The Matrix Revisited (Remastered) (2002)
Main Menu Introduction
Main Menu Audio & Animation
Dolby Digital Trailer-Train
Audio-Only Track-The Music Revisited
Featurette-The Dance Of The Master: Yuen Wo Ping's Blocking Tapes
Featurette-The Bathroom Fight And Wet Wall
Featurette-The Code Of The Red Dress
Featurette-The Old Exit: Wabash And Lake
Featurette-But Wait -There's More..
Featurette-Take The Red Pill: What Is Bullet Time?
Featurette-Take The Red Pill: What Is The Concept?
Featurette-Follow The White Rabbit ( 9 Featurettes)
|Year Of Production||2002|
|RSDL / Flipper||RSDL (59:07)||Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Ads Then Menu|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Josh Oreck|
Roadshow Home Entertainment
Dane A. Davis
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||English Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||Yes|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Now, for those wanting to know, this package is a bit different to the one that was released in 2002. A couple of the extras included in the first The Matrix Revisited have made it back in, and the Easter eggs are now in the main body of the extras. Also included here are some of the extras that were in the initial release of The Matrix. What is Bullet Time? and What is the Concept?, along with the Follow the White Rabbit making-of breakouts are included here, as they are now not part of the first disc in this 10 disc collection. This is handy as it enabled Warner Home Video to ramp up the video bitrate for The Matrix significantly compared to the original release. There are also some things missing from this disc in comparison to the original release. The What is to Come?, What is the Animatrix? and The True Followers featurettes are now gone, as they were more promotional than informative and had little information that isn't already spread throughout the 10 disc set.
There is some interesting stuff here, and it's one of the few times that you get to see the film's directors Andy and Larry Wachowski talk at any length about the film. If you missed picking this up initially, then you'll be happy to know it's included in this new package.
The level of sharpness here is all over the shop. Being a full frame transfer of quite a bit of 2.35:1 material hampers things a bit, and much of the footage is taken with handheld video cameras that aren't quite broadcast quality. This adds to the fly-on-the-wall look of the documentary, but the image is a bit rough and ready. Shadow detail is fairly ordinary here, with detail lacking in some scenes in comparison to the final product. There is low level noise noticeable at times due to the standard of equipment used to film much of the documentary.
The colour here is fairly muted and lacking in the dynamic look of the final film. Again, expected due to the equipment used to capture the vision. Still, the colour is fine and acceptable considering this is mostly a documentary and tapes used by the filmmakers to produce the film.
The main programme is transferred at an average and fairly stable bitrate of 5.45 Mb/s. There is the occasional MPEG nasty, such as that seen from time to time during the What is the Concept? extra, but this looks to be part of the original source material as the same pixelization and macroblocking could also be seen in this extra on the original release of The Matrix. As much of the footage is taken with home video cameras, the quality is reflected in the image. Cross colorization and edge enhancement are fairly visible during the feature, as well as chroma noise. Again, expected.
There is only one subtitle option here with this package, that being an English option. They provide an approximate translation of the spoken dialogue, but they are not word for word and you miss a bit of the flair that the actors and crew use in their language.
This disc is formatted RSDL with the layer change taking place at 59:07, between Chapters 16 and 17. This is the same place as the initial release of this disc and it is very hard to pick, as it's placed in a spot where the screen is black and there is no audio. I had to use a computer programme to find it.
The dialogue quality here is good, with the spoken word understandable throughout the programme. Sync isn't a major issue here, but it is reasonable considering how the programme was created and the equipment used.
There is a lot of ambient background music used in the programme from such artists as Obadia, Fingertwister, Robert Phoenix, Paul Cooper, Canton and others. It is not quite the rocking soundtrack of the film, but more of a chill-out mix of tracks that suits the material well.
Whilst this disc features a full-blown 5.1 mix, it sounds more like a derived 5.1 mix with little information coming from the rears other than a basic atmospheric surround sound. LFE is also fairly light-on - there isn't much action for the subwoofer other than the occasional musical passage or some of the final sound mix from the completed film.
|Surround Channel Use|
Selecting the Features icon presents the following options:
This is a jukebox of 41 songs that can be heard during The Matrix Revisited. All the songs can be selected individually or played from the start to the last track. There are no time codes for the tracks, but at just over 3 hours, this is a handy feature if you want some ambient music playing in the background. Here is a list of songs as they appear:
Behind the Matrix - 17:21 Total Running Time
Selecting this option brings up the following featurettes:
Take the Red Pill - 17:40 Total Running Time
These are featurettes that were included in the original release of The Matrix and were not part of the initial release of The Matrix Revisited, but are included here. They are:
Follow the White Rabbit - 22:46 Total Running Time
This is the collection of making-of breakouts that were part of the Follow the White Rabbit feature included on the initial release of The Matrix. These are short featurettes on how various scenes of the film were done.
Provides information on the online content available at the official website www.thematrix.com
From what I have been able to gather, we have the same package available in Region 1, except for some language and subtitle differences. In terms of content, we have the same as that released worldwide.
This is the extras disc that we missed out on with the original release of The Matrix. Now, it's been streamlined and honed down for inclusion in this new 10 disc collection. If you have any interest in how The Matrix was created, this is a good starting place. The video is simple and a bit rough and ready at times because of the basic home video cameras used to capture the action. Still, it is watchable. The audio is adequate. This whole disc consists of extras.
The video is simple and a bit rough and ready at times because of the basic home video cameras used to capture the action. Still, it is watchable.
The audio is adequate.
This whole disc consists of extras.
|DVD||Panasonic DVD RP-82 with DVD-Audio on board, using S-Video output|
|Display||Beko TRW 325 / 32 SFT 10 76cm (32") 16x9. Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL). This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Yamaha RX-V2300 Dolby Digital and dts. Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL).|
|Amplification||Yamaha RX-V2300 110w X 6 connected via optical cable and shielded RCA (gold plated) connects for DVD-Audio|
|Speakers||VAF DC-X Fronts (bi-wired), VAF DC-6 Center, VAF DC-2 Rears, VAF LFE-07 Sub (Dual Amp. 80w x 2)|