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We do things a little differently here than you may be used to, so here is a quick tutorial of how our Blu-ray scorecards work.

Most review sites use a 1-5 star scoring system when reviewing Blu-ray releases. Due to the amount of detail contained in a review scorecard, we had to re-think the way to display our review ratings. Gone is the standardized “star” rating structure, replaced with a simple + or -.

So how do these + and - relate to the old-school star ratings? In our world, a + would be the equivalent to a 4 or 5 rating while a - would equate to a 1, 2 or 3 rating. So if a disc gets a + rating in one of the categories, you know it is top quality.

These +’s and -’s are then weighted (35% film, 25% audio, 25% video, 15% extras) to create an overall verdict of the disc, back in the common five-star rating system... it is quite a science.

Here are the terms used in our Blu-ray scorecard so you can get a better understanding of what each of our ratings mean...

Film

  • plot (story, flow)
  • acting (dialogue/believability)
  • sound (score/soundtrack/sound mixing)
  • visuals (special effects/costumes/set design/vibrancy/cinematography)
  • entertainment value (replay value, watchability)

Audio

  • fidelity (degree of accuracy with which sound is recorded or reproduced)
  • dynamic range (difference between the max level of distortion-free signal and the minimum limit)
  • dialogue (clarity and placement of voice activity)
  • bass (LFE) (low in pitch; of the lowest pitch or range)
  • soundstage (surround activity, sound movement through the different channels)

Video

  • transfer (lack of digital artifacts/noise/edge enhancements/compression artifacts)
  • image depth (dimension, 3D feel)
  • sharpness (lack of film grain, clarity of image, image detail)
  • color levels (color accuracy, vibrancy)
  • contrast (accurate deep black levels, range of brightness between the darkest/lightest elements)

Extras

We have taken a very simplified approach to the this section by informing which extras add value to a release and which are not worth your time. We have listed the most commonly valuable extras found on Blu-ray releases - featurettes, commentaries, deleted scenes (including outtakes and alternate endings), documentaries & digital extras (digital copy, bonus view, bd-live) - and if the extra is worth watching you will see a +, if the disc does not contain the extra or it is not worth watching you will see a -.

We are really changing the game here, so this new review format may take some getting used to... but I am sure you will come to realize that this new game is the way it should be played.

The Matrix Resurrections (4K Edition) | reviewed by: William O'Donnell | March 3, 2022
  plot acting sound visuals entertainment value
film
  fidelity dynamic range dialogue bass soundstage
audio
  transfer image depth sharpness color levels contrast
video
  featurettes commentaries deleted scenes documentaries digital extras
extras
verdict
The trouble with this high level of presentation is some of the graphic rendering gets revealed. Only in some moments does it look dated.
genre Action | Sci-Fi
synopsis Plagued by strange memories, Neo's life takes an unexpected turn when he finds himself back inside the Matrix.
lead actors Keanu Reeves | Carrie-Anne Moss | Yahya Abdul-Mateen II | Jessica Henwick | Jonathan Groff | Neil Patrick Harris | Priyanka Chopra Jonas | Christina Ricci | Jada Pinkett Smith | Telma Hopkins | Chad Stahelski | Lambert Wilson | Brian J. Smith | Toby Onwumere | Max Riemelt | Eréndira Ibarra | Andrew Lewis Caldwell | Joshua Grothe | Michael X. Sommers | L. Trey Wilson | Mumbi Maina | Max Mauff | Purab Kohli | Freema Agyeman | Sabrina Strehl | Andrew Rothney | Cooper Rivers | Esther Silex | Frank Isom | Leo Sheng | John Gaeta | Donald Mustard | Kim Libreri | Joe Mazza | Julian Grey | Gaige Chaturantabut | Tiger Hu Chen | Volkhart Buff | Amadei Weiland | Stephen Dunlevy | Ellen Hollman | Ian Pirie | Nicolas de Pruyssenaere | Felix Quinton | Aaron Pina | Dani Swan | London Breed | Steven Roy | Mercy Malick | Juval Dieziger | James McTeigue | Sarah McTeigue | William W. Barbour | Kenny Beers | Cabran E. Chamberlain | Thomas Dalby | Erwin Felicilda | John Lobato | Ed Moy | James D. Weston II | Laurence Fishburne | Hugo Weaving
director Lana Wachowski