Matrix Trilogy (Blu-ray)

The Matrix /Matrix Reloaded /Matrix Revolutions

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Box set containing all three parts of the hugely successful 'Matrix' trilogy.

'The Matrix' (1999) stars Keanu Reeves as Neo, a young computer hacker who comes to believe that the world around him is not as it appears to be. With the aid of mysterious subversive Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), Neo discovers that his whole existence as he knows it is a lie. Together with Morpheus' acolyte Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss), Neo begins to fight back against the computerised hierarchy which is secretly manipulating the human race.

In 'The Matrix Reloaded' (2003) Neo, Trinity and Morpheus continue their fight against the Machine Army - wearing their by now familiar long black overcoats and dark glasses. Zion, the last human city on Earth becomes the battleground as Neo discovers new super-human abilities, although things become complicated because he and Trinity have embarked on a serious romance.

'The Matrix Revolutions' (2003) is the final chapter of the trilogy and answers all the questions left open in the second instalment. Neo is still on the quest for truth, but his journey into the real world has left him drained of his power and trapped on a subway station caught between the Matrix and the Machine World. Meanwhile, Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) is now totally out of control. With the oncoming threat imminent, the rebels manage to bargain Neo's freedom and begin their final quest for freedom in explosive battles within both worlds.

Product Details

Barcode
7321900220453
Department
Movies & TV
Released
24 Nov 2008
Type
Movies
Format
Blu-ray
Genre
Sci-fi
Region
Region ABC
Language
English
Studio
Warner Bros. Home Ent.
Number of Discs
3
Extras
  • Interactive Menus
Runtime
396 min
Age Restriction
15
Supply Source
UK

Movie

Title
Matrix
Release Year
1999
Language
English
Categories
Science-Fiction/Fantasy / Action / Essential Cinema / Future/Futuristic Worlds / Futuristic / Kung Fu / Martial Arts / Philosophy / Recommended / Science-Fiction / Special Effects / Theatrical Release
Synopsis
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.
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.
Cast & Crew
Director
Andy Wachowski / Larry Wachowski
Star
Laurence Fishburne / Julian Arahanga / Marcus Chong / Matt Doran / Gloria Foster / Belinda McClory / Carrie-Anne Moss / Joe Pantoliano / Anthony Ray Parker / Keanu Reeves / Hugo Weaving
Screenwriter
Andy Wachowski / Larry Wachowski
Composer
Don Davis
Producer
Joel Silver
Director of Photography
Bill Pope
Editor
Zach Staenberg
Production Designer
Owen Paterson
Fight Choreographer
Yuen Woo-ping
Sound Effects Editor
Dane A. Davis
Visual Effects Supervisor
John Gaeta
Movie Critics
Chicago Sun-Times
"...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..."
Roger Ebert (31 Mar 1999, p.48)
Los Angeles Times
"...A wildly cinematic futuristic thriller..."
Kenneth Turan (31 Mar 1999, p.F1)
Premiere
"...A breathtaking rollercoaster ride..." -- 4 out of 5 stars
Holly Gallo (1 Nov 1999, p.134)
Rolling Stone
"...THE MATRIX soars with its feet in the air..."
Peter Travers (29 May 1999, p.76)
Sight and Sound
"...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..."
Philip Strick (1 Jan 1970, p.47)
USA Today
"...Clever....This virtual-reality saga takes advantage of Reeves' sometimes endearingly boyish personality..."
Mike Clark (31 Mar 1999, p.12D)

Awards

Academy Awards
Best Editing
Winner: 1999 - Zach Staenberg
Best Sound
Winner: 1999
Best Sound Effects Editing
Winner: 1999 - Dane A. Davis
Best Visual Effects
Winner: 1999

