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Overview

What if virtual reality wasn't just for fun, but was being used to imprison you? That's the dilemma that faces mild-mannered computer jockey Thomas Anderson (Keanu Reeves) in The Matrix. It's the year 2070, and Anderson works in a cubicle, manning a computer and doing a little hacking on the side. It's while engaged in the latter activity that Thomas makes the acquaintance of Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), who has some interesting news for Mr. Anderson -- none of what's going on around him is real. It seems Thomas, like most people, is a victim of The Matrix, a massive artificial intelligence system that has tapped into people's minds and created the illusion of a real world, while using their brains and bodies for energy, tossing them away like spent batteries when they're through. Morpheus, however, is convinced Thomas is "Neo," the "one" who can crack open The Matrix and bring his people to both physical and psychological freedom. The Matrix is the second feature film from the sibling writer/director team of Andy Wachowski and Larry Wachowski, who made an impressive debut with the stylish erotic crime thriller Bound. —Mark Deming, All-Movie Guide

  • Coded for Region 1 - For use in the U.S. and Canada only.
  • This film is rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America.
    Restricted, Under 17 Requires Accompanying Parent Or Adult Guardian
  • Interactive menus and scene access
  • Features behind-the-scenes documentaries and featurettes
  • Feature-length audio commentary with Carrie-Ann Moss, Editor Zach Staenberg, and Visual Effects Supervisor John Gaeta
  • Music-only audio track with commentary by composer Don Davis
  • Dual-layer widescreen format
  • Audio in English, Dolby Digital 5.1
  • English subtitles
  • 136 minutes

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Ron Wells
Prepare to be blind-sided by this stunning achievement in film, which asks the question, "What is the Matrix?" Writer/directors Andy Wachowski and Larry Wachowski spent a year in pre-production to create the Matrix and its waking counterpart. All the hard work shows. The brothers have incorporated their influences: cyberpunk, Hong Kong martial art films, Philip K. Dick, Japanese anime, and comic books. In doing so, they, like George Lucas in the Star Wars movies, have reflected on the conventions of the old as a gateway into a new paradigm of the form. You'll see bits that remind you of other films, but never another film that feels quite like this one. The one caveat I would have is there's a whole lot of exposition to explain what you're seeing. It's a flaw common from book adaptations and this project was originally generated for comics. Any less talk, though, might lose the audience. I'll just say to anyone lamenting the state of American cinema since the 1970s, if you're curious where the next generation of auteurs is coming from, look in the art houses and look in The Matrix. —All-Movie Guide
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780790742618
  • Publisher: Warner Brothers Publications
  • Publication date: 9/21/1999
  • Format: DVD - NTSC

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2000

    Best Movie Ever!

    i think this movie is the best movie i have ever seen.the special effects are amazing especially the Bullet-Time photography. The plot is great,the actors are well chosen, the script is great and i wont go on all night typing about this movie. If you want to see a great movie that you will see again and again and again and.... watch 'The Matrix'. Unfortunetley no one can be told what the Matrix is...You have to see it for yourself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2000

    Best movie Ever!

    This movie puts together every peace of every dream I have ever had. Great movie. There is no better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2000

    A totally AWESOME movie!!!!!!!!!!

    One word: WOW. I'm not the type of person to become addicted to a movie that easily, but after watching The Matrix, I knew it was in a class of its own! Keanu Reeves is totally awesome as Neo, and Carrie-Ann Moss does a great job playing Trinity, as well as Laurence Fishburne as Morpheus. The visual effects were the best I've ever seen, and I can't wait for the sequels. Really makes you think...hey, when your dealing with digital reality, anything is possible!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2000

    A MUST SEE!!!!

    The Matrix is a must see, even if you don't like Science-Fiction movies. Sci-Fi's aren't my favorite type of movie. However, this movies was OUTSTANDING! On a scale from 1 to 10 it's definitly a 10. This film uses a type of filming called bullet-time photography. It slow's down the picture and allows the viewer to see the camera angle like it's moving all around. But it's really just a bunch of still pictures taken and put into the movie. THIS MOVIE IS A MUST SEE FOR ALL MOVIE LOVERS!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2000

    we are in the matrix

    i read the matrix as a metaphor for consumer culture and the leeching of affect produced through being 'plugged in' to 'mainstream' media. the 'dumbing down' and loss of affect produced thru simulated cultures manifests in contemporary contexts in fear, paranoia and rage. this does not reflect our biological make up, but is technologically / culturally produced. neo functions as a symbol of liberation from control - from the control of the 'webs' of power and discipline. neo also represents embodiment - the duality of mind and body - and the cultural production of imbalance. the film also signifies cross cultural themes of faith, salvation, and the transcental power of love. the ideas i have used here are public. i believe they r popular within science fiction. further reading: barthes, foucault, baudrillard....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2000

