The Ultimate Matrix Collection [Blu-ray] [7 Discs]

  • SKU: 9022693
  • Release Date: 10/14/2008
  • Rating: R
$49.99
Build A Bundle
Cardmember Offers

Overview

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (83 out of 83)

Special Features


  • Written introduction by the Wachowski Brothers
  • Commentaries by:
  • -Philosophers: Dr. Cornel and Ken Wilber
  • -Critics: Todd McCarthy, John Powers and David Thomson
  • -Cast/crew: Carrie-Anne Moss, Zach Staenberg and John Gaeta for the Matrix
  • -Compoeser: Don Davis with music-only track for the Matrix
  • Feature-length documentary The Matrix Revisited
  • Behind the Matrix documentary gallery: 83 featurettes with the MTV Movie Awards Reloaded and 3-D Evolutions stills gallery
  • The Music Revisited: 41 audio track selection of nearly 3 hours of music
  • Music videos: Marilyn Manson's Rock Is Dead and P.O.D.'s Sleeping Awake
  • 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
  • 4 director commentaries and 8 documentaries on The Animatrix, including Scrolls to Screen: The Histoey and Culture of Animé
  • The Burly Man Chronicles: Probe the society of actors, craftspeople and filmmakers who shapewd the movie trilogy and Enter the Matrix console game in 21 featurettes and a feature-length documentary
  • The Roots of the Matrix: Historical, philosophical and technical inspirations are explored in insightful documentaries
  • The Zion Archive: Production assets developed for The Matrix Universe, including concept art, storyboards, drawings, music videos, music rave reel and The Matrix Online
  • Theatrical trailers and TV Spots

Synopsis


The Animatrix: The Second Renaissance, Part 1
Part of the Animatrix series of animated shorts set in the universe of the Wachowski brothers' The Matrix, Second Renaissance, Part 1 is the first of two pseudo-documentaries created by director Mahiro Maeda. Part of the archive in the city of Zion, the short presents the history of robots on Earth and their relationship to their human creators. At times an allegory for the contemporary civil rights struggles of the real world, Second Renaissance, Part 1 leads directly into Second Renaissance, Part 2 which details the events that led to the creation of the Matrix by the machines. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi

The Animatrix: A Detective Story
Written by Shinichiro Watanabe, the creative force behind Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo, A Detective Story is the second segment of the Animatrix series of animated shorts. Styled like a film noir, the story follows a hard-edged detective named Ash, who's hired to track down the identity of a hacker that goes by the alias Trinity. He soon learns that other detectives have failed at this task, winding up dead, missing, or insane, but he eventually achieves a level of contact with the mysterious person - and finds out who he was working for. We learn that agents had bugged him to find the elusive target he was chasing, and when he comes face to face with her, he can see why. ~ Cammila Collar, Rovi

The Matrix
What if virtual reality wasn't just for fun, but was being used to imprison you? That's the dilemma that faces mild-mannered computer jockey Thomas Anderson (Keanu Reeves) in The Matrix. It's the year 1999, and Anderson (hacker alias: Neo) works in a cubicle, manning a computer and doing a little hacking on the side. It's through this latter activity that Thomas makes the acquaintance of Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), who has some interesting news for Mr. Anderson -- none of what's going on around him is real. The year is actually closer to 2199, and it seems Thomas, like most people, is a victim of The Matrix, a massive artificial intelligence system that has tapped into people's minds and created the illusion of a real world, while using their brains and bodies for energy, tossing them away like spent batteries when they're through. Morpheus, however, is convinced Neo is "The One" who can crack open The Matrix and bring his people to both physical and psychological freedom. The Matrix is the second feature film from the sibling writer/director team of Andy Wachowski and Larry Wachowski, who made an impressive debut with the stylish erotic crime thriller Bound. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

