Originally Posted by GIK
Well, I stand corrected. Thanks, WMR/Steel.
Well, if you didn't realize that the trilogy was out in the US, it's likely because stores probably didn't order either of the trilogy offerings in any kind of volume and then, since it likely took weeks to sell a copy or two of the overpriced catalogue trilogy, just didn't re-stock.
The biggest mistake(s) with releasing those films in an HD format was that consumers lacked the ability to purchase any of the films as single copies and then they compounded it by not really including any neat collectibles in the box at a price point that really isn't realistic for three "catalogue" films. The irony is that Warner may have used the sales figures from these collections as a reason to chuck HD DVD, but unless contractual stipulations prevented Warner from releasing the films separately, they skewed their own numbers.
All I can say is that I hope Warner will do a better job of giving consumers either choice (separate Matrix films) or value (more extras) when they release the movies on Blu-Ray. Otherwise, I still won't buy.