Movie

Title
Matrix Reloaded
Release Year
2003
Running Time
138 min
Language
English
Categories
Science-Fiction/Fantasy / Action / Big Battles / Enemies / Essential Cinema / Future/Futuristic Worlds / Kung Fu / Martial Arts / Science-Fiction / Sequel / Special Effects / Theatrical Release
Synopsis
Neo (Keanu Reeves), Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss), and Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) continue their battle against the machines in THE MATRIX RELOADED, the second chapter of Larry and Andy Wachowski's MATRIX trilogy. As RELOADED begins, Neo, Trinity, and Morpheus arrive in Zion with new crew member Link (Harold Perrineau), and discover that 250,000 dreaded sentinels are close to launching a massive attack on the underground haven for the liberated minds of humanity. When Neo seeks advice from the prophetic Oracle (the late Gloria Foster), their meeting leads to a sorely outnumbered fight with Neo's old nemesis, Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving). While the sentinels advance on Zion, various battles within the Matrix continue to escalate, culminating in an extended highway chase sequence involving Morpheus, Trinity, more imposing agents, and two new adversaries--the relentless white-clad Twins (Adrian and Neil Rayment).

With RELOADED, the Wachowski brothers delve deeper into both the realm of the Matrix and the apocalyptic, machine-controlled future reality. Initially giving ample attention to both the romance between Neo and Trinity and to the vast underground city of Zion, the film eventually delivers one stunning set piece after another, with the amazing martial arts sequences and jaw-dropping effects of the first MATRIX elevated to even more astounding heights. In addition to the returning cast of Reeves, Moss, Fishburne, Weaving, and Foster, Perrineau and Jada Pinkett Smith make for welcome new additions, and Monica Bellucci offers up an unforgettably sensual appearance. Larger than the original scale on every level, THE MATRIX RELOADED is a thoroughly entertaining sequel that will leave viewers eager for the trilogy's conclusion, THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS.
Notes
Theatrical Release Date: May 15, 2003
Cast & Crew
Director
Andy Wachowski / Larry Wachowski
Star
Laurence Fishburne / Christine Anu / Helmut Bakaitis / Steve Bastoni / Monica Bellucci / Daniel Bernhardt / Collin Chou / Gloria Foster / Nona Gaye / Randall Duk Kim / Harry J. Lennix / Carrie-Anne Moss / Harold Perrineau / Jada Pinkett Smith / Adrian Rayment / Neil Rayment / Keanu Reeves / Gina Torres / Clayton Watson / Hugo Weaving / Lambert Wilson / Anthony Zerbe
Screenwriter
Andy Wachowski / Larry Wachowski
Composer
Don Davis
Producer
Joel Silver
Director of Photography
Bill Pope
Fight Choreographer
Yuen Woo-ping
Featured
Cornel West
Visual Effects Supervisor
John Gaeta
Movie Critics
Box Office
"...The film is so intellectually complex, so stimulating, that multiple viewings are required..."
Annlee Ellingson (1 Jul 2003, p.44)
Entertainment Weekly
"...The science-fiction fight scenes fly past the first film in terms of imaginative logistics; they just about make your eyeballs dance..."
Owen Gleiberman (23 May 2003, p.52-3)
Film Comment
"...[The effects] are among the most relentless and compellingly sublime in recent memory....There are moments of startling clarity and brilliance..."
Tom Zummer (1 Jul 2003, p.74)
New York Times
"...The staging of the action sequences is as viciously elegant as you've been primed to expect....The martial arts sequences are breathtakingly staged..."
Elvis Mitchell (14 May 2003, p.E1)
Rolling Stone
"...Make no mistake: Eyes will pop, nerves will jangle, thoughts will be provoked and other summer blockbusters will shrink in comparison..."
Peter Travers (12 Jun 2003, p.101)
Sight and Sound
"...The hints and allusions are numerous enough to render a Matrix -- an infinite network of portents and possibilities -- of the film itself....The Merovingian scenes are particularly inventive..."
Philip Strick (1 Jul 2003, p.50-3)
Total Film
"...When RELOADED fires, it really fires, mixing the Wachowski's dynamic framing, Yuen Woo Ping's wirework and John Gaeta's effects into a virtuoso virtu-dream plucked from fevered brows..."
Jamie Graham (1 Jul 2003, p.94)
USA Today
"...Carrie-Anne Moss' Trinity, a plus throughout, puts her chiseled frame on a motorcycle and achieves the near-impossible: a fresh spin on the movie car chase..."
Mike Clark (16 May 2003, p.4E)
Variety
"...Studded with remarkable action set pieces and graced with any number of felicitous performances....[The] film' s combination of stylishness, seriousness of purpose and visceral impact makes it compulsively watchable..."
Robert Koehler (12 May 2003, p.26-8)

