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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: IMPORT
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Sep 2011
  • Run Time: 131 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (300 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004R80K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,082 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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42 of 45 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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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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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long overdue purchase.... 19 Oct 2002
When I finally got around to getting a DVD drive in my computer there was not question what the first DVD I was going to buy was. It's over 4 years since this film was unveiled yet I have not found a film to beat it yet, and probably won't until The Matrix - Reloaded and - Revolutions are relesed in 2003.
The special effects changed film making forever, the story, although nothing sparklingly original in sci-fi and cyberpunk circles, was carried off in such a brilliant manner it is the most convincing sci-fi film I've seen since Dune (1984, David Lynch) and the original Terminator film.
As far as the actual acting goes it did suit Keanu Reeves pretty well, although his dialog does let him down on occasions but in some ways it reflects the 'panic - I'm feeling a little lost' element of his character Neo/Thomas Anderson. The support is fantastic, Laurence Fishburne as Neo's mentor, Morpheus, and Hugo Weaving as the insidious and evil Agent Smith are supreme in their roles carrying off their dialog with great aplomb and really adding atmosphere for the film. Carrie-Anne Moss carries off her part well, being a good balance of looks and brawn. The sets and cinematography are also fantastic as are the cityscapes, provided by The City of Sydney Australia.
The choreography and action in the film is unparalleled and helped widen the appeal of what might have been a slightly cliquey film had it not been carried off right. As it is the mix of cyberpunk style black clothes, cool sunglasses (I especially liked Morpheus's clip-on-the-nose ones) and huge black boots and the Kung-Fu fighting, gun totting fight scenes as well as the now legendary bullet-time effects really make this film scream to lovers of action and sci-fi alike.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just as good as i remembered!
I was surprised that it didnt feel old. This is my hubbys favourite film ever and i dont really mind it! the action is still excellent, graphics and concept are awesome! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Emma
5.0 out of 5 stars well worth it :D
such a cheap price, ordered it monday came on thursday great quality not a singl scratch on it , well wort buying, sop reading reviews and buy it now !
Published 1 month ago by james
5.0 out of 5 stars Defined a generation
Disturbing and chilling view of the future which I hope never happens. Brilliantly conceived plot and imagery with enough twists to interest and shows that love and hope can... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Film Junkie
5.0 out of 5 stars The Matrix -A Timeless Classic!
The Matrix is an extremely creative science fiction action story filled with drama and clever imaginative plots. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ronnie
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 3 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 5 months ago by Ian Inniss
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