Dolby Laboratories, Inc., Warner Bros., and AMC Theatres are staking in their efforts toward a one-week re-release of the Wachowskis’ supersized sci-fi action hit, The Matrix. Starring Keanu Reeves, Carrie Anne Moss, Laurence Fishburne and Hugo Weaving, the film will open in more than 135 Dolby Cinema at AMC locations across the U.S. on August 30.
Originally released on March 31, 1999, The Matrix was an innovative game changer for its stunning visuals (i.e. “bullet time” a la Blade), transformative storytelling, and award-winning action Yuen Woo-Ping’s applications of martial arts and high-flying action building on the successes of kung fu hits such as Iron Monkey and Fist Of Legend. Pre-production saw the cast committ to extensive literary research in order to understand the depth and overall meaning and vision of the story.
Reeves, already a household name following hits like Speed and Point Break, plays Thomas Anderson, a low-key computer hacker who becomes the centrifugal key figure in an epic, longstanding battle between man and machine in both the real and digital world. Prior to its trilogy fruition and subsequent potential talks these days of a reboot, The Matrix took box office earnings of more than $463 million dollars and ultimately won four Academy Awards, including Best Sound.
“Bringing The Matrix to life in Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos pays homage to the masterpiece that the Wachowskis created 20 years ago,” said Doug Darrow, Senior Vice President, Cinema Business Group, Dolby Laboratories. “Movie lovers will be able to see and experience unforgettable sequences like bullets flying in slow motion with the utmost detail – transforming one of the most iconic sci-fi films of this generation.”
“Warner Bros. is proud to re-release the groundbreaking motion picture The Matrix, for the first time in Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos,” said Jeff Goldstein, President, Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures. “Dolby Cinema offers moviegoers an unparalleled sense of realism in how they experience this game-changing film, making it a must-see event, whether for the first time or a return to The Matrix.”