Matrix DeZIONized, The
- NTSC DVD-5
2. Subtitles: English
1. removed Trinity dream sequence
2. removed the “trust me” speech of Morpheus with Link
3. removed all Zion scenes from both Reloaded and Revolutions except for the oracle request, but this will be assumed to happen on the Nebuchadnezzar
4. removed “Trinity dying on the rooftop” scene
5. removed Niobe traveling to Zion
6. removed all talks and discussions about Zion people and Zion battle tactics wherever possible
7. added “I can feel you now” speech from The Matrix
8. removed Trinity mentioning the rooftop scene
9. removed Rama Kandrar speech
10. shortened Burly brawl
11. shortened Merovingian guards fight
12. shortened highway action
Without going into it too much let me just say I was never a Matrix fan. #1 was a sweet movie but I wasn’t crazy about it. 2 & 3 sucked hard and every time I watch them I promptly forget everything I saw.The only other Matrix fanedit I’ve watched is Geminigod’s and I thought it was pretty damn good (although I do have a bit of amnesia on that one as well, I just can’t retain memories of Matrix sequels). This edit wasn’t near as good as I hoped it would be, these movies are still painful as hell and full of dumbassery. The 2-in-1 approach didn’t work, it felt like 2 shortened movies. Quality was fine, editing-wise there were some bad transitions and whatever.
A/V Quality - 9
Editing - 9 visual, 8 audio
Narrative - 6
Enjoyment - 6 (originals are 5)
Recommended drink: Hpnotiq and 7-Up
I had high hopes for this one, but it just didn't do it for me. While it's true (and pretty funny) that cutting all of the Zion scenes really didn't kneecap the story as much as it should have, it does wreak havoc with the pacing. Mashing these two movies together while excising the Zion scenes means that most of the runtime is dedicated to Reloaded, which barely has a story at all. Our characters go from macguffin to macguffin with scenes invariably ending in massively bloated set-pieces. I know CBB cut these action sequences down, but I feel a heavier hand was needed. Nothing has time to breathe, and what down-time we have is mostly laughably nonsensical philosophy. There were also some things that were (wisely) cut down but left baffling threads, such as the whole last exile thing, which moved the story along faster but left no explanation for Sati's presence later in the film, or the removal of the "Smith in the real world" subplot which simply made crewmember Bane's dead-on Smith impersonation anachronistic and hilarious. I do think there is a decent Matrix followup in the two sequels, but finding it is going to require a ruthless hack job.
This was a pretty good editing job, technically, with a few rough or awkward transitions, but not consistently so. I don't remember noticing any errors in audio cutting, though.