The Zion Archive (2004)

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Released 6-Dec-2004

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Documentary Main Menu Introduction
Storyboards
Gallery-Concept Artwork-Characters, Ships, Machines, Sets
Theatrical Trailer
Teaser Trailer
TV Spots
Music Video
Gallery-Montage-Rave Reel
Trailer-Game: The Matrix OnLine
DVD-ROM Extras-Web Links
Rating ?
Year Of Production 2004
Running Time 42:08 (Case: 45)
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By The Wachoski Bros.
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Keanu Reeves
Lawrence Fishburn
Carrie-Anne Moss
Case ?
RPI Box Music Don Davis


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio Varies Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    As an exercise in the exhaustive, this 10 disc set finishes up with a fine example of the exhaustive nature of the set. This 10th disc offers up a host of images, animations, design drawings, storyboards, music videos and trailers. If you always wanted to know what was exactly playing on the monitor in the sick bay on the Neb, then chances are you'll find it somewhere here. The information here is overwhelming, and it is a struggle to wade through it all. Still, if you are a true fan of the films then this is something you'll want to have a look at.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    What we get here is a great range of storyboards, animations and trailers. The still images are presented in the same fashion that we've seen on the previous discs. The picture is fairly clear, but you do have the odd instance of aliasing and cross colorization; niggling factors that do not detract from the overall enjoyment of the programme.

    Much of the material is presented full frame, but some of the trailers and music videos are presented in 1.85:1 and 2.35:1 with 16x9 enhancement.

    The image is quite sharp throughout. The level of shadow detail is adequate though not of reference quality. There is the occasional issue of low level noise, but this is due to some of the source material and not a fault of the transfer.

    I didn't have any real issues with MPEG artefacts and the disc is able to present the programme in a decent manner without pixelization or macroblocking issues. The main issues with image faults is that much of what's seen is archive material and not ready for public presentation or broadcast, so one cannot reasonably complain about the occasional artefact or transfer nasty.

    English subtitles are provided and are enough to give the viewer a basic insight into what is taking place.

    This disc is formatted dual layer, with the layer change taking place between the numerous extras.

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Audio

    The audio here is good and adequate enough to present the material well.

    There is only one audio option here, that being an English Dolby Digital track running at a basic 192 Kb/s.

    The quality of the spoken word here is fine with no issues of note. I had no problems with audio sync.
 
    Music heard on this disc is not credited, but comes from film composer Don Davis as well as many of the artists heard throughout this package.

    As this is a 2.0 mix at the basic rate of 192 Kb/s, we don't get any real audio pyrotechnics here. The only issue that I have with the lack of dynamics in terms of sound is for the feature Rave Reel, which I would have liked to have heard in 5.1 at 448 Kb/s (and 16x9 enhancement wouldn't have gone astray for the video, either). Still, what we do get is okay.

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Extras

    This is a comprehensive archive of storyboards, animations, trailers and music videos connected to the three Matrix films. It is 100% extras.

Menu

    After the normal distributor's logos and copyright warnings we are taken to the disc's Main Menu which offers us the following:     The menus are 16x9 enhanced, although much of this disc's contents is not.

    Selecting the Zion Archive presents a series of icons without text. These are simple outlines of things that indicate what each section is about. In text terms, our options are:

Storyboards
 
    Here is a massive collection of images with storyboards from all three films (mostly of the second and third films).

Architect Intro   36 images
Chateau Melee   64 images
City Chase   70 images
Code Orgasm   12 images
Code Vision   17 images
Flaming Tsunami   17 images
Industrial Smiths   29 images
Neb Reveal   12 images
Power Outage   15 images
Sentinel Reveal   8 images
Tower Vision   13 images
Trinity Assault   19 images
Trinity Falls   43 images
Trinity Saved   38 images
Upgrade Fight   17 images
Vigilant Destruction   22 images
Virtual Control   7 images
Deus Ex Machina   51 images
Hel Coat Check   62 images
Lock Seals Dock   12 images
Logos Final Fall   59 images
Logos Finds Path   22 images
Machines End Siege   7 images
Neo Vision Quest   7 images
Super Burley Brawl   248 images
Zion Under Siege   16 images
Bug Extraction   14 images
Construct Kung Fu   36 images
Elevator Shaft   10 images
Spoon Boy   6 images
 

Characters

    A look at the original designs and final versions of many of the characters in the films.

Ghost   10 images
Hamman   5 images
Hel Nightclub Patrons   8 images
Keymaster   8 images
Kid   2 images
Link   3 images
Lock   2 images
Merovingian   11 images
Military   25 images
Morpheus   34 images
Neo   27 images
Niobe   32 images
Oracle   8 images
Persephone   19 images
Seraph   15 images
Smith   7 images
Trinity   25 images
Twins   22 images
 

Ships

    A collection of design drawings and animations of the ships in the films.

Avatar   6 images and animation
Brahma   9 images and animation
Ganesha   13 images
Gnosis   8 images and animation
Icharus   3 images and animation
Logos   15 images and animation
Mjolnir   10 images and animation
Nebuchadnezzar   13 images and animation
Novalis   3 images and animation
Osiris   14 images and animation
Shiva   3 images and animation
Vigilant   9 images and animation
Vishnu   5 images and animation
 

Machines

    A look at the design of some of the hardware in the films,  the machine world and the machines themselves.

