So, you did stay through the Yellow Pages of a credits roll in “Reloaded” to see the “Revolutions” trailer didn’t you? No? Shame on you!
(Actually I don’t blame you, the credits went on for-ever. But the whatisthematrix.com webmasters got their names in the movie’s credits, so that is way cool for them!)
Well, KB pointed the way to “The Matrix Revolutions Trailer” he found posted on a rogue website. Actually, it isn’t exactly the same as the one that runs in the theaters after “The Matrix Reloaded.” No, the trailer linked here and there is from the ending of the “Enter the Matrix” Video Game, and is not identical to the theatrical.
The one making the rounds online is different, not very different, but there are enough changes to make it worthy of discussion.
(No spoiler warnings here folks, you shoulda seen it by now anyways…)
Here is what I said at KB’s:
The one you linked to is similar, but not exactly the same. The one floating around online (from the Video Game) has a lot more Niobe (Jada) in it than the theatrical one, and several different short clips (but they go so fast it is hardly worth mentioning). And the intro and outro with Niobe isn’t part of it either.
Length is the same, about 1:00 (not so sure about this now), so essentially it is all there. I wouldn’t make a special trip just to see the trailer, but if you are going again anyway, may as well sit it out.
But now I wanted to know what the differences were. So in my online search for info, I can direct you to this detailed breakdown of the Video Game version of the trailer. I am sure at some point we will see a hidden camera VHS of the theatrical verions pop up on File Sharing any day now. At that point, bloggers better than I will take on the task of posting the frame-by-frame differences.
But for now, the main things not in the theatrical that I can remember are:
- Agent Smith laughing like a maniac
- The music
- The shots of Niobe
- Most of the clips before the “rain” scene
- Niobe saying “Neo” (this may be in the theatrical though)
- Neo jumping off the wall, rippling it behind him
- Trinity kicking someone through a wall
- The kiss
- The long-haired freakaziod smiling wickedly
- The intro and outro with Niobe
One could probably assume the abundance of Niobe material in this trailer is because that footage is from the forthcoming “Revolutions” video game. Makes sense.
What is missing from the Video Game version that is in the theatrical:
- Different music
- Different Intro, a title card I think
- Outro with movie name, date and such
- Zion fighting back
- The Robotech looking machines in battle
- More explosions
- It may actually be a minute longer
I am sure there is a lot, lot more differences. I only saw the movie (and this the Revolutions trailer) only once, so my recall is surely fuzzy. Feel free to correct me.
Ok, so now my Matrix-related posts are in hibernation for a while.
- Allegedly a script for “Reloaded” dated April, 1999. Looks like a fake to me, as it is nothing like the movie. Sure there are re-writes, but this is so vastly different it could almost be fan fiction.
- Dateline NBC did a great special on “Reloaded” and some of the clips can be seen here
- The Nokia 8110i – The Matrix Cell Phone
- The Samsung SPH-n270 – The Reloaded Cell Phone (blech, too bulky)
- Yale tells you how to h@ck the Matrix web site (but it is OK, WB wants you to), the bulk of the content is in the comments section. Interesting, but too much work for me though.
- Setting records on opening weekend (like we didn’t know that would happen)