The Matrix

Directed by Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski
Starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne

Steeplechase Entertainment | June 27, 2000 | DVD

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With THE MATRIX, the Wachowskis have established themselves as innovative filmmakers that 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 lead 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 (lead 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.

Video Release: June 27, 2000

Theatrical Release: 1999

Runtime: 144

Rating: R (MPAA)

Studio: Steeplechase Entertainment

UPC: 663286201136

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The Matrix

Directed by Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski
Starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne

Video Release: June 27, 2000

Theatrical Release: 1999

Runtime: 144

Rating: R (MPAA)

Studio: Steeplechase Entertainment

UPC: 663286201136


Edition Description
  • Dolby Surround AC-3
  • Collectors Edition
  • Color
  • Runtime: 144 minutes
  • NTSC (Canada and USA)
  • Originally in English
  • Released in English

Synopsis

With THE MATRIX, the Wachowskis have established themselves as innovative filmmakers that 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 lead 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 (lead 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.

Description

Reeves is "Neo," a computer hacker who wastes his days at a soul-sucking corporate job so that he may spend nights in his dingy apartment hacking into all sorts of information he shouldn't be privy to. Without warning, he is drawn into a complex plot by a band of futuristic freedom fighters, led by the philosophical Morpheus (Fishburne), who informs Neo that he may be "The One" who can put an end to the Matrix- a scheme which has pulled the wool over the eyes of the human race. You see, life in 1999 is actually a false front put up by higher, octopus-like beings to cover up the fact that it's actually hundreds of years in the future and humankind has been enslaved for their evil purposes. But that's just a surface explanation for this mind-bending, complex yarn from the Wachowski Brothers (BOUND), which combines STAR WARS-like mythmaking, Hong Kong style kick-n-shoot action, and the latest digital effects to create the left-field hit of 1999.

Notes

Platinum Boxed Collector's Set includes 8 Original Lobby Cards and Limited Edition "Senitype" Image with 35mm Film Frame DVD Features: Region 1 Snap Case 2-Disk Set Disc One - THE MATRIX: Notes: Additional DVD-ROM features include Three Original Essays: "From Script to Screen" - A Retrospective on Comic-Book Based Films, "Everybody Loves Kung-Fu Fighting!" - A Retrospective on Martial Arts, "Infinity and Beyond!" - A Retrospective on Science-Fiction Films. Related Articles: "A Hacker's Haunting Vision of Beauty" - New York Times, "If the Cityscape is only a Dream" - New York Times, "Metaphysics" - Time Magazine, "Maximizing THE MATRIX" - Newsweek Magazine Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35 Single Side - Dual Layer Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 - English Additional Release Material: Behind the Scenes Footage Featurette - 1. HBO FIRST LOOK: MAKING THE MATRIX 2. WHAT IS BULLET TIME? 3. WHAT IS THE CONCEPT? Audio Commentary - 1. Carrie-Anne Moss - Star, Zach Staenberg - Editor, John Gaeta - Visual Effects Supervisor 2. Don Davis - Composer Isolated Music Score Trailers - 1. Original Theatrical Trailer 2. Bonus Trailers Interactive Features: Hidden Features - 1. TAKE THE RED PILL Pop-up - 1. FOLLOW THE WHITE RABBIT to Nine Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes DVD-ROM Features: PC Only Screenplay/Storyboard Access DVD-ROM Games - 1. ARE YOU "THE ONE"? Trivia Challenge Weblinks Screensaver Chat Links Disc Two - MATRIX REVISITED: Single Side - Dual Layer Additional Release Material: Interviews - 1. Filmmakers 2. Cast 3. Filmmakers of upcoming MATRIX ANIME PROJECT Behind the Scenes Training Footage of MATRIX 2 Interactive Features: Web Links - 1. whatisthematrix.com 2. MATRIX 2 site 3. MATRIX 3 site Updates of Future Online Events
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