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The Animatrix Gift Set (Includes CD Soundtrack)

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Editorial Reviews

A great match of music and animation with this two-pack from the creators of The Matrix trilogy. Nine groundbreaking short films from seven of the world's leading anime directors and 12 tracks from the hottest names in electronica music.

Special Features

  • Includes CD Soundtrack
  • "Scrolls to Screen: The History and Culture of Anime" documentary
  • 7 featurettes with director profiles, interviews and behind-the-scenes footage of each of the films
  • 4 audio commentaries
  • "Enter the Matrix" videogame trailer

Product Details

  • Actors: Isshin Chiba, Katsumi Chô, Dane A. Davis, Debi Derryberry, Daisuke Egawa
  • Directors: Andrew R. Jones, Kôji Morimoto, Mahiro Maeda, Peter Chung, Shinichirô Watanabe
  • Writers: Andy Wachowski
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Animated, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 3, 2003
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000099635
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,469 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Animatrix Gift Set (Includes CD Soundtrack)" on IMDb

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By A Customer on June 8, 2003
Format: DVD
As a big anime fan I was thrilled to find out that the Animatrix was going to be released. This collection of 9 animated shorts, for the most part, doesn't disappoint.
Final Flight of the Osiris: Square pictures deliveres, in stunning CG detail, an entertaining plot that leads right into Reloaded and the Enter the Matrix game. There's a sword fight simulation, a chase scene in the real world on board the Osiris and some delightful acrobatics done inside the matrix. The visuals look even better than FF: The Spirits Within. A-
The 2nd Renaissance Parts 1&2: This short does a great job at telling the history of mankind from the not-too-distant future to the time of the first Matrix movie. Graphic battle scenes ensue and there is imagery that parallels the Tieneman Square Rebellion and Vietnam war executions. You really feel that mankind has been wronged by the end. B+
Kid's Story: One of my two favorite shorts on the compilation, it tells the story of a lonely American high school student who discovers that the matix exists in a similar way to how Neo did in the first movie. The beautiful art style must be noted because it's one of the things that makes this short stand out. The sketchy effect gives the caracter's a great sense of motion and personality. A
Beyond: This short, which was over two years in the making, shows an anomele within the matrix. It's a "haunted house" to the local kids who stumble across the various outworldly characteristics that had been overlooked in the matrix's programming. The kid's take the this glitch to be a playhouse of sorts, but there bubble gets busted later. A-
World Record: A world class runner almost breaks out of the matrix by breaking the set limits the human body was programmed to be capable of.
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By A Customer on May 4, 2003
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I was lucky enough to find a 1.6 gigabyte DVD rip of the Animatrix, with all 9 episodes. Beautiful. Its just beautiful. There are complaints about varying animation... Well, when like 8 different studios with totally different teams of animators do these, that is the result. Personally, I love the different styles, they set each episode apart and make it unique. I will say that I AM GOING TO BUY THIS DVD. It's totally worth it to support the creators of this masterpiece with my money. Ok, now I will say that some of the shorts were more enjoyable than others... I loved A Detective Story (You can see this one on the official site) as it is a true tribute to film noir. However, I will say although it flowed well and the animators were obviously well-directed, the script was poor. I think I will watch it in japanese when the DVD comes out. There's also Program, my least favorite of the bunch. It's pretty good the first time around, although short... The voice acting is good, but it just wasn't my thing. Hardcore anime fans would love it, though. The highlight of the bunch was Final Flight of Osiris, which I saw in theaters before Dreamcatcher, with its amazing CG done by Square, maker of the Final Fantasy movie. I think my favorites of the bunch were Kid's Story and Beyond, both not found on the official site. They were well-directed, well-acted, well-scripted, and VERY well-scored (music was nice). The Second Renaissance Part 1 was informative, but not especially gripping. Part 2 was absolutely INCREDIBLE. It's also nice that the soundtrack is bundled with this set. I'd give you all an in-depth decription of every episode, each of which I thoroughly enjoyed, but as I am limited in the length of this review, JUST BUY THIS DVD and YOU be the judge. Hope my review was helpful!
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Alrighty, this will be a bit different from my usual reviews. Animatrix is done as an omnibus, so therefore, I shall give my opinion of each segment on its own.
1. Final Flight of the Osiris: Top notch computer animation and a story that leads straight into the second movie. This one is more eye-candy than anything else, but it's good eye-candy.
2. The Second Renaisance Pts. 1 & 2: The history of our future, as told by the archives of Zion. Learn the chilling origin of the Matrix, and learn that the machines aren't the only ones to blame for the downfall of humanity. Chilling and graphic imagery, with direct parallels to well known historical events. This gives us an expanded view of what Morpheus told Neo in the first movie. Not for the squeamish.
3. Kid's Story: Utilizing bizarre imagery, this is the tale of one young man who became aware of the Matrix, and his efforts to escape. Symbolism is thick, and there are thoughts on modern youth culture in this world.
4. Program: All cel animation, but you would never know from looking at it. Two lovers quarrel over returning to the Matrix as they fight in a gorgeous rendition of old Japan. This one will leave an indelible mark on the viewer. The keen ear will detect superb voice acting from Samuri Jack's title actor, Phil LaMarr.
5. World Record: This one is wholly symbollic of man's eternal struggle, not against machine, though the Matrix is certainly involved, but rather, against his own human limitations. A tribute to the indomitable spirit of humanity. This tale is about a track runner trying hard to push the limits of his mind and body...and paying a heavy price for doing so.
6. Beyond: A glitch...or a haunted house. Either way, a group of children discover a place of magic in the world.
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