WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Matrix, The
Genre:Science Fiction

Reviewed In Issue 35 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburn, Carrie-Ann Moss, Hugo Weaving, Gloria Foster, Joe Pantoliano

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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 17665
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 136
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1999
(LD Release Date): 09/99
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): The Wachowski Brothers
(Screenplay/Written By): The Wachowski Brothers
(Story): NA
(Music): Don Davis
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Owen Paterson
(Visual Effects): Manex Visual Effects, LLC
(Costume Designer): Kym Barrett
(Editor): Zach Staenberg
(Supervising Sound Editors): Dane A. Davis, MPSE
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Barrie M. Osborne, Andrew Mason, Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski, Erwin Stoff & Bruce Berman
(Co-Producers): Dan Cracchiolo
(Producers): Joel Silver

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Super 35
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.40:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Digital Surround
(Theatrical Sound): DTS, SDDS & Dolby Digital
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

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Story Synopsis:
Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne lead the fight to free humankind from The Matrix in this special effects-laden cyber-thriller. In the year 2070, a young computer operator (Reeves) discovers that through the use of artificial intelligence system (The Matrix), the world that he—and everyone else—knows is completely unreal. The Matrix taps into people’s minds and creates the illusion of a real world, when in reality they are just being controlled to see and feel what they are programmed to experience. But when Reeves meets Morpheus (Fishburne), he feels that Reeves is Neo, the one human who can override The Matrix and free humankind from this psychological and physical imprisonment. This special effects-laden film won four Academy® Awards: Film Editing, Visual Effects, Sound and Sound Effects Editing.

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(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): Yes
(Aggressive System Surround): Yes
(Intense 25Hz Bass): Yes
(Deep Bass Challenging): Yes
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(Holosonic Soundfield): Yes
(Aggressive Split Surround): Yes
(Center Back Surround Imaging): Yes
(Directionalized Dialogue): Yes
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