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.


Studio Warner
SKU 210558263
UPC 883929039159
UPC 14 00883929039159
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 7/23/2013
Rating Rating
Essential Cinema
Future/Futuristic Worlds
Kung Fu
Martial Arts
Special Effects
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note With THE MATRIX, the Wachowskis have established themselves as innovative filmmakers who push the boundaries of live-action films. Like the groundbreaking STAR WARS, THE MATRIX (also the first film of a trilogy) showcases a unique visual style, one the Wachowskis achieved through an array of techniques and digital effects, some never before seen in mainstream Hollywood films. Although computer morphing technology had been used before in films such as THE ABYSS and TERMINATOR 2, the Wachowskis were the first to use "bullet time," a time-bending digital effect that utilizes both computer-generated imagery and still photography. ^The film itself is a complex story that aspires to mythology, focusing on a computer hacker named Neo (Keanu Reeves) who searches for the truth behind the mysterious force known as the Matrix. He finds his answer with a group of strangers led by the charismatic Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne). What they encounter in confronting that truth makes for a lightning-paced, eye-popping thrill ride of a movie. Packed with stunning fight scenes (choreographed by accomplished Hong Kong director Yuen Wo-Ping), astonishing visual effects, quotable lines, and a terrific supporting cast (led by Carrie-Anne Moss, in her first major Hollywood film), THE MATRIX is a bold triumph that raises the bar for all science fiction films.
Plot Summary
Summary An imaginative hybrid of action, kung fu, and science fiction, THE MATRIX is a hyperkinetic, mind-bending, and visionary spectacle. Keanu Reeves stars as Neo, a disaffected computer hacker seeking the answer to the question, "What is the Matrix?" His search leads him to the elusive Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), who begins to enlighten Neo about the illusions of his so-called reality. In accepting the answer Morpheus provides, Neo is hurled into a futuristic world where old realities are shattered, and he must fight for his life, and the future of humanity, against a dangerous group of inhuman government agents.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "What is the Matrix?"--Neo (Keanu Reeves) to Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss)
Quote "Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself."--Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) to Neo| |"I know kung fu."--Neo to Morpheus and Tank (Marcus Chong)
Quote "Have you ever had a dream, Neo, that you were so sure was real? What if you were unable to wake from that dream? How would you know the difference between the dream world and the real world?"--Morpheus to Neo
Quote "Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You are a plague, and we are the cure."--Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) to Morpheus
Quote "The Matrix is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth."--Morpheus to Neo
Quote "The answer is out there, Neo, it's looking for you. And it will find you, if you want it to."--Trinity to Neo
Quote "Welcome to the real world."--Morpheus to Neo
Quote "Whoa."--Neo upon seeing Morpheus make a gravity-defying leap
Sight and Sound "...A feast of unexpected fidgets and perspectives, punctuated by trademark overhead shots and teasing detail and detour....THE MATRIX is a wonderland of tricks and stunts..." 07/??/1999 p.47
Rolling Stone "...THE MATRIX soars with its feet in the air..." 05/29/1999 p.76
Premiere "...A breathtaking rollercoaster ride..." -- 4 out of 5 stars 11/01/1999 p.134
USA Today "...Clever....This virtual-reality saga takes advantage of Reeves' sometimes endearingly boyish personality..." 03/31/1999 p.12D
Los Angeles Times "...A wildly cinematic futuristic thriller..." 03/31/1999 p.F1
Chicago Sun-Times "...THE MATRIX is a visually dazzling cyberadventure, full of kinetic excitement....It's great looking, both in its design and in the kinetic energy that powers it. It uses flawlessly integrated special effects and animation to visualize regions of cyberspace..." 03/31/1999 p.48
Larry Wachowski
Andy Wachowski
Keanu Reeves
Laurence Fishburne
Carrie-Anne Moss
Cast & Crew
Marcus Chong - Star
Hugo Weaving - Star
Keanu Reeves - Star
Laurence Fishburne - Star
Julian Arahanga - Star
Gloria Foster - Star
Belinda McClory - Star
Joe Pantoliano - Star
Matt Doran - Star
Carrie-Anne Moss - Star
Anthony Ray Parker - Star
Bill Pope - Director of Photography
Yuen Woo-ping - Fight Choreographer
Andy Wachowski - Screenwriter
Dane Davis - Sound Effects Editor
Owen Paterson - Production Designer
Joel Silver - Producer
Don Davis - Composer
Zach Staenberg - Editor
Larry Wachowski - Screenwriter
John Gaeta - Visual Effects Supervisor
Larry Wachowski - Director
Andy Wachowski - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1999
Catalog ID 1000042991
UPC 00883929039159
Number of Discs 1
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
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
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.
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.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Anniversary Edition, Widescreen, Book
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
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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