    The Matrix in a nutshell (or virtural reality world for that matter)

    The Matrix was the best movie I have ever seen. It contains some of the most appealing visual effects throughout all of the movies coming out. This movie does not have very good dialogue, but after seeing it in the theaters twice, renting it once on VHS, and knowing it was out on DVD and owning a DVD Player, it was a must-buy for me. If you buy this, you will not regret it. Surely a movie for other movies' reviews to be based upon. I really enjoyed Keanu Reeves as Neo, the hacker who discovers the truth about the real world, Laurence Fishburne as Morpheus, Neo's teacher, and Carrie-Anne Moss as the (i must say hot) black leather wearing sidekick of sorts for Neo. MUST SEE!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 1999

    A Plausible World View

    This is an incredibly heady movie! Eye candy and food for thought. I found this story to reflect a very plausible explanation for the world we live in. I especially appreciated the exploration of faith, what we put our belief in, and the 'rules' we order our lives by. I also appreciated the reality of doubt that was depicted as I think it is a very real part of what it means to be fully human - to experience 'real' or 'true' life. Awesome special effects - great audio track and an excellent storyline make for a movie that you can chew on well after the credits have ended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 1999

    The Matrix, Profound?

    Reviewer: Stephen Lindsey from Los Angeles The story is inspired by the work of Philip K. Dick, more specifically Dick's search for the messiah and the meaning of reality in 'Valis'. In Valis there is great reference to the Gnostic manuscripts discovered in Nag Hammadi in 1947. The Matrix is no less than the Gnostic story of Genesis, the creation of our universe by a 'material wisdom' (read 'artificial intelligence') who's goal was the creation of a system that would trap 'spirit energy', 'Logos' or Light (the soul) in a vessel (the ego based psyche). The human psyche or conciousness was designed to cut off the spirit energy or soul from it's source and point of origin (God or the 'Ensof')so it would forget it's own true nature and origin. Adam was the first soul trapped in this system. He was immortal in the system which at first was a garden of eden and paradise. Then Eve came and gave Adam the wisdom of the serpent (the truth about the nature of his being and origins in the Ensof). When Neo wants Morpheus to tell him the truth about The Matrix, Morpheus tells him to go to the 'Adam street bridge'. Agent Smith tells Morpheus that the first Matrix was a 'perfect world, where no one suffered' and all those trapped in the system kept 'waking up' (as did Adam). It was such a disaster it had to be redesigned into a world of suffering, as was the very Universe we live in-- the fall from paradise. The psyche and an endless cycle of death and rebirth were created for the perfect the trap. The Gnostics prophesy that Adam returns (numerous times in fact) to lead us all out of this false universe as Neo is thought to be the first man trapped in the Matrix prophesied by the Oracle to return one day to lead humanity out of the Matrix. This knowledge was passed down for centuries by secret mystery schools founded in ancient Babylonian times. A Babylonian king by the name of Nebuchadnezzer was thought to have once defied the artificial intelligence behind the creation of this Universe. Morpheus' ship in The Matrix is, in fact, named after this Babylonian king. So, rent the video and experience a new Genesis model at the same time. Wohhh...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 1999

    FABULOUS dispite Keanu Reeves

    While I personally can't stand Keanu Reeves in the slightest (reason I didn't see it in the theatre), I was completely impressed with this movie. This was a great combination of cinematography, special effects and a 'makes you think' plot/story. The camera angles and little details were a treat to the eye. This DVD also gives plenty of extras - such as a 'behind the scenes' making of the movie and a wonderful soundtrack. Even Keanu wasn't awful in the film...lol. I would highly recommend this to anyone who likes science fiction.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 1999

    Great plot, great special effects, and KEANU IS GREAT (and hot)

    This movie is a must-see for people who love sci-fi action, or even if you don't. I've seen it ten times and counting. It's better each time you see it, and best of all, Keanu Reeves is in it. He is a great actor, and increadibly gorgeous. I loved this movie, and you are definately missing something great if you don't see it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 1999

    gen x answer to star wars

    The characters in this film are so deep. The possibility of human kind living inside the matrix is very possible. Relate Neo to Luke Skywalker, Morpheus to OB1, Trinity to Leia, Tank to Chewy, etc.. E-mail me if you want to talk about other stuff.

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