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Wargames [Blu-ray] [1983] [US Import]

John Wood , Dabney Coleman    Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: John Wood, Dabney Coleman, Matthew Broderick, Barry Corbin
  • Format: AC-3, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Aug 2012
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0089J2818
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,117 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Cute but silly, this 1983 cautionary fantasy stars Matthew Broderick as a teenage computer genius who hacks into the Pentagon's defence system and sets World War III into motion. All the fun is in the film's set-up, as Broderick befriends Ally Sheedy and starts the international crisis by pretending while online to be the Soviet Union. After that, it's not hard to predict what's going to happen: government agents swoop in, but the story ends up in the "hands" of machines talking to one another. Thus we're stuck with flashing lights, etc. John Badham (Saturday Night Fever) directs in strict potboiler mode. Children still like this movie, though. --Tom Keogh,

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic 13 Dec 2002
By Andrew
This movie is a classic, a must own for all the "computer people". It's the Nostradamus of computer movies. It talks about hacking at a time where the internet was science fiction and the average computer was half as powerfull as a Game Boy. It has some old school phreaking (tampering phone lines) in there as well but all information is just of historical value. All the things that you see in the movie is a common thing of todays computers, like speech, but when you watch this film have in mind that it was produced in 1983! It's also the movie that inspired programmers to write War Dialers (well known type of software among todays crackers used to find phone lines connected to computers). If you are not interested in classics and historical values but you want some computer action try something like "Hackers", "SWORDFISH" and "Antitrust". But if you are interested in classics also check "Tron".
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the 80s 22 Feb 2010
I have to disagree with the Amazon review:

"After that, it's not hard to predict what's going to happen: government agents swoop in, but the story ends up in the "hands" of machines talking to one another. Thus we're stuck with flashing lights, etc."

You have to remember this film was brought out during the cold war and the era of the ZX Spectrum. Square blobs on a screen were impressive enough, but the idea of playing out multi-screen global nuclear war was enough to blow any 13 year old's mind at the time. This was combined with the fact that the computer software in question was named after the programmer's dead son and played the same kind of games, tic-tac-toe, that a child would. So, the final scene is not just about flashing lights, it's about a father teaching his son about life and the futility of war - and in so doing teaching every adult present in the US Army bunker the same lesson. This amounts to a very tense and touching finale.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wargames - on blu ray at last 9 Jun 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Wargames has always been one of my favourate films, but I lost my DVD copy. It was a delight to finally see Wargames on Blu Ray, and it still remains an awesome film. I'm not any kind of film technique/quality snob so I'm not the person to ask about whether or not the picture is "HD" enough to justify being on blu ray, but I do know that the film looked and sounded fantastic to me played through a 42" HD TV.

If you don't already have wargames and you have a blu-ray player then this is the one to get. If you already have it on DVD then you're probably safe staying where you are. Extras hadn't really been invented then, so extra content isn't an issue either way here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still enjoyable and awesome on bluray 31 Aug 2012

Region Code; A only (will not work on standard UK players)
Full Widescreen 1:85:1 (full use of your screen)
Audio; DTS HD MA 5.1

To appriceiate this movie you would've needed to see it the year it came out, the worlds changed...alot, and so has the way we make movies, I seen this on VHS when it was released on video in the mid eighties and it was amazing....kind of lost it's qualities abit but for me it was a great watch especially as it's now in full HD!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NOT Anamorphic!! A great movie though. 20 Mar 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The 2001 MGM Home Entertainment issue for Region 2 is not anamorphic, so you will get a letterboxed display if viewing on a widescreen TV. Even the 2008 UK release is the same! You will need to get the 2008 25th Anniversary Fox edition to enjoy the movie in widescreen with full resolution without bars.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wicked 5 Feb 2004
Format:VHS Tape
This is one of those films that many of us grew up with in our youth - you know what i mean, it falls into the same category as The Goonies, BMX Bandits and the Indiana Jones and Star Wars trilogies. This was the first film that brought Matthew Broderick to the fore in a relatively simple role. A young computer nerd accidently hacks into the mainframe defence computer in charge of the Defending the USA - nearly beginning World War three. The story may be simple but in many ways like all great films that is what makes it effective. I unreservedly love this film and the scene where Matthew Brodericks dad uses bread to spread butter onto his corn on the cob is a priceless moment in cinema - if you would like a nice Sunday afternoon film then this is the film for you! Hope you enjoy.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dated but still worth watching. 20 Jun 2004
When this movie was released it was very up to date with the technology it featured. In this day of laptop computers and internet access to mobile phones it certainly looks dated but put that aside and you are still left with a really good movie with a plot idea that still works today.
The story revolves around an underachieving, bored teenager (played by a very young Matthew Broderick) whose main interest in life is his computer. From his bedroom he can alter his school grades, reserve flights, download software, all by hacking into other computers. While searching for new games from a software company he comes across a set of titles he assumes are games and decides, with his girlfriend, to play Global Thermonuclear War. Unfortunatly it isn't a software company he has hacked into but a military system and he is playing against NORAD's computer. When the realisation hits that the NORAD computer, when it's turn comes round, will launch atomic missiles for real the race is on the stop the game.
This is still a gripping film that can still raise the tension levels even after several viewings. Great stuff.
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4.0 out of 5 stars war games
Ahhh this is a film from my past when a computer was almost the size of your bedroom a young man brakes into NORADS computer via a back door and wants to play computer games... Read more
Published 12 days ago by clive h
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Matthew Broderick's Best Roles
Excellent movie and picture quality, format his 1.