If you can make it past the first fight and some lengthy conversations about nothing coherent, "The Matrix Reloaded" picks up where "The Matrix" left off...with Neo (Reeves) and Trinity (Moss) finally revealing their true feelings for one another as they follow Morpheus to Zion—the last free human outpost—which is facing the threat of attack. As Neo makes his way to the riddle-speaking Oracle (Foster), he learns that Agent Smith (Weaving) is ready to fight and has plenty of self-replicates to back him up. The Oracle sends Neo, Trinity, and Morpheus to get "The Key Maker" (Kim) out of the Matrix and unlock a mysterious "source" that will save humankind. (Suzanne Hodges)
Special features on Side A include three commentaries (Wachowski Brothers, Philosophers, and Critics), P.O.D.'s "Sleeping Awake" music video, the four-part Behind The Matrix featurette (47 minutes), the 23-part Enter The Matrix (23 minutes) featurette, 28 minutes about the video game (Enter The Matrix: The Game), and trailers/TV spots, plus In-Movie Experience. Side B has the five-part Behind The Story segment.
The VC-1-encoded 2.40:1 HD DVD exhibits great detail and well-rendered shadow delineation, but black levels are not consistently deep throughout the presentation. Some scenes look slightly milky. Resolution is superb, and while the somewhat inconsistent black levels are a minor disappointment, they are deep for the vast majority of the presentation. (Danny Richelieu)
The Dolby® Digital Plus and lossless Dolby TrueHD 5.1-channel soundtracks are engaging and pristine, with each of the channels incorporated into the mix well. The TrueHD encoding provides slightly better fidelity, with better articulation, especially noticeable in the bass and dialogue. This is a very enjoyable soundtrack. (Danny Richelieu)