The Matrix (Blu-ray, 10th Anniversary)

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Blu-ray Disc Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 16 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1999
  • Label: Warner Home Video
  • Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen
  • Audio:
    • (unspecified) English
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 - Portuguese, Spanish
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French, Italian
    • Dolby True HD 5.1 - English
    • SDH
    • Stereo
  • Additional Release Material:
    • TV Spots
    • Music Video:
      1. Marilyn Manson "Rock Is Dead"
    • Documentary:
      1. The Matrix Revisited
    • Trailers:
      1. Theatrical Trailer
    • Featurette:
      1. Written Introduction By The Wachowski Brothers
      2. 4 Commentaries
      3. Behind The Maxtrix Documentary Gallery: 7 Featurettes
      4. Take The Red Pills Documentary Gallery: 2 Featurettes
      5. Follow The White Rabbit Documentary Gallery: 9 Featurettes

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Directed by &
Edited by
Screenwriting by &
Composition by
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Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"What is the Matrix'"
  - Neo (Keanu Reeves) to Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss)
"Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself."--Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) to Neo

"I know kung fu."
  - Neo to Morpheus and Tank (Marcus Chong)
"Have you ever had a dream, Neo, that you were so sure was real' What if you were unable to wake from that dream' How would you know the difference between the dream world and the real world'"
  - Morpheus to Neo
"Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You are a plague, and we are the cure."
  - Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) to Morpheus
"The Matrix is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth."
  - Morpheus to Neo
"The answer is out there, Neo, it's looking for you. And it will find you, if you want it to."
  - Trinity to Neo
"Welcome to the real world."
  - Morpheus to Neo
"Whoa."
  - Neo upon seeing Morpheus make a gravity-defying leap

Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1999 - Best Editing: Zach Staenberg
Academy Awards 1999 - Best Sound
Academy Awards 1999 - Best Visual Effects

Entertainment Reviews:

Sight and Sound - 07/??/1999
"...A feast of unexpected fidgets and perspectives, punctuated by trademark overhead shots and teasing detail and detour....THE MATRIX is a wonderland of tricks and stunts..."
Rolling Stone - 05/29/1999
"...THE MATRIX soars with its feet in the air..."
Premiere - 11/01/1999
"...A breathtaking rollercoaster ride..." -- 4 out of 5 stars
USA Today - 03/31/1999
"...Clever....This virtual-reality saga takes advantage of Reeves' sometimes endearingly boyish personality..."
Los Angeles Times - 03/31/1999
"...A wildly cinematic futuristic thriller..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 03/31/1999
"...THE MATRIX is a visually dazzling cyberadventure, full of kinetic excitement....It's great looking, both in its design and in the kinetic energy that powers it. It uses flawlessly integrated special effects and animation to visualize regions of cyberspace..."

Product Description:

With THE MATRIX, the Wachowskis have established themselves as innovative filmmakers who push the boundaries of live-action films. Like the groundbreaking STAR WARS, THE MATRIX (also the first film of a trilogy) showcases a unique visual style, one the Wachowskis achieved through an array of techniques and digital effects, some never before seen in mainstream Hollywood films. Although computer morphing technology had been used before in films such as THE ABYSS and TERMINATOR 2, the Wachowskis were the first to use "bullet time," a time-bending digital effect that utilizes both computer-generated imagery and still photography.

The film itself is a complex story that aspires to mythology, focusing on a computer hacker named Neo (Keanu Reeves) who searches for the truth behind the mysterious force known as the Matrix. He finds his answer with a group of strangers led by the charismatic Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne). What they encounter in confronting that truth makes for a lightning-paced, eye-popping thrill ride of a movie. Packed with stunning fight scenes (choreographed by accomplished Hong Kong director Yuen Wo-Ping), astonishing visual effects, quotable lines, and a terrific supporting cast (led by Carrie-Anne Moss, in her first major Hollywood film), THE MATRIX is a bold triumph that raises the bar for all science fiction films.

Plot Synopsis:

An imaginative hybrid of action, kung fu, and science fiction, THE MATRIX is a hyperkinetic, mind-bending, and visionary spectacle. Keanu Reeves stars as Neo, a disaffected computer hacker seeking the answer to the question, "What is the Matrix'" His search leads him to the elusive Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), who begins to enlighten Neo about the illusions of his so-called reality. In accepting the answer Morpheus provides, Neo is hurled into a futuristic world where old realities are shattered, and he must fight for his life, and the future of humanity, against a dangerous group of inhuman government agents.

Plot Keywords:

Action | Essential Cinema | Future / Futuristic Worlds | Futuristic | Kung Fu | Martial Arts | Philosophy | Recommended | Science-Fiction | Special Effects | Theatrical Release

Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release date: April 2, 1999.
  • THE MATRIX won three Academy Awards: Achievement in Film Editing, Sound, and Visual Effects (beating out STAR WARS EPISODE 1: THE PHANTOM MENACE). In each category, the winners quoted a line from the film.
  • The Wachowski brothers got their start at Marvel Comics, where they wrote dialogue for Clive Barker's HELLRAISER.
  • The official website, www.whatisthematrix.com, features a revolving showcase of comic book writers.
  • The actors initially thought combat training would take a few weeks. They eventually trained for more than five months (October 1997-March 1998), primarily because the actors and the Wachowskis wanted to limit the use of stunt doubles in the picture; the directors wanted the audience to see that the actual actors were performing the stunts.
  • Each actor had their own kung fu master on the set.
  • Neo is an anagram for "One."
  • The Wachowskis named Neo's alter ego Thomas, for the biblical Doubting Thomas.
  • SIMULACRA AND SIMULATION, Jean Baudrillard's theoretical text concerning culture, reality, and simulation, is the title of the book Neo uses to keep his contraband.
  • Carrie-Anne Moss sprained her ankle during the filming of the federal lobby scene but told no one at the time, even though she was unable to walk the next day.
  • Moss appeared in the 1993 television show MATRIX, about a hit man working for the underworld.
  • A musical theater piece by the Live Bait Theater group in Chicago (the Wachowski brothers' hometown) called NEO: A MATRIX MUSICAL ran in May 2000.
  • Producer Joel Silver called THE MATRIX "the first film of the new millennium."
  • Talking about the making of the film, Fishburne compared the brothers Wachowski to the Brothers Grimm in their ability to tell fairy tales.
  • Weapons expert Rock Galotti taught the cast how to realistically hold and shoot all the weapons in the film.

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