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The Animatrix [VHS] [2003]


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  • Actors: Clayton Watson, Akio Ôtsuka, Pamela Adlon, Hedy Burress, Terrence 'T.C.' Carson
  • Directors: Andrew R. Jones, Kôji Morimoto, Mahiro Maeda, Peter Chung, Shinichirô Watanabe
  • Writers: Andy Wachowski
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner
  • VHS Release Date: 2 Jun 2003
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000096KFJ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 293,173 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A collection of nine animated shorts conceived by the Wachowski brothers (Andy and Larry) from their 1999 film 'The Matrix'. 'Final Flight of the Osiris' is directed by Andy Jones; 'The Second Renaissance: Parts I and II' is directed by Mahiro Maeda; 'Kid's Story' and 'A Detective Story' are directed by Shinichiro Watanabe; 'Program' and 'World Record' are directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri; 'Beyond' is directed by Koji Morimoto; and finally 'Matriculated' is directed by Peter Chung.

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By robulus on 18 Sep 2003
Format: DVD
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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By TMUK VINE VOICE on 26 April 2010
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "q50247" on 5 July 2003
Format: DVD
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "pfeos" on 15 Jun 2003
Format: DVD
These short animations are pure works of art. Several, particularly the first 3 really do enhance the matrix experience as they elucidate to some of the issues left out of the movies themselves, matrix reloaded could even start with the Final Flight of the Osiris in my opinion. The remaining animations provide mini stories inside the matrix that are not really linked to the main films, apart from The Kid maybe. However, with the exception of Program, they are all visually stunning and thought provoking. For example, Matriculated ends up being a story of unrequited love between a woman and a machine the final scene of which is quite disturbing.
There are many hidden messages and subconscious references to modern day society and human tragedy littered throughout these stories and this form of film is perfect for delivering these subtle messages. This gives the DVD a very good replay level. In my opinion The Second Renaissance Parts 1 and 2 are the best, with a beautiful mix of artistic styles a very powerful message is delivered with lots of references to mans mistreatment of man and the environment. Coupled with a fantastic score that really enhances the experience one really gets a sense of how man sowed the seeds that bought about his own tragic demise, BRILLIENT!
This DVD can be enjoyed on so many different levels, even if one is not a fan of the Matrix. And at less than 12 quid what are you waiting for?
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