The Wachowski Bros.
THE MATRIX was the first DVD I ever bought, and for me has always been one of those formative films of my youth. This led to me checking out the films of John Woo, and Yuen Woo-Ping, and is totally responsible for my love of Asian action films. While its legacy was badly diminished by the horrible sequels (which I will not even try to defend, as they’re just as atrocious as people say), the original film is still a masterpiece of its genre and holds up remarkably well.
Watching this film really takes me into a time warp, as I lived and breathed this film for most of 99/00. The soundtrack was constantly in my discman (remember those?), and to this day I can still recite all the words to Marilyn Manson’s ‘ Rock is Dead’ (ROCK!!! Is deader than dead!!! The shock!!! Is all in your HEAD!!!).
I really love this film, and there haven’t really been any big event blockbuster other than the Nolan BATMAN’s that have entertained me in the same way. I still get a chill when Neo faces off with Agent Smith in a subway tunnel towards the end, and the bullet dodging on the rooftop was one of the great WTF? moments of action cinema.
First up are the audio commentaries including the track by Carrie-Anne Moss, John Gaeta, and the Don Davis music only-track with commentary - both of which were on the original 2000 DVD. Also ported over from the DVD is the Follow The White Rabbit Behind The Matrix HBO documentary, and the Take The Red Pill documentary gallery New for the blu-ray (but including in the box set and original blu-ray) is another commentary, called The Philosopher’s Commentary featuring a bunch of academics who debate the philosophy of the film. We also get the feature length Matrix Revisited documentary, which got its own DVD release back in 2000. Don’t expect too much from the Wachowskis, as they were reclusive even back then. Also ported over from THAT disc is The Music Revisited a galley of all the musical cues for the documentary. Finally there’s the Marilyn Manson Rock is Dead music video , and the trailers and TV spots .