The Matrix Reloaded
After creating an international sensation with the visually dazzling and intellectually challenging sci-fi blockbuster The Matrix, the Wachowski brothers returned with the first of two projected sequels that pick up where the first film left off. Neo (Keanu Reeves) and Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) have been summoned by Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) to join him on a voyage to Zion, the last outpost of free human beings on Earth. Neo and Trinity's work together has been complicated by the fact the two are involved in a serious romantic relationship. Upon their arrival in Zion, Morpheus locks horns with rival Commander Lock (Harry J. Lennix) and encounters his old flame Niobe (Jada Pinkett Smith). Meanwhile, Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) has returned with some surprises for Neo, most notably the ability to replicate himself as many times as he pleases. Neo makes his way to The Oracle (Gloria Foster), who informs him that if he wishes to save humankind, he must unlock "The Source," which means having to release The Key Maker (Randall Duk Kim) from the clutches of Merovingian (Lambert Wilson). While Merovingian refuses to cooperate, his wife, Persephone (Monica Bellucci), angry at her husband's dalliances with other women, offers to help, but only in exchange for a taste of Neo's affections. With The Keymaker in tow, Neo, Trinity, and Morpheus are chased by Merovingian's henchmen: a pair of deadly albino twins (Neil Rayment and Adrian Rayment). Filmed primarily in Australia and California (the extended chase scene was shot on a stretch of highway build specifically for the production outside of San Francisco), The Matrix Reloaded was produced in tandem with the third film in the series, The Matrix Revolutions. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

The Matrix Revolutions
Shot back-to-back with The Matrix Reloaded, the third and final installment of Andy Wachowski and Larry Wachowski's sci-fi action saga picks up where the second film left off. Neo (Keanu Reeves) remains unconscious in the real world, caught in a mysterious subway station that lies between the machine world and the Matrix, and Bane (Ian Bliss) is still a conduit for Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving), who continues to grow out of control, threatening to destroy both worlds. Meanwhile, as the sentinels get closer and closer to Zion, the citizens of the earth's last inhabited city prepare for the inevitable onslaught. By bargaining with The Merovingian (Lambert Wilson), Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) and Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) are able to free Neo who, after meeting with The Oracle (Mary Alice stepping in for the late Gloria Foster), decides that he must leave Zion and head for the machine mainframe. As Neo and Trinity venture into the dangerous machine world, with hopes of stopping both the machines and Agent Smith, their comrades in Zion attempt to fight off the attacking sentinels with the odds stacked greatly against them. Other cast members returning include Monica Bellucci, Ngai Sing, and Harold Perrineau Jr. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi

The Animatrix: Beyond
Part of the Animatrix series of animated shorts set in the universe of the Wachowski brothers' The Matrix, director Koji Morimoto's Beyond tells the story of a young woman who goes on a search for her lost cat only to discover an abandoned building with strange and mysterious qualities. She finds her cat floating in mid-air and neighborhood kids jump head-first from ten feet up only to stop before touching the ground. As she investigates, she comes close to uncovering the truth but is met with resistance by a group from the government. Beyond features the voice talents of Hedy Burress and Kath Soucie. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi

The Animatrix: Kid's Story
Part of the Animatrix series of animated shorts set in the universe of the Wachowski brothers' The Matrix, Kid's Story comes from Shinichiro Watanabe, the creator of the anime series Cowboy Bebop. Actor Clayton Watson provides the voice for the The Kid, the character he portrays in the live-action The Matrix Reloaded. The short provides The Kid's backstory, explaining how he was freed from the Matrix with the help of Neo and Trinity. Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss also provide the voices for the animated counterparts of their live-action characters. Director Watanabe also helmed The Animatrix: A Detective Story. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi

The Animatrix: Program
Part of the Animatrix series of animated shorts set in the universe of the Wachowski brothers' The Matrix, Program comes from Yoshiaki Kawajiri, the director of the popular anime feature Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust. The short features Cis (Hedy Burress) and Duo (Phil LaMarr), a woman and man in a simulated samurai fight-training program. When Duo tries to coax Cis into betraying their fellow humans in favor of the machines, she finds herself faced with a struggle that may very well end in death. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi

