“You really want to go back to the Matrix” is one of the big lines in the trailer for The Matrix Resurrections, and for anyone that answers that with a resounding yes, here’s the latest on the UK DVD, Blu-ray and digital release date. The cinema run has been massively affected by the challenge of the global pandemic, which is why Warner Bros. compensated for it with a dual release on HBO Max in North America, but with no service in the UK the physical and digital formats will be a good option for many.
With the death of both Neo and Trinity at the end of The Matrix Revolutions, along with a massive eighteen years away from the big screen, it seemed like the story was done, despite the Oracle’s prediction that we’d see more from the One. As it turns out, she was right, but it just took a long time to string everything together for their return.Advertisement The trailer sees Thomas Anderson in counseling and talking about going back to the Matrix, but it’s hard to be sure about where he is and what’s going on. To add to the uncertainty, he’s also seen meeting Trinity in a coffee shop, but they don’t seem to know each other apart from some strange connection that you see that they share. It left things poised for the big reveal in the full film and if you’ve seen Resurrections then you’ll know what the deal is with it all, which might be the reason you’re down the rabbit hole once again looking for answers about the home entertainment release for yet another Matrix film.
UK Blu-ray, DVD and digital release date
You’re first chance to own the film will be with The Matrix Resurrections UK digital release date, although, you’ll get a chance to see if first from the comfort of your sofa with the home premier / in-theater rental (see link at the bottom of the page for more info about the rent online options). There may not be an official digital release date as of yet, but if you look at when it came out on the big screen (22nd December 2021) and go from there it could arrive as early as out as March 2022 to buy online.Advertisement From there, it should then be out on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK a week or so after that, which would put it around late March, making it one of the contenders for the Easter number 1 spot. However, this is based on the current release schedules, which have been skewed by the global COVID pandemic as seen with The Eternals, No Time To Die and Venom 2: Let There Be Carnage.
If things start to settle down quickly in 2022 in the UK and the home entertainment market reverts to its previous norm then that would push everything back, including The Matrix Resurrections. As a result, it would then come out on DVD, Blu-ray and digital around the end of April, if not early May, which would be a much longer wait.Advertisement If the release strategies line up, which they should do, then the home entertainment formats should have competition from Spider-Man: No Way Home and The King’s Man. Both were out on the big screen at the same time as Matrix 4, so they should be available to buy on DVD, Blu-ray or digital in close proximity to each other too. We’ll update you with more details on the DVD, Blu-ray and 4K release as they get confirmed.
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North America release date
If you take the normal home entertainment release process for North America, The Matrix Resurrections should be available in the US in March 2022 to buy the digital version. The DVD and Blu-ray would then come out one to two weeks afterwards with similarities with the UK release date, and while that would create parity with North America that could well be the direction the industry is heading.
DVD and Blu-ray details
Age rating: 15 (UK) R (US)
Runtime: 2 hours, 28 minutes
Director: Lana Wachowski
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jada Pinkett Smith, Yahya Abdul-Manteen II, Neil Patrick Harris, Jonathan Groff, Lambert Wilson
The Matrix Resurrections had a lot of hype in the run-up to the release and even more expectation to live up to, so it was always going to have a mountain to climb. Our take is that Lana Wachowski has largely ignored all of that and created a movie that tells the story that she wants to put out, which is probably for the best in the long run.
It’s a self-aware critique on the pressures of Hollywood that sticks to its roots just enough, while also going its own way to deliver the message. There’s the Deus Ex-Machina construct building throughout, which was a big part of the original trilogy, and while it feels very unfamiliar in parts it still has a lot of the old-school Matrix style to act as a continuation of where things left off.
There are more than enough moments of quintessential action, intrigue and sci-fi imagery, but without any of the fan service money machine agenda, which would have felt hollow and pointless. Instead, what you get is a new proposition that makes you think about things in a new way. It doesn’t go as far as we’d hoped in terms of reality-bending head messing, but there’s scope for more if there’s a sequel or two.
Overall, there’s a lot to pour over for years to come with the DVD, Blu-ray and digital release and if there are more Matrix films in the offing then it’s going to be interesting to re-watch them all to piece the craziness together. Resurrections may not be perfect, the strange blurred shots are our pet hates, but it does have its moments.
DVD and Blu-ray review: 3.5/5