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7 – Special Documentaries, DVD and Books

7.1 The Matrix Revisited


The Matrix Revisited is a feature-length documentary on the production of the movie The Matrix.
The film goes behind the scenes of the 1999 sci-fi movie to give explanations of complicated scenes, previews of the then-forthcoming sequels, and interviews with the cast and crew, including the reclusive Wachowski brothers, who rarely give interviews.

It was first released as the first and only documentary in the series, but was later included as part of a two-disc Collector’s Edition of The Matrix. It now forms part of The Ultimate Matrix Collection.

The original Matrix Revisited DVD had an Easter egg that contains 41 songs that were played in the documentary. One can access this music by going to the Documentary Menu, selecting the Languages Menu and highlighting one of the subtitle options. Press left to highlight a ‘phone booth’. In The Ultimate Matrix Collection version of the disc, the songs are directly in the menu and not part of an egg. The songs are as follows:
–    Aleks Svaensson – “Syvelleve”
– – “I’m not right (Im what’s left)”
–    Gooding – “Licorice and Grape Kool Aid”
–    Jetsetmusic – “Last Laugh Foundation Part C”
–    Obadia – “Lounge”
–    Obadia – “Slowride”
–    Omniverse – “Hipshot”
–    The Fur Ones – “Semicolon”
–    Robert Phoenix – “Speedy Astronaut”
–    Canton – “Birmingham, 43″
–    Electrostatic—Electron Gun”
–    Ikarus – “Praying to different gods”
–    Nolens Volens – “Por Sea T”
–    Out of Body – “Beyond Mind”
–    Paul Cooper – “CEM2 New Stuff”
–    Proactive Noize Transmission – “One foot freek”
–    Project 3 – “Go get it”
–    VOID – “Chemical 2000”
–    Audible Ink – “Sand Turtle”
–    O.R.G. – “Sofa Surfur”
–    Simulacra – “Spy Vs Spy”
–    Wade R – Squarely in the groove
–    Audible Ink – “Beetle Instrumental”
–    Beet T Tribe – “Beet T Tribe (slight return)”
–    Fingertwister – “7 a.m. Disaster”
–    Hardknox – “Coz I can”
–    Aleks Svaensson – “Art of Recycling”
–    Canton – “Blue Groove”
–    Fingertwister – “Casino Royale”
–    Aleks Svaensson – “Sunny”
–    Fingertwister – “In Memory of…”
–    Less Skill – “Technical Difficulties”
–    Simulacra – “Panacea”
–    Fingertwister – “The Reverend Will Return”
–    O.R.G. – “Traveling Man”
–    Project 3 – “The Search”
–    Tripnotic – “Tripnofunk”
–    The Fur Ones – “Transit”
–    The Fur Ones – “Product”
–    The Fur Ones – “The End”
–    The Fur Ones – “Reduction”

7.2 The Ultimate Matrix Collection

The Ultimate Matrix Collection is a multi-format release featuring all the titles in the Matrix series, as well as several hours of special features, spread over 10 discs on standard-def DVD, 5 discs on HD DVD, and 7 discs on Blu-ray.

It was initially released by Warner Home Video on SD DVD on December 7, 2004. The HD DVD release followed on May 22, 2007, with the Blu-ray release happening after the BD format’s victory in the HD DVD/BD format war on October 14, 2008 as well as the small version which removes documentaries and leaving only four movies as part of “4 Film Favorites”.

The aim of the collection was to compile all three movies in the trilogy in one release, as well as The Animatrix, the feature length documentary The Matrix Revisited and many other extras that were not available on the three previous, separate releases.

A Limited Edition of the Ultimate Matrix Collection was also released on SD DVD, packaged in a transparent case and including an exclusive resin bust of Neo and 80-page booklet.

7.2.1 Summary of new features

The first movie has been digitally enhanced so that it matches the clarity and colour palette of the sequels.

All three films now include two audio commentaries: one by the film critics Todd McCarthy, John Powers and David Thomson; and one by the philosophers Ken Wilber and Cornel West. In a written introduction, the Wachowskis explain that this is to inspire an implied dialogue between both camps so that the audience “might triangulate their own position”.

