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The Matrix, released in 1999, snuck up on a lot of people. Several trailers and TV commercials were released, but with little or no information available on the creators or story, little hype had built up. People were intrigued both by the unique visuals and by the "mysterious" flavor of the trailers, which gave almost nothing of the story away. A stylish blend of intense action, precise martial arts mayhem, and a multi-layered storyline blew initial audiences away. No one knew what to expect, and still they had their expectations shattered.

The Matrix was a box office smash, set records for DVD sales (first DVD to sell 1 million copies), and won four Oscars - Best Visual Effects, Best Film Editing, Best Sound, and Best Sound Effects Editing. The wirework, unusual in North American films (though popular in Japan), lent a distinct sense of unreality to many scenes. Special Effects innovations, such as "Bullet Time", were copied repeatedly for movies, TV shows, and commercials. The impact of The Matrix on filmmaking was growing, and continues to grow with the release of the 2 sequels, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions.

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A reason for the 'sixth' One: In the TV show, 'The Prisoner', which contains similar themes to 'Matrix', the main character who seeks to be free from the hidden system of technological control which imprisons him is called 'No. 6'. But in the final episode, the ever-changing 'No. 2' who answers No. 6's repeated question, 'Who is No. 1?' puts the emphasis where it belongs for the first time: 'YOU ARE, No. 6.' (As opposed to 'You are No 6.') Indeed, No. 6 takes the monkey mask off the figure in the No. 1 chair and sees himself. Like Neo, the Prisoner's answer to his quest for freedom has always been within himself, as the Oracle so often tells Neo. Thus, Neo = No. 6, the sixth No. 1, but really, the first One.
- Suggested by Wes Howard-Brook
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