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The Animatrix [Blu-ray] [2003] [Region Free]

Andy Jones , Mahiro Maeda    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Andy Jones, Mahiro Maeda, Shinichirô Watanabe, Yoshiaki Kawajiri, Kôji Morimoto
  • Producers: Peter Chung, Andy Wachowski
  • Format: DVD-Video
  • Subtitles: English, Dutch, French, Italian
  • Dubbed: French, Italian
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Nov 2008
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CP4VM0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,733 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



The Animatrix is a series of nine stories by different directors set in the Matrix universe, all of them conceived and commissioned by the Wachowski brothers. They demonstrate an eclectic mix of anime animation styles, stories and characters, most of which intertwine with the narrative of the first sequel, The Matrix Reloaded.

The first and most impressive is the Final Flight of the Osiris (from the director of Final Fantasy). In a breathtaking computer-generated short that would have worked well as a pre-title sequence for the second film, the crew of the ill-fated Osiris discover the sentinel army and the machines drilling towards Zion. This most filmic of the offerings guides fans into the more individualistic animated styles of the subsequent features.

The second and third instalments, The Second Renaissance, Parts 1 & 2, turn the tables on the man vs. machines battle by telling the story of the emergence of artificial intelligence and the ensuing (mostly human instigated) carnage leading up to the subjugation of the human race. The remaining features are: Kid's Story (directed by anime supreme Shinichiro Watanabe), which introduces us to the Kid, who also features in Reloaded; Program and World Record, written by Yoshiaki Kawajiri, better known for schlock horror anime Vampire Hunter B; Beyond, which tells what happens when ordinary people discover bugs in the system; A Detective Story, a homage to film noir as PI Ash is hired to track Trinity; and the distinctly psychedelic Matriculated.

The standard of animation is high throughout, even where the storylines are confused (and in one or two cases little more than conceptual). This is a fascinating collection of shorts that will appeal to Matrix and anime fans alike, as well as shedding light on some of the more obtuse plot machinations of Reloaded.

On the DVD: The Animatrix is primarily a visual offering, so it's good to see that this anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 video transfer is near-perfect, with CGI extravaganza signature short The Final Flight of the Osiris being about as stunning as is possible on a small screen. Extras are plentiful: the commentaries for The Second Renaissance Parts 1 & 2 are in Japanese with English subtitles; there are two more commentaries, for Program and World Record. There are also some features, including one on the history of anime and seven on the individual films in the series; the best of the latter is the featurette for Osiris, which goes into detail on the CGI and contains a "square celebrity death match" sequence of a modified Aki (from the Final Fantasy film) battling a sentinel. --Kristen Bowditch

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Nine short animated films that share the general theme of the war between humanity and artificial intelligence. In "Final Flight of the Osiris," the crew of a hovercraft must get a message back to Zion and battle an armada of Sentinels along the way. As the genesis of the film "The Matrix," "The Second Renaissance-Parts I and II" serve as a guided tour and history of the Matrix. In "Kid's Story," a high school boy gets a personalized invitation from Neo to escape the Matrix. "Program" features a simulated Samurai training program in which a soldier of Zion is forced to chose between love and her comrades in the real world. In "World Record," a world-record holding sprinter breaks out of the Matrix. The quiet town of "Beyond" features a bug in the system--in the form of an abandoned mansion. "A Detective Story" finds a hard-boiled detective tracking cyber-criminal Trinity through the looking glass. And in "Matriculated," a small group of rebels capture a sentient robot and proceed to program it as an ally for their cause.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Animatrix Blu Ray 26 April 2010
A series of 9 short stories that weave into the matirx world. Beautifully animated using various animation from CGI through to cell shading. Picture is full 1080P with a multi channel Dolby TrueHD English audio as well as Multi channel Dolby digital Brazillian Portuguese, French, Italian and Latin Spanish. A whole raft of ectras include the making of each short and a scrolls to screen extra that look briefly at the history and culture of Anime.

