A mysterious event from Earth's past threatens to ignite a war so big that the TRANSFORMERS alone will not be able to save the planet. Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) and the AUTOBOTSâ¢ must fight against the darkness to defend our world from the DECEPTICONS'â¢ all-consuming evil in the smash hit from director Michael Bay and executive producer Steven Spielberg.
The Wachowski Brothers' The Matrix took the well-worn science fiction idea of virtual reality, added supercharged Hollywood gloss and a striking visual style and stole The Phantom Menace's thunder as the must-see movie of the summer of 1999. Laced with Star Wars-like Eastern mysticism, and featuring thrilling martial arts action choreographed by Hong Kong action director Yuen Woo Ping (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), The Matrix restored Keanu Reeves to genre stardom following virtual reality dud Johnny Mnemonic (1995), and made a star of Carrie-Anne Moss, who followed this with the challenging perception twister Memento (2000). Helping the film stand out from rivals Dark City (1998) and The Thirteenth Floor (1999) was the introduction of the celebrated "bullet time" visual effects, though otherwise the war-against-the-machines story, hard-hitting style and kinetic set-pieces such as the corporate lobby shoot-out lean heavily on Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). Elsewhere the influence of John Woo, from the ultra-cool near real-world SF of Face/Off (1997) to the raincoats and sunglasses look of bullet-ballet A Better Tomorrow, is clearly in evidence. The set-up isn't without its absurdities, though--quite why super-intelligent machines bother to use humans as batteries instead of something more docile like cows, for example, is never explained, nor is how they expect these living batteries to produce more energy than it takes to maintain them. The Matrix is nevertheless exhilarating high-octane entertainment, although as the first part of a trilogy it perhaps inevitably doesn't have a proper ending. On the DVD: the anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 image is virtually flawless, exhibiting only the grain present in the theatrical print, while the Dolby Digital 5.1 sound is demonstration quality, showing off the high-impact sound effects and Don Davis' fine score to great effect. Special features are "data files" on the main stars, producer and director and "Follow the White Rabbit", which if selected while viewing the movie offers behind the scenes footage. This is interesting, but gimmicky, requires switching back from widescreen to 4:3 each time, and would be better if it could be accessed directly from one menu. There is also a standard 25-minute TV promo film which is as superficial as these things usually are. --Gary S Dalkin
The opening reels of Matrix Revolutions do nothing to dispel the feeling of exhausted disappointment that set in during the second half of The Matrix Reloaded. There's plenty more talky guff combined with the picking-up of hard-to-remember plot threads as Neo (Keanu Reeves) lies in a coma in the "real" world and is stranded on a tube station in a limbo "beyond the Matrix" while his allies do a reprise of the shooting-their-way-past-the-bodyguards bit from the last film (this time, the baddies can walk on the ceiling). A new Oracle (Mary Alice) makes some pronouncements about the end being near and more things happen--including the evil Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) manifesting in reality by possessing a minor character and perfidiously blinding our hero, who wears a becoming ribbon over his wounded eyes and perceives the world in an impressive "flaming truth vision". What about the action? The equivalent of the last film's freeway chase scene is a huge face-off as the Sentinels (robot squids) finally breach the caverns of Zion, "the last human city", and swarm against a battalion of pilot-manipulated giant robots: here, the effects are seamless and the images astonishing, though the fact that none of the major characters are involved and the whole thing goes on so long as if designed to top any previous robot-on-robot screen carnage means that it becomes monotonously amazing, like watching someone else play a great computer game. After a too-easily-managed major realignment of the enmities, the film--and the series--finally delivers a sign-off sequence that's everything you could want as Neo and Smith get into a kung fu one-on-one in a rain-drenched virtual city, flying as high as Superman and Brainiac in smart suits. It comes too late to save the day and the wrap-up is both banal and incoherent, but at least this single combat is a reward for hardy veterans who've sat through seven hours of build-up. --Kim NewmanOn the DVD: when the first Matrix DVD was released, with never-before-seen features such as the "Follow the White Rabbit" option, it set a benchmark against which subsequent discs were judged. But neither sequel has lived up to the original's high standards. The Matrix Revolutions two-disc set is an unexceptional package, with a routine "making of" featurette being the main bonus item. Amid all the usual backslapping guff about how great everyone is and what a great time they've all had, it's possible to glean some nuggets of useful information about the baffling plot--though cast and crew can't repress a note of weariness creeping in when discussing the horribly protracted shooting schedule. The feature on the CG Revolution is the most informative for people who like to know how everything was done, and, in the same vein, there's also a multi-angle breakdown of the Super Burly Brawl. A 3-D timeline gives a handy summary of the story so far, and there's a plug for The Matrix Online game. The anamorphic 2.40:1 picture is, of course, a real treat to look at, even if the movie is mostly shades of dark grey and dark green; soundwise the dynamic range of the Dolby Digital surround is extreme: all conversations are conducted in throaty whispers, while the action sequences will push your speakers to the limit. No DTS option, though. And as with Reloaded, there's no audio commentary either: the Wachowski's policy of not talking about their creation begins to seem like a ploy to avoid answering awkward questions. --Mark Walker
Neo and the leaders of the human resistance discover that Sentinels are burrowing their way towards Zion. Estimating they have perhaps just 72 hours until an all-out assault Neo must return back into the Matrix and find the keymaker to gain access to the mainframe to ensure human survival...
