4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review: The Green Line – Ultimate Collector’s Edition

The Green Line – Ultimate Collector’s Edition

United States: 1999
Original title: The Green Mile
Directed by: Frank Darabont
Screenplay: Frank Darabont, Stephen King
Performers: Tom Hanks, David Morse, Michael Clarke Duncan
Published by Warner Bros.
Duration: 3:08
Genre: Fantasy
Movie release date: March 1, 2000
BR / 4K release date: March 30, 2022

Paul Edgecomb, a 100-year-old resident of a nursing home, is haunted by his memories. Guardian of the Cold Mountain Penitentiary in 1935, he was in charge of ensuring the smooth running of the capital executions by striving to soften the last moments of the convicts. Among them was a colossus named Coffey, accused of raping and killing two girls. Intrigued by this sincere and shy man with magical talents, Edgecomb will forge very strong bonds with him …

The movie

[4/5]

The return of Neo

In 1999, brothers Larry and Andy Wachowski, who have since become sisters Lana and Lily, revolutionized science fiction with Matrix. A little over twenty years later, the first one was released solo Matrix Resurrectionsa sequel far from binary …

In Matrix ResurrectionsThomas Anderson (Keanu Reeves) introduces the viewer as the famous inventor of the video game Matrix. Although everything seems to work for him, fragments of memories return to him, encouraged by external interventions. This world of which the creator was believed seems very real. Recovered paranoia or lucidity? Whatever the answer, whoever was considered the chosen one will encounter opponents and allies in their journey towards the truth …

A bright and exciting first part

The result is very surprising, especially in a brilliant and stimulating first part where Lana Wachowski plays with the familiar elements of the trilogy to repeat and question them, even having fun with the legitimacy of this new work.

When the action resumes, the story falls back into something more routine, always with a sense of epic and beautiful courage. We are delighted with this reunion with Neo, Trinity, Agent Smith and Morpheus, although they have changed more or less temporarily. Always so physically agile, Keanu Reeves lends himself to all risks to ensure the show. He repeated the same vacuum dive with his partner, jumping together fearlessly from a 46-story building almost twenty times! While the technological revolution and melee combat, carefully choreographed, are apparently at the forefront and in the center, psychological reflections on the notion of free will are not negligible. Carrie-Anne Moss makes us believe in the emotionality of the Athletic Trinity, still attached to the notions of choice. We will have fun with your reaction to a manipulation of which you are a victim. A metaphor for the social confinement of women, with a touch of irony not to be taken too seriously.

The concept of identity

The absence of other actors such as Laurence Fishburne and Hugo Weaving (the original Morpheus and Smith) is cleverly explained, a not inconsiderable step of time shuffling certain cards. A pleasure not to be upset, despite elements difficult to understand for those who are not technology professionals. It’s nice to see that Lana Wachowski has not been repressed by intrusive producers, of whom, however, she kindly laughs. Despite the impressive budget, he invented this new chapter by incorporating very intimate elements about the notion of identity and how it is possible to evolve it, despite external pressures in favor of the status quo. Behind the spectacular lies a form of modest autobiography that prevents this sequel from any reproach of opportunism.

Review by our publisher Pascal Le Duff.

Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD

[4,5/5]

As one might expect Warner Bros.which has always pampered the franchise Matrix Over the years (there are literally countless reissues of the first trilogy), the Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD version of Matrix Resurrections will offer the consumer the best of what is being done in the field of Ultra High Definition. The 2160p transfer offered by the publisher is absolutely dazzling, and will be captivating from the first minutes of the film, which give us a “rereading” of the opening scene of the first. Matrix : the image thus achieves the feat of being very dark, but sharp, with many details carefully highlighted, either in close-ups or wide shots. Blacks are deep and the HDR palette allows black levels and shadows to stand out more convincingly. The vivid nuances are extraordinary, and the resolution is as fine as ever flattering: it’s a great art. And in terms of sound, the show is just as great, with VF and VO themes on offer. Dolby Atmosboth will be decoded to Dolby TrueHD 7.1 if your hardware does not support formatting. Both blends are stunning and give us intense atmospheres full of stunning little sound details, even during the quietest passages of the film. Spatialization is deployed on all channels, and everything will explode literally during the (numerous) action scenes, with regularly a large number of characters, and multiplying the shots, explosions, melee combat and a certain generosity in the destruction. of all kinds. of landscape.

For supplements, use the Blu-ray included in the 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray Combo published by Blu-ray Warner Bros.. : All bonuses can be found on the HD disc, leaving the film all the space it needs to fully express itself in terms of image and sound. And again, these would mean that you have to spend for these processes two hours of entertaining and informative reportingin the purest tradition of home accessories Warner. We will start with a summary of the original trilogy (9 minutes), narrated by the cast and crew of the film. Interviews include Carrie-Anne Moss, Jessica Henwick, Neil Patrick Harris, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jonathan Groff, Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Daniel Bernhardy. Then we will continue with an interesting one manufacturing (31 minutes), in which director Lana Wachowski, actors Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss and a handful of other personalities involved in the resurrection of the franchise will evoke the long period that separates this new film from the first trilogy. Thus, there is widespread talk of the various challenges to be met, as well as the simple and sincere pleasure of returning to this universe and these characters. As is traditional in this type of subject, much of the writing, the casting process, the costumes, the sets, the photography, as well as the shooting of the film itself, after being shared between San Francisco and Berlin.

The different topics covered in the making of will be enriched with more specific topics dedicated to the characters in the film: we will start, of course, with Neo and Trinity (8 minutes). Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss will remember for the occasion their meeting during the preparation of the first Matrix, and will talk about the evolution of their characters throughout the films. He other protagonists of the story He will also be honored through a second module (8 minutes) that offers brief encounters with Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (the new Morpheus), Jessica Henwick (Bugs), Priyanka Chopra (Sati), Jonathan Groff (the new agent Smith ) and Neil Patrick Harris (the analyst). In a slightly more retrospective way, a module will suggest that we return to the key figures in the history of the franchise Matrix (6 minutes), as well as its journey from the first trilogy to Matrix Resurrections.

But that’s not all, because then we’ll go back more specifically to the preparation of fight scenes (5 minutes), with lots of pictures of Keanu Reeves training and rehearsals of fight scenes. Finally, we will end with the most abundant and perhaps the most exciting module Matrix: reactions (50 minutes in total), a section of nine chapters that invites us to return, along with team members and actors, to several key scenes of the film, the set also sprinkled in many images stolen on the plateau. We will therefore return to theopening of the film (6 minutes), and the recreation of the chase scene that opened the first film in 1999, about the impressive shooting in the offices of Deus Machina (5 minutes), at the discovery of the city of IØstrength of resistance (5 minutes), in the fight between Morpheus and Neo at the Dojo (4 minutes), on the wrestling stage the Merovingian (5 minutes), which lasts for face to face between Neo and Smith (4 minutes) and about the “reimagining” of concept of Bullet Time (5 minutes). We will finally end the Dantesque motorcycle chase on the streets of San Francisco (8 minutes), then naturally with the jump into the void directed by Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss (8 minutes).

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