Movie

Title
Matrix Revolutions
Release Year
2003
Running Time
129 min
Language
English
Categories
Science-Fiction/Fantasy / Action / Future/Futuristic Worlds / Science-Fiction / Sequel / Theatrical Release
US Box Office
$139.3 million
Official Website
http://whatisthematrix.warnerbros.com/
Ratings
IMDb
6.8
Rotten Tomatoes®
35% 60%
Metacritic
47
Synopsis
The final movie in Larry and Andy Wachowski's MATRIX trilogy is THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS. Toning down the romantic and philosophic elements of the second film in the series, THE MATRIX RELOADED, this third installment focuses on action. Neo (Keanu Reeves) is trapped in limbo between reality and the Matrix, while Zion, the last human city, is attacked by hordes of machines. Meanwhile, Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss), and Seraph (Collin Chou) confront the ruthless Merovingian (Lambert Wilson) to secure Neo's release. As the fight for Zion grows more dire, Neo and Trinity embark on a perilous journey into the heart of the machine city, while Morpheus and Niobe (Jada Pinkett Smith) rush to Zion's aid. Eventually, Neo must face the increasingly powerful Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) in a last battle for the fate of humanity. Highlights of the film include Niobe's thrilling spaceship piloting, the armored battle for Zion, and Neo's inevitable brawl with Smith, all of which feature amazing special effects. In the midst of the adventure, there are a few quieter moments--such as Neo's Beckett-like wait for the train back to reality--that intriguingly punctuate the proceedings. A fast-paced ending to an epic trilogy, REVOLUTIONS proves once again why the MATRIX series is revered by its dedicated fans.
Notes
Theatrical Release Date: November 5, 2003
Poster
Poster for Matrix Revolutions
Cast & Crew
Director
Andy Wachowski / Larry Wachowski
Star
Laurence Fishburne / Mary Alice / Tanveer Atwal / Monica Bellucci / Ian Bliss / Collin Chou / Nona Gaye / Nathaniel Lees / Harry J. Lennix / Carrie-Anne Moss / Harold Perrineau / Jada Pinkett Smith / Keanu Reeves / Gina Torres / Clayton Watson / Hugo Weaving / Lambert Wilson / Anthony Zerbe
Screenwriter
Andy Wachowski / Larry Wachowski
Composer
Don Davis
Executive Producer
Bruce Berman / Grant Hill
Producer
Joel Silver
Director of Photography
Bill Pope
Featured
Cornel West
Movie Critics
Entertainment Weekly
"...REVOLUTIONS features a snazzy, STAR WARS-y invasion of Zion by Sentinels, with much charging and clanging..."
Lisa Schwarzbaum (14 Nov 2003, p.97)
Los Angeles Times
"...Agent Smith and the wonderfully sneery Merovingian are in fine fettle in THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS..."
Kevin Thomas (6 Nov 2003, p.C17)
New York Times
"...There is plenty of bright light and big noise in REVOLUTIONS..."
A. O. Scott (5 Nov 2003, p.E1)
Sight and Sound
"Beauty it has by the bucket load..."
Kate Stables (31 Dec 2003, p.54-5)
Uncut
"As stylists, the Wachowskis are peerless....The special effects bar just raised another notch."
Simon Lewis (1 Jan 2004, p.133)