The Matrix Revolutions (2003) - 2-Disc Widescreen Edition

Genre(s): Action / Science Fiction
Warner Brothers || R - 129 minutes - $14.98 || April 6, 2004
Reviewer: Elyusha Vafaeisefat || Posted On: 2004-04-02


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

A U D I O &
.:: V I D E O ::.

Audio and Video

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Wachowski Brothers
Writer(s): Wachowski Brothers (written by)
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Laurence Fishburne, Hugo Weaving, Jada Pinkett-Smith


Theatrical Release Date: November 5, 2003


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Revolutions Recalibrated
  • CG Revolution
  • Super Burly Brawl (Multi-Angle Featurette
  • Future Gamer: The Matrix Online
  • Before the Revolution: Matrix Timeline
  • 3-D Revolution
  • Operator
  • Trailers


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Widescreen (2.40)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Although many people disliked the third installment of this trilogy, I happened to enjoy it. I will admit that I lowered my expectations after hearing almost everyone bash the final film in the trilogy. There was a huge backlash from virtually everyone after seeing Revolutions. The backlash seems to be because people expected a lot better from the people involved in the film. They had all the actors back, the same directors/producers and a reported $300+ million budget for the two films combined. So naturally, people had massive expectations going into both films. Another reason why people disliked Revolutions so much is attributed to the fact that the majority of people expected their questions about Reloaded to be answered in Revolutions, which was not the case. I thought it was somewhat interesting that all the questions weren't answered. The story is almost like a religion itself, and as we know, you don't get all the answers in religion.

In addition to those other potential problems, about 80% of the film seems to take place outside of The Matrix itself, which is quite possibly another reason why people didn't like Revolutions too much. I will admit that I was very disappointed overall, but I still ended up enjoying the film from an entertainment standpoint. The fight scenes were choreographed well, the action scenes were unique, the music was very good and the visual effects were top notch. The acting wasn't terrible overall, but there were parts where it did get pretty bad. I know the majority of people who saw Revolutions ended up hating it, but one has to acknowledge the Wachowski's for putting so much effort into making these films. Overall, I think Revolutions does have its very good moments throughout the film, but I will say that Revolutions is a disappointment overall. If you go in with lowered expectations, I think you'll enjoy the film from an entertainment aspect.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

The Matrix Reloaded DVD was quite a disappointment because of the lack of any "real" special features. Most of the extras were just promotional items that seemed to be filler extras than real extras. It seems that Warner Brothers has learned their lesson a little bit by adding better special features for their Revolutions release.

The first disc includes the trailers for The Animatrix, and The Matrix Revolutions as well as the teasers for The Matrix and The Matrix Reloaded.

The second disc isn't all that spectacular, but it is an improvement over Reloaded's second disc. Revolutions Recalibrated is pretty much a behind the scenes look at the final film. The documentary does go into some good detail on the visual effects and stunts, but it seems like it's mostly the cast and crew going back and forth complimenting each other and saying how great it is to work with each other. There are some good interviews with the special effects supervisors and some of the cast and crew.

CG Revolution is an interesting look at the final action sequences of the film. They discuss the miniatures used for the battle sequences, the detail of CGI used as well as how they designed Machine City. It's a nice addition and is probably the best extra on the disc.

The Super Burly Brawl extra is a multi-angle look at the final showdown between Agent Smith and Neo. They take a look at three different angles of the scene. Each angle is roughly 6 minutes long. It's an interesting extra if you're interested in becoming a filmmaker, but other than that it's pretty much a filler extra.

The second disc also contains a look at the upcoming online game for "The Matrix" (Future Gamer). It's basically a promotional look at the game as well as some behind the scenes looks at the making of the game. It's pretty much like the behind the scenes look at the "Enter the Matrix" video game in "The Matrix Reloaded" DVD. The second disc also has a Matrix timeline, which is useful if you want some more background of the film. 3D Revolution is basically a slide show of various looks at conceptual art, film photos as well as some storyboards.

The second disc also has an extra titled Operator, which is a series of 4 small featurettes. These featurettes can actually be accessed while you watch the other extra features. For instance, while you are watching "Revolutions Recalibrated," a white bunny will pop up and take you to a more in depth view of the particular action sequence or scene. The four extras are titled "Neo Realism" (about 12 minutes), "Super Big Mini Models" (9 minutes), "Double Agent Smith" (7 minutes) and "Mind Over Matter" (8 minutes).



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

The sound and picture for the film is definitely top notch. I had some minor problems with the sound on The Matrix Reloaded DVD, but this one seems to be a much better improvement. The score comes off very well in the final battle scene as well the sound in all the action sequences. The video transfer is also very good. The colors are very sharp and the detail is very strong. Overall, it's a very good transfer of the sound and picture.



.::OVERALL::.

Unless you live on another planet, it is pretty clear that Warner Brothers is saving all their extras for a future release for The Matrix films. If you are really a huge fan of the franchise or you generally don't care about more special features, then I would recommend that you purchase the DVD. It has a strong video/audio transfer and some solid extras. But other than that, I would save your money for a future DVD release that will likely contain a lot better extras and less promotional material.