Animatrix

Animatrix

Director: Andy Jones, Andy Wachowski, Koji Morimoto, Mahiro Maeda

Cast: Andy Jones, Andy Wachowski, Koji Morimoto, Mahiro Maeda

     
 

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Seven internationally respected animators bring a new side of the visions of The Matrix to life in this collection, which gets a full-bodied presentation on DVD. The Animatrix has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1, which has been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The audio has been

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Seven internationally respected animators bring a new side of the visions of The Matrix to life in this collection, which gets a full-bodied presentation on DVD. The Animatrix has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1, which has been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital 5.1; in addition to the original English-language soundtrack, this edition features an alternate Japanese track and optional subtitles in English, French, and Spanish. Bonus materials include a history of Japanese anime, profiles of the directors and producers of these short films, commentaries on four films, a behind-the-scenes look at the production of the Matrix series, additional DVD-ROM material, and an additional audio CD of music from this collection.

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Andy and Larry Wachowski's mind-bending science fiction noir gets animated in The Animatrix, a collection of nine Matrix-related anime shorts. Released in anticipation of the live-action sequels The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, none of these self-contained stories are mere cartoons. Some of the finest animation talents from both the U.S. and Japan display their talents here, making for a distinct variety of visual styles. Still, expect the same thrilling excitement we've come to associate with the Matrix franchise -- and from anime in general. The nine films are as follows:
  • "Final Flight of the Osiris" -- In this 3-D computer-animated piece, the crew of the hovercraft Osiris must get a message of vital importance back to Zion. That would seem easy to do, but there's an armada of Sentinels standing in the way. Andy Jones, an animation director on Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within directs the Wachowski brothers' script.
  • "The Second Renaissance" (Parts I and II) -- The genesis of the Matrix: The last cities of mankind, the war with the machines, and humanity's ultimate downfall. It's an epic guided tour of the Zion archives and Matrix lore. Blue Submarine No. 6's Mahiro Maeda directs another Wachowski script.
  • "Kid's Story" -- Sitting in his high school classroom, a kid gets a personalized invitation from Neo to escape the Matrix. But finding an exit proves more difficult than he ever imagined. Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop) directs the Wachowskis' final script of the series.
  • "Program" -- In the simulated world of a samurai training program, a soldier of Zion is forced to choose between love and her comrades in the real world. Written and directed by Ninja Scroll's Yoshiaki Kawajiri.
  • "World Record" -- Through an incredible combination of will power and physical strength, a world record-holding sprinter breaks out of the Matrix and gets an all-too-brief glimpse of the real world beyond. Takeshi Koike (Party 7) directs a script by Yoshiaki Kawajiri.
  • "Beyond" -- In a quiet town where all is not as it seems, a girl finds a bug in the system: an abandoned mansion in which anything seems possible. Then the exterminators arrive to "de-bug." Written and directed by Koji Morimoto (Akira).
  • "A Detective Story" -- A hard-boiled private investigator tracks cyber-criminal Trinity through the "looking glass." Written and directed by Shinichiro Watanabe.
  • "Matriculated" -- A group of rebels capture a sentient robot and program it to act as an ally for their cause and prefer their "human Matrix" to machine reality. They succeed too well; the robot's appetite for the "human Matrix" may exceed the humans' ability to supply it. Written and directed by Peter Chung (Aeon Flux).
  • Product Details

    Release Date:
    06/03/2003
    UPC:
    0085392427628
    Rating:
    NR
    Source:
    Warner Home Video
    Region Code:
    1
    Presentation:
    [Wide Screen]
    Time:
    1:29:00

    Special Features

    Includes the soundtrack CD, which features an eclectic techno soundtrack supervised by renowned DJ/producer Jason Bentley with Juno Reactor, Death in Vegas, Massive Attack, and Meat Beat Manifesto.

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    Cast & Crew

    Performance Credits
    Carrie-Anne Moss Trinity
    Dane A. Davis 01 Representitive to the UN
    Hedy Burress Cis,Koko
    John de Mita Teacher
    John DiMaggio Crew Man
    Mindy Clarke Alexa
    Tress MacNeille Housewife
    Victor Williams Dan
    Bette Ford Old Woman
    James Arnold Taylor Raul,Rick,Kid Walla
    John Wesley Dan's Dad
    Phil LaMarr Duo
    Keanu Reeves Neo
    Rick Gomez Pilot
    Tom Kenny Operator
    Clayton Watson MIchael Popper/The Kid
    Kevin Richardson Thadeus

    Technical Credits
    Andy Jones Director
    Andy Wachowski Screenwriter
    Koji Morimoto Director
    Mahiro Maeda Director
    Peter Chung Director
    Shinichiro Watanabe Director
    Yoshiaki Kawajiri Director
    Larry Wachowski Screenwriter

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