Excellent Blu Ray running in at 1 hour 40 minutes
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cutting Edge Animation for Matrix Fans 18 Sep 2003
By robulus
The Animatrix is a curiosity and it serves to highlight clearly the Wachowski brother's committment to this project. A series of short (each about ten minutes) animated adventures set in the world of the Matrix movies, The Animatrix explores the themes and possibilities of the movies using different techniques from CGI to traditional Anime.
As a fan of CGI the two standout pieces for me were "Last Flight of the Osiris" and "Matriculated". "Last Flight of the Osiris" (from the team responsible for "Final Fantasy") is jaw dropping state of the art hyper-real CGI. It is obvious that much of the Matrix Reloaded was produced in this way. The opening scene is absolutely delicious as two very attractive CGI characters disrobe eachother in a virtual martial arts sword fight. The piece goes on to illustrate a link between the first two movies in the Matrix trilogy.
But the one that really got me was "Matriculated". An astounding blend of CGI and handrawn animation this film really explores the possibilities of the medium and the results are mind-blowing, and quite psychadelic in places. A curious story about a group of humans who attempt to convert machines to their cause, "Matriculated" really pushes the boundaries. For hardcore fans it is worth owning the DVD for these two pieces alone, however the other pieces are excellent too, using more standard animation techniques to tell their stories. Those with a passing interest in the Matrix movies will probably be happier just renting The Animatrix.
If you are unfamiliar with Anime it is worth noting that it often contains strong violence and sexual material, and the Animatrix is no exception. One scene in particular depicted violence against a robot made to look like a human woman and I found this quite uncomfortable to watch.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Animatrix 5 July 2003
Once every few years something will happen in the film industry completely changes what we expect to see when we go to the cinema. In 1999 the Matrix showed us the new dimensions of movie making that we could expect to see for the next few years. However, it was not only the cutting edge ‘bullet time’ super effects that were so mind blowing. The post modernistic story that the Wachowski brothers created, gathered and instant cult following. The idea of the reality of reality being questioned so openly, the challenging of the concepts of semiotics, showed us that we should never accept what we perceive as real.
This was an incredible notion to connote to an audience that may or may not have been ready to accept them. This meant that creating a sequel to this film from the point where The Matrix ended, would be incredibly difficult considering the foundations of the first movie. To answer this problem the Wachowski brothers commissioned these nine animations to fill the gaps left by the first movie.
They are as follows:
The Final Flight Of The Osiris.
This is the first animation on the disk, however, I feel it should be at the end of the disk as it the animation that flows straight in to the story of Reloaded. It has been created by the people that made the 2000 film Final Fantasy – The Spirits Within and the CG used in it makes this worthy of gracing the big screen as part of Reloaded.
The Second Renaissance Part One.
This story is taken directly from the Zion archives. It tells of the birth of AI, rise of the machines and the founding of Zero one. It uses iconic imagery of our life times to show how truly violent the beginnings of the war are and how mistakes are remade again.
The Second Renaissance Part Two.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ani-[insert hilarious pun here] 5 Jan 2004
Firstly, apologies for the length of this review - but in my defence, there is an awful lot to say. As you already know, having read the review (you did read it didn't you? They're generally over-positive to boost sales but they're really very good), the animatrix is a collection of 9 short, animated stories set in the world of the matrix. They were made by different directors most of them Japanese, and so the style is mostly animé, although the style of the animation in each case is very distinctive. Three of the stories were written by the Wachowski brothers (writer-directors of the Matrix trilogy), and provide back-story to certain elements of the films. The others are more stand alone stories, but will still require an affinity with at least the first film, to which they are most closely related, to appreciate.
The total playing time for the collection is only 89 minutes, so the animations are fairly short. This means that each is a very brief affair, and means there is only so much characterisation and detailed story-telling that can be done in each. For me this detracted from the enjoyment slightly, but I still enjoyed it immensely. Some of the cast (Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss) of the films provided voice-overs for their characters in the Animatrix, but mostly the animations feature characters not in the films. Over-all the DVD is excellent, featuring fantastic art and imaginative stories which, fans of the Matrix will be pleased to hear, fit in with the over-all style of the franchise fairly well.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The animatrix is an excellent movie
It has good stories presented in many unique ways by talented animators.Their individual styles are breathtakingly is a triumph.
Published 2 months ago by Rose Western
4.0 out of 5 stars physical review
there's plenty of reviews of the contents itself. i haven't watched it yet, but i thought i'd comment on the box/disk. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Pete McDonald
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning.
Absolutely love these shorts, and they are just stunning in full HD. Would recommend to ANY fan of the matrix films.
Published 5 months ago by Paul Naidoo
5.0 out of 5 stars worth the money
Well packaged and prompt delivery.

The DVD is a series of short stories- one was very good and one was OK but the others were a bit boring.
Published 10 months ago by Neil Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Coolio "defiantly use again"
Fast no skipping like some Blu rays I've bough in the past and an amazing film (top 5 film ever)
Published 13 months ago by RyRy
5.0 out of 5 stars well worth the money
A friend showed some interest in the movie , and had never heard of it, so i bought it for them and they loved it. It arrived on time, and i was well happy with the price. Read more
Published 15 months ago by IAN P MIDDLETON
2.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps I'm technophobic
I had to get right to the end of one section before I could sample another. Seems like jumping on the bandwagon.
Published 17 months ago by Mr. D. L. Eldridge
5.0 out of 5 stars One Animatrix to rule them all
This movie ties up all the Matrix movies, and serves us as epic stories with CGI-reality experience never tried before.
Published 19 months ago by Murat Feyzifar
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice addition for Matrix fans
I'm no hardcore fan though, but I like Animatrix. I like most of those ministories, though some are rather wierd. A couple of them is referenced in film too (mostly in Reloaded). Read more
Published 20 months ago by virgo47
2.0 out of 5 stars All a bit repetitive
Big matrix fan but this is pretty poor. Odd and weird would describe it best. Suppose it wastes a couple of hours.
Published 23 months ago by Andrew M. Davies
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