1. Sign-up to become a member, and most of the ads you see will disappear. It only takes 30 seconds to sign up, so join the discussion today!
    Dismiss Notice

Individual Matrix discs vs. Ultimate Matrix Collection

Discussion in 'DVD' started by Robert Burkes, Apr 9, 2005.

  1. Robert Burkes

    Robert Burkes Second Unit

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2000
    Messages:
    260
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    So...a search for information on the Ultimate Matrix Collection has yielded little comparative discourse. What do you guys think? If a person owns all of the individual discs, are the audio/video upgrades enough to justify a double dip? How dramatic are the improvements? Of course, the extras are vastly expanded, but personally, the film presentation matters most by a long shot. Let's get some comparisons going! Thanks, everyone!
    Rob
     
  2. Jordan Rebner

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2004
    Messages:
    33
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I'd post a link but unfortunately i haven't made 15 posts yet. Am i allowed to at least say DVDanswers has a great comparison on the video quality - only of course for the first movie, as i'm pretty positive it's the only one with an updated transfer.

    As for sound - i never purchased the originals
     
  3. Jonny_L

    Jonny_L Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2004
    Messages:
    158
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    110
    For the upgrade on the first movie alone justifys the $50 or so the set costs. There are lots of documentaries too. Plus the Animatrix if you didnt have that before.
     
  4. Harry UK

    Harry UK Auditioning

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2004
    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    The transfer on the first Matrix movie is a substantial improvement. The 5.1 track also sounded much better to me.

    Some compression artefacts have been removed from Reloaded as well, so there's that improvement too.

    The extras are incredible. I didn't think twice about upgrading and even though I've found it very hard to sell on my previous versions, I don't regret it at all. It's a fantastic set [​IMG]
     
  5. DanielKellmii

    DanielKellmii Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2004
    Messages:
    524
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Might as well wait for the High Def version to come out and see what that offers. You already have the movies, so that is the important part. By the time the High Def version is out, you could probably get the Box Set for $20. I would guess that this will be one of the first HD discs out.

    I do have the box set, and I have enjoyed some of the extras and I really enjoyed the Animatrix. I don't think the extras are worth the double dip unless you are really a fanatic.
     
  6. Craig Beam

    Craig Beam Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2000
    Messages:
    1,975
    Likes Received:
    494
    Trophy Points:
    1,610
    Location:
    Gresham, OR
    Real Name:
    Craig Beam
    I'm still expecting Warner to release the new Matrix transfer in a single-disc edition sometime... I got the Ultimate set as a Christmas gift, so it was a painless upgrade. More room on my shelf for other DVDs! I was a bit dismayed to find that the hilarious MTV Movie Awards "Reloaded" spoof wasn't ported over, though.... guess I'll be keeping my original "Reloaded" disc.
     
  7. Frank@N

    [email protected] Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2002
    Messages:
    1,718
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Don't like what I've heard about The Matrix being color-timed after the fact to match the sequels.

    That's almost as bad as colorizing B&W movies.

    When I recently saw Matrix Revisited for $5 used, I bought it.

    I'm keeping the originals.

    Later saw Reloaded and Revolutions being sold together used for $13 total.

    I grudgingly picked up the set just for the solid A/V experience (although I think they're empty shells film-wise).

    If I can get Animatrix for $5, I'll add that too.

    Spent $50 upgrading my Alien series set and sold off the old ones, but the Matrix series doesn't warrant that trouble (IMHO).
     
  8. Brent M

    Brent M Producer

    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2001
    Messages:
    4,486
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Well, for me the new transfer of The Matrix is night-and-day in terms of improvement. I like how it matches the color of the sequels and no longer has that poo brown tint to it. [​IMG]
     
  9. Ben_@

    [email protected] Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2004
    Messages:
    217
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I think you mean green tint.
    But I'm a big proponent of the Ultimate Matrix set. I'm an extras nut and the additional discs (Burly Man Chronicles and Roots of the Matrix) are great additions to the Revisited discs. The additional commentaries (especially the philosophers track) is also very interesting.
    Plus, you get a sweet looking box! [​IMG]
     
  10. Brian_cyberbri

    Brian_cyberbri Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2004
    Messages:
    202
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Here is a comparison between the transfers:
    http://dvd.ign.com/articles/566/566215p1.html

    The first Matrix gets new colors, while the 2nd and 3rd films receive minimal upgrades.

    I used this website, which lists all DVD reviews, to find it (forgot it was under "Ultimate Matrix...")
    http://www.dvd-basen.dk/uk/home.php3

    So whether it's worth the upgrades depends on how much of an improvement on the original you think the new colors are, how much you want to see the new behind-the-scenes stuff, and if you can think of better ways to spend $50 to upgrade a single DVD.
     
  11. DaViD Boulet

    DaViD Boulet Lead Actor

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 1999
    Messages:
    8,800
    Likes Received:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I hate the single-disc transfer of the first movie. The DVD beaver comparisons show about as dramatic in upgrade as I've ever seen between 2 DVDs of the same title. I just may have to spring for the $50 set (but that's the ONLY thing I need from the set! [​IMG] )
     

Share This Page