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Many people have that certain movie that opens their eyes to the possibility of Film: for some people it's Star Wars, for others it's Lord of the Rings - for me, that film was 1999's The Matrix. The Matrix was and still is (to me, anyway) one of the most creative, original, and intellectually stimulating films to be made in the history of cinema. Like many people, I eagerly awaited the arrival of the sequels... only to come away bitterly disappointed from watching them.
Now, there were many things that ended up detracting from Reloaded and Revolutions: over-usage of CG graphics and action sequences in place of Story, poor writing and dialogue, lame secondary characters, critical references to other Matrix media that most audiences didn't see, self-referential moments that would decend to self-parody, etc., etc....
For me, however, there was one glaring problem that I could not overlook in the sequels: the character of Neo himself. In my view, this was NOT the same character that we last saw at the end of the first film. His powers appeared to have "de-evolved", his intelligence turned to nothing, his personality was dull and less interesting, and up until the last 1/4 of "Revolutions", it seemed like he really didn't give a crap about anyone other than Trinity. And then, of course, there's the ending: where Neo chooses to sacrifice himself for the "Love & Peace" of Humanity and the Machines...
In my frustration and disappointment, I returned back to the original film and began studying the various subjects and works that influenced it. It was from these elements and my interpretations on "The Matrix" that made me decide to go back and re-edit the sequels in a manner that I felt expanded on the themes of the original - a fanedit that would ask the question:
"What if the Neo that we saw in Reloaded and Revolutions... wasn't the true ONE after all?"
Type of Fanedit: True Fanedit
Intention With This Edit: To develop a better "Matrix" story out of the sequel films which used the concepts and philosophies present in the first film.
Original Titles: The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, & Enter the Matrix
New Title: The Matrix Evolutions
Original Runtime: 280 minutes (The Matrix Reloaded = 138 minutes: The Matrix Revolutions = 129 minutes: Enter the Matrix scenes = 16 minutes)
New Runtime: 165 minutes (2 hours, 45 minutes)
Time Cut: approximately 118 minutes
Time Added: approximately 11 minutes
Software Used: Sony Vegas 7 (video editing), Adobe Photoshop CS2 (image editing), Bahaus Mirage (compositing), Sony Sound Forge 8 (audio editing), Sony DVD Architect 4.5 (DVD authoring)
Release Information - Version 3.0
- DVD Format: NTSC - DVD9-DL
- Region: 0 (region free)
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1, 16x9 widescreen
- Audio format: 2.0 Dolby Digital
- Language: English
- Subtitles: none
- DVD Extras: Custom Motion Menus
- DVD Extras: "About the Edit" page
- DVD Extras: Deleted Ending - "Enter the Dark Matrix"
CUT/EDIT: Numerous cuts to the various fight sequences throughout the film
CUT/EDIT: Numerous cuts to remove redundant dialogue and bad writing
ADDITION: New scene of Niobe and crew finding the "message" from the Osiris (taken from the "Enter the Matrix" video game)
ADDITION: New scene of the Captains gathering in the Matrix (taken from the "Enter the Matrix" video game)
ADDITION: New scene of Niobe encountering the Trainman in the Matrix (taken from the "Enter the Matrix" video game)
CUT/EDIT: The Kid's role in the story is significantly reduced (and he does not "save the day")
ADDITION: New scene of Niobe and Locke discussing Morpheus's beliefs (taken from the "Enter the Matrix" video game)
CUT/EDIT: Re-edited the relationship between Morpheus/Locke/Niobe to create more ambiguity (there is no "love triangle")
CUT: Removed all scenes/subplots involving Link and his wife Zee
CUT: Removed the Temple gathering and Councilor Hamman's speech
CUT: Removed Morpheus's "Speech to Zion" and the entire "Rave" sequence
EDIT: Neo has a second dream sequence of Trinity's death (taken from Trinity's encounter with the Agent at the end of Reloaded)
ADDITION: New scene of Locke telling Niobe of the "Counter-Attack" plan and sends her away from Zion (taken from the "Enter the Matrix" video game)
EDIT: Moved the "Zion Counter-Attack" sequence to after the Kid gives Neo the spoon
EDIT: The Oracle's speech in the Park has been edited to change the nature of Programs
EDIT: Smith is not a Rogue Program: he is still a part of the System (just a much more powerful Agent)
ADDITION: New scene of Niobe and crew flying in the Logos to find Morpheus (taken from the "Enter the Matrix" video game)
MAJOR EDIT: The Neb's destruction and Neo & company joining the Hammer crew occurs after the Burly Brawl
CUT: Removed the "Neo VS Bodyguards" sequence in the Merovingian's chateu
ADDITION: New scene of Niobe and Ghost arriving in the Matrix (taken from the "Enter the Matrix" video game)
CUT/EDIT: 7-8 minutes have been cut from the "Freeway" sequence to increase tension of the chase, remove unnecessary Bullet Time effects, remove rudundant scenes with Link, and make the System Agents stronger
ADDITION: New scene of Niobe and crew recieving a "help" message from Morpheus (taken from the "Enter the Matrix" video game)
MAJOR EDIT: The "Door to the Source" no longer leads to the Source, but to the Train Station
CUT/EDIT: The "Sati" scenes have been edited to make her less annoying and reduce her impact to the story
CUT: The "battle through Hel" has been removed
CUT/EDIT: Neo's meeting with the "new" Oracle has been heavily edited to make her appear less-helpful and harder to trust her words
CUT/EDIT: Removed nearly half of the footage of the "Battle for Zion" and restructured the sequence to be much darker
MAJOR EDIT: The "Architect" scenes has been moved from the middle of the story to the end (before Neo fights Smith)
MAJOR EDIT: Features a brand-new ending to The Matrix saga
Fanedit Verison 3.0: AVI Version (XVID-encoded)
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EDIT: Updated page information for additional cuts/edits of the new V3.