The Wachowskis returned to their The Matrix universe for 2003’s The Matrix Reloaded. Like the original sci-fi adventure, it’s now been given the 4K Ultra HD treatment. But how does it fare on the format? Is it dreamy, or a nightmare?
The story: The world of The Matrix is turned up to 11 (or 1011 if you want to stick to binary), as Neo fights the machines’ plan to completely take over humankind with an attack on the Resistance stronghold Zion. There’s also the matter of him now fighting innumerable vengeful Agent Smiths rather than just the measly old one, a sequence that’s worth the price of admission alone. You may be left with more questions than answers as the end credits roll up the screen, but you’ll have definitely experienced one heck of a visual trip in getting there.
“But if you already know, how can I make a choice?”
The 4K disc: The original The Matrix on 4K Ultra HD was stunning in all departments. The same team worked on the creation of this sequel’s traversal to 4K, and the great news is that they’ve pulled off just as stunning a feat. The native 4K vision is quite extraordinarily beautiful, oozing detail at most every turn. The Dolby Vision HDR treatment just adds to the beauty, bringing out levels of brightness and contrast in the movie like never before, be they in the blue-tinged real world, or the green-hued computer world. Even if you reckon this sequel’s a bit iffy, the transfer most certainly isn’t. The same applies to the newly created Dolby Atmos soundtrack, which handles the extremes of the film’s audio presentation with aplomb. Being a Warner disc, their stupid authoring habit of defaulting to the 5.1 mix on start-up applies, so make sure to specifically select Atmos before going in. Rounding out the 4K disc are two quite different audio commentaries, with a ‘philosophers’ take from Cornel West and transpersonal psychology author Ken Wilber, alongside a ‘critics’ contribution from Todd McCarthy, John Powers and David Thomson. A bunch of other extras feature on its own Blu-ray in the package, yet disappointingly there’s no sign of The Animatrix.
Release date: October 31, 2018
Format: 4K Ultra HD
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving
Want to know what to get next? Check out STACK‘s 4K Ultra HD specifications guide.