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Ultimate Matrix Collection

The Ultimate Matrix Collection

Director: Andy Jones, Andy Wachowski, Josh Oreck, Koji Morimoto

Cast: Andy Jones, Andy Wachowski, Josh Oreck, Koji Morimoto


Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Kryssa Schemmerling
Take a pinch of The Terminator, a dash of William Gibson's computer cowboy sensibility, add a healthy dollop of Hong Kong action cinema and the result is The Matrix, the most inventive science fiction flick to light up a movie screen in recent years. Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), a super-cool, philosophy-spouting rebel with psychic abilities, and his latex-sheathed female sidekick, Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss), turn disaffected computer wiz Neo (Keanu Reeves) into a kung fu-fighting warrior who goes head to head against the forces of evil deep in cyberspace. Even if some viewers get lost in the twisting storyline, the dazzling special effects and mind-blowing sets will keep most of them on the very edge of their seats.
Barnes & Noble - R.J. Wafer
Take a trip back into The Matrix with this no-holds-barred, behind-the-scenes look at the modern classic that, like Star Wars before it, redefined the sci-fi/action genre for all time. From the grueling physical training of stunt-performing stars Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, and Carrie-Anne Moss to the revelatory footage, fans will find themselves even more deeply ensnared within The Matrix. In new interviews, directors Larry and Andy Wachowski, producer Joel Silver, and master choreographer Yuen Woo-Ping (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) offer more details on the film's origins and the development of its Oscar-winning special effects. And just when you thought it was over, the real gem comes: A special sneak peek at the top-secret sets of the upcoming sequels, plus a first look at the upcoming Matrix television anime project.
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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).
  • Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
    Keanu Reeves is back as Neo, the erstwhile hacker and reluctant messiah, in this visually stunning sequel from the imaginative writing-producing-directing siblings Andy and Larry Wachowski. Once again, we are transported to the ersatz reality of the future, created and sustained by computers under the direction of a malevolent entity. In this second installment of the trilogy, the hidden city of Zion, home to all humans freed from the tyranny of the Matrix, is threatened by an army of probes a quarter million strong. Neo, working with his mentor, Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), has just 72 hours to stave off the attack, and he's handicapped by the mental torture resulting from a recurring dream in which his beloved Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) meets a horrible death at the hands of the enemy. Having redefined sci-fi action with the first Matrix, the Wachowski brothers labor mightily to top themselves with several bravura sequences, including a vertigo-inducing scene in which Neo battles an army of dark-suited, sunglasses-wearing villains cloned from his nemesis, Agent Smith (played with wry insouciance by Hugo Weaving). But The Matrix Reloaded isn't just a collection of action scenes: The Wachowskis delve deeper into their mythology, making the film considerably more challenging to absorb. Reeves is, once again, properly enigmatic as Neo, while Moss gets an opportunity to exhibit the smoldering passion bubbling beneath Trinty's surface. Monica Bellucci lends able support as, you guessed it, a temptress. Other welcome additions include Jada Pinkett Smith as a swift-kicking former lover of Morpheus's and Anthony Zerbe as a wise patriarch of Zion. The tremendous cult of Matrix fans has been more than satisfied by this visually sumptuous, intellectually stimulating sequel. Movie lovers eager for a few hours of eye-popping pyrotechnics won't be disappointed, either.

    Product Details

    Release Date:
    Warner Home Video
    [Wide Screen]
    [Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

    Special Features

    Written introduction by the Wachowski Brothers; Commentaries by:; Philosphers: Dr. Cornel West and Ken Wilber; Crititcs: Todd McCarthy, John Powers and David Thomson; Cast/Crew: Carrie-Ann Moss, Zach Staenberg and John Gaeta for the Matrix; Composer: Don Davis with music-only track for the Matrix; Feature-length documentary the Matrix Revisited; Behind the Matrix documentary; Gallery: 83 total featurettes with the MTV Movie Awards Reloaded and 3-D Evolutions stills gallery; The Music Revisited: 41-track audio selection of nearly 3 hours of music; Music videos: Marilyn Manson's Rock Is Dead and P.O.D.'s Sleeping Awake; Enter the Matrix: The Game documentary; Enter the Matrix:; View 23 live-action scenes shot for the video game that plug into the action of the Matrix Reloaded; The Animatrix: 9 short films from pioneering animé directors exploring the world of the Matrix, plus 3 director commentaries and 8 documentaries, including Scrolls to Screen: The History and Culture of Animé; The Roots of the Matrix: Historical, philosphical and technological inspirations are explored in insightful documentaries; The Burly Man Chronicles: Probe the society of actors, craftspeople and filmmakers who shaped the movie trilogy and the Enter the Matrix console game, in a feature-length documentary, plus 21 featurette; The Zion Archive: Production assets developed for the Matrix Universe, including concept art, storyboards, drawings, music videos, music rave reel; Theatrical trailers and tv spots

    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
    Keanu Reeves Interviewee,Neo
    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
    Laurence Fishburne Interviewee,Morpheus
    Phil LaMarr Duo
    Rick Gomez Pilot
    Tom Kenny Operator
    Clayton Watson MIchael Popper/The Kid
    Hugo Weaving Agent Smith
    Kevin Richardson Thadeus
    Gloria Foster The Oracle
    Jada Pinkett Smith Niobe
    Joe Pantoliano Cypher

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

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