The set also features The Matrix Reloaded Revisited and The Matrix Revolutions Revisited, two new ‘making of’ documentaries on the sequels, divided into segments on larger sequences or aspects of production, which may in turn be viewed as short (~5-20 minute) segments. The Reloaded Revisited disk also includes the footage shot especially for the Enter the Matrix video game, which previously could only be seen after having completed certain parts of the game.

Three of the disks are not connected to specific movies in the series. “The Roots Of The Matrix” contains two short documentaries, discussing the philosophy and science of the series as a whole. “The Burly Man Chronicles” provides a documentary on the trials and tribulations faced by the crew in the production of “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Matrix Revolutions.” Finally, “The Zion Archive” is a collection of information on the merchandising, marketing and spin-off franchises; as well as miscellaneous material such as concept sketches.

7.2.2 The discs

The standard definition collection consists of the following:
•    Disc 1 – The Matrix
•    Disc 2 – The Matrix Revisited
•    Disc 3 – The Matrix Reloaded
•    Disc 4 – The Matrix Reloaded Revisited
•    Disc 5 – The Matrix Revolutions
•    Disc 6 – The Matrix Revolutions Revisited
•    Disc 7 – The Animatrix
•    Disc 8 – The Roots of The Matrix
•    Disc 9 – The Burly Man Chronicles
•    Disc 10 – The Zion Archive

The Blu-ray Disc collection is broken down differently:
•    Disc 1 – The Matrix feature film, including The Matrix Revisited
•    Disc 2 – The Matrix Digital Copy
•    Disc 3 – The Matrix Reloaded feature film, including all the featurettes encompassing Reloaded Revisited
•    Disc 4 – The Matrix Revolutions feature film, including all the featurettes encompassing Revolutions Revisited
•    Disc 5 – The Animatrix
•    Disc 6 – Side A: The Burly Man Chronicles Side B: The Roots of the Matrix
•    Disc 7 – The Zion Archive

