After creating an international sensation with the visually dazzling and intellectually challenging sci-fi blockbuster The Matrix, the Wachowski brothers returned with the first of two projected sequels that pick up where the first film left off. Neo (Keanu Reeves) and Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) have been summoned by Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) to join him on a voyage to Zion, the last outpost of free human beings on Earth. Neo and Trinity's work together has been complicated by the fact the two are involved in a serious romantic relationship. Upon their arrival in Zion, Morpheus locks horns with rival Commander Lock (Harry J. Lennix) and encounters his old flame Niobe (Jada Pinkett Smith). Meanwhile, Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) has returned with some surprises for Neo, most notably the ability to replicate himself as many times as he pleases. Neo makes his way to The Oracle (Gloria Foster), who informs him that if he wishes to save humankind, he must unlock "The Source," which means having to release The Key Maker (Randall Duk Kim) from the clutches of Merovingian (Lambert Wilson). While Merovingian refuses to cooperate, his wife, Persephone (Monica Bellucci), angry at her husband's dalliances with other women, offers to help, but only in exchange for a taste of Neo's affections. With The Keymaker in tow, Neo, Trinity, and Morpheus are chased by Merovingian's henchmen: a pair of deadly albino twins (Neil Rayment and Adrian Rayment). Filmed primarily in Australia and California (the extended chase scene was shot on a stretch of highway build specifically for the production outside of San Francisco), The Matrix Reloaded was produced in tandem with the third film in the series, The Matrix Revolutions.~Mark Deming
Written Introduciton by the Wachowski Brothers
2 Commentaries: Philosopher: Dr. Cornel West and Ken Wilber
Critics: Todd McCarthy, John Powers and David Thomson
Behind The Matrix Documentary Gallery: 4 Featurettes, Including The MTV Movie Awards Reloaded
Enter the Matrix: The Game Documentary
Enter The Matrix: View 23 Live-Action Scenes for the Video Game That Plug into the Action of The Maxtrix Reloaded
Car Chase Documentary Gallery: 9 Featurettes
Teahouse Fight Documentary Gallery: 2 Featurettes
Unplugged Documentary Gallery: 5 Featurettes
I'll Handle Them Documentary Gallery: 4 Featurettes
It’s been a while since we had seen the last matrix. With the exception of one drawn out scene it’s full of suspense and action. The Dolby atmos sound was good with heavy rain at the end and machines everywhere in scenes. Visually it was more stunning than we remembered, good 4K rendering.
The Matrix Returns ti continue the story with an Epic bang . This 4K version is a fantastic way of experiencing this amazing movie. The picture and sounds are like no other version. This version is a most have for all Matrix Fans!
If you're a fan of the series or do not own these movies already, this is a no brainer purchase. The enhanced visuals, as well as the sound and audio mix, are worth the buy alone! My only real complaint is the 4K versions have a significantly less greenish tint on the picture of the film. Don't get me wrong the visuals themselves look much better in 4K, but for some reason the actual image of the films no longer have as much of a green tint to them. For some it might not be a big deal, but the green tint was kind of what gave The Matrix films their own look. It's a minor complaint, but something that I definitely will miss when watching them.
Besides that, this is an excellent purchase and the steelbooks themselves look incredible!
The main thing with buying 4K is just being sure there aren't glitches, and the visuals and sound are good. I remember when some of the first remastered Blu-Rays came out, you had weird sound transfers, or glitchy batches.
The 4Ks I've bought so far have been free of these kinds of issues. The Matrix Reloaded looks and sounds good. I remember that in the theater, I though some of the Neo/Smith fight scenes with the dozens of Smith copies looked a bit video-game-like since that level of CGI technology was new. The 4K seems to have smoothed that out a bit. Just remember that in 2003 it was new ground. Overall a good disc that worth having.