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Sequels are by their very nature, hard to live up to
the creativity of the original. With the exception of the first
“Godfather” sequel and all of the “Lord of the Rings” films, most sequels have
been horrible. The first “MATRIX” film not only holds up, in some ways it
even gets better with repeated viewings. Unfortunately, both sequels get
consistently worse! They’re like “GODFATHER 3” to the original “GODFATHER” in
comparison! If not for the (too)short appearance of the beautiful Monica
Belluci in both films, there’s absolutely nothing about either worth watching.
Whereas the first film was bold and provocative, the sequels are predictable and
a muddled mess! Picking up right where the previous sequel(Reloaded)left off,
Neo and his friends continue on their quest
to save their world. But, if viewers thought “RELOADED” was too dark,
they’re going to be even more disappointed with “REVOLUTION,” as it’s far
grimmer throughout almost every scene.
Sure, everyone can predict there’s going to be a major self-sacrifice called for
and whom will most likely be up for it, but practically “everything” about this
film is predictable, and there’s never a real
sense of shock over anything, whereas the original film had plenty of surprises.
WARNER BROS. has preserved the original 2.35:1 aspect ratio of “MATRIX:
REVOLUTIONS.” This 2-disc set offers the film on the first disc, with
supplements on the 2nd. The image quality is outstanding,
offering solid colors and impecable detail in even the darkest(there are
plenty)scenes. Fleshtones appear natural throughout.
WARNER BROS. has presented a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix for this release. While the
2nd half of the film features enough discrete effects and low bass to pack a
real whallop, most of the first half is restrained
in comparison to the previous films. Dialogue is always intelligible and
free from distortion. It’s also a little disappointing that WARNER BROS.
hasn’t opted for a “DTS” option on any of these films!
The first disc also offers teaser trailers and two full-length trailers.
Extras on the 2nd disc, include a promotional documentary , a featurette devoted
to the film’s CGI effects, a multi-angle featurette offering multi-angle views
of storyboards with the actual scene.
Several still galleries and web-links are also included.