The Matrix (Blu-ray)

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Perception: Our day-in, day-out world is real.

Reality: That world is a hoax, an elaborate deception spun by all-powerful machines of artificial intelligence that control us.

Mind-warp stunts, techno-slammin' visuals, mega-kick action. Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne lead the flight to free humankind in The Matrix, the see-and-see-again cyberthriller written and directed by The Wachowski Brothers (Bound). The story sears, the special effects stake out new moviemaking territory -- the movie flat-out rocks.

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Studio Warner
SKU 210558263
UPC 883929039159
UPC 14 00883929039159
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 7/23/2013
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Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Awards
Oscar (2000) Dane A. Davis, Winner, Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing,John Gaeta, et. al., Winner, Best Effects, Visual Effects,John T. Reitz, et. al., Winner, Best Sound,Zach Staenberg, Winner, Best Editing
British Academy Awards (2000) David Lee, et. al., Winner, Best Sound,John Gaeta, et. al., Winner, Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects
MTV Award (2000) Keanu Reeves, Winner, Best Male Performance,Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Winner, Best Fight,The Matrix, Winner, Best Movie
Image Award (2000) Laurence Fishburne, Nominee, Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture,The Matrix, Nominee, Outstanding Motion Picture
Grammy (2000) The Matrix, Nominee, Best Soundtrack Album
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review There's no sophomore jinx for the Wachowski Brothers. Andy and Larry, a pair of obviously talented film makers, have returned to theaters with The Matrix, a science fiction thriller that is every bit the match of their debut effort, Bound, for tension, excitement, and intelligence. In an era when movie scripts (especially those pigeonholed into the science fiction genre) are becoming increasingly more stupid and special effects reliant, the Wachowskis prove that style and substance do not have to be mutually exclusive...The Matrix offers a little something for everyone. The die-hard science fiction fan will discover a plot that mixes and matches both new and old conventions of the genre in a compelling fashion. Action aficionados will find that there's no shortage of electric excitement, whether it's in the form of hand-to-hand kung fu-type fights or shoot-outs with seemingly limitless ammunition. There's also betrayal, a little romance, some humor, and a moral dilemma or two, all wrapped into a well-produced package. As I stated earlier, the way in which the Wachowskis choose to resolve everything seems slightly contrived, but, in the overall scheme of things, that's a small price to pay for one of the most enjoyable science fiction thrillers to reach the screen in months.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review "The Matrix" is a visually dazzling cyberadventure, full of kinetic excitement, but it retreats to formula just when it's getting interesting. It's kind of a letdown when a movie begins by redefining the nature of reality, and ends with a shoot-out. We want a leap of the imagination, not one of those obligatory climaxes with automatic weapons fire...I've seen dozens if not hundreds of these exercises in violence, which recycle the same tired ideas: Bad guys fire thousands of rounds, but are unable to hit the good guy. Then it's down to the final showdown between good and evil--a martial arts battle in which the good guy gets pounded until he's almost dead, before he finds the inner will to fight back. Been there, seen that (although rarely done this well)...Keanu Reeves goes for the impassive Harrison Ford approach, "acting" as little as possible. I suppose that's the right idea. Laurence Fishburne finds a balance between action hero and Zen master..."The Matrix" did not bore me. It interested me so much, indeed, that I wanted to be challenged even more. I wanted it to follow its material to audacious conclusions, to arrive not simply at victory, but at revelation. I wanted an ending that was transformational, like "Dark City's," and not one that simply throws us a sensational action sequence. I wanted, in short, a Third Act.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Features
Anniversary Edition, Widescreen, Book
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
Quotes
Christopher Brandon, TNT RoughCut ...some of the most unrivaled and imaginative sci-fi in years.
Cody Clark, Mr. Showbiz This wildly imaginative thriller is a futuristic head trip you most definitely want to take.
Janet Maslin, The New York Times ...a furious special-effects tornado...
Keith Phipps, The Onion A.V. Club ...intelligible, intelligent, and suspenseful...
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times ...combines traditional science-fiction premises with spanking new visual technology in a way that almost defies description.
Manohla Dargis, L.A. Weekly ...a great soundtrack and the best fight choreography this side of Hong Kong...very cool s***.
Shawn Levy, Portland Oregonian ...slams you back in your chair, pops open your eyes and leaves your jaw hanging slack in amazement.

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