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Game Over: Kasparov & The Machine [DVD] [2004] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Marc Ghannoum , Joel Benjamin , Vikram Jayanti    DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Marc Ghannoum, Joel Benjamin, Michael Greengard, Anatoli Karpov, Garry Kasparov
  • Directors: Vikram Jayanti
  • Producers: Andre Singer, Andy Thomson, Hal Vogel, Nick Fraser, Paul Trijbits
  • Format: Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Velocity / Thinkfilm
  • DVD Release Date: 31 May 2005
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007VY5K8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 253,659 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



"Engrossing, tragic and above all, entertaining. See it" -- Film Review

"Plays out as a compelling conspiracy thriller" -- Total Film

"Riveting … fascinating documentary" -- The Observer

"… edge-of-your-seat. Engrossing" -- Independent On Sunday

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Game Over - Kasparov and the Machine

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kasparov documentary. 5 Nov 2004
This is an excellent documentary. For anyone curious about how the highest rated chess player in history Garry Kasparov is in real life, this is highly recommended. It won't be very easy viewing for Kasparov fans though because there is forever the air of injustice against him throughout the documentary. Kasparov, and much of the chess world, thought that IBM had cheated in their 1997 match with Deep Blue VS Kasparov. After watching the documentary I could bullet about 20 points that made me suspicious of the Deep Blue team. My personal opinion is that the Deep Blue team did cheat, though anyone watching the film will have to decide for themselves.
The film is very nicely shot and has an uneasy musical score that suits the atmosphere of the film. There are interviews with many employees of IBM - such as the man who designed the chess chip used in Deep Blue - with chess players such as Yasser Seirawan, with friends of the chess community such as Fred Friedel, and of course Kasparov is interviewed throughout the film, so all this makes for a highly entertaining documentary for chess fans.
In addition to the film itself, this DVD comes with Fritz 6. This is an excellent addition to the DVD and really makes it a double package, half film/half chess engine. The only problem I have had with Fritz 6 is that when using the Fritz server to play online I had forgotten my password and the for password retrieval there is a command button specifically for this purpose, and it simply does not work, meaning I cannot play online with a real username and have to be a guest if I use that server. But Fritz 6 is a great chess engine to have with loads of features and is excellent for analysing games.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent insight 10 July 2004
Excellent insight into the 1997 computer match with deep blue, not much actual footage of the games, more an insight into how computers evolved playing chess, the ibm company and how gary got into his mind that the match was being played on not a level playing field. The 1996 match was a friendly match , computer science experiment, the 1997 was a deathmatch in which ibm had to win at all coats. They eventually pushed gary over the edge and he lost without a fight in game 6 going down to the computer overall in the match, excellent dvd if you like chess, computer chess or kasparov in general this is a must have. buy it now
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chess as mental torture 23 May 2004
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Garry Kasparov is generally regarded as the greatest chess player of all time and this excellent film examines his 1997 duel with IBM's purpose-built chess playing machine Deep Blue.
The stress of playing a silicon opponent who doesn't get tired, distracted or upset if it loses weighs heavily on Kasparov. Under the glare of the world's media the film shows how his initial enthusiasm for the contest as a 'scientific experiment' quickly fades when he loses a game and begins to suspect that behind IBM's locked doors Deep Blue is receiving human assistance.
You don't need to know how to play chess to appreciate this study in psychological warfare as IBM deny Kasparov information about the computer and his paranoia about the true nature of his opponent grows. Kasparov once described chess as 'mental torture' and there is no doubt that he experienced just that during the match.
So, were IBM playing by the rules or were they prepared to win at any cost? Watch the film and decide for yourself...
The DVD also features a fully functioning chess program - Fritz 6 - which can be downloaded onto your PC (compatible with Windows 98, 2000 or XP).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Game Over 26 July 2008
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'Game Over' is an excellent documentary of the Kasparov-Deep Blue match of 1997. It has interviews and contributions from both IBM and Kasparov and looks at each game played and reactions to them. It is very insightful to see how each side felt about the match and although fairly even handed, there is a slight bias against IBM with a strong intimation of suspicious behaviour. The constant use of 'The Turk' chess game by the director casts deep aspersions on IBM's integrity and suggests cheating and human intervention by them. The footage from news reports and the match itself really add to the feel of the film. This also looks briefly at Kasparov's career since the Deep Blue match. This is a engaging documentary, of limited appeal to those not interested in chess, but invaluable for those that are. You can normally snap this up cheaply on amazon and it is well worth a viewing.

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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
If you start losing in a casino, perhaps more than you can afford, it's tempting to fall for the debt-recovery strategy: "I'll bet just enough on this game to cover all my losses. If I lose, I'll repeat this tactic. If I win, I'll stop playing and walk away."
IBM followed this strategy in its matches with Kasparov. First time it lost. Kasparov agreed a re-match when IBM requested it. IBM's Deep Blue won the second match. Now it was Kasparov's turn to ask for a re-match. But IBM refused.
For a long time, there's been this question hanging in the air: Why did IBM turn down Kasparov's request? And why, having won, didn't IBM go on to sell its victorious chess-playing programme on the consumer market -- if not the Unix version, then a slimmed-down version which would run on PCs? Why did IBM mothball Deep Blue and halt all chess research as soon as it had won?
This film provides one explanation -- that after Game One, IBM introduced human contributions to Deep Blue's thought processes. Kasparov never won another game against it. This film doesn't take a position on this allegation. (For example, a serious investigation would have tried to find out which grandmaster it could possibly have been who provided that human contribution.)
The usual explanation is that IBM saw no publicity advantage in staging another re-match. And as for the marketing question, well IBM just doesn't really target the consumer market.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great documental on the match against Deep Blue
The documental does not only offer good background on Kasparov, but shares Gary's views on the match, exposing IBM as an cheat, trying to win at all cost for the benefit of their... Read more
Published 7 months ago by GE Shoobridge
5.0 out of 5 stars CHEAP
Great DVD recording a bit of chess history when the machine finally over powers best ever chess player who thought it could never be possible.
Published 11 months ago by bobrcj
3.0 out of 5 stars Poor and Biased
A very biased view of events leading up to, during and after match with Deep Blue. Kasparov does himself no favours allowing this DVD to be made with his participation.
Published 13 months ago by Mr. S. Howley
2.0 out of 5 stars Could have been a lot better
I was rather disappointed with this. If you want some good background to the match, and some interesting words from Kasparov, it's fine, though why shots of the Turk machine of... Read more
Published on 26 Dec 2011 by Mr. K. H. Cobb
4.0 out of 5 stars "This was a deathmatch"
Forget James Cameron's The Terminator, the greatest demonstration of man against machine was the 1997 chess contest between Garry Kasparov (the greatest ever chess player) and... Read more
Published on 2 Feb 2011 by @GeekZilla9000
2.0 out of 5 stars 5 / 10
The subject of the documentary is an engrossing one. However, i feel you have to be a keen chess follower to find it interesting. Read more
Published on 7 Sep 2010 by Sim
3.0 out of 5 stars GAME OVER
If you love chess than u will love this film, I have watched it about 20 times already . It rocks!!!!!!!!
Published on 29 Mar 2009 by Alexander Newland
4.0 out of 5 stars No bias?
This was a very interesting DVD and definately deserves to be watched by anyone interested in chess, or the famous Kasparov and Deep Blue games. Read more
Published on 27 Oct 2004 by Alex Halliday
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