The Warner Home Video limited edition steelbox releases are collectable, good looking and come in a tough little package – and for the most part are iconic movies. The latest is a re-packaging of The Matrix, with a slick futuristic cover and a cover price of less than $20.
This is the same fully-loaded Blu-ray that was in the trilogy box-set, and had a single disc release for the tenth anniversary in 2009. The only difference is the steel cover. That disc was known for its substantial extras, but it also saw the first colour correction made to the movie, so that it had a similar colouring to the other two sequels.
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 film depicts a future in which reality as perceived by most humans is actually a simulated reality created by sentient machines to pacify and subdue the human population, while their bodies' heat and electrical activity are used as an energy source.
The film also stars Carrie-Anne Moss and was produced by Joel Silver. The Matrix was written and directed by Andy and Larry Wachowski, who spent years nurturing and refining the movie’s breakthrough concepts.
It’s a clean 1080p 2:35:1 transfer and looks great even on an older 1081i rear projection unit. The 1999 film was a special effects dream and still looks as good as it did in theatres. The steelbox presentation is nice and the extras, including a couple commentary tracks, two documentaries (including the feature length Matrix Revisited) and music videos, trailers and other goodies.
The only flaw in this package is the lack of a booklet, which all steelbooks lack for some reason, and as a collector, I would love to have the three movies available in the same package format.