The Animatrix: The Second Renaissance, Part 2
Part 2 of the Second Renaissance segment of the Animatrix opens with the human UN launching a nuclear carpet-bombing on Zero One. The machines are relatively unaffected by the blast, retaliating by sending invading armies into human territories, triggering a full-on World War. Human forces are no match for the machines relentlessness, and in an act of desperation, military leaders call for Operation Dark Storm, releasing a sky darkening cloud of nanomachines into the air, blackening the sky and cutting the machines off from their primary power source. Dark Storm also disables most of the humans' long-range weapons however, and soon the machines phase out the humanoid forms that they had been using, and opt for the squid like Sentinels that appear in the Matrix films - polarizing the machine collective even further from the distant humanness that models based on the original designs of man once retained. The human forces soon become completely defenseless, forcing leaders to meet in New York to sign an armistice with the machines. The machine representative utters the words "Your flesh is a relic, a mere vessel. Hand over your flesh and a new world awaits you. We demand it," before detonating a nuclear bomb at the proceedings, killing all the world's remaining leaders and destroying the last remaining human city. Having achieved victory over the decimated Earth, the machines then begin utilizing the remaining humans as a power source, placing them in an unconscious dream state that becomes the first version of the Matrix. ~ Cammila Collar, Rovi

The Animatrix: World Record
The World Record segment from the collection of animated shorts known as the Animatrix focuses on a track runner named Dan Davis, who is preparing for the 100 meter dash. Early on, it's clear that Dan has the kind of intuitive sensitivity that has been known to wake people from the Matrix, and he describes the ecstasy of extreme athleticism in terms that seem to mimic the detachment from his surrounding world often mentioned by those who've broken free from the Matrix. In the midst of the race, he begins to see visions that indicate he's "waking," and Agents begin to close in, while simultaneously, his muscles fail as his speed tops out. Innately aware that the pain isn't real, however, Dan is able to continue. As he rushes towards the finish line, the imposed reality of the Matrix seems to fail, leaving the singular question of whether he will win the greater race by awakening completely. ~ Cammila Collar, Rovi

The Matrix Revisited
Josh Oreck directed this look at the making of The Matrix. In addition to an explanation of the technical achievements, the documentary contains behind-the-scenes footage of stars Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Laurence Fishburne. One of the most informative sections of the film details the work that went into creating the thrilling fight sequences that appear in the film. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

The Animatrix: Final Flight of the Osiris
Part of the Animatrix series of animated shorts set in the universe of the Wachowski brothers' The Matrix, Final Flight of the Osiris comes from Andy Jones, the animation director on Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within. Beginning with a playful sparring session with erotic undertones, the film tells the story of the last moments of the crew of the hovercraft The Osiris. When the crew spots a group of Sentinals approaching, it's a race against time to contact their brethren in the last city of Zion (via the Matrix) before the machines attack their ship. Kevin Michael Richardson and Pamela Segall are among those who provide voices. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi

The Animatrix: Matriculated
Part of the Animatrix series of animated shorts set in the universe of the Wachowski brothers' The Matrix, Matriculated is the work of animator Peter Chung, one of the creators of the popular MTV animated action series Aeon Flux. Set outside the Matrix at a human resistance base, the short tells the story of a group of humans who attempt to reprogram a sentient robot to join them in their fight against the machines. Mindy Clarke and Olivia D'Abo are among those who provide voices. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi



Overall customer rating

4.8
100%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Matrix comes to Blu-Ray

