an unnecessary return to Matrix (in UHD, Blu-ray, DVD and VOD)

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Synopsis

To know for sure whether his own reality is a physical or mental construction, and to really know himself, Mr. Anderson will have to follow the White Rabbit again. And if Thomas … Neo … has learned anything, it is that this decision, however illusory, is the only way out of the Matrix, or to enter it … Of course, Neo already sap. done. What he doesn’t know, though, is that the Matrix is ​​more powerful, more secure, and more fearsome than ever. As a deja vu …

• Original title: The Matrix Resurrections
• Proven media: UHD
• Genre: science fiction
• Year: 2021
• Director: Lana Wachowski
• Cast: Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jonathan Groff, Jessica Henwick, Neil Patrick Harris, Jada Pinkett Smith, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Christina Ricci, Lambert Wilson
• Duration: 2 h 27 min 57
• Video format: 16: 9
• Movie format: 2.40 / 1 (HDR 10, Dolby Vision)
• Subtitling in UHD: French, Dutch, Spanish, English
• Blu-ray subtitles: French, Dutch, English
• UHD soundtracks: Dolby Atmos (TrueHD 7.1) English, French – Dolby Digital 5.1 English, French, Spanish
• Blu-ray soundtracks: Dolby Atmos (TrueHD 7.1) English, French – Dolby Digital 5.1 English, French
• Bonus: combination with UHD and Blu-ray of the movie – Bonus in VOST on Blu-ray: You can’t tell anyone what Matrix isthe full story of the Matrix trilogy for the cast and crew (8 min 52) The Matrix Resurrectionwriting, casting, costumes, sets, photography and filming in San Francisco and Berlin (30 min 44) – Neo x Trinity: back to matrixmeeting with Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss (8 min 16) – Friends and Foes: Matrix Remixmeeting with Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Morpheus), Jessica Henwick (Bugs), Priyanka Chopra (The Oracle), Jonathan Groff (Agent Smith) and Neil Patrick Harris (the analyst) (8 min 27) – matrix for lifemeets the ten people behind the franchise (6 min 19) – I still know Kung Fuaction scene analysis (4 min 56) – Matrix: reactions : Introduction Eco, 20 years later, recreation of the scene of the persecution of the Trinity (5 min 34), Deus Machina, analysis of the sequence of action in the offices of Deus Machina (4 min 45), Welcome to IØnew resistance, new city (5 min 17) – Morpheus against NeoNeo and Morpheus return to the Dojo (4 min 00), joe Struggle of the exileschoreographers, doubles and actors explain the creation of the new sequence with The Merovingian (5 min 20) – Neo vs. Smiththe rematch Neo vs Smith (4 min 11) – The return of Bullet Timenew work, new bullet time (4 min 34) – persecution in San Franciscoexplosions and motorcycle stunts of the final chase (7 min 32) – Jump from San Franciscothe jump between two buildings by Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss (7 min 56)
• Publisher: Warner Bros. France

Art commentary

From Matrix (1999) and its sequels (2003), Matrix Resurrections co-written and directed by Lana Wachowski was an essential fourth part? Frankly not: contrary to what the Marketing claims, this refs is not “better than the original”. Extremely long, especially confusing and quite violent, Matrix Resurrections has no interest other than to allow fans to find the two main actors in the trilogy, Carrie-Anne Moss (Trinity) and Keanu Reeves (Neo) but on the other hand Morpheus is played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II instead of Laurence Fisburne . Filmed with great technical means, mostly in Babelsberg in Germany and also in San Francisco, Matrix Resurrections benefits from John Toll-inspired photography, impeccable but soulless special effects and the involvement of the actors (see bonus on his final jump). But despite all these assets, the film fails because of the banality of its dramatic plot that goes back to the past of the two heroes in the form of countless flashbacks, quite useless for fans of the trilogy and too numerous to be assimilated by a “first time viewer” of Matrix. The trilogy had marked the history of science fiction in cinema for its innovations (Bullet Timemetaphysical reflections, numerical pretensions) that we find in Matrix Resurrections without any degree of additional innovation. Certainly, Neo is still locked in his existential contradictions and Trinity is still an endearing futuristic muse, but the modernization of his characters, to stick to more current concerns, is far from exciting. Wanting to detect a part of the revisited creation that would break the codes of the trilogy seems very cerebral, and in any case, the result is unattractive, even boring. Especially because the forged romance between Trinity and Neo has a hard time coming out of an abstruse and downright unlikely plot. As for the staging, it constantly replaces a superfluous visual frenzy with the absurdity of the narration, as if the form could mask the emptiness of the background! Matrix Resurrections never innovates but is content to rework the elements of Matrix of which a new (recommended) visualization will suffice to show how revolutionary the original was and how insipid this new installment is despite its undeniable nostalgic flavor. Essential.

UHD Matrix Resurrections

Technical comment

Image : UHD copy, native 4K Master, very good definition and impeccable sharpness in close-ups, without visual texture (digital photography with Panavision Red Komodo, Red Monster, Red Ranger, Master Format 4K), excellent HDR management of contrasts, especially in many scenes with low light, perfect blacks, half-light nuances, naturalistic calibration in the open air and without too much particular mastery in artificial light, nuanced colorimetry with rich and varied hues in HDR, realistic tones

Seva : English mixture Dolby Atmos, clear and well-focused dialogues, excellent dynamics on action atmospheres and the energetic music of Johnny Klimek and Tom Tykwer, a very sophisticated spatialization that makes the most of the possibilities of height channels to restore stunning vertical surround effects ( rain) while all the rest of the space is really immersive, very effective solid LFE, a DD version 5.1 is available with less amplitude but at a higher sound level; VF Dolby Atmosclear and dynamic, clean dubbing and guaranteed surround effects, much less extensive in the VF DD 5.1

Our opinion

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IMDb : https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10838180/

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