APU   12 images and animation
Armada   7 images and animation
Deus Ex Machina   27 images and animation
Digger   32 images and animation
Doc Bot   8 images and animation
Garbage Truck   7 images and animation
Harvester   1 image and animation
Machine City Bugs   25 images and animation
Sentinels   23 images
The Keep   6 images
Tow Bomb   18 images and animation
 

Sets

    A collection of images from the various sets used in the films.

Abandoned Apartment   3 images
Architects Office   3 images and animation
Chinatown   4 images
Chinatown Teahouse   6 images and animation
Freeway   6 images
Hel Nightclub   17 images and animation
Hel Coat Check   8 images
Industrial Hallway   5 images
Industrial Loft   5 images
Logos Cockpit   7 images
Logos Engineering   2 images
Machine City Tower   4 images and animation
Mobil Avenue   6 images
Mjolnir Bedroom   6 images
Mjolnir Cockpit   5 images
Mjolnir Infirmary   9 images
Mjolnir Main Deck   11 images
Mjolnir Gunnery   10 images
Merovingian Basement Keymaker   9 images
Merovingian Garage   2 images
Merovingian Library   6 images
Merovingian Lower Hall   4 images
Neb Cockpit   4 images
Neb Main Deck   5 images
Neb Mess Hall   4 images
Neb Neo's Room   4 images
Power Station   video of security camera images
Rerouting Facility   6 images
Stock Exchange   7 images
Sub Metro Access   4 images
Sub Metro   7 images and video footage
Sub Station One   6 images
Sub Station Two   2 images
Tenement Park   6 images
Trinity's Room   7 images
Vigilant Cockpit   3 images and animation
Vigilant Main Deck   6 images and animation
Virtual Control   7 images
Zion Command Center   10 images and animation
Zion Council Chamber   7 images
Zion Dock Area   17 images and animation
Zion Dock Bunker   7 images
Zion Dock Deconstruction   19 images and animation
Zion Defence Duct   15 images
Zion Engineering Level   11 images and animation
Zion Gate Control   9 images and animation
Zion Gate Three   7 images and animation
Zion Hamman's Office   7 images
Zion Link's Home   computer screen animation
Zion Lock's Home   6 images and animation
Zion Map   animation
 

Help

    A guide to all the icons and their meanings.
 

The Media of the Matrix

    This is a collection of the trailers, TV spots and music videos connected to the series. Selecting the Media option presents the following:

The Matrix

    Here you pick from:

    All here are presented in full frame.

Teaser Trailer   -   :59

    The first look that some of us had at this exciting new film.

Theatrical Trailer   -   2:32

    That missing trailer from the first film that wasn't on the original release (never could figure that one out). We finally got it on the Matrix Revisited disc and here it is again.

TV Spots

Music Video   -   Rock is Dead:  Marilyn Manson   -   3:19

    Marilyn Manson's musical contribution to the film presented full frame.
 

The Matrix Reloaded

    On offer here is:

    Unlike the trailers for The Matrix, we get a mix of 16x9 and non 16x9 material here.

Teaser Trailer   -   1:17

    The first look at one of the most highly anticipated sequels in history. Presented here in 2.35:1 with 16x9 enhancement.

Theatrical Trailer   -   2:24

    And if we couldn't think that the wait could be any worse, this trailer came along and made the wait even harder than before. Imagine if the film equalled the anticipation. Presented here in 2.35:1 with 16x9 enhancement.

TV Spots

Music Video   -   Sleeping Awake: P.O.D. -   3:45

    P.O.D. do their thing in a very Matrix style. Not a patch on Rage Against the Machine though. Presented in 2.35:1 without 16x9 enhancement.
 

The Matrix Revolutions

    A bit scaled back here. On offer are:

Theatrical Trailer   -   2:21

    And the anticipation grew as we all hoped the Wachowski Bros. could write themselves out of the corner they wrote themselves into. And then... Presented in 1.85:1, 16x9 enhanced.

TV Spots

Rave Reel   -   9:09

    This sort of makes up for the missing music video for the last film. Unlike the first two films (especially the first), the last film was lacking quite a bit in terms of modern music for the soundtrack. In place of this was Don Davis' score, and whilst some thought that it perhaps lacked in memorable themes in the second and third films, this passage of music taken from the final showdown between Neo and Smith is very memorable. The music is matched with a montage of scenes, animations and graphics from the production of all three films. This music video is presented full frame.

The Matrix Online   -   9:35

    Taking fans beyond the films is the Matrix Online, a virtual world where you live within the Matrix as a freed mind. You can align yourself with the humans, the machines or the agents as you make your way around the virtual reality of the Matrix. The creators of the game take you through all the different scenarios possible. Presented in 1.85:1, non 16x9 enhanced.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    Other than basic language and Region coding differences, we receive essentially the same package afforded our Region 1 cousins.

Summary

    This 10th disc sums up the whole style of the whole 10 disc set. Exhaustive in nature, there is little that any fan of this trilogy of films won't find to entertain.

    The video is adequate.

    The audio is adequate.

    This disc is 100% extras.

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© Sean Bradford (There is no bio.)
Monday, June 27, 2005
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