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The Animatrix Gift Set (Includes CD Soundtrack)

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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: Ellen Moore
  • 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 (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000099635
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,917 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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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I'm surprised to read reviews that marginalize the commentary.

Why?

The commentary says the Matrix and the Wachowski brothers' work is essentially inspired by the Japanese animation style. Not just in visual perspectives, but Japanese animation and other media has long had an apocalyptic thread of reference (tied to the history of the Nagasaki and Hiroshima bombings, of course). So for a series of anime shorts to be then based on the Matrix, things come full circle.

It also says some writers chose to write their interpretations purely from scratch, rather than use existing references the brothers provided. So I think it's easier to view these episodes as side stories more or less exploring the concept of the Matrix, although a few had specific references and connections to the main story. It's slightly comparable to fan fiction, but with much more structure, and full official support, although I think that's a relatively crude and incomplete analogy, now that I think of it.

I mean, c'mon, those that visited [...] when the promo website FIRST started-- weren't you thinking of the conceptual possibilities of the Matrix then?

I think the brothers stumbled a bit with Reloaded and Revolutions, and I seem to recall other fans were similarly disappointed. Again, as The Animatrix is not fully bound by the main story, I think that makes it a gem, and worth keeping in a collection even if you don't collect the other two movies. It's certainly not a piece that is not much more than promotional fluff (as others pointed out with other animated tie-ins to other movies). It more or less stands well on its own. You could view this before the first movie and I don't think it'd necessarily spoil things.
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By A Customer on May 4, 2003
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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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