Anthology of nine short anime (Japanese animation) films tied in to the 1999 blockbuster “The Matrix” and its sequels. “Final Flight of the Osiris”: The crew of the hovercraft Osiris attempt to warn their city of an imminent attack. “The Second Renaissance, Parts 1 & 2”: The story behind the war between man and the machines, how mankind scorched the sky, and the creation of the Matrix. “Kid’s Story”: A teenager is contacted by Neo, and manages to escape the Matrix. “Program”: Two warriors battle in a samurai training simulation when one decides to betray his crewmates and re-enter the Matrix. “World Record”: A champion sprinter manages to break free of the Matrix by sheer physical effort during a record attempt. “Beyond”: A young girl searching for her cat discovers a haunted house caused by a glitch in the system. “A Detective Story”: Private investigator Ash tracks a hacker named Trinity through the looking glass. “Matriculated”: A group of humans capture a machine scout and insert …
Plot Keywords: supernatural-power / anthology / battle / hacker / warrior
Taglines: Free your mind.
Certificate: Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Brazil:12 | Canada:14A (Manitoba) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-15 | Germany:16 | Greece:K-17 | Ireland:12 | Netherlands:16 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:15 | Spain:13 | United Kingdom:15 | United States:Unrated (All Other Shorts) | United States:PG-13 (Final Flight of Osiris)
Cast: Kevin Michael Richardson , Pamela Adlon , John DiMaggio , Tom Kenny , Rick Gomez , Tara Strong , Bette Ford , Julia Fletcher , Dane A. Davis , Debi Derryberry , Jill Talley , Dwight Schultz , James Arnold Taylor , Clayton Watson , Keanu Reeves , Carrie-Anne Moss , John DeMita , Hedy Burress , Phil LaMarr , Victor Williams , John Wesley , Alex Fernandez , Allison Smith , Matt McKenzie , Tress MacNeille , Kath Soucie , Jack Fletcher , Terrence ‘T.C.’ Carson , Melinda Clarke , Rodney Saulsberry , Olivia d’Abo , Bill R. Dean , Eric Aten
Company: DNA Productions
Country: United States , Japan
Language: English , Japanese
Released Date: 17 Apr 2003 (Argentina)
Film Location: n/A
Runtime: 100 min
Soundmix: Dolby Digital
Color: Black and White
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
cafesmitty » This was the most brilliantly interpreted, scripted and thought provoking thing I have seen in a very long time. The DVD gives you background filler for what the Matrix is and the Wachowski brothers allow some of Japan's best anime artists to interpret the 9 different stories on their own. I think, just like art, each viewer will have a different type of experience. You have 9 wonderful compelling stories and the visual style is so different that it adds much value to the telling of the stories. The brothers had a vision and clearly the Matrix affected many people and, what a wonderful gift they gave by incorporating the world of anime into the telling of their vision. But not only is it visually stunning and stylish, but the music is dead on. There are all sorts of morals in the stories. From SECOND RENNAISSANCE'S man's destructive nature and his down fall, to the sort of, don't-play-with-fire nature of MATRICULATED and the playfulness and joy of BEYOND. Plus the DVD special features take us into each director of each piece explaining his "art" and how the film the Matrix affected them. We even get a little history on the origins of anime. It was just really enjoyable to watch people who are so passionate about their craft and about the Matrix. I think you will enjoy this immensely and take something out of it yourself.
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