    Posted
    reconredneck
    • Top 500 ContributorTop 500 Contributor

    Well, I said I wasn't going to buy this set, but BestBuy had the set for $69.99, so it was hard to pass up! Not to mention you can't buy Matrix Blu-Ray, by itself. I am typing this review as I watch " The Matrix " on Blu-Ray for the first time and the clarity is quite amazing. You actually see things that were missed on the SD version, with the increased depth of field and higher resolution. On the sound front, this TrueHD mix is fantastic, making this my best DVD buy of 2008. And I buy a lot of Blu-Ray Dvd's! The superb soundtrack now presented in TrueHD really gave my Onkyo/Polk system a real workout, with Bass that will have your home framework trembling and highs that just might break fine glassware at high volumes (no joke). If you were looking for that perfect Blu-Ray to show off your new system, this is the one! I tried to look for any weaknesses in the encoding of (now viewing end of Revolution) and As the films progress they actually begin to look better! In Matrix you will see a small amount of grain, but its never excessive, where as Reloaded/Revolutions are flawless.. The difference between the Blu-Ray set and the HD-DVD set is the Animatrix is now in Hi Def. But at the same time the HD packaging was more sturdy, with higher quality cases, where as the BD version is now presented in slimline cases. I don't mind because on my shelves smaller is better! The one thing I didn't like was the extra's being presented in 480i/p which to me is not good, considering the price you are paying for the set. After watching all the discs, I have concluded that I really got a bargain for what I paid.. The Matrix is a fine film and this presentation looks better than when I saw it first at the theater.. Best Blu-Ray Buy of 2008 - Reconredneck

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Like seeing it for the very first time

    Posted
    Barback

    Between my surround sound, my tv, and my blu-ray player these movies were AMAZING. I felt like the bullets were grazing past me! I even noticed things I had never noticed due to the crystal clear picture. I was "iffy" about selling my matrix dvds just because they are available on blu-ray, but after reading previous reviews I decided to do it. There are certain movies that I simply call "blu-ray worthy" which means if there is plenty of action like in movies such as these or 300 or Black Hawk Down or Transformers...those movies are worth the selling of the dvds and upgrading to blu-ray. The only regret I have of this purchase is the animatrix just because I'm not into anime movies, there are tons of extras for those who are interested.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    One of the Best Collections Assembled

    Posted
    Surgeon2010
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Obviously, if you love the Matrix - this is the collection for you. On the plus side, its easy, cheaper, and kind of cool to have all of the movies in one boxed collection. On the down-side, if you aren't into the Matrix III, and you aren't into watching 20 hours of additional footage on how they made the matrix, and you aren't going to love the additional commentary by Keanu Reeves as you watch the movie for the 3X time - then there's a part of this investment that you will never use. Regardless, its worth the investment just for the cool-factor.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Truly the ultimate collection

    Posted
    theajshow
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    If you love the Matrix trilogy, this collection is a must. It truly is the ultimate collection, with the trilogy and the Animatrix too. It has tons of extras and more. The Matrix is one of my favorite movies of all time, so this was a must-have for me. The only downside for me is there's no digital version that comes with most blu-rays these days as this was initially released a while ago before the digital thing became big. But, hey, still a great collection.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Price

    Posted
    gratefulcustomer
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This review is more about Best Buy than about the movies....I really wanted to get this for my husband for Christmas.. i checked everywhere online for it. Not only did Best Buy have it in stock but they also had it the cheapest. After i had placed my order I received an e-mail informing me that it was being shipped immediately. It arrived quickly and my husband was surprised Christmas morning. very satisfied with my experience with Best Buy .com

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Matrix hits Blu-ray

    Posted
    Leftoverchinese

    This box set includes all 3 movies, the Animatrix for the first time in high definition, and more bonus materials than anyone really ever needs. The video in this set is nothing shy of reference material, as is the video. If you wanted a demo disc to show your friends why they need to get a blu-ray player, look no further! My only problem with this set is that Warner has decided to release it with non-standard cases leaving it sticking out like a sore thumb on your shelf.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Awesome movies; No top menus

    Posted
    SmarterThanaBear
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

    These are some of my favorite films so when they went on sale on bluray I had to upgrade my DVDs. Still great flicks but I was disappointed there is no top menu on the movie. I accidentally hit stop a few times while watching and I had to FF through to the part we were on. It did not resume from where we were like it should have and there is no ability to do scene selection. But overall I'm happy with my purchase

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A modern myth about the Human Condition

    Posted
    phildearly
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    THE MATRIX TRILOGY is the most stunning piece of art that I have ever seen! The films are a thinly veiled metaphor for the human condition as understood by the minds of the Wachowskis. Part one is about the mind, part two is about the body, part three is about the soul. Or, part one is about birth, part two is about life, and part three is about death. Highest Recommendation.

    I would recommend this to a friend



Product images, including color, may differ from actual product appearance.