Geeks across the known and unknown universe are dancing with joy alone in their basement with the release of The Matrix Blu-ray. This speculative fiction action heavy on the special effects movie really kicks ass on Blu-ray and the appropriate viewing surface (in this case a 46” Samsung LCD). Not having a DVD version of The Matrix to compare it with, I cannot attest as to how much more ass the Blu-ray kicks. The digibook version of the movie comes with a few pages of background info, pictures, and a digital copy of the movie.
Best known to the non-fan base as the movie that created the “bullet frozen in time effect,” The Matrix immediately starts the adrenaline pumping when cops are chasing a latex-covered babe named Trinity (Carrie-Ann Moss). A scene later, it is computer geek Neo (Reeves) who is talked out of his Dilbert-like environment by a mysterious caller named Morpheus just as some kind of secret agent group is coming for him. Things get real weird and real cool real fast. Phones are also very important.
The Matrix is an artificial world set in 1999 in which everybody is living without knowing it is a construct. The construct is to keep humans happy while they serve as power source for a race of machines. Neo’s job is going to make people realize they are living in an artifice. Getting there is going to be one hell of a cool, special effect heavy ride. The movie works, however, because the story trumps all the high-tech bells and whistles.
It is very easy to understand why this science-fiction classic (now on Blu-ray) was and is still popular. The premise and story line is complex but as Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) educates Neo as to the nature of the Matrix he is also education the viewer as to the premise of this movie. This is an oft used tool but here it works because it does not talk down to you.
This science fiction movie is also good enough to have you question, be it momentarily, if what you believe is reality is real.
Repeated viewings reveal a bit more of the many cultural references (Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz, Jefferson Airplane) and computer references (the original handset in a cradle modem), allowing true fans of The Matrix to play spot the clue.
If you need clues to get the Christian allegory in this movie, you need to go back to Kangaroo Jack.
Special Features (in standard def): In-Movie Experience Commentaries Written introduction by the Wachowski brothers; 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; Agent Down; But Wait- There's More; Take the Red Pills; Follow the White Rabbit
Audio: The Music Revisited; Marilyn Manson Music Video Rock is Dead Trailers: The Matrix teaser; The Matrix trailer; The Matrix TV spots