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For some unknown reason, I've got shin splints in my right leg and it's KILLING me.  Maybe I slept strangely, with my leg protruding at an unnatural angle?  Maybe I ran in my sleep?  I know I had a weird dream this morning which took place inside a Simpsons episode, and where my dogs (who were also animated) were accused of being terrorists, possibly because they were wearing the tiniest little baseball caps you'd ever seen. 

Ended up choosing option (b) and collapsed when I got home last night.  Watched a little bit of The Matrix in HD, just wanting to see how big a difference there is, and... well... yeah, there's a big fucking difference.  Actually, there's SUCH a big difference that it took me out of the movie.  Case in point:  the movie's introduction, where Trinity is being chased over rooftops by an Agent.  Now, I've seen the first movie many many times, and I've seen the making-of docs, but this was the first time where I could finally tell that this was all a set - the cityscape background is now obviously a 2D background, and I could even see the black curtains on the ceiling of the stage. 

Tangent:  a lot has been said that it was the porn industry that ultimately had the most to do with settling the VHS/Beta format war in the 80s, and that they may have a hand in ultimately sealing the deal between BluRay and HD.  All I can say is:  I'm not sure that porn needs to be seen in high definition.  In fact, I'm pretty sure that it shouldn't.
When I caught the second Matrix movie on TNT HD, I saw that same thing in the effects. The CGI looked fake and the actors looked, for lack of a better term, PASTEDED ON.
Well, there's a lot in the 2nd movie that needed more time to cook - aside from the car chase, most of it felt unfinished. However, I think the 3rd movie, while still shitty as a movie, might look fantastic.
I wonder how Gangs of New York would look on your set up. I have that in my collection. Just watched it again on my $100 TV that is about 15" x15". The opening gang fight is bloody, not martial artish...and strange irony, that in the last scene, the Twin Towers are on the Manhattan horizon. Ah well.
Movies are so addicting... I used to muse that when I die, tv shows and movies would pass before my eyes instead of life.