Taking some comments I made over at HTT and creating a new thread here: Some initial impressions. The video is an obvious improvement from the DVD. I watched the training scene and the scene where Morpheus is being interrogated all the way to the end. It still amazes me to see high action HD without any compression artifacts! You get so used to seeing macroblocking on cable/satellite/OTA that it is a pleasant surprise to have a smooth, clean picture even during high action/particle movement! The audio is great. The DVD that I have (the original Matrix) had a very hyped up soundtrack, including some VERY heavy handed bass (IMO). The TrueHD mix is more subtle and I found myself hearing some of the nuances (think simple foley work like cloth rubbing when people move) that I did not pick up on before. This subtle but clear presentation of sound provides an overall more immersive experience as you are allowed to let yourself escape into the movie. The smoother mix also allows one to appreciate the music alot more! This is not an in your face "show off" type sound mix. Although I will say they certainly shook the room with the subwoofer near the end of the film when Neo flexes the walls! All in all, a great addition to for those who love The Matrix (or its sequels) and want the best respresentation for their home viewing. It has been a long time, but I am hyped about finding time to sit down and watch all of the movies again. It is far too seldom now that I really get excited about enjoying the benefits of my HT and it is wonderful to have that sort of anticipation again! ================================= Additional Notes: This received a 5 Star Audio and Video rating from High-Def Digest. http://hddvd.highdefdigest.com/matrix_ct.html _________________ The IME feature is pretty cool. It is not a single running commentary, but appears to have several people commenting on different aspects of the film at different times. Sometimes it is just an audio overlay, and other times a PIP screen pops up with someone discussing the movie or showing some part of the film making process related to what is currently on screen. There are also several commentaries, but I did not check them out yet. For those of you keeping track at home: 136 minutes: lossless audio 4 commentary tracks IME (including PIP) Theatrical trailers and TV spots 1 music videos 2 English soundtracks, 1 French and 1 Spanish soundtrack Documentary Gallery: 7 featurettes 3 hours of "music revisited" (41 tracks) 1 30 GB HD DVD The disc also includes a code so you can download "The Animatrix" from XBox Live! A nice bonus!