7.2.3 Bibliography

The booklet included the following bibliography:
–    Arroyo, Jose – Action/Spectacle Cinema: A Sight And Sound Reader. British Film Institute 2000 ISBN 0-85170-757-2
–    Brand, Stewart – The Clock Of The Long Now: Time and Responsibility: The Ideas Behind the World’s Slowest Computer. Basic Books 2000 ISBN 0-465-00780-5
–    Brighton, Henry, Howard Selina, and Richard Appignanesi – Introducing Artificial Intelligence. Totem Books 2004 ISBN 1-84046-463-1
–    Brockman, John – The Next Fifty Years: Science in the First Half of the Twenty-First Century. Vintage Books 2002 ISBN 0-375-71342-5
–    Chalmers, David J – The Conscious Mind – In Search of a Fundamental Theory. Oxford University Press 1997 ISBN 0-19-511789-1
–    Clark, Andy – Mindware: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Cognitive Science. Oxford University Press 2000 ISBN 0-19-513857-0
–    Cook, David A – A History of Narrative Film. W W Norton & Company, 4th edition 2004 ISBN 0-393-96819-7
–    Damasio, Antonio J – The Feeling of What Happens: Body and Emotion in the Making of Consciousness. Harcourt 1999 ISBN 0-09-928876-1
–    Dennett, Daniel J – Darwins’s Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life. Simon & Schuster 1996 ISBN 0-684-82471-X
–    Dickson, W K L, Thomas Edison and Antonia Dickson – History of the Kinetograph, Kinetoscope and Kinetophonograph. Museum of Modern Art, New York 2002 ISBN 0-8109-6218-7
–    Dyson, Esther – Release 2.1: A Design for Living in The Digital Age. Broadway Books 1998 ISBN 0-7679-0012-X
–    Gordon, Deborah M and Michelle Schwengel – Ants At Work: How an Insect Society is Organized. W W Norton and Company 2000 ISBN 0-393-32132-0
–    Gray, Beverly – Roger Corman: Blood-Sucking Vampires, Flesh-Eating Cockroaches and Driller Killers. Thunder’s Mouth Press 2004 ISBN 1-56025-555-2
–    Haber, Karen – Exploring The Matrix: Visions of the Cyber Present. St Martin’s Press 2003 ISBN 0-312-31358-6
–    Hughes, Howard – Pocket Essentials Film: Spaghetti Westerns. Trafalgar Square 2001 ISBN 1-903047-42-0
–    Irwin, William – The Matrix and Philosophy: Welcome To The Desert Of The Real (Popular Culture and Philosophy, Vol 3). Open Court Publishing Company 2002 ISBN 0-8126-9502-X
–    Johnson, Steven – Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities and Software. Scribner 2002 ISBN 0-684-86875-X
–    Kelly, Kevin – Out Of Control: The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems, and the Economic World. Perseus Books Group 1995 [1]
–    Koch, Christof – The Quest For Consciousness: A Neurobiological Approach. Roberts and Co 2004 ISBN 0-9747077-0-8
–    Kurzweil, Ray – The Age Of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence. Penguin Putnam 2000 ISBN 0-14-028202-5
–    Lloyd, Peter B – Exegesis of The Matrix. Whole-Being Books 2003 ISBN 1-902987-09-8
–    Macias, Patrick, Happy Ujihashi, Kinji Fukasaku and Takashi Miike – TokyoScope: The Japanese Cult Film Companion. Cadence Books 2001 ISBN 1-56931-681-3
–    Magee, Bryan – Confessions Of A Philosopher: A Personal Journey Through Western Philosophy From Plato to Popper. Modern Library 1999 ISBN 0-375-75036-3
–    McGinn, Colin – The Making of a Philosopher: My Journey Through Twentieth-Century Philosophy. Perennial 2003 ISBN 0-06-019792-7
–    Napier, Susan Jolliffe – Anime from Akira to Princess Mononoke: Experiencing Contemporary Japanese Animation. Palgrave MacMillan 2001 ISBN 0-312-23862-2
–    Newman, Kim – Apocalypse Movies: End Of The World Cinema. St Martin’s Press 2000 ISBN 0-312-25369-9
–    Pym, John (editor) – Time Out Film Guide. Penguin Books, 13th edition 2004 ISBN 1-904978-21-5
–    Rheingold, Howard – Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution. Perseus Books Group 2002 ISBN 0-7382-0608-3
–    Rucker, Rudy – Infinity and The Mind. Princeton University press 1995 ISBN 0-691-00172-3
–    Sargeant, Jack (editor), Stephanie Watson (Editor), Stephen Watson – Lost Highways: An Illustrated History of Road Movies. Creation Pub Group 2000 ISBN 1-871592-68-2
–    Searle, John R – The Mystery of Consciousness. New York Review of Books 1997 ISBN 0-940322-06-4
–    Shirley, John – Gurdjieff – An Introduction to his Life and Ideas. Jeremy P. Tarcher 2004 ISBN 1-58542-287-8
–    Solnit, Rebecca – River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West. Penguin Books 2004 ISBN 0-670-03176-3
–    Sterling, Bruce – Tomorrow Now: Envisioning the Next 50 Years. Random House Trade Paperbacks 2003 ISBN 0-679-46322-4
–    Turkle, Sherry – The Second Self: Computers and the Human Spirit. Simon & Schuster 1984 ISBN 0-671-46848-0
–    West, Cornel (editor) – The Cornel West Reader. Basic Civitas Books 2000 ISBN 0-465-09110-5
–    Wilber, Ken – A Brief History of Everything. Shambhala, 2nd Edition 2001 ISBN 1-57062-740-1

7.3 Jacking In to the Matrix Franchise: Cultural Reception and Interpretation

Jacking In to the Matrix Franchise: Cultural Reception and Interpretation is a book about The Matrix trilogy of films and other associated media. It was published by Continuum Press in 2004 and edited by Matthew Kapell (later publishing as Matthew Wilhelm Kapell), anthropological historian, and William G. Doty, professor emeritus of religious studies and religion at the University of Alabama. A second printing was published in September 2006, essentially the same volume with a new cover.

Jacking In to the Matrix Franchise examines the films, video and computer games, comics, anime short films and other aspects of the franchise. The book is organized as a series of essays on the cultural and religious implications of the Matrix franchise, including gender, race, ethics, religion, and cybernetics. Contributors include John Shelton Lawrence, Russell Blackford, Matthew Kapell, Bruce Isaacs, and William G. Doty.

