Matrix Sunglasses

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phase pistol

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Weren't they designed and made for the production? I thought there was supposed to be a great deal of significance given to the shape of the lenses, particularly in the case of Smith and Neo. The lenses also change shape as the characters evolve I think.

Knockoff glasses have been plentiful since the films came out, shouldn't be too hard to find.

A quick google turned up these places, I have NO IDEA if they're reputable or if prices are reasonable.

http://www.thematrixshop.com/

http://www.matrix2sunglasses.com/







- k
 

Shatnerman

New Member
They are made by Blinde. Those are the real mccoys not the matrix store knockoffs. Matrix store will sell you some for $200 or more, but go to Ebay. I got the Blinde Neos, Smiths, and Agents for about $40 a piece and love them. They also have the Trin, morpheus and niobes available.
 

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King Ranger

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A little note to add is that the 'official' glasses that were sold by Blinde Designs are actually different slightly than the ones that they made for the movie (another note is that Blinde only made the glasses for the Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions, not the first Matrix). The ones in the movie were specifically made for production. I was told this by Blinde when I contacted them about the differences a while back.

Just FYI.

Ryu
 

Kittlemeier

Well-Known Member
<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Ryu Kumon @ May 7 2006, 07:36 PM) [snapback]1240163[/snapback]</div>
A little note to add is that the 'official' glasses that were sold by Blinde Designs are actually different slightly than the ones that they made for the movie (another note is that Blinde only made the glasses for the Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions, not the first Matrix). The ones in the movie were specifically made for production. I was told this by Blinde when I contacted them about the differences a while back.

Just FYI.

Ryu
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When I was a Sunglass Hut manager, towards the end of '99 we started carrying Blinde Optics(not Designs) which was owned by the guy who custom made the glasses for The Matrix but were slightly differently styled. I know the date is correct because I bought a pair of the Neo style before I left in early 2000. To my understanding, at that point it was a brand new company so maybe that's why they said they didn't make them because this was well before Reloaded had started filming but they already had that connection. Having said that, their current Neo glasses are nothing like the ones in the first movie(rimless), the ones I bought were rimless but the shape was a little off as well as the joints. K
 

Shatnerman

New Member
<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Kittlemeier @ May 7 2006, 06:54 PM) [snapback]1240214[/snapback]</div>
<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Ryu Kumon @ May 7 2006, 07:36 PM) [snapback]1240163[/snapback]
A little note to add is that the 'official' glasses that were sold by Blinde Designs are actually different slightly than the ones that they made for the movie (another note is that Blinde only made the glasses for the Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions, not the first Matrix). The ones in the movie were specifically made for production. I was told this by Blinde when I contacted them about the differences a while back.

Just FYI.

Ryu
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When I was a Sunglass Hut manager, towards the end of '99 we started carrying Blinde Optics(not Designs) which was owned by the guy who custom made the glasses for The Matrix but were slightly differently styled. I know the date is correct because I bought a pair of the Neo style before I left in early 2000. To my understanding, at that point it was a brand new company so maybe that's why they said they didn't make them because this was well before Reloaded had started filming but they already had that connection. Having said that, their current Neo glasses are nothing like the ones in the first movie(rimless), the ones I bought were rimless but the shape was a little off as well as the joints. K
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From what I understand several pairs of the movie prop glasses were for different shots, some are darker than other pairs, some have a matted finish, so you can't see the camera or crew, etc. From what I understand, to sell replicas of the movie props, they must pass the QC that consumers would insist on plus UV protecion, etc, etc. The actual movie ones were not designed for everyday usage. The blinde matrix glasses are the closest you get to the real thing, the Smiths and the Neos are awesome. I get compliments on the Smiths all the time. The agent glasses are great for the day you are wearing a suit and tie. You will get some looks and stares.

I'll post some pics if anyone want to see them.
 

GuntahKela

Sr Member
The knock-offs can be found at your local flea market, but don't be so quick to buy them right away. Some of them have such soft frames, they lose their shape, throwing off your face's symetry. Not only that, after wearing mine's for ONLY A FEW HOURS, these fell appart off my face, and I didn't do any flips, bullet-camera shots or bullet dodging.
 

Jedi2016

Sr Member
I found a website online a while back that sold knockoffs of the glasses. I only have a pair of the Neo glasses, but they're dead-on. The lenses might not be dark enough (but they weren't all that dark in the first film anyway), but otherwise the shape is right on the money.
 

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phase pistol

Master Member
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Darth Domain @ May 8 2006, 04:33 AM) [snapback]1240417[/snapback]</div>
Why do they all wear sunglasses indoors?
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To try to neutralize that ugly green tint everything has in the Matrix? :lol

Anyway, I just picked up a pair of the Agent Smith glasses from Blinde... these can be found for about $40 (originally $240.)... very nice. Sturdy and they preserve the overall shape of the glasses as seen in the latter two films (although the authentic prop glasses are frameless and the retail Blindes have got frames).

Did some googling... the guy who designed all the Matrix glasses for the films is Richard Walker, who founded Blinde Design.

http://www.2020mag.com/index.asp?page=3_426.htm

Interestingly if you go to blinde.com there's just a placeholder page there... between that and the discount prices that these glasses are available at these days, I wonder if the Matrix might have absorbed and destroyed Walker and his company...

- k
 

Shatnerman

New Member
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<div class='quotetop'>(Darth Domain @ May 8 2006, 04:33 AM) [snapback]1240417[/snapback]
Why do they all wear sunglasses indoors?
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Anyway, I just picked up a pair of the Agent Smith glasses from Blinde... these can be found for about $40 (originally $240.)... very nice. Sturdy and they preserve the overall shape of the glasses as seen in the latter two films (although the authentic prop glasses are frameless and the retail Blindes have got frames).


- k
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Those Smith's are sweet, I wear them on the drive to work with a suit and tie. Sometimes I drive the convertible and at a red light, slowly look from side to side. Hilarious, you get some people that think they recognize the glasses and the body movement.

Hey, sometimes, you gotta have fun with people. At a local restaurant, my colleagues and I pick matrix names when they call out the orders. Hilarious to hear: Neo your order is ready, Morpheus your order is ready. Oh well, harmless fun.
 

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