The Matrix 4K Ultra         review by Bobby Blakey

In 1999 The Wachowski brothers unleashed their sci-fi action flick The Matrix on viewers and it was like nothing audiences had ever seen. While their follow ups to finish out the trilogy were met with mixed results there is no denying that the original starring Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, and Robert Taylor still delivered. Now Warner Bros. is bringing the original home on 4K Ultra for the first time.

The Matrix follows a man living two lives. By day he is an average computer programmer and by night a hacker known as Neo. Neo has always questioned his reality, but the truth is far beyond his imagination. Neo finds himself targeted by the police when he is contacted by Morpheus, a legendary computer hacker branded a terrorist by the government. Morpheus awakens Neo to the real world, a ravaged wasteland where most of humanity have been captured by a race of machines that live off of the humans' body heat and electrochemical energy and who imprison their minds within an artificial reality known as the Matrix. As a rebel against the machines, Neo must return to the Matrix and confront the agents: super-powerful computer programs devoted to snuffing out Neo and the entire human rebellion.

I love this film and like a lot of people have watched it numerous times. I still maintain that the gun fight sequence near the end of the movie in the lobby of the building is one of the coolest action sequences ever put on film. Sure it is obvious wire work at times, but the over the top action, cinematography, choreography and music bring it all together to perfection. There are a few elements on the special effects side that are kind of dated especially with the 4K transfer, but nothing that overall effects the overall experience. There are so many iconic moments in this film that I was worried it wouldn’t hold up as well, but I found myself loving just as much as the first time I saw it back in 1999.

This latest release not only offers up the beautiful 4K transfer of the film it also features bonus content including commentary, featurettes that take you behind bringing this classic to life and more. Grab your copy of The Matrix on 4K Ultra HD available now from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

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