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The.Matrix-ASCII is the original Matrix movie encoded in text. The finished product is an MPEG-2 file 7989979136 bytes in size, too large to fit on a DVD5. I re-encoded the ASCII movie to fit on a standard DVDR. The two samples are from the larger file and are higher quality. The DVDR is available through BitTorrent. If you wish to download the final movie or either of the samples using BitTorrent with Java installed, I suggest Azureus: otherwise TheSHADOW's BitTorrent Client should work well. You will need a media player that can play MPEG-2 videos to watch either sample and a DVD player to watch the movie.

Jan 16th 2004 05:00:00 UTC  - Initial Release.
Apr 5th 2004 10:54:13 UTC  - 1000th completed download.
Jul 29th 2004 00:04:52 UTC  - 2000th completed download.
Nov  10th 2004 13:39:38 UTC  - 3000th completed download.
Jan 16th 2005 05:00:00 UTC  - 1 Year Anniversary, 10 downloads per day.
Mar  10th 2005 04:43:47 UTC  - 4000th completed download.
Jul  16th 2005 23:16:09 UTC  - 4683rd download, torrent removed.
Aug  14th 2005 00:56:00 UTC  - Torrent restored (Thanks to
Oct  26th 2005 18:04:09 UTC  - 5000th completed download.
Jan 16th 2006 05:00:00 UTC  - 2 Year Anniversary, 5194 downloads.
Jul  21st 2006 07:32:06 UTC  - 6000th completed download.
Jan 16th 2007 05:00:00 UTC  - 3 Year Anniversary, 6274 downloads.
Jan 16th 2008 05:00:00 UTC  - 4 Year Anniversary, 6822 downloads.
May 6th 2008 10:33:26 UTC  - 7000th completed download.
Sep 26th 2012 00:25:39 UTC  - Original MPEG-2 torrent added.
Short Sample (magnet link) - 33M - 42 seconds, studios and title.
Long Sample (magnet link) - 358M - 6 minutes 36 seconds, opening scene.
The.Matrix-ASCII Movie (magnet link) - 4.38G - 2 hours 16 minutes, DVDR.
The.Matrix-ASCII DVR (magnet link) - 7.44G - 2 hours 16 minutes, MPEG-2.
Short Sample - 33M - 42 seconds, studios and title. Posted on YouTube by alioglan.
Long Sample - 358M - 6 minutes 36 seconds, opening scene.
DVD Cover - 849k
DVD Insert - 4.2M

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Because I love this movie.
This was the first thing I thought of when I first saw AA-Lib with MPlayer. I have to admit I did not think of it when I saw ttyquake. After I watched The Matrix with MPlayer on a Linux console I wanted it to be green and I wanted to be able to watch it anywhere.
Azureus : Java BitTorrent Client
TheSHAD0W's Experimental BitTorrent Client
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A scene from the matrix, in ASCII.
ASCII MATRIX (might be gone).
Ascii-Movies (gone for now).
Fine Print:
This notice stolen from Zion Mainframe (also gone).
Matrix concept and Matrix characters, images and sounds COPYRIGHT © 1998-2003 Wachowski brothers, Village Roadshow Pictures, and Warner Bros. Studios. The WB logoTM is a registered trademark of Time Warner, Inc. All rights reserved. The images and sounds from the Matrix movie found on this site are used without permission from copyright holder. The Matrix soundtrack is COPYRIGHT © Maverick Records. Other copyrights may apply. No infringement of copyright is intended. The authors of this site have no affiliation with Warner Brothers, Village Roadshow Pictures, the Wachowski Brothers, any of the actors from the movie, any of the bands performing on the soundtrack, or any of the crew.

January 23, 2004
you definitely wouldn't want to watch a movie in ASCII if it's your first viewing (sometimes the picture is a bit hard to make out), but it's definitely a cool toy. if you have super nerdy friends, put it on in the background of your party and watch the geeks flock...

March 18, 2005
This is absolutley INCREDIBLE!!! EASILY one of the coolest things I've EVER seen! Where'd you get the notion to do something like this!?!?!?! I've got so many questions and damn I'm still in AWE. But I had to take a moment and let you know that your work is HIGHLY appreciated.

September 14, 2004
dude, tell me what to do with this Matrix ASCII, cause the picture is all green n stuff, cant even see what's going on. And, its in 4 VOB files, but why?