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The Matrix - Standard Collector's Edition
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Set in the 22nd century, "Matrix" tells of a computer hacker (Reeves) who joins a group of underground insurgents fighting the vast and powerful computers who now rule the earth. The computers are powered by human beings...

By following up their debut thriller Bound with the 1999 box-office smash The Matrix, the codirecting 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. Set in the not too distant future in an insipid, characterless city, we find a young man named Neo (Keanu Reeves). A software techie by day and a computer hacker by night, he sits alone at home by his monitor, waiting for a sign, a signal--from what or whom he doesn't know--until one night, a mysterious woman named Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) seeks him out and introduces him to that faceless character he has been waiting for: Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne). A messiah of sorts, Morpheus presents Neo with the truth about his world by shedding light on the dark secrets that have troubled him for so long: "You've felt it your entire life, that there's something wrong with the world. You don't know what it is, but it's there, like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad." Ultimately, Morpheus illustrates to Neo what the Matrix is--a reality beyond reality that controls all of their lives, in a way that Neo can barely comprehend.

Neo thus embarks on an adventure that is both terrifying and enthralling. Pitted against an enemy that transcends human concepts of evil, Morpheus and his team must train Neo to believe that he is the chosen champion of their fight. 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 Reeves and Fishburne--who both turn in fine performances--much of the fun and excitement should be attributed to Moss, who 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, semipsychotic 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--a chapter that is arguably superior to the other sci-fi smash of 1999 (you know... the one starring Jar Jar Binks). --Jeremy Storey

Customer Reviews:

  • TOP movie on many levels!
    This is still my favourite movie and one that I have seen more than 10 times, as I went out and got the VHS edition back then before DVD's were in. It is a movie that can be seen on many levels. Some will see it just as a great action movie which it is, but there is so much more to this film. It is a fantastic depiction of the journey of the spiritual seeker and the difficulties that he encounters within himself as he starts pushing against the prisons of his own mind and the multitude of programs that operates and which keep us small.

    It also neatly depicts the way humans are kept as 'food for the moon' in Gurdjieff's words or simply food for ultra terrestrials. In the film this is depicted as humans, being little less than cultivated biological batteries for the machines.

    The story is part of a trilogy and all three parts are worth watching more than once, as you will undoubtedly see new things each time. Things that start making sense only after some time of reflection and reading. In this regard I can recommend reading the book by Ouspensky called "In Search of the Miraculous", and the book by Laura Knight-Jadczyk called "The Secret History of the World".
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  • TOP movie on many levels!
    This is still my favourite movie and one that I have seen more than 10 times. It is a movie that can be seen on many levels. Some will see it just as a great action movie which it is, but there is so much more to this film. It is a fantastic depiction of the journey of the spiritual seeker and the difficulties that he encounters within himself as he starts pushing against the prisons of his own mind and the multitude of programs that operates and which keep us small.

    It also neatly depicts the way humans are kept as 'food for the moon' in Gurdjieff's words or simply food for ultra terrestrials. In the film this is depicted as humans, being little less than cultivated biological batteries for the machines.

    The story is part of a trilogy and all three parts are worth watching more than once, as you will undoubtedly see new things each time. Things that start making sense only after some time of reflection and reading. In this regard I can recommend reading the book by Ouspensky called "In Search of the Miraculous", and the book by Laura Knight-Jadczyk called "The Secret History of the World".
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  • Matrix
    This movie was just like new .. can not beat the deals on Amazon !!...more info
  • Enter The Matrix
    This is another movie that INSTANTLY went on my top 10 favorite movies list. I still remember when this movie first came out. All my friends and i went to see it the day it came out, and we were not disappointed.

    This movie has been out for quite a while now. If you STILL have not seen this movie, you are defiantly behind times.

    This movie is a must see....more info
  • Don't miss a minute!
    Gripping! Intense! Very well written. Every minute interleaves so well with the rest of the movie, that if you leave for a bathroom break, be sure to pause the movie or else you'll miss something important. I enjoyed the movie immensely, but on second viewing noted several parallels to the Bible, down to the meeting with the prophetess, Anna predicting the future of the "Chosen One". One of the better movies I've seen....more info
  • essential viewing, this is our reality folks!
    There is no excuse for anyone to have not watched this movie. But how many people who watch it really nderstand that it is gives a superb analogy to understanding our current reality.

    We live in a world of illusion, distraction, economic slavedom and material indulgence. Breaking free from these culturally programmed distractions will enable you to break free from the real Matrix that we inhabit.

    Still think the Matrix is fantasy??? To really explore the reality of our 'matrix' try reading the book by Ouspensky called "In Search of the Miraculous", and the book by Laura Knight-Jadczyk called "The Secret History of the World".

    It's your choice, get swallowed up in the illusion of job titles, pensions and consumption or start living your own truly free life!!!!
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  • great movie that started a great trilogy
    I loved this movie and I can't recomend this enough to any fan of the actors or actresses in the movie....more info
  • Very Disappointed ;-(
    I have never received the dvd. I have emailed amazon and DisCount Goodies; no response. If this is not resolved, I will discontinue using Amazon, and tell everyone I can of my bad experience....more info
  • Good Product
    This awesome movie with the slow motion fight scenes started a new fight phase of this century. Product is an awesome item. Great movie. Think beyond what you see. ...more info
  • I love the Matrix movie!
    I really love this movie. Great concept and great innovation in the process of shooting the film from a technical perspective.

    I do have to wonder WHY "The Ultimate Matrix Collection" is NOW available but "The Matrix" individual film is not out currently. I wonder if it has something to do with the fact that the second and third movies were crap! I was really disappointed with the sequels.

    I believe the only reason that "The Ultimate Matrix Collection" is out first is that is the only way they would sell the second and third movie.

    I just want the original......more info
  • One of the great acton movies
    This movie set the trend for all action movies after it.

    The story and direction worked on a more sophisticated level.

    All of the actors came across great.

    Great VFX...more info
  • Great Movie- A must see
    Well the movie describes very well how the thing are working in our world. If you are not awaken, you are not able to see the way the matrix works. You are in a dream. It is the time to wake up and the movie can just give you the little hint you need to see the world as it is....more info