Warner Schedules Japanese 'Matrix' Blu-ray Box; U.S. Next?

Posted Wed Jul 23, 2008 at 08:00 AM PDT by Peter Bracke
The Matrix

Warner International has announced a December Blu-ray release of the 'Matrix' films in Japan, fueling speculation that the studio is on the verge of announcing a domestic edition of the blockbuster trilogy.

One of the most highly-requested Warner "catch up" HD DVD titles by high-def fans, the 'Matrix' trilogy has yet to be slotted for domestic Blu-ray release by the studio, despite past public comments that the title has long been in development.

But now a just-confirmed announcement by Warner International of a Blu-ray box set of the 'Matrix' films has tongues wagging, with the company setting a December 17 street date for the overseas version.

Specs released thus far appear to mirror the previous domestic HD DVD box set, with the feature films and attendant extras spread across four Blu-ray discs, plus an additional three standard DVD platters with further bonus materials.

At press time, Warner Home Video in the U.S. had not issued any statement on their domestic Blu-ray plans for 'The Matrix' films, though the arrival of a Japanese release bodes well for a likely concurrent Stateside release by the end of the year.

As always, we'll keep you posted on this story as further word comes to us. Stay tuned...

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Discs mentioned in this article: (Click for specs and reviews)
The Complete Matrix Trilogy (HD DVD)
The Ultimate Matrix Collection (HD DVD)
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