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The Matrix [1999] [DVD]

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  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Dolby, Colour, Digital Sound
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Romanian, Arabic, Bulgarian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Austrian Imports
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Sep 2011
  • Run Time: 131 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (294 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004R80K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,010 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



The Wachowski Brothers' The Matrix took the well-worn science fiction idea of virtual reality, added supercharged Hollywood gloss and a striking visual style and stole The Phantom Menace's thunder as the must-see movie of the summer of 1999. Laced with Star Wars-like Eastern mysticism, and featuring thrilling martial arts action choreographed by Hong Kong action director Yuen Woo Ping (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), The Matrix restored Keanu Reeves to genre stardom following virtual reality dud Johnny Mnemonic (1995), and made a star of Carrie-Anne Moss, who followed this with the challenging perception twister Memento (2000). Helping the film stand out from rivals Dark City (1998) and The Thirteenth Floor (1999) was the introduction of the celebrated "bullet time" visual effects, though otherwise the war-against-the-machines story, hard-hitting style and kinetic set-pieces such as the corporate lobby shoot-out lean heavily on Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). Elsewhere the influence of John Woo, from the ultra-cool near real-world SF of Face/Off (1997) to the raincoats and sunglasses look of bullet-ballet A Better Tomorrow, is clearly in evidence. The set-up isn't without its absurdities, though--quite why super-intelligent machines bother to use humans as batteries instead of something more docile like cows, for example, is never explained, nor is how they expect these living batteries to produce more energy than it takes to maintain them. The Matrix is nevertheless exhilarating high-octane entertainment, although as the first part of a trilogy it perhaps inevitably doesn't have a proper ending.

On the DVD: the anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 image is virtually flawless, exhibiting only the grain present in the theatrical print, while the Dolby Digital 5.1 sound is demonstration quality, showing off the high-impact sound effects and Don Davis' fine score to great effect. Special features are "data files" on the main stars, producer and director and "Follow the White Rabbit", which if selected while viewing the movie offers behind the scenes footage. This is interesting, but gimmicky, requires switching back from widescreen to 4:3 each time, and would be better if it could be accessed directly from one menu. There is also a standard 25-minute TV promo film which is as superficial as these things usually are. --Gary S Dalkin

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DVD Warner Bros., 7321900177375, 1999 Region 2 PAL DIGI

