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The Matrix (1999)

Keanu Reeves , Laurence Fishburne , Andy Wachowski , Lana Wachowski  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Gloria Foster
  • Directors: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski
  • Writers: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski
  • Producers: Andy Wachowski, Andrew Mason, Barrie M. Osborne, Bruce Berman
  • Format: AC-3, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Special Edition, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 21, 1999
  • Run Time: 136 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,334 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000K19E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,663 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Matrix" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Behind-the-scenes documentary "HBO First Look: Making the Matrix"
  • Take the red pills to view two hidden special effects documentaries: "What is Bullet Time?" and "What is the Concept?"
  • Follow the white rabbit to nine behind-the-scenes featurettes

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By following up their debut thriller Bound with the 1999 box-office smash The Matrix, the codirecting Wachowski brothers--Andy and Larry--annihilated any suggestion of a sophomore jinx, crafting one of the most exhilarating sci-fi/action movies of the 1990s. Set in the not too distant future in an insipid, characterless city, we find a young man named Neo (Keanu Reeves). A software techie by day and a computer hacker by night, he sits alone at home by his monitor, waiting for a sign, a signal--from what or whom he doesn't know--until one night, a mysterious woman named Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) seeks him out and introduces him to that faceless character he has been waiting for: Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne). A messiah of sorts, Morpheus presents Neo with the truth about his world by shedding light on the dark secrets that have troubled him for so long: "You've felt it your entire life, that there's something wrong with the world. You don't know what it is, but it's there, like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad." Ultimately, Morpheus illustrates to Neo what the Matrix is--a reality beyond reality that controls all of their lives, in a way that Neo can barely comprehend.

Neo thus embarks on an adventure that is both terrifying and enthralling. Pitted against an enemy that transcends human concepts of evil, Morpheus and his team must train Neo to believe that he is the chosen champion of their fight. With mind-boggling, technically innovative special effects and a thought-provoking script that owes a debt of inspiration to the legacy of cyberpunk fiction, this is much more than an out-and-out action yarn; it's a thinking man's journey into the realm of futuristic fantasy, a dreamscape full of eye candy that will satisfy sci-fi, kung fu, action, and adventure fans alike. Although the film is headlined by Reeves and Fishburne--who both turn in fine performances--much of the fun and excitement should be attributed to Moss, who flawlessly mixes vulnerability with immense strength, making other contemporary female heroines look timid by comparison. And if we were going to cast a vote for most dastardly movie villain of 1999, it would have to go to Hugo Weaving, who plays the feckless, semipsychotic Agent Smith with panache and edginess. As the film's box-office profits soared, the Wachowski brothers announced that The Matrix is merely the first chapter in a cinematically dazzling franchise--a chapter that is arguably superior to the other sci-fi smash of 1999 (you know... the one starring Jar Jar Binks). --Jeremy Storey

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Set in the 22nd century, The Matrix tells of a computer hacker (Reeves) who joins a group of underground insurgents fighting the vast and powerful computers who now rule the earth. The computers are powered by human beings...

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145 of 153 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu-Ray Transfer Is Fantastic! March 6, 2009
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
With over 2,000 reviews, there is no sense discussing the movie so I will just address this to readers wondering if the Blu-Ray transfer is as good as they, perhaps, have heard.

Yes, it is - it's incredble. I am not a particular fan of the film, especially the sequels, so I say these remarks with no bias. I just rented this first "Matrix" to see how it looked. Well, it Blu (pun intended) me away!! At this point, I've seen around 50 Blu-Ray DVDs and this is as good as it gets. I can't imagine how you could make it any better. It's so sharp, I just sat there mesmerized by it. The sound also is outstanding....another upgrade. I've seen this movie three times now and I swear I heard a lot of background talk and stuff I never heard before.

So....if you read that the audio and visuals are 5-star caliber - believe it; it's true.
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328 of 385 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie's Great...This Package, Not So December 8, 2000
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The Matrix is an excellent movie that combines science fiction, shoot-em-up action, and philosophical questions about the nature of Reality. If you are plugged in to a computer, and that computer presents you with a reality that is completely indistinguishable from your own, is it any less real?
This movie has exceptional special effects, beautiful cinematography, an excellent soundtrack, well-crafted dialogue, and respectable acting. Keanu Reeves may be a lousy actor, but I think that the Matrix is probably his best performance to date.
The Platinum Limited Edition isn't really worth the extra money unless you're an absolute, die-hard, take the red pill, freak. I wish I had known that before ordering this product. It comes in a box about as thick as an encyclopedia, and is fairly large, so it won't fit on the shelf with the rest of your DVDs. Opening it up, I was rather disappointed -- most of the volume is filled with a cheap plastic tray that contains a celluloid clip of the film with a blown-up photo (decent, but nothing fantastic), a few postcard-sized stills from the movie, and a copy of the normal DVD in a normal case. Nothing fantastic. For this money, I was expecting a DVD with DTS sound, alternate angles, deleted scenes, etc., but just got the same old Matrix disc. A major drag.
Do yourself a favor. Buy the basic copy.
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Anything You've Seen Before November 19, 2000
Format:DVD
(What is the Matrix). In 1977, George Lucas changed the landscape of cinematic Science Fiction forever with "Star Wars," taking the genre light years ahead of all that preceded it. Such a momentous advancement would not be seen again for over twenty years, when, in 1999, the Wachowski Brothers raised the bar again, taking the genre at warp speed to an unprecedented level with their astoundingly innovative film, "The Matrix." Co-directed, written and produced by Larry and Andy Wachowski, it is an allegory of salvation and redemption filled with symbolism and metaphor (the Biblical references alone should keep theology students debating this one for years to come); a thinking man's action film, accentuated with moments that are no less than profound. In a world of the future, things are literally not what they seem, where it's Man versus Machine, Reality versus Fantasy, and few who know the truth; among those who do, is Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), who has long awaited the arrival of "The One," who it has been prophesied will be the salvation of the world. Enter Neo (Keanu Reeves), a computer programmer with an innate sense of discrepancy as to the state of things around him; he has questions, most of which are still in the process of being formulated in his own mind. (What is the Matrix). Morpheus has answers. And when they meet, it's Alice down the rabbit hole, and Neo's life is changed forever. Reeves is perfectly cast as Neo, the enigmatic young man who may or may not be "The One," and it's one of the best roles of his career. He conveys a sense of removed, distracted urgency that defines his character, infusing him with both a strength and vulnerability that coalesces as the story progresses into determination and confidence. Read more ›
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect DVD of perfect movie December 2, 1999
Format:DVD
I bought Matrix a week age, but I have seen it 4 times already. Picture & sound quality are perfect ! If you have a good sound system, turn it up and you will feel yourself in the Matrix too ! The "Follow the White Rabbit" is excellent ! As well as the introduction to the Bullet-time technique. There is no multi-angle view on the DVD, but the movie itself is full of mult-angle views anyway. Unfortunately nobody can be told how good the Matrix DVD is, you have to see it for yourself !
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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, Thought-Provoking, Compelling November 25, 1999
Format:DVD
Synopsis: A premiere sci-fi film with a lot of action and a thought-provoking premise
Overall Entertainment Value: Excellent
Violence: Abundant, but not gory
Plot: Thought provoking, but not high brow or preachy
Special Effects: Well Done and Visually Compelling
Suitable For Age: Mature 16
Few movies compel me to watch them more than once. Fewer still can completely hold my interest a second time. This is one of the rare movies that I can enjoy every few months.
Like Blade Runner, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and even Star Trek/Star Trek NG, The Matrix invites you to examine your notions of what being "alive" means.
Ironically, the special effects that draw you into accepting the reality of The Matrix ultimately support a plot that forces you to challenge any notion you may have about objective reality. How do you *know* your reality is *the* reality?
No, it's not some high brow intellectual art film; and yes, its violence, while not gory, is abundant. This is not a movie for early teens!
Nonetheless, if you come away from it without wondering about the relationship between perception and reality (or whether objective reality can be proven at all!), then you'll have missed the point. If so, just go back to watching reruns of Seinfeld - and other shows that are proudly about nothing at all.
For the rest of you, buy this on DVD because I suspect a VHS tape will wear out before your interest in this movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Should be a classic
Love the movie series, needed to replace a lost DVD, was able to watch the entire story in one evening.
Published 1 day ago by Jan Poole
5.0 out of 5 stars Still great, 15 years later
The Matrix is a sci-fi classic. Every time I watch it, new details pop out that I hadn't noticed before. Check out the TV in the scene at the waiting room in the Oracle's house.
Published 2 days ago by j
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome movief
Am I reviewing the movie here or the disc, case, and packaging? This movie is epic, one of the best movies to come out of the 90s. Read more
Published 3 days ago by D. Price
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Sci-Fi
Classic sci-fi. Others have already well explicated it. Well written with great visuals, directing and acting, including ground-breaking visual effects. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Tom McIntosh
4.0 out of 5 stars Streamed well enough on roku
The movie is incredible and holds up remarkably well today.

It seemed to basically be in HD throughout. It paused one time to buffer. I think it stayed in HD however. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Ken Clevenger
1.0 out of 5 stars Low quality. Buy the DVD!
Amazed at the low quality of the rendition. The colors were off and so were the contrast, with extreme whites and blacks.
Published 7 days ago by Ehsan Samei
4.0 out of 5 stars Follow the white rabbit Neo!
One of my favorite action dramas. A "must have" for home theater fans Morpheus rescue scene alone. Should be on a list for top blu-ray movies of all time.
Published 9 days ago by Ansel G. Whatley
5.0 out of 5 stars It's the Matrix...
Most people seem to appreciate the first Matrix.

It is a great movie with an exciting and unique story.

I enjoy it.
Published 10 days ago by Paul_dot_com
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT
I love ease and intant download of my media on Amazon. I will look for many more movies to collect in the future. No DVD required.
Published 16 days ago by terrie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie.
It's the Matrix original, does anything else seriously need to be said. If you like tech and are a action buff then get the movie!
Published 18 days ago by TheoB
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