appreciate if anybody could check that out. it would be way cheaper to order from States. Thanks! Posted Image

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Posted October 13 2008 - 01:38 PM

What a massive box set and fantastic review!

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#11 of 27 OFFLINE   Steven Simon

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Posted October 14 2008 - 01:07 AM

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#12 of 27 OFFLINE   Jari

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Posted October 14 2008 - 03:58 AM


Answering to myself. Someone at the AVS forum posted disc info and there's only Japanese language option in addition to the back cover specs. Still ordered the boxset from amazon since they dropped price to $74.95! Posted Image

Thanks Cameron for your great review!

#13 of 27 OFFLINE   Scott Merryfield

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Posted October 14 2008 - 05:00 AM


I was going to hold off on this release for awhile, but that Amazon price got me, too. Posted Image

Thanks for the great review, Cameron.

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Posted October 14 2008 - 07:28 AM

I was gonna hold off on this, but Best Buy's $74.99 price got me, especially since my wife gave me a BB $50.00 gift card recently. I went with the in-store pickup option (there's a store near my house), so I'll grab it on my way home from work tonight. The Animatrix in 1080p? Can't wait to see it. Great review, Cameron!

#15 of 27 ONLINE   Cameron Yee

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Posted October 14 2008 - 07:40 AM

Thanks everyone. I hope you enjoy the collection!

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Posted October 14 2008 - 09:13 AM

Nice review. If I can find these for a good price I'll finally pick up this box set. I skipped the HD DVD set because of WB's failure to produce The Animatrix in HD. Glad to see that oversight has been fixed for the BD version.
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Posted October 14 2008 - 10:07 AM

This is a great set. Nifty packaging too (nice and frickin' simple). I agree about the Osiris short, Cameron. It looks nice and all, but it doesn't have the razor-sharp 3D look that people might expect from CG animation like this.

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Posted October 14 2008 - 04:19 PM

Great review. In fact, so good it's nudging me to buy the set when I had no intention to do so! As is my recent habit, I watched the DVDs just before the BDs came out to decide if I "need" the BDs. I decided I only "needed" the first two BDs, but now I'm thinking what's the point of the first two parts in hi-def without the completing third part...

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Posted October 14 2008 - 04:25 PM

I haven't seen "Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within" on BD but I'm curious whether it has the same quality. It's pretty much like getting up close to something in a video game and seeing that the texture is really just a skin with drawn on texture.

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Posted October 14 2008 - 06:17 PM

Just watched all three and loved the A/V quality but I have a new pet peeve: Not being able to make my PS3 choose the highest bit rate track by default. These movies (most Warner BDs actually) kick right into the movie choosing DD by default. I have to manually choose TrueHD. Otherwise, great looking and sounding set!

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