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On May 22, Warner Home Video releases The Ultimate Matrix Collection and The Complete Matrix Trilogy on HD DVD for $119.99 and $99.99, respectively.


The studio plans to release Matrix titles on Blu-ray Disc later this year.

I'm glad it's not a total HD release, but I wish the BD was being released at the same time.

At this point, I prefer to buy the BD versions of dual format releases when I have that option. But in this case I'll probably be going HD DVD. Unless we hear that the BD release isn't more than a month or so later.

I hope we hear something more about the BD sometime soon.


Edit: Just FYI, I found the article linked on the front page of The Home Theater Forum.

If you want, you can go to the main page of HTF and you'll see all the news articles that are provided by "Home Media Retailing". HTF has been using them for their front page news articles for quite a long time now.
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Old 03-21-2007, 04:38 PM
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Ooh this will be mine - no way I'm waiting for the BD release.
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Way to prolong the format war...

EDIT: By delaying the BD version, that is.
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Shoot, I have zero trouble waiting for the BD version.
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This had better have a lossless or uncompressed audio track when it hits BD (the HD DVD will, I'm sure).

Even though the BD was announced sine die, at least Warner is doing something. Now they just have to announce the Harry Potter films and I'll be more or less all set with regards to Warner (their big titles, at least).

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Way to prolong the format war...

It's not like it's exclusive, at worst you'd have to wait a couple of months.
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Never heard of the site. /shrug
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It's not like it's exclusive, at worst you'd have to wait a couple of months.

I understand, but the thing is that I've started leaning more towards Blu because that's the part of my collection that's getting larger and larger.

At least we know the Blu version is coming out. Hopefully the delay means Blu supporters won't get a half-baked version compared to the HD-DVD release.
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Ahhh, it's good to be a dual format owner

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I understand, but the thing is that I've started leaning more towards Blu because that's the part of my collection that's getting larger and larger.

At least we know the Blu version is coming out. Hopefully the delay means Blu supporters won't get a half-baked version compared to the HD-DVD release.

With Pirates out around the same time, I couldn't afford such a boxset anyhow!
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Ahhh, it's good to be a dual format owner

Word.
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I hope they release the movies separately as well. I only want the first one.

You can Blame BD-J for the delay.

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Warners has always been semi-exclusive, this just continues the trend. It also is not that important.

As I have posted many times, I also don't think that these blockbusters of the past are that important to format building, especially when they are as expensive as this.

The Matrix titles have been shipped and reshipped so many times that I am losing count. I only bought the first edition of the first movie anyway and I doubt that I will buy it again; your mileage may vary.

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-- day and date releases of new titles
-- attractively priced, solid catalog titles. [Look at the recent Amazon sale.]
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if this is even true, than not a big deal. the last 2 movies were total trash anyway, i would only want to own the first one.

Roger that! Guess I'll have to settle for POTC 1&2 + Apocalypto that day.....
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At this point I am only buying HD DVDs that are exclusive. So if the blu-ray is coming later then I will patiently wait for it. As long as it has the same features of course.

Yep - same here. My Blu-Ray player is so much less "clunky" than my HD-DVD player (boot time, load time, resume play) - unless it's HD-DVD exclusive, I'll wait for Blu-Ray. I just hope the films are available seperately - I didn't care for the second and third ones, either.

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I am tired of waiting for BD to complete their package or whatever they are doing...so I will pick up this box set for HD DVD...8 discs and more than 35 hours of bonus material, in addition to three Revisited mini-features. Looks like a weekend party with the Matrix.

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There is no official word yet. If its true, then Warner went back on its word at CES 2007. If Warner just did the movies without extra, I would prefer that better. Who really cares about the extras? Just release the damn thing already without extras.

Does price really matter if you are buying a ticket on the Titanic?
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There is no official word yet. If its true, then Warner went back on its word at CES 2007. If Warner just did the movies without extra, I would prefer that better. Who really cares about the extras? Just release the damn thing already without extras.

Warner probably couldn't wait any longer for BD to pull their heads out of their ass's. Why make others wait. This is good news for HD DVD...and I have and love both formats.

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If they are making us wait they'd better give us a higher video bitrate encode rather than sharing the hd-dvd one.
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Warners has always been semi-exclusive, this just continues the trend. It also is not that important.

As I have posted many times, I also don't think that these blockbusters of the past are that important to format building, especially when they are as expensive as this.

The Matrix titles have been shipped and reshipped so many times that I am losing count. I only bought the first edition of the first movie anyway and I doubt that I will buy it again; your mileage may vary.

My formula for building a format is:
-- day and date releases of new titles
-- attractively priced, solid catalog titles. [Look at the recent Amazon sale.]

I agree and disagree. The package is too expensive, yes, to have that much impact. It still remains to be seen if Warner will release the first movie by itself.

Is The Matrix important to format building? Well, it would definitely be on the "Top Ten Releases To Help Sell a High Def Format" list. To me, that means it is a fairly important title. But then I could care less about most new titles, so maybe my opinion doesn't mean much.
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I understand, but the thing is that I've started leaning more towards Blu because that's the part of my collection that's getting larger and larger.

At least we know the Blu version is coming out. Hopefully the delay means Blu supporters won't get a half-baked version compared to the HD-DVD release.


You just better prey that its not a half-baked four month late version. Warner is having problems with the Blu-Ray format and not the HD-DVD format.

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Roger that! Guess I'll have to settle for POTC 1&2 + Apocalypto that day.....


I guess I'll have to settle for POTC 1, Apocalypto, Smokey and the Bandit, 40 Year Old Virgin and over 30 hours of the Matrix. Whats a movie lover to do?

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Take the BLUE disc...

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WTH does that mean, half-baked. Care to elaborate on something you know nothing about? Are you releasing this? Did you encode it?

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What I meant was that I hope (as in for the sake of HD supporters) that the Blu-ray version will also get lossless audio and not lack any interactivity features. The decision to include PCM with the Departed seems to indicate that this may well end up being the case.

I hope this further this clarifys my post...
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I don't like the Matrix, but this will be a good seller for HD DVD. I won't say great seller, because the vast majority won't pick it up.

You're saying this wont sell well with HD-DVD owners(especially 360 add-on owners)? I'm sure this will move a bunch of those 360 HD-DVD drives.

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Whatever.

It's true! And that's coming from someone who purchased The Hulk!

I'll just wait for the Blu-ray version.

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I just added this to my original post with an edit, but I figured I'd put it in the continuing discussion as well.

For what it is worth, I found this article linked on the front page of The Home Theater Forum.

If you want, you can go to the main page of HTF and you'll see all the news articles that are provided by "Home Media Retailing". HTF has been using them for their front page news articles for quite a long time now.

So it is a legitimate news source.
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I think this will be a great seller on both formats. It just so happens that it will be a great seller on HD DVD first.
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It's true! And that's coming from someone who purchased The Hulk!

I'll just wait for the Blu-ray version.


LOLOl....sorry about your Hulk purchase. I love hd movies...but not that much. I guess i'm different than most....I LOVED ALL 3.

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