March 13, 2018
Sci-fi action classic The Matrix will be released in a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack and on digital May 22 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
Directed by the Wachowski brothers and starring Keanu Reeves as Neo, Laurence Fishburne as Morpheus and Carrie-Anne Moss as Trinity, the 1999 film won four Academy Awards and revolutionized the sci-fi action film genre. The film was the first to sell more than 1 million DVDs and is included on multiple lists of the top sci-fi films of all time. In 2012, it was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being culturally, historically and aesthetically significant.
The Matrix 4K UHD release is from a new scan of the original camera negative and is the first remaster of the film in nearly 15 years. Bill Pope, the film’s director of photography, supervised the 4K UHD remaster. A remastered Blu-ray disc from the new 4K scan is also included in the combo pack.
The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc of The Matrix will feature Dolby Vision HDR that dramatically expands the color palette and contrast range and uses dynamic metadata to automatically optimize the picture for every screen — frame by frame. The 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray discs will feature a Dolby Atmos soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment.
The combo pack retails at $41.99 and features a UHD Blu-ray disc and digitally remastered Blu-ray disc.
The 4K, Blu-ray and digital versions of the film will include more than three hours of previously released extras. The 4K UHD disc and the digitally remastered Blu-ray will include the previously released written intro from the Wachowskis and four commentaries. The bonus disc will include the other previously released special features.
The Matrix Ultra HD Blu-ray contains the following previously released special features:
- A written Introduction by the Wachowskis;
- “Philosopher” commentary by Dr. Cornel West and Ken Wilbur;
- “Critics” commentary by Todd McCarthy, John Powers and David Thomson;
- “Cast & Crew” commentary by Carrie-Anne Moss, Zach Staenberg and John Gaeta; and
- “Composer” commentary by Don Davis with the music only track.
The Matrix Blu-ray contains the following previously released special features:
- “The Matrix Revisited”;
- “Follow the White Rabbit”;
- “Take the Red Pill”;
- Marilyn Manson “Rock is Dead” Music Video;
- A teaser trailer;
- The theatrical trailer; and
- TV spots.
The Matrix 4K UHD digital version ($29.99) will be available to own for streaming and download to watch anywhere in high definition and standard definition on favorite devices from select digital retailers including GooglePlay, Vudu, Xbox and others, and will be made available digitally on video-on-demand services from cable and satellite providers and on select gaming consoles.