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The Matrix Coming To IMAX For First Time Ever In Special Two-Night Run

The Matrix is getting a special two-night-only re-release in IMAX for the first time ever. Written and Directed by the Wachowski's, The Matrix was a seminal sci-fi film of the era that broke new ground in technology, style, and innovation for the sci-fi and action genres. Starring Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Laurence Fishburne, Hugo Weaving, and Joe Pantoliano, the epic blockbuster film made $466 million globally and became a cultural phenomenon all over the world.

The film spawned two sequels, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, both released in 2003, as well as an animated anthology film, The Animatrix.  Since that time The Wachowski's moved on to a number of other projects, including an adaptation of the anime show Speed Racer, Cloud Atlas with Tom Hanks and Halle Berry, Jupiter Ascending with Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis, and the Netflix original series Sense8. Lana Wachowski is set to deliver the fourth entry in The Matrix series, The Matrix Resurrections, in December, which brings back Reeves and Moss, as well as new cast members Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as a young Morpheus, Jessica Henwick, Neil Patrick Harris, Christina Ricci, Jonathan Groff, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, and Jada Pinkett Smith.

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In preparation for The Matrix Resurrections, WB and IMAX are teaming up to release the original film, 1999's The Matrix, for a special two-night run on Tuesday 12/7 and Wednesday 12/8 in select markets across the U.S. It will be the first time ever that the original film can be seen in the IMAX format. The Matrix Reloaded was the first of the franchise to undergo the IMAX Digital Remastering (DMR) process with The Matrix Revolutions also getting the treatment. Jeff Goldstein, President, Warner Bros. Pictures Domestic Distribution expressed WB's excitement for the film to be released in the IMAX format, saying:

“We’re thrilled to partner with IMAX on another first for the fans who’ve waited more than 20 years to see The Matrix in this format, and for moviegoers who will discover this incredible ongoing story for the first time, just in time for The Matrix Resurrections to hit theaters for the holidays.”

For now, it's only the original film that will be getting the re-release treatment, which is oft-considered to be the best of the franchise to date. The Matrix revolutionized modern-day filmmaking in a number of ways, particularly with the use of "bullet time" cinematography, as well as the use of 3D models and the utilization of visual effects to create realistic environments. In addition, the film employed martial arts choreographer Yuen Woo-ping to craft the fight sequences, bringing the world of Hong Kong cinema to U.S. screens.

For fans of The Matrix, seeing the film in IMAX will be a special treat, while also serving as a means for those that were born after its release an opportunity to see it on the big screen for the first time. Those that are intrigued by trailers for The Matrix Resurrections are also likely to gravitate towards seeing the original in theaters, which can help build anticipation for the new film in a big way. Be it old-school fans, new fans, or those completely unversed in the world of The Matrix, seeing it on a big, loud IMAX screen is sure to get audiences red-pilled for the franchise all over again (or for the first time).

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