Zavvi Exclusive Steelbook - Limited to 2000 copies. Neo is trapped in limbo between reality and the Matrix while Zion the last human city is attacked by hordes of machines. Meanwhile Morpheus Trinity and Seraph confront the ruthless Merovingian to secure Neo's release. As the fight for Zion grows more dire Neo and Trinity embark on a perilous journey into the heart of the machine city while Morpheus and Niobe rush to Zion's aid. Eventually Neo must face the increasingly powerful Agent Smith in a last battle for the fate of humanity. Extras: Written Introduction by the Wachowskis 2 Commentaries: Philosophers: Dr. Cornel West and Ken Wilber; Critics: Todd McCarthy John Powers and David Thomson BEHIND THE MATRIX Documentary Gallery: 9 Featurettes including REVOLUTIONS RECALIBRATED and the 3D EVOLUTION Stills Gallery CREW Documentary Gallery: 4 Featurettes HEL Documentary Gallery: 6 Featurettes NEW BLUE WORLD Documentary Gallery: 5 Featurettes SIEGE Documentary Gallery: 5 Featurettes AFTERMATH Documentary Gallery: 4 Featurettes Theatrical Trailers TV Spots
Zavvi Exclusive Steelbook - Limited to 2000 copies. In the second chapter of The Matrix trilogy freedom fighters Neo (Keanu Reeves) Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) and Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) continue to lead the revolt against the Machine Army unleashing their arsenal of extraordinary skills and weaponry against the systematic forces of repression and exploitation. In their quest to save the human race from extinction they gain greater insight into the construction of The Matrix and Neo's pivotal role in the fate of mankind. Extras: Written Introduction by the Wachowskis 2 Commentaries: Philosophers: Dr. Cornel West and Ken Wilber; Critics: Todd McCarthy John Powers and David Thomson BEHIND THE MATRIX Documentary Gallery: 4 Featurettes including THE MTV MOVIE AWARDS RELOADED ENTER THE MATRIX : THE GAME Documentary ENTER THE MATRIX: View 23 Live-Action Scenes Shot for the Video Game that Plug into the action of THE MATRIX RELOADED CAR CHASE Documentary Gallery: 9 Featurettes TEAHOUSE FIGHT Documentary Gallery: 2 Featurettes UNPLUGGED Documentary Gallery: 5 Featurettes I'LL HANDLE THEM Documentary Gallery: 4 Featurettes THE EXCLIES Documentary Gallery: 2 Featurettes P.O.D. SLEEPING AWAKE Music Video Theatrical Trailers TV Spots
A 10 DVD box set that houses the complete Matrix story stuffed full of everything you could ever want to know & see! Disc 1 - The Matrix: The film in a new digital transfer supervised by the Wachowski brothers and director of photography Bill Pope. Two all-new audio commentaries with written introduction by the Wachowski Brothers - The Critics: Todd McCarthy John Powers & David Thomson / The Scholars: Dr. Cornel West and Ken Wilber Disc 2 - The Matrix Revisited: Peel back a new layer of reality with a mind-expanding look at The Matrix from conception to phenomenon. Go behind The Matrix take the Red Pill and follow the White Rabbit with 17 making-of featurettes including 'What Is Bullet Time?' 'What Is Concept' and 'The Music Revisited'. Disc 3 - The Matrix Reloaded: The powerful second chapter of the groundbreaking film trilogy. Two all-new audio commentaries with written introduction by the Wachowski Brothers - The Critics: Todd McCarthy John Powers & David Thomson / The Scholars: Dr. Cornel West and Ken Wilber Disc 4 - The Matrix Reloaded Revisited: Go to the middle movie's furthest reaches via five documentary paths revealing 21 featurettes. Plus 23 extra scenes shot for the 'Enter The Matrix' game. Disc 5 - The Matrix Revolutions: The epic war between man and machines reaches an explosive conclusion with the action-packed final chapter in The Matrix Trilogy. Two all-new audio commentaries with written introduction by the Wachowski Brothers - The Critics: Todd McCarthy John Powers & David Thomson / The Scholars: Dr. Cornel West and Ken Wilber Disc 6 - The Matrix Revolutions Revisited: The cataclysmic final confrontation chronicled through six documentary pods revealing 28 featurettes. Disc 7 - The Animatrix: A visionary fusion of CG-animation and Japanese anime with nine short films exploring the world of the Matrix. Audio commentaries on four of the episodes; 'Making Of' documentaries on each film profiling the evolution of each one's unique style; biographical profiles of the directors and animation producers and 'Scrolls To Screen: The History and Culture of Anime' exploring the phenomenon of this art form. Disc 8 - The Roots Of The Matrix: Probe the philosophical and technological inspirations of The Matrix Trilogy through two insightful documentaries - 'Return To Source: Philosophy & The Matrix' and 'The Hard Problem: The Science Behind The Fiction'. Disc 9 - The Burly Man Chronicles: A profiles the 'society' of craftspeople actors and filmmakers who shaped the movie trilogy. Disc 10 - The Zion Archive: Showcases production assets developed for the universe of The Matrix including concept artwork storyboards drawings music videos TV spots and trailers plus a special preview of 'Matrix Online'.
