Reviewer's Rating 4 out of 5  
The Matrix Revolutions DVD (2003)

The "final part of the Wachowski brothers' sci-fi series starts where Reloaded left off i.e. with confusion battling boredom". It also ends with an impressive battle scene, and if you own the other two Matrix DVDs, you'll probably want to complete the collection. With the two-disc release of The Matrix Reloaded "a decidedly empty experience devoid of quality features", our expectations were low for this latest disc set. We're pleased to say, though, that The Matrix Revolutions DVD comes with extras actually worth watching.

Smug I Presume?

The Matrix Revolutions DVD screengrab

If you've seen the pile of Matrix discs released so far, you'll be familiar with the increasingly smug presentation of the added features. That Agent Smith-like veneer is still with us, but there is one compensation. Joel Silver, he of the world's most disgusting shirt collection, is for once near absent from the various featurettes. Normally we have to put up with a suffocating raft of grandiose self-congratulatory comments from him, but for this two-disc set his opportunities for a speech are pleasingly more limited.

A Shower Of Cash

You can actually understand why there's a slightly back-slapping attitude throughout the featurettes. You do get to see some great behind-the-scenes footage of a visually impressive production, including the 17-minute final battle scene where vast amounts of money are burned into film right before your eyes.

The Cool And The Fun

Big blockbuster DVDs like this should be fun, and you'll get that from some of the extras. The Agent Double Smith featurette with the 'grumpy/neutral/happy' rubber masked Smiths is bizarre, while Keanu Reeves provides some laughs in the stunt featurette where he lets us in on his world of pain. As for cool, there's a lot to be admired in the stunning miniature model effects in the Super Big Mini Models featurette. Combined with undeniably impressive sound and picture presentation for the movie, this is a sci-fi disc set worth watching.

EXTRA FEATURES

Follow the White Rabbit (optional featurettes accessible during the movie). These are:

  • Neo Realism: The Evolution Of Bullet Time
  • Super Big Mini Models miniatures featurette
  • Double Agent Smith featurette
  • Mind Over Matter stunt featurette
  • DISC TWO SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Revolutions Recalibrated 'making of' featurette
  • CG Revolution special effects featurette
  • Super Burly Brawl multi-angle final showdown feature
  • Future Gamer: The Matrix Online featurette
  • 3-D Evolution art galleries
  • Before The Revolution timeline feature
  • Trailer
  • DVD ROM weblinks
  • This DVD was reviewed on a JVC XV-N5 DVD player.

    Technical Information

    REGION SOUND MENUS RATIO
    2 Dolby Digital 5.1 Animated, with music 2.40:1 (anamorphic)
    CHAPTERS SUBTITLES AUDIO TRACKS
    36 English, Danish, Finnish, German, Icelandic, Norwegian English
    CAPTIONS EXTRAS SUBTITLES CERTIFICATE
    English, German All of the special features come with subtitles apart from the trailer 15

    End Credits

    Director: Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski

    Writer: Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski

    Stars: Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Laurence Fishburne, Hugo Weaving, Jada Pinkett Smith

    Genre: Action, Science Fiction, Thriller

    Length: 129 minutes

    Cinema: 07 November 2003

    DVD: 29 March 2004

    Country: USA