The Matrix (10th Anniversary Edition in DigiBook Packaging) [Blu-ray]
10th Anniversary Edition
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In Movie Experience
Written Introduction by The Wachowski brothers (20 cnt.)
Philosophers Commentary by Dr. Cornel West, Ken Wilber
Critics Commentary by Todd McCarthy, John Powers, David Thomson
Cast and Crew Commentary by Carrie-Anne Moss, Zach Staenberg and John Gaeta
Composer Commentary by Don Davis with Music Only Track
The Matrix Revisited
Behind The Matrix
Making The Matrix
The Dance of the Master: Yuen Wo Ping's Blocking Tapes
The Bathroom Fight and Wet Wall
The Code of the Red Dress
The Old Exit: Wabash and Lake
But Wait- There's More
Take the Red Pills [2 selections]
Follow the White Rabbit [9 selections
The Music Revisited [41 audio tracks]
Marilyn Manson Music Video Rock is Dead
The Matrix Teaser
The Matrix Trailer
The Matrix TV Spots
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Then in the 'real world' all the ninja stuff Neo and Trinity do is still awesome action. Bullettime filming isn't innovative anymore but it still looks cool in an action movie.
The story holds up well. (On this one. The sequels didn't hold up long enough to get through the first screening the day they came out) As it's core this is still a story about the duality of consciousness and its just incredibly well put together. When Morpheus offers the red/blue pill choice...that scene still has a lot of depth to it on a psychological level.
Oh, and in HD the visuals in The Matrix just crush it. It is a whole different experience in HD. I remember getting this on DVD when it first came out and DVD players were all the rage. I couldn't believe how amazing this looked back then in 480i on a 30 inch screen with the digital DVD presentation. Not on a 60 inch 1080p screen this is visually jaw dropping.
I was nervous about rewatching this movie as it's one of my all time favorites and I haven't seen it in about 10 years. I was worried that it would seem totally cheesy now and it would ruin the memory of it. But that doesn't happen at all. It holds up very well.
"No. I don't believe it. It's not possible." Neo speaking to Morpheus
Five MINDBENDING Stars. In the influential SciFi movie, "The Matrix", the directing Wachowski sisters have conjured up a unique world and an 'adventure within that world' which are fantastic enough to stand side-by-side with SciFi classics like Terminator, Predator, Alien, and the like. And it jump started a successful trilogy of Matrix movies. In the plot, once again humans are battling sentient machines but with a unique twist that separates it from the Terminator plot. And like Neo, it is initially difficult to envision the total Matrix reality of squiddys, the Oracle, the One, and 'agents'. Plus the movie has fantastic 'wire fu' fights, matte paintings, and stunts that seem to have influenced some of the Sci Fi and kung fu movies that followed, especially the 'walking the walls' stunts and the in-scene swiveling camera angles. Starring Keanu Reeves as Neo, Laurence Fishburne as Morpheus, Carrie-Ann Moss as Trinity, Hugo Weaving as Agent Smith, plus Gloria Foster, Joe Pantoliano, Marcus Chong, Anthony Ray, Robert Taylor, and more. Produced by Joel Silver and directed by Lana and Lily Wachowski. My Highest Recommendation. Five AMAZING Stars. (Warner Bros. Pictures. Rated R. Color. HD. CC. X-Ray. Time-2:16:16. This movie was followed by "The Matrix Reloaded", and "The Matrix Revolutions".)
For a movie that revolutionized special effects, similar to T2 almost a decade earlier, I would have expected more. The Blu-ray transfer was not as good as I had hoped, but was better than DVD.
The colors were amazing, as they are in most Blu-rays. However, some of the graphical details were a little grainy, as if the special effects were somewhere between DVD and Blu-ray. This is visible in the bullet-time and other slo-mo sequences, such as the firefight in the office building lobby.
The sound was really good, but it was also good on the DVD. I honestly do not often notice the improved sound on Blu-rays, typically I can tell the difference in certain action scenes that make heavy use of the rear speakers (where Dolby 5.1 compresses the rears more than Blu-ray). The sound was easily at least as good as the DVD if not better.
Overall this was better than the DVD, and the graphics are certainly a step above. My only gripe, and the reason for 4 instead of 5 stars, is that the slo-mo sequences that were computer generated to begin with could have had more detail.
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