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Animatrix

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

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

     
 
You've seen the trilogy, now delve even deeper into the technological nightmare of The Matrix with this stunning collection of animated shorts from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, this disc offers audio rendered in either closed-captioned English Dolby Digital 5.1 or Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1 with optional English,

Overview

You've seen the trilogy, now delve even deeper into the technological nightmare of The Matrix with this stunning collection of animated shorts from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, this disc offers audio rendered in either closed-captioned English Dolby Digital 5.1 or Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1 with optional English, Spanish, or French subtitles. Shorts include Final Flight of the Osiris, The Second Renaissance, Part 1, The Second Renaissance, Part 2, Kid's Story, Program, World Record, Beyond, A Detective Story, and Matriculated.

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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:
    0085393731625
    Rating:
    NR
    Source:
    Warner Home Video
    Region Code:
    1
    Presentation:
    [Wide Screen]
    Sound:
    [Dolby Digital Stereo]
    Time:
    1:29:00

    Special Features

    "Scrolls to Screen: The History and Culture of Anime" documentary; Seven featurettes with director profiles, interviews and behind-the-scenes footage of each of the films; Four audio commentaries; "Enter the Matrix" videogame trailer

    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

    Scene Index

    Side #1 --
    1. Final Flight of the Osiris [9:36]
    2. The Second Renaissance Part I [9:16]
    3. The Second Renaissance Part II [9:24]
    4. Kid's Story [9:40]
    5. Program [7:16]
    6. World Record [8:43]
    7. Beyond [13:04]
    8. A Detective Story [9:51]
    9. Matriculated [16:17]

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    Animatrix 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    This is a really neat amine to see. I have enjoyed this and watched this about million times and still I like it but the bad thing is all of the amine is short, but it will better if this was a long story, then a short.
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    I saw Reloaded before I bought The Animatrix, and I have to say, I was expecting more. After seeing the first and second movie, this didn't help me ''learn'' more about the Matrix than I hadn't seen on the big screen. However, after going through all the stories, I realized it's something you want to go back to, and you think about, rather than just watching it all at once. I think that after I watch it a second time, I'll enjoy it more.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    TheHalfBloodPrinceReturns More than 1 year ago
    awesome anime!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    The prequals to the Matrix. Learn about the last cities of mankind, the war with the machines and humanity's ultimate downfall. :)
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    ... and while some of the stories are better than others, all of them are visually stunning, at least occasionally. In my opinion, Beyond is the best of the lot ... it's absolutely a joy to look at. World Record is utterly grotesque -- and absolutely brilliant at the same time. The two shorts by Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop) and Matriculated (by Peter Chung, of Aeon Flux fame) are beautifully stylish, even if I wasn't as excited by their stories; Second Renaissance 1 & 2 as well as Final Flight of the Osiris are neat expansions of the main Matrix storyline, but simply feel like exposition -- but they're so well animated, that it's not a big problem at all. The extras -- ''making of's'' on each of the shorts and a terrific short history of Japanese anime & manga -- are also very well-done. Basically: Beyond and World Record alone are worth owning the DVD for, and the rest are all at least pretty cool, if not great; this is a must for any animation fan's library.
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    This is simply the best collection of stories I have seen in one place. It goes from epic to intimate and never misses a beat. The stories, while varying in quality, give the viewer a sense of the world that we don't see in the movies. I can't wait for Revolutions.
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    Great art with vague plots.
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    This batch of short stories was absolutely sunning and breathtaking. I guarantee that if you saw The Matrix, and didn't like it because you couldn't understand the concept, if you watch this movie, everything will become clear. It's just so interesting to find out how everything came to be. This movie was awesome, The Matrix was awesome, The Matrix Reloaded was awesome, and I'm guessing that The Matrix Revolutions will be awesome as well.
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    I don't know why it got good ratings from those other two morons here, but this was a waste of money. The first one was the only decent one which was, I will admit, interesting. But as for the other 60 some odd minutes of the dvd, it was a waste of money, and I wish I had never bought it. I would give this no stars, but it gave me no choice.
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    Saw one of the shorts when I went to Dreamcatcher --- the animation is stunning! This is definitely a must own for any fan of The Matrix -- can't wait for RELOADED!!! Highly recommend.
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    It must be a guidline for all animators .. We must see everything this way .. Its amazing.
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    So your amazed by the Matrix Trilogy. How can an action movie ever compete with a movie of this magnitude? Thats the point, they can not thus far. Now whats next is to take all genres and raise the level of quality so high it will be years before anyone comes close to it. So the Wachowski brothers take Anime to a whole new level. If you take the creators of Cowboy Bebop, Final Fantasy the Movie, and Akira, you have just created the ultimate monster, the Animatrix. I can not begin to tell you the level of quality of these CG and anime shorts. I wont even mention the video game.
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    There are some incredible pieces in this collection - The 2nd Renaissance and Matriculated in particular (in addition to others). I was truly in awe. It's been a while (since the original Matrix?) since I've seen stories this exciting and powerful. There's a healthy variety here. It serves as a nice introduction to anime as well.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago