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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
The Matrix Reloaded
Considering the lofty expectations that preceded it, The Matrix Reloaded triumphs where most sequels fail. It would be impossible to match the fresh audacity that made The Matrix a global phenomenon in 1999, but in continuing the exploits of rebellious Neo (Keanu Reeves), Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), and Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) as they struggle to save the human sanctuary of Zion from invading machines, the codirecting Wachowski brothers have their priorities well in order. They offer the obligatory bigger and better highlights (including the impressive "Burly Brawl" and freeway chase sequences) while remaining focused on cleverly plotting the middle of a brain-teasing trilogy that ends with The Matrix Revolutions. The metaphysical underpinnings can be dismissed or scrutinized, and choosing the latter course (this is, after all, an epic about choice and free will) leads to astonishing repercussions that made Reloaded an explosive hit with critics and hardcore fans alike. As the centerpiece of a multimedia franchise, this dynamic sequel ends with a cliffhanger that virtually guarantees a mind-blowing conclusion. --Jeff Shannon
The Matrix Revolutions
Despite the inevitable law of diminishing returns, The Matrix Revolutions is quite satisfying as an adrenalized action epic, marking yet another milestone in the exponential evolution of computer-generated special effects. That may not be enough to satisfy hardcore Matrix fans who turned the Wachowski Brothers' hacker mythology into a quasi-religious pop-cultural phenomenon, but there's no denying that the trilogy goes out with a cosmic bang instead of the whimper that many expected. Picking up precisely where The Matrix Reloaded left off, this 130-minute finale finds Neo (Keanu Reeves) at a virtual junction, defending the besieged human enclave of Zion by confronting the attacking machines on their home turf, while humans combat swarms of tentacled mechanical sentinels as Zion's fate lies in the balance. It all amounts to a blaze of CGI glory, devoid of all but the shallowest emotions, and so full of metaphysical hokum that the trilogy's detractors can gloat with I-told-you-so sarcasm. And yet, Revolutions still succeeds as a slick, exciting hybrid of cinema and video game, operating by its own internal logic with enough forward momentum to make the whole trilogy seem like a thrilling, magnificent dream. -- Jeff Shannon
I was blown away by how good the films looks on blu-ray. In my opinion the first film holds up best visually as well, as the cgi used in the later movies has become dated looking... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Chase Stanton
Despite the bogus premise (the amount of energy required to support all those bodies would far exceed the amount of energy you could derive from them); this is one of my favorite... Read morePublished 5 days ago by John Chalinder
For those of you that somehow inadvertently missed this series, these films have a little something for everyone. For Sci-fi buffs there is lots of unbelievable computer vs. Read morePublished 13 days ago by bernie
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|Warner Replacement Program for Matrix Revolutions Blu-ray Disc||
It turns out Warner Brothers has many defective blu ray titles. Go through yopur own collections and pull all from them. I spoke to their rep yesterday who is mailing me a pre-paid postage envelope. She tried to blame by brand new state of the art Sony systems but I did not but that crap. The... Read More
Mar 24, 2012 by taxman | See all 11 posts
|Is it worth the $90?||
Here's my rationale:
-Buying the whole saga for the first time; definately get the Blu-Rays.
-Buying the whole saga when you only have one or two of the films; definately get them all in this set! Even if you don't like the sequels or the "Animatrix", they're all fun, and it's all one... Read More
Aug 4, 2008 by AMP | See all 12 posts
|Is this better than HD DVD version?||
The Animatrix has been confirmed by Warner Bros. to be in 1080p. That alone makes this set a solid upgrade. I was surprised how much I enjoyed The Animatrix.
Jul 25, 2008 by Kindle Customer | See all 37 posts
|DVD's you are going to replace with Blu...||
I am so glad someone has asked this question. I, too, am in the same boat as you.
Here's how I've been seeing it: current movies being released on Blu-Ray have a better chance of really showing off their splendidness in 1080p with an awesome sound system. If you don't have an HDTV or sound... Read More
Sep 7, 2008 by C. S. Popper | See all 36 posts
|The Ultimate Matrix Collection [Blu-ray] @ Best Buy $29.99||
Yea, I notified Amazon but we'll see if they match.
I would like to save a little by avoiding tax.
Jun 13, 2011 by Se Lee | See all 22 posts
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