original motion picture, The Matrix wasn't just an event but a new form of
cinema that was never seen by the masses in Western countries. It not only
paid homage to Japanese Anime but also pushed the boundaries of special
effects and introduced one of the most widely copied special effects of all
time... bullet time. The concept behind The Matrix involves a young hacker
named Neo who is told that the human race has been enslaved by machines and
that only he can liberate mankind. This leads to the question, where does the
Animatrix fit in the grand scheme of things?
Animatrix is the official prequel and sequel to The Matrix and features 9
short films set in the Matrix universe. The first film of the disc is entitled
"The Final Flight of the Osiris" and is created by Squaresoft, the
makers of the movie Final Fantasy and the extremely popular video game series.
The story revolves around the crew of the Osiris and a discovery that not only
threatens the city of Zion but also the liberation of mankind. There has never
been any CGI that has ever come this close to realism and without spoiling too
much of the story, the crew must deliver a message to Neo before all is
next two stories are entitled the "Second Renaissance", parts one
and two and features the complete history of how the Matrix was created and
documents the battle between mankind and machines. These two stories feature
some amazing animation and storytelling that help emerge the viewer into the
world of the Matrix.
four of the Animatrix called "Kid's Story" tells the tale of how Neo
liberated one open-minded teenager and freed him from the Matrix. Keanu Reeves
also reprises his role as Neo and it should be noted that the character from
this story is also seen in Matrix Reloaded. Part five is entitled
"Program" and tells the tale of another crew that travels around the
Matrix. Program is set in feudal Japan and features some amazing animation and
action with a surprising twist at the end.
Record" is the sixth story on the Animatrix and tells the tale of a world
athlete who manages to break the code of the Matrix by his superior athletic
abilities. Part seven of the Animatrix is entitled "Beyond" and
tells of a young girl who goes searching for her cat in a haunted district.
Probably one of the most interesting and thought provoking stories on the
disc, it documents the problems of the Matrix and how the laws of physics do
not always work in this world.
Detective Story" is the eighth instalment of the Animatrix and describes
how Agents use specialist humans in order to capture rogue humans. Carrie-Anne
Moss returns as Trinity in this dark and gritty episode. The final story of
the Animatrix called "Matriculated" tells the tale of a group of
humans who try to turn machines onto their side through psychological
conditioning. Probably one of the strangest episodes of the entire disc and
easily one of the most heart provoking.
video quality of the Animatrix is perfect and features a 2.35:1 aspect ratio
or in laymen's terms, widescreen. The Final Flight of the Osiris is clearly
one of the most superior stories on the Animatrix because of its perfect CGI
and wonderful colours but all the other stories feature sharp, crisp and
it comes to audio, the DVD also features superior Dolby Digital 5.1 and sounds
magnificent through the right speaker setup. The musical score of the
Animatrix is basically taken straight from The Matrix movie so you can easily
relate to the stories.
Animatrix also features a plethora of extras that makes this DVD a worthy disc
for your collection. The DVD features four audio commentaries that goes beyond
the world of the Matrix, a teaser trailer for the game called "Enter the
Matrix" that is also in Matrix continuity, Cast/Crew biographies, a Featurette
entitled "Scrolls to Screen - A history of Anime", behind the scenes
footage and DVD-ROM features.
would highly recommend the Animatrix to all Matrix and Anime fans as not only
does it give the viewer an incite into the world behind the Matrix, but makes
both movies, The Matrix and The Matrix Reloaded just that tad more enjoyable.
Final Flight of the Osiris
- The Second Renaissance Parts I & II
- Kid's Story
- World Record
- A Detective Story
- 2.35:1 aspect ratio (Widescreen)
- 16:9 enhanced
- Dual layer
- Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
- Subtitles: English
- Audio commentary
- Teaser trailer
- cast/crew biographies
- Featurette - Scrolls to Screen
- Animated menus
- Behind the scenes footage
- DVD-ROM features
- 88 Minutes
- Region 4