"What Is Reality?" (A List of Films)

A Listmania! list by J.P. Curwen (AZ, USA)
The list author says: "I've always had a soft spot for films where the protagonists discover (or question) that the world they live in isn't the "real" reality, and proceed to escape. I also enjoy the trip of experiencing the world of a character who can't tell hallucination from reality."
The Matrix [DVD] (1999)
1.  The Matrix [DVD] (1999) DVD ~ Keanu Reeves
The list author says:
  "Starting out with an obvious example of "hero escapes to reality"."
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Videodrome (The Criterion Collection)
2.  Videodrome (The Criterion Collection) DVD ~ James Woods
The list author says:
  "One of my all-time favorites.

"I am the video word made flesh.""
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Existenz [IMPORT]
3.  Existenz [IMPORT] DVD ~ Jude Law
The list author says:
  "Virtual reality bio-technology created with mutant amphibian eggs... *Cronenberg fans: get your hands on this Canadian DVD if you can, it has multiple audio commentaries & a documentary. The American DVD is bare-bones.*"
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They Live
4.  They Live DVD ~ Roddy Piper
The list author says:
  "John Carpenter's wickedly satirical Reagan-era sci-fi action thriller."
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A Scanner Darkly (Widescreen)
5.  A Scanner Darkly (Widescreen) DVD ~ Keanu Reeves
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Total Recall (1990)
6.  Total Recall (1990) DVD ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger
The list author says:
  "Memory implants and wonderfully gratuitous violence."
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Dark City (Director's Cut)
7.  Dark City (Director's Cut) DVD ~ Rufus Sewell
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The Thirteenth Floor
8.  The Thirteenth Floor DVD ~ Craig Bierko
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The Quiet Earth
9.  The Quiet Earth DVD ~ Bruno Lawrence
The list author says:
  "Unique twist on "last man on earth" scenario."
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X - The Man With The X-Ray Eyes
10.  X - The Man With The X-Ray Eyes DVD ~ Ray Milland
The list author says:
  "A doctor develops x-ray eyedrops that eventually drive him mad when he sees what lies at "the center of the universe"."
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From Beyond (Unrated Director's Cut)
11.  From Beyond (Unrated Director's Cut) DVD ~ Jeffrey Combs
The list author says:
  "Campy Lovecraftian cosmic horror. Especially recommend to fans of the pineal gland."
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12 Monkeys (Special Edition)
12.  12 Monkeys (Special Edition) DVD ~ Bruce Willis
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Blade Runner (Four-Disc Collector's Edition)
13.  Blade Runner (Four-Disc Collector's Edition) DVD ~ Harrison Ford
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The Truman Show (Special Collector's Edition)
14.  The Truman Show (Special Collector's Edition) DVD ~ Jim Carrey
The list author says:
  ""We accept the reality with which we're presented." Excellent film."
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THX 1138 (Two-Disc Director's Cut  Special Edition)
15.  THX 1138 (Two-Disc Director's Cut Special Edition) DVD ~ Robert Duvall
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Logan's Run
16.  Logan's Run DVD ~ Michael York
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Parts: The Clonus Horror
17.  Parts: The Clonus Horror DVD ~ Frank Ashmore
The list author says:
  "Underrated low-budget 70's sci-fi flick. Plotline ripped off for Michael Bay's 'The Island'."
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The Island
18.  The Island DVD ~ Scarlett Johansson
The list author says:
  "Speak of the devil! Easily the least cerebral film on this list"
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Robert Anton Wilson - Maybe Logic
19.  Robert Anton Wilson - Maybe Logic DVD ~ Robert Anton Wilson
The list author says:
  "Documentary/overview of this mind-bending author."
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