The title phrase “jacking in to the matrix” appears frequently in (and is probably a reference to) the novel Neuromancer by William Gibson.

7.4 Journey to the Source: Decoding Matrix Trilogy

Journey to the Source: Decoding Matrix Trilogy is a book about The Matrix trilogy of films. It was published by Sakthi Books Inc in 2004. The author of the book is Pradheep Chhalliyil, a scientist at Genetic-ID, Fairfield, Iowa. He is a co-founder of the Sakthi-Foundation, a charitable organization that operates in USA and in India.

Don Davis, Music Composer of Matrix Movies gave the foreword to this book. He commented “As Morpheus told Neo, only the door can be shown but he is the one who has to walk through it, this book “Journey to The Source” holds the door open and illuminates our path”.

The book’s connection to the thought of non-duality became key to appear as one of the chapters in the book One: Essential Writings on Nonduality, by Jerry Katz.

7.5 The Official Matrix Exhibit


The Official Matrix Exhibit was a walk-through experience at Warner Bros. Movie World on the Gold Coast, Australia. It allowed guests to immerse themselves in the world of the Matrix franchise. The attraction opened in September 2003, the year in which both The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions were released. It was closed on 1 April 2007 and replaced by a set of bumper cars and an arcade attraction later in the year.

7.5.1 History

In early 2003, Warner Bros. Movie World closed the Harry Potter Movie Magic Experience.[2] In September 2003, The Official Matrix Exhibit opened in its place. It remained operating until 1 April 2007.[1] In September 2007, it was replaced with a set of bumper cars and an arcade attraction.

7.5.2 Exhibit

Items displayed included replicas of weapons such as swords utilised during the film, as well as actual items used during filming, including scale models, miscellaneous crewmen’s items, statues, costumes and control room sets. These are spliced with multimedia presentations including audio tracks of sound effects and music from the movies and video scenes. Set pieces include such items as the Keymaker’s key room with plastic prop keys painted with metallic paint and the ectochairs used to “jack into” the Matrix, among others.

7.6 MTV Movie Awards Reloaded

MTV Movie Awards Reloaded or MTV: Reloaded, is a short parody film made in 2003 for the 2003 MTV Movie Awards. Half of the film is made by Tenth Planet Productions, and the other half is archival footage from The Matrix Reloaded, which was released in theaters at that time. The unedited version is on the DVD version of The Matrix Reloaded.

The movie starts with Justin (Justin Timberlake) and Seann (Seann William Scott) taking two girls into their apartment. As they are about to go in, the key doesn’t fit. And suddenly the Keymaker (Randall Duk Kim) shows up and realises they are the ones.

7.7 Matrixism

A “赤”, the kanji figure for red, the symbol of Matrixism.

Matrixism or The Path of the One is a purported religion inspired by the motion picture trilogy The Matrix. Conceived by an anonymous group in the summer of 2004, it claims to have attracted 300 members by May of 2005, and the religion’s Geocities website claims “over sixteen hundred members”. There is some debate about whether followers of Matrixism are indeed serious about their practice, however, the religion (real or otherwise) has received significant attention in the media.

7.7.1 History

Matrixism, also referred to as “The path of the One,” was primarily introduced in 2004. A website on Yahoo Geocities created by an anonymous source provided the basis for our belief. Matrixism is inspired by the Matrix trilogy and its associated stories (including the Animatrix). However, these stories are not the sole foundation. The ideals of Matrixism can be traced back to the early 1900s to The Promulgation of Universal Peace by Abdu’l-Baha.

7.7.2 Tenets

Matrixism carries with it four main beliefs that are described as “The Four Tenets of Matrixism”. Briefly these are: belief in a messianic prophecy, use of psychedelic drugs as sacrament, a perception of reality as multi-layered and semi-subjective, and adherence to the principles of at least one of the world’s major religions. The Matrixism website singles out April 19 as a holiday – otherwise known as Bicycle Day, April 19 marks the anniversary of Albert Hofmann’s 1943 experiment with LSD.

7.7.3 Symbology

The adopted symbol for Matrixism is the Japanese kanji symbol for “red”. This symbol was used in the video game Enter the Matrix. The color is a reference to the red pill, which represents an acceptance of and ability to see truth, as established early in the first Matrix film.