Into the world of the Emperor Penguins, who find their soul mates through song, a penguin is born who cannot sing. But he can tap dance something fierce!
Wendy (Rosanna Arquette) is an incurable romantic trapped in the body of a bored and timid housewife. Her marriage is failing and her days are spent working in a dead-end job. She yearns for the adventure and sensuality found within the pages of her romance novels but her husband Ronnie (Bruce Spence) just doesn't fit the bill. His only dream is to make a success of his sweets business and open a shop of his very own. Enter the mysterious Jake (Hugo Weaving) - handsome passionate the very man dreams are made of. Jake proves to be everything she has ever wanted fulfilling her every wish but can Wendy change Ronnie to become the man she craves?
Set against the futuristic landscape of totalitarian Britain V For Vendetta tells the story of a young working-class woman named Evey who is rescued from a life-and-death situation by a masked man known only as 'V'. Profoundly complex V is at once literary flamboyant tender and intellectual a man dedicated to freeing his fellow citizens from those who have terrorized them into compliance... The Matrix Trilogy writing/directing team of Larry & And Wachowski adapt Alan Moore's seminal graphic novel into a thought-provoking blockbuster.
Secret Diary... A Forbidden Love. The Keys To A Hidden Past. This story of deception and discovery explores an 18-year-old's struggle to unlock the secrets of the family she never knew. Orphaned at birth and hungry for a richer life Steph embarks on an emotional journey to uncover her family's past and her only guides are her mother's diary and a forbidden love affair with a much older man. Australia's luscious countryside serves as the setting for this daring coming-of-age tale starring the always riveting Hugo Weaving from The Lord of the Rings and Matrix trilogies. Emotionally rich and beautifully filmed Peaches is a moving snapshot of a young woman's search for herself.
By following up their debut thriller Bound with the 1999 box-office smash The Matrix, the co-directing 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. 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 Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne--who both turn in fine performances--much of the fun and excitement should be attributed to Carrie-Anne Moss, whose Trinity 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, semi-psychotic 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. --Jeremy StoreyIn the Box Set: That this Collector's Edition should appear less than a year after The Matrix's first DVD release indicates the degree to which the film has become an instant classic and set the initial benchmark for DVD quality and extra features. The chunky black box (about the size of the yellow pages) houses a slide-out tray containing the DVD, eight original lobby cards, an original one-sheet movie poster, six black and white photographs and a movie image card with the corresponding 35mm film frame attached. As with all such sets the whole is rapidly diminished by removing its parts, presenting the dilemma of whether to mount the poster and pictures, or leave them pristine but unseen in their original state.The DVD included is the same version available individually, including extensive behind-the-scenes features on the film's special effects. Contrary to the advertised contents, however, the disc does not contain the audio commentaries by Carrie-Anne Moss, editor Zach Staenberg and visual effects supervisor John Gaeta, or the music-only audio track with commentary by composer Don Davis (all of which are currently only available on the American version). --Steve Napleton
In this final explosive third installment of the Matrix trilogy the city of Zion last bastion of the human race defends itself against the massive invasion of the machines as Neo attempts to fulfill his prophecy as 'The One'. As the Machine Army wages devastation on Zion its citizens mount an aggressive defense but can they stave off the relentless swarm of Sentinels long enough for Neo adrift in a no man's land between the Matrix and the Machine world to harness the full extent of his powers and end the war?
From the acclaimed graphic novel comes the tale of a masked vigilante in a Fascist Britain and the young woman he takes under his wing.
Legend Of The Guardians When a young owl is abducted by an evil Owl army, he must escape with newfound friends to seek out the legendary Guardians to stop the menace. Happy Feet Into the world of the Emperor Penguins, who find their soul mates through song, a penguin is born who cannot sing. But he can tap dance something fierce!
Constantine (2 Discs) Hell wants him. Heaven won't take him. Earth needs him! Supernatural detective John Constantine (Reeves) has literally been to Hell and back. When he teams up with skeptical policewoman Angela Dodson (Weisz) to solve the mysterious suicide of her twin sister their investigation takes them through the world of demons and angels that exists just beneath the landscape of contemporary Los Angeles... The Matrix Reloaded (2 Discs) Neo and the leaders o
Quinlan is a dedicated cop and one of the few that isn't on the take. But Quinlan Knows the score and decides if you can't beat'em join'em. Quinlan's life will never be the same again. He lies cheats and bends the rules because he's the last of the honest cops.
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