Animatrix

Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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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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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Editorial Reviews

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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/3/2003
  • UPC: 085392427628
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: with Soundtrack CD
  • Time: 1:29:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 42,515

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
Andy Wachowski Screenwriter
Larry Wachowski Screenwriter
Mahiro Maeda Director
Andy Jones Director
Shinichiro Watanabe Director
Yoshiaki Kawajiri Director
Koji Morimoto Director
Peter Chung Director
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Side #1 -- The Animatrix (DVD)
   Visions 1-9
      1: Final Flight of the Osiris
      2: The Second Renaissance Part I
      3: The Second Renaissance Part II
      4: Kid's Story
      5: Program
      6: World Record
      7: Beyond
      8: A Detective Story
      9: Matriculated
      Play All
   Translator
      Spoken Languages: English
      Spoken Languages: Japanese
      Binary Code: English
      Binary Code: Français
      Binary Code: Español
      Binary Code: Off
   Bonus Data
      Voices
         Play All
         The Second Renaissance Part I by Mahiro Maeda
         The Second Renaissance Part II by Mahiro Maeda
         Program by Yoshiaki Kawajiri
         World Record by Takeshi Koike
      Scrolls to Screen: The History and Culture of Anime
      Creators
         Directors
            Peter Chung: Matriculated
            Andy Jones: Final Flight of the Osiris
            Yoshiaki Kawajiri: Program
            Takeshi Koike: World Record
            Mahiro Maeda: The Second Renaissance Part I
            Mahiro Maeda: The Second Renaissance Part II
            Koji Morimoto: Beyond
            Shinichiro Watanabe: Kid's Story, A Detective Story
         Segment Producers
            Michael Arias
            Hirdaki Takeuchi
            Eiko Tanaka
      Execution
         Play All
         Final Flight of the Osiris
         The Second Renaissance Parts I and II
         Kid's Story and A Detective Story
         Program
         World Record
         Beyond
         Matriculated
      Enter the Matrix: In the Making
      Go Further Down the Rabbit Hole... Plug Disc Into Your DVD-ROM Drive
Side #2 -- The Animatrix: The Album (CD)
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