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on September 1, 2013
I am not reviewing the movie. By now you either love it or hate it, and if you are looking here, odds are you love it. I am reviewing the Blu-ray adaptation.

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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on July 2, 2017
classic. action packed scifi with a great story
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on June 1, 2017
Oh, yeah. Gotta own this super-classic.
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on May 28, 2017
If you haven't seen it, you need to.
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on August 10, 2015
If you're like me and want absolutely nothing to do with the sequels but absolutely love the first film, this is the definitive version to own. Of course the audio and visual quality is geat on bluray, and the special effects of that time hold up to this day, which is something not many films can say, but if you've seen the film before then you know that.

The important part of this disc is the content, and this edition is packed with extras.
There are four different commentary tracks, a feature length making of documentary that is longer than the film itself, 18 featurettes, the "Music Revisited" 3 hour audio selection, and more!

This movie is a classic, and the content of this Bluray edition is 100% worth the price.
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on April 2, 2014
The Reality Is All Virtual, And Densely Complicated.

Action heroes speak volumes about the couch-potato audiences that they thrill. So it's understandable that ''The Matrix,'' a furious special-effects tornado directed by the imaginative brothers Andy and Larry Wachowski (''Bound''), couldn't care less about the spies, cowboys and Rambos of times gone by. Aiming their film squarely at a generation bred on comics and computers, the Wachowskis stylishly envision the ultimate in cyberescapism, creating a movie that captures the duality of life a la laptop. Though the wildest exploits befall this film's sleek hero, most of its reality is so virtual that characters spend long spells of time lying stock still with their eyes closed.

In a film that's as likely to transfix fans of computer gamesmanship as to baffle anyone with quaintly humanistic notions of life on earth, the Wachowskis have synthesized a savvy visual vocabulary (thanks especially to Bill Pope's inspired techno-cinematography), a wild hodgepodge of classical references (from the biblical to Lewis Carroll) and a situation that calls for a lot of explaining.

The most salient things any prospective viewer need know is that Keanu Reeves makes a strikingly chic Prada model of an action hero, that the martial arts dynamics are phenomenal (thanks to Peter Pan-type wires for flying and inventive slow-motion tricks), and that anyone bored with the notably pretentious plotting can keep busy toting up this film's debts to other futuristic science fiction. Neat tricks here echo ''Terminator'' and ''Alien'' films, ''The X-Files,'' ''Men in Black'' and ''Strange Days,'' with a strong whiff of ''2001: A Space Odyssey'' in the battle royale being waged between man and computer. Nonetheless whatever recycling the brothers do here is canny enough to give ''The Matrix'' a strong identity of its own.

Mr. Reeves plays a late-20th-century computer hacker whose terminal begins telling him one fateful day that he may have some sort of messianic function in deciding the fate of the world. And what that function may be is so complicated that it takes the film the better part of an hour to explain. Dubbed Neo (in a film whose similarly portentous character names include Morpheus and Trinity, with a time-traveling vehicle called Nebuchadnezzar), the hacker is gradually made to understand that everything he imagines to be real is actually the handiwork of 21st-century computers. These computers have subverted human beings into batterylike energy sources confined to pods, and they can be stopped only by a savior modestly known as the One.

We know even before Neo does that his role in saving the human race will be a biggie. (But on the evidence of Mr. Reeves's beautiful, equally androgynous co-star, Carrie-Anne Moss in Helmut Newton cat-woman mode, propagating in the future looks to be all business.) The film happily leads him through varying states of awareness, much of it explained by Laurence Fishburne in the film's philosophical-mentor role. Mr. Fishburne's Morpheus does what he can to explain how the villain of a film can be ''a neural interactive simulation'' and that the Matrix is everywhere, enforced by sinister morphing figures in suits and sunglasses. ''The Matrix'' is the kind of film in which sunglasses are an integral part of sleekly staged fight scenes.

With enough visual bravado to sustain a steady element of surprise (even when the film's most important Oracle turns out to be a grandmotherly type who bakes cookies and has magnets on her refrigerator), ''The Matrix'' makes particular virtues out of eerily inhuman lighting effects, lightning-fast virtual scene changes (as when Neo wishes for guns and thousands of them suddenly appear) and the martial arts stunts that are its single strongest selling point. As supervised by Yuen Wo Ping, these airborne sequences bring Hong Kong action style home to audiences in a mainstream American adventure with big prospects as a cult classic and with the future very much in mind.
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on July 9, 2015
This is still the kick-ass movie it was 16 years ago. I'm not quite so thrilled by the trench coats and shooting of guards like I used to be, but the kung fu and other choreography are great. I still fall into this world as a viewer. A lot of people love the concept that maybe we live in a reality that isn't as solid or "real" like we normally think of it. There's a sense of escape or empowerment there and I believe that's true. But there's also the whole bit where Morpheus explains to Neo that he is a slave in a prison that he cannot touch, taste or see. This reality is somebody else's making and we have no idea about it. A warning perhaps? Or just a compelling concept. Follow the white rabbit and look for yourself.
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on January 4, 2013
Enter the Matrix where the real is unreal. This film tries to provide an explanation to those who feel the observable day to day does quiet seem real. This film almost feels like a movie about how it feels like one is watching a movie every moment of their lives. There are a few who know the truth and want to help wake up those who don't realize it. Hence, the ultimate wake up call comes in the form of Neo, a disenchanted computer hacker who seeks to find out what is reality and how to enter it. The tension of the film comes when one of the inner circle decides to betray the others. Turns out reality isn't as beautiful or delicious as the matrix. The villain wants back into the system. Call it bureaucracy is better than starving. Keep in mind these guys are eating gruel, wearing what looks like prison garb and constantly on the run when they are finally awaken. It might get to some people. The Matrix is the search for the Messiah of the times. The times simply happens to be in a the future where robots harvest humans for energy.
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on June 27, 2017
Great movie
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on April 18, 2017
This was purchased as a replacement. Apparently, a family member liked it enough to borrow it. The joke's on them: MY copy is now Blu-Ray!
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