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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Restored my faith in SF cinema 24 Feb 2003
SF Movies have suffered from a lack of style in recent years. There's only so many times you can see Bladerunner or Alien ripped off cheaply before you start to get jaded. And it doesn't help that they keep casting muscular dolts with the intellect of a plank in violent revenge fantasies that do little more than ape the "Death Wish" movies.
So it's three cheers for The Matrix, the film that restored my faith in SF movies.
It starts with a bang, a chase across rooftops with some spectacular leaps that make you realise that wherever you are, it's not the world you live in.
Or is it?
Neo (or is that Neophyte?) is a programmer by day in a faceless corporation, and a hacker by night, searching for Morpheus, a shadowy figure who may hold the key to Neo's longings for a different world. Morpheus on the other hand is looking for a Saviour, someone who will come and lead the oppressed masses to a new Utopia.
Soon their paths cross, and Neo is shown the real world, a world that is not all he thought it to be. In this world everything is run by "The Matrix", a super computer that controls everything and everybody, body and soul. (Or, as the Oracle so succinctly puts it, "Balls to Bones")
Neo is removed from the system's influence, and is told he is "The One", the long-prophesised saviour who can remake the Matrix to his own will. He is trained in how to fight the Matrix defense programs (or "Agents" that takes the guise of super-powerful humans and can take control of anybody still hooked up to the Matrix)
To accomplish this he is given a crash course in martial arts in a manner that would be great if it were possible today (I can imagine the ads - "Learn Kung-Fu in thirty philosophising necessary!") .
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 100 out of 100! 7 Dec 2003
Someone once asked me how I could watch The Matrix so many times and why I haven't got bored of it.
She couldn't understand, mainly because she has only seen about 3 min of the film but my answer was "It'll never bore me because everytime you watch it you learn or notice something new". That is it.
The Matrix is such a delicious movie that leaves you wanting more and more and the more you get the more you love it. I have probably seen the film about 20 times since watching it for the first time last May. The special effects are mind blowing (and in my opinion better that Reloaded and Revolutions), the story is unforgetable, the outfits are cool as ice, and the music rocks (I've also got the soundtrack).
My fave character has to be Trinity because she is so independant and single minded. She is also so bloody lucky to snog Keanu.
They can make as many sequels as they want but nothing can compare to The Matrix chapter 1. It is The One movie.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blows the Phantom Menace out of the water 4 April 2000
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It was often said that Star Wars set the benchmark for Special FX...that is no longer true. The Matrix will spawn a hundred inferior copycat films and (hopefully) 2 sequels of it's own. This is intelligent use of Special FX in a mind-blowing and stunningly original way rather the "for the sake of it" SFX. Fittingly this film swept the board in the technical awards at the Oscars sending George Lucas home without a prize for a Star Wars film for the first time. Not a fan of either Keanu or kung-Fu I missed this at the cinema and now bitterly regret it. The highest compliment I usually pay Reeves is that I can forget he was in a film - in the Matrix he is a positive assett. Surrounded by a very good cast - the always excellent Laurence Fishburne and Joe Pantaliano are ably assisted by the equally good but lesser known Carrie Anne Moss and Hugo Weaving as the main bad guy. You will believe that these guys spent 4 months learning Kung Fu (as we are told in the making of featurette) and when this is combined with the bullet-time special fx Kung Fu will NEVER be done better. If you like comics this is your comics brought to life. If you like action this is the best action film of the last century. If you like sci-fi it don't get much better. The Matrix on DVD is an example of what all DVD's should be but most aren't. It is packed with special features, with menu's introduced by clips and music from the film. For PC/DVD users the links to the website are (todate) still current and are worth checking out. Do not miss this. As I said in my one line summary this film blows it's summer 99 competitor out of the water. It used to be that I anticipated the new Star Wars films more than anything else. The Matrix and it's projected 2 sequels/prequels have now taken that honour - it really is that good.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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Why do you enjoy a film? Is it because you leave the cinema with your head buzzing with the questions the film has raised? Is it because it was filled with heart-racing action? Did you just sit back and switch off while the film's special effects blew you away? Or do you just like a soppy love story?
It doesn't matter with The Matrix. The film fills every niche, from the most cerebral to the most superficial.
Science fiction haters will still love it, since, if you wish, you can ignore the SF supertext and enjoy the stories and action beneath it. Even Keanu Reeves haters will have to accept that his inability to show any emotion other than vacant fits his role as a no-life hacker perfectly.
This film is perfect for DVD, as it will be watched again and again and you can skip straight to your favourite bits. The DVD also includes fascinating "making of" material.
If you don't watch this film you missed out on one of the best films this century. Your loss.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I love the Matrix, but this isn't the best version.
This version sadly has a green tint over it, which while it doesn't ruin the film, it's certainly obvious. Read more
Published 20 days ago by josh croft
5.0 out of 5 stars What is the Matrix?
At it's time, The Matrix was a very unique Sci- Fi movie, which nowadays is continuously copied by many other movies. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gatekeeper197
1.0 out of 5 stars The hero all teenagers want to be
Great concept, executed with quite bottom-clenchingly,juvenile plotting. A fantasizing fourteen year old's wish-list of super hero encounters, all realised with superbly wooden... Read more
Published 1 month ago by James McDermott
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
The Matrix is possibly one of the most influential and important films of the 20th Century and absolutely had to be told before we entered the 21st Century. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ian Inniss
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film
A great film to watch if your wondering what the world is turning into and how it is run!! Will you take the red pill or the green pill??
Published 4 months ago by katrina wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
worth it, get it, buy it, love it, marry it, sleep with it, never leave it, die together and have no regrets.
Published 6 months ago by Michael .p
5.0 out of 5 stars Matrix - Best Film Ever
This is my favourite film but I didn't have it on DVD. Wont even try and evaluate it. If you haven't already heard about it I can't do it justice!
Published 6 months ago by Penni
5.0 out of 5 stars Great classic with nice extras
The Matrix is a great film. The picture quality and sound are fabulous on the Blu-ray edition. It blew me away especially during the special effects sequences. Read more
Published 6 months ago by maggiemuis
5.0 out of 5 stars Still one of the best films ever.
Have watched this film over 100 times now, and STILL find new things! - viz "I'm beginning to see the light" playing on the radio when Neo meets The Oracle for the first... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Paul Wakelam
5.0 out of 5 stars The Matrix
the sevice was exellent, delivery was prompt, the film was a brand new blue-ray (as advertised), no complaints at all.

happy to use them again
Published 7 months ago by cristos
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