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A great new realm of science fiction,
This review is from: The Ultimate Matrix Collection (10 Disc Box Set)  [DVD] (DVD)
First thing to dicuss, and perhaps the most important part of this collection, the films themselves. I loved them, they are extremly fluid with the action sequences (They actaully show you what happens, rather than do the shaky-cam thing that Hollywood tends to use), the story is clever (It may seem dumb on a few occassions, but like Smith says "Look past the flesh") and there are some great actors, particularly with villains played by Hugo Weaving and Lambert Wilson, but of course there are many others you won't forget about in a hurry. One of the best things to do is to watch the films in rapid succession, it seems to be far more natural that way. Obviously by now you would have noticed that the films have come under serious flack but it is your choice whether to believe it or not (Choice is a major philosophical part of the trilogy).
Now onto the extras for us happy fans, on the first volume (This is what the collection is divided into) is The Matrix and it's twin with the extras corresponding to that film, The Matrix Revisted, where the production is discussed in depth with a feature-length presentation (Roughly two hours). There is also some extra goodies to keep your eyes open for, as there is all around with the extras discs.
Now onto the Matrix Reloaded, the longest and perhaps most action-packed film of the trilogy, and its extras disc called the Matrix Reloaded Revisited. Unlike Matrix Revisted it is divided into featurretes, many on the sequences and show the sets were built, and what ideas were used. There are also commentaries from Special Effects wizard John Gaeta on how major shots were achieved.
Finally is the Matrix Revolutions, building up into what I think is an awesome and justifiable climax. With it is (You've got it) Matrix Revolutions Revisited, like Reloaded Revisited, it is in small featurettes but give a large amount of insight into the production and ideals of the film.
It is here that the movies end, but there is another shot of Matrix entertainment in the form of the Animatrix (The main films are the first ever successful attempt at live anime). There are several stories under the helm of the Matrix creators Larry and Andy Wachowski, but the rest are independent short stories, leaving room for much creativity. The stories are fun and entertaining (Some would say better than the films themselves!) and again there are extras in the form of a feature length film discussing the influences and production of the series.
The next disc on the list ties into a major aspect of the series, the philosophical side. It is divided into a science part (Can a Matrix really exist?) and the rest of the philosophy, including religious influences and how they are portrayed (There are many to spot in these shows). This can be quite confusing and dull at times, but also insightful and interesting.
The next disc, called the Burlyman Chronicles, is the equivalent to the Matrix Revisited, dealing in MASSIVE detail the production of The Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions. Great for behind the scenes enthuisits.
The final extras disc is a little more simple, bundling in all the concept art, trailers, etc into one neat package. It's great to find ideas that were eventually abandoned, such as the prospect of Matrix code fireball throwing duels!
On the whole, a great purchase. You will enjoy this product if you like or love the movies (Which makes sense really), just as I did. With a total of 35 hours of extras, it will be a long time before you fully exhaust this product, so make do, follow the white rabbit and make your choice, or is it all an illusion? Dip into a new realm of Science fiction.