The original The Matrix movie was not just praised for its amazing visuals and compelling narrative; the film's score from Don Davis also made the film an unforgettable experience, with The Matrix: Complete Edition honoring the work of the brilliant composer.
Thanks to Varèse Sarabande Records, The Matrix: Complete Edition is getting a 3xLP vinyl that features 44 tracks, while the original release of the movie's score only consisted of 10 tracks. This will also be available on CD, SACD, and digital platforms. The vinyl edition of The Matrix: The Complete Edition is now available to pre-order on Amazon.
The press release shared this information: "Varèse Sarabande Records proudly announces a vinyl release of The Matrix: The Complete Edition. Landing in stores on June 3 and available for pre-order today, this handsome, 3-LP collection includes all of the music from the legendary 1999 film, plus an exclusive interview with composer Don Davis, who scored the blockbuster release. The 44-track album is housed in a tri-fold jacket, with stunning new artwork and original film stills.
"Also available on CD and SACD exclusively on VareseSarabande.com as well as digital platforms, The Matrix: The Complete Edition delivers Davis' score (originally released as a 10-track album) in its entirety-from brief, eerie cues like 'Follow the Rabbit' and 'Through the Surveillance Monitor' to epic, sweeping themes like 'Trinity Infinity,' 'Nascent Nauseous Neo,' and 'He's the One Alright.' Newly remastered audio, meanwhile, allows listeners to fully appreciate the scope and nuance of Davis' remarkable work.
"Long considered to be one of the most influential films of all time, The Matrix ushered in a new era of cinema when it was released in 1999. Directed by the then relatively unknown Wachowski siblings, the Academy Award-winning film depicts a futuristic dystopian society, in which humans live, unknowingly, in a simulated reality. Starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, and Carrie-Anne Moss, The Matrix blends philosophical principles, cyberpunk warfare and slick martial arts moves with groundbreaking special effects. Tying together the film's dazzling visuals and mind-bending plot is Davis' deftly composed score."
"As film music journalist Kaya Savas notes in his 2020 interview with Davis, the score 'was unlike anything anyone had heard in an action or science-fiction film to date. Today, that still rings true. Other than its sequels, you won't find a style and approach to sci-fi/action scoring like The Matrix.' Davis would go on to score the next two films in The Matrix franchise: The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, both of which were released in 2003. But, of course, it was his initial compositions for The Matrix that started it all-music which AllMusic declared as 'the rare score that is nearly as effective as a stand-alone work as it is in the film.'"
"Davis, who scored the Wachowskis' first feature film, Bound, spoke to Savas about reading The Matrix's script for the first time. 'I could see ... that it was something extraordinary,' he recalled. 'Part of the reason I think The Matrix was a success is because [the Wachowskis] were able to hold onto their idea of what it needed to be. And there were things about The Matrix that couldn't be read in the script, which I would say involved their unique visual sense.'"
"The Wachowskis' distinctive vision also applied to the film's music. 'One thing the Wachowskis did want was something new and different. ... I took that to heart, and it was clear that a unique approach really was right for that film.' Davis added that the siblings 'generally wanted more integration between the music and the film than a lot of other directors do. ... [They] wanted the music to outline the action pretty closely at times.'"