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The Matrix Resurrections, the fourth live-action installment in the Matrix film franchise, starring Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen Ⅱ, and directed and co-written by franchise co-creator Lana Wachowski, was released in North American theatres by Warner Bros. on December 22, 2021.
In Canada, theatres were initially the only place to see Matrix 4 (as the film has sometimes been called), and in some provinces the movie remains available to see on the big screen.
However, in light of rising coronavirus cases, and the resulting closures of cinemas in several provinces including Ontario and Quebec, Warner Bros. Canada announced on January 7 that The Matrix Resurrections would be made available for premium video-on-demand (PVOD) digital purchase or rental starting on Friday, January 14, 2022.
Warners has indicated that the film will be offered digitally for a suggested retail price of $29.99 to purchase, or $24.99 for a 48-hour rental. (All prices in this article are in Canadian dollars and are before applicable sales taxes.)
The Matrix Resurrections is now available for digital purchase or rental in Canada through the following retailers:
- Amazon Prime Video Store
- Apple TV / iTunes Store
- Cineplex Store
- Google Play Movies & TV
- Microsoft Movies & TV
- YouTube Movies
- Cable or fibre TV service provider video-on-demand services (on set-top boxes), with providers including Bell, Rogers, Cogeco, SaskTel, Shaw, Telus, and Vidéotron
Premium VOD, also known by names like "premium rental" or "Home Premiere", has been offered as an alternative to allow people to watch new movies from home at various points during the pandemic. However, because it's only possible to charge per household, the rental prices are set quite high to start during the premiere period – at a similar price to two adult movie tickets. If you're able to wait a few months, the at-home rental prices will eventually come down.
Can I stream it on HBO Max or Crave in Canada?
Not yet – at least not in a way that's been authorized by WarnerMedia – but it should be available on Crave later in 2022.
In the United States, The Matrix Resurrections is the last movie under Warner Bros.' "Project Popcorn" day-and-date streaming release strategy, where its films would be made available on the co-owned HBO Max streaming service for the first thirty days after theatrical release.
However, HBO Max is not yet available in Canada in a way that has been authorized by its parent company, and in any event, Warner Bros. declined to make these films available to stream on the same terms in countries outside the U.S., even in other regions where HBO Max has since launched.
Instead, we expect Matrix 4 to be made available on Bell Media's Crave streaming service within the next few months, under an earlier deal with Warner Bros. – likely by May 2022, but potentially sooner, based on how quickly some other recent Warner Bros. movies have arrived on Crave.
For example, Wonder Woman 1984, which was released in theatres in December 2020 under similar circumstances, became available on Crave in May 2021. However, The Many Saints of Newark, which hit cinemas in October 2021, became available on Crave just three months later in January 2022.
We will continue to keep an eye on the situation and update this page as warranted.
- January 14, 2022 – updated some links and other content to reflect availability