(aka "The Matrix 3" )

 

directed by Larry and Andy Wachowski
USA 2003

 

The Matrix Reloaded was such a huge disappointment that it was hard to imagine the third film being as frustrating, maybe worse than the second one. In the end, it turned out quite differently : it seems that The Matrix Revolutions divides the audiences much more than The Matrix Reloaded. This gives a very particular aura to this film, which is both very good and pretty bad.

The first 40 minutes or so are pretty much like Reloaded : strange and not very interesting action scenes, a lot of pointless slow-motion shots and long dialogue scenes with people sitting very still around tables. But from this point on, the last battle between machines and humans begins, and for every Japanese animation fan out there, seeing people inside huge mechas fighting fiercy mechanical squids is a pure pleasure. This one lasts maybe a bit too long, but hey, it's Zion's last stand! Should it last 5 minutes top? We then arrive to what might be a huge trailer for something that, again, every Japanese animation fan is impatiently looking forward to : Dragon Ball Z, the movie. The final fight between Neo and Smith, although not very original in itself, is such a powerful piece of action that, with the Zion battle, it really takes the whole movie up and makes you forget about the movie's flaws.

Nonetheless, these flaws are pretty big : the dialogues are profoundly stupid ("Oh my God! You're blind" "I'll be OK"), the design of the mechas is kinda strange (why aren't the pilots more protected? No helmet, no armor...) and one of the main character's death (don't want to spoil anything to those who haven't seen the film) is pretty much... flat. The theme that is introduced by the story's conclusion is also a bit frustrating, since it opens more doors than it closes some. Could there be a Matrix 4 in preparation ? Apparently (=according to recent news) and logically (=according to the trilogy's poor reputation today), it doesn't seem so.

The Matrix Revolutions is a strange film, since it is a failure as a sequel (even though not as big a failure as Reloaded) but a great film on its own. Maybe the Wachowskis should have taken all their ideas for this film and put it in another that doesn't have any connection to The Matrix universe. Who knows what kind of film it could have been ?... To be continued ?

Fabe Ashen

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Theatrical Release: 5 November 2003

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DVD Comparison:

Warner Home Video (2-Disc Edition - Germany) - Region 2 - PAL vs. Warner Home Video (The Ultimate Matrix Collection Disc 5) - Region 1 - NTSC

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Warner Home Video

Region 2 - PAL

Warner Home Video
Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 123mn57 (4% PAL speedup) 129mn08
Video

2.40 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.3 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

2.40 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.96 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Warner Home Video (2-Disc Edition (Germany))

 

Bitrate:

 

Warner Home Video (The Ultimate Matrix Collection Disc 5)

 

Audio English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448 kpbs), German Dolby Digital 5.1 (448 kpbs)

English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448kpbs), French Dolby Digital 5.1 (448kpbs)

Subtitles English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Icelandic subtitles (+English and German for the hearing impaired), none English, French and Spanish, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.40

Edition Details:
• Disc 1 : The Movie
• Disc 2 :
• Revolutions Recalibrated (27mn06)
• CG Revolution (15mn33)
• Super Burly Brawl (6mn18, multi-angle)
• Neo Realism (12mn25)
• Super Big Mini Models (8mn48)
• Double Agent Smith (7mn12)
• Mind Over Matter (8mn05)
• Future Gamer : The Matrix Online (11mn)
• Before The Revolution Gallery
• 3D Evolution Gallery (5mn36)

DVD Release Date: April 1st 2004
Keepcase

Chapters 33

Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.40

Edition Details:
• Audio commentary (128 kbps) by Dr Cornel West & Ken Wilber
• Audio commentary (128 kbps) by critics Todd McCarthy, John Powers & David Thomson
• Written introduction to the commentaries by the Wachowski Brothers
• Region 1, 2, 3, 4

 

DVD Release Date: December 7, 2004
Digipack

Chapters 33

 

 

 

 

Comments Like The Matrix Reloaded DVDs, The Matrix Revolutions DVDs, released only 8 months apart, are pretty much identical visually : same top-notch definition, contrasts and very slight cropping on the UMC. On both releases, the compression is a bit visible during the final fight, but this one was such a tough job with its pouring rain, its lightnings and its big camera moves, that it was almost impossible to prevent some artifacts. We'll see what HD-DVD can do with this one...

Again, the UMC seems a little greener than the 2-disc set inside the Matrix, but outside it's the same thing. For instance, I personally can’t see any difference between the two captures in the “Blind Neo Vision” shots (comparison 2).

As for the sound, Revolutions benefited from a full bitrate Dolby 5.1 track early on with the 2-disc version, but since this one has PAL speedup, I'd personally recommend the UMC track. Both mixes are pretty astonishing and spectacular. Again, like the Reloaded DVDs, the extras on the Revolutions 2-disc edition are quite good, but it's nothing compared with the UMC's discs 6 and 8, which are much more elaborate and thorough.

In the end, it all comes down to your one tastes again : if you like Revolutions but not extras or the two other movies, the 2-disc version is made for you. But if you'd like to have the whole trilogy with dozens of hours of special features, get your big wallet and buy the UMC.

 

 - Fabe Ashen

 

 





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Image:

Ultimate Matrix Collection (slightly)

Sound:

Ultimate Matrix Collection (no PAL speedup)

Extras: Ultimate Matrix Collection
Menu: same menus : only the introduction on the UMC differs
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Region 2 - PAL

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Region 1 - NTSC

 




 

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