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Warner announce The Animatrix for June

Warner Home Video have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of The Animatrix for June 2nd with a retail price of £15.99. Consisting of nine short films from the creators of The Matrix trilogy the disc will offer the following features...

  • 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen transfers
  • English, French and Italian audio
  • “Scrolls to Screen – The History and Culture of Anime” (25 mins)
  • Seven “making-of” featurettes including director profiles featuring interviews and behind-the-scenes looks at each film
  • Four audio commentaries (featured on The Second Renaissance Part I & II, Program and World Record) – all with Japanese audio and English subtitles
If you're interested then you can view several complete episodes before street date as well as learn more about The Animatrix by visiting www.theanimatrix.com.

Here is a look at the cover art...



THE ANIMATRIX SYNOPSES


Final Flight of the Osiris
Written by Andy and Larry Wachowski; Directed by Andy Jones
Animation and production design by Square USA, Inc.
The crew of the hovercraft Osiris must get a message back to Zion, a message of vital importance. Easy to do, but for the armada of Sentinels between them and Zion.

The Second Renaissance – Parts I and II
Written by Andy and Larry Wachowski; Directed by Mahiro Maeda
Animation and production design by Studio4°C, Tokyo
The Genesis of the Matrix: the last cities of mankind, the war with the machines, and humanity’s ultimate downfall. An epic guided tour of the Zion archives and the history of the Matrix.

Kid’s Story
Written by Andy and Larry Wachowski; Directed by Shinichiro Watanabe
Animation and production design by Studio4°C, Tokyo
Sitting in his high school classroom, THE KID gets a personalized invitation from Neo (voiced by Keanu Reeves) to escape the Matrix. But finding an exit proves more difficult than he ever imagined.

Program
Written and directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri
Animation and production design by Madhouse Studios, Tokyo
In the simulated world of a Samurai training program, CIS, a soldier of Zion, is forced to choose between love and her comrades in the real world.

World Record
Written by Yoshiaki Kawajiri; Directed by Takeshi Koike
Animation and production design by Madhouse Studios, Tokyo
Through an incredible combination of will power and physical strength, DAN, a world-record-holding sprinter, breaks out of the Matrix and gets an all-too-brief glimpse of the real world beyond.

Beyond
Written and directed by Koji Morimoto
Animation and production design by Studio4°C, Tokyo
In a quiet town where all is not as it seems, YOKO finds a bug in the system: an abandoned mansion in which anything seems possible. And then the exterminators arrive to “de-bug”.

A Detective Story
Written and directed by Shinichiro Watanabe
Animation and production design by Studio4°C, Tokyo
Hard-boiled private investigator ASH tracks cyber-criminal TRINITY (voiced by Carrie-Anne Moss) through the looking glass…

Matriculated
Written and directed by Peter Chung
Animation and production design by DNA, Seoul
A small group of rebels have captured a sentient robot and proceed to program it to act as an ally for their cause. They succeed too well in teaching the robot to prefer their “human Matrix” to machine reality. And the robot’s appetite for the “human Matrix” may exceed the humans’ ability to supply it.

What follows is taken from the Press Release and includes further details on the project...

2003 is the Year of The Matrix

2003 sees the biggest, most exciting entertainment brand of all time unleashed onto the market – The Matrix. Throughout the year consumers will experience amazing, mind-blowing entertainment, including the two new Matrix movies in the cinemas, new Matrix experiences on DVD and a cutting edge game. All this follows on from the original Matrix, which has to date sold over 3 million copies on DVD and VHS in the UK, and continues to set the standard by which other movies are judged, testament to the unique power of The Matrix Phenomenon.

The Animatrix has arrived

After breaking domestic and international box-office and DVD sales records, garnering four Academy Awards® and setting the standard by which all futuristic action films are measured, The Matrix is poised to break new ground with the highly-anticipated release of Warner Home Video and Village Roadshow Pictures’ The Animatrix.

What is the Animatrix?

The Animatrix is a collection of nine original short films conceived by the Wachowski Brothers, the creators of The Matrix trilogy. Inspired by the visionary action and innovative storytelling that power the trilogy, this spectacularly visual short film series delves deeper into the mind-bending world of The Matrix and the characters who inhabit it. Created by seven leading animation teams and helmed by world-renowned directors, The Animatrix also features the voices of actors Keanu Reeves (Neo) and Carrie-Anne Moss (Trinity) in two of the shorts.

The Animatrix is an utterly indispensable component of the world of The Matrix. Its nine stories are linked to many other parts of the Matrix experience, answering vital questions about not just the very origins of the Matrix itself, but also letting you enjoy the incredible, explosive prelude to The Matrix Reloaded in The Final Flight of the Osiris. If you don’t watch The Animatrix, you’ll never experience all The Matrix has to offer.

Cinemagoers will be delighted to learn that The Final Flight of the Osiris, will accompany the worldwide release of the sci-fi thriller Dreamcatcher when it debuts in UK cinemas on April 25th. Written by Larry and Andy Wachowski, The Final Flight of the Osiris will allow people to enjoy part of The Animatrix on the big screen as a prelude to its DVD release.

The Animatrix features an eclectic techno soundtrack supervised by renowned DJ/producer/remixer Jason Bentley with some of today’s hottest electronica artists such as Juno Reactor, Death in Vegas, Meat Beat Manifesto and others. The original score for the project is provided by Don Davis, who crafted the music for all three films in The Matrix trilogy.

The Animatrix has the creative power to take viewers on a cerebral exploration of cutting-edge animation, mind-blowing visuals and pulse-pounding music.

When is the Animatrix?

The Animatrix debuts in the UK on DVD and VHS on June 2nd, between the release of the next two films in The Matrix trilogy – The Matrix Reloaded, which opens theatrically on May 23rd, followed by The Matrix Revolutions, which debuts in cinemas in November. The Animatrix will be available on DVD for £15.99 and on VHS for £12.99 from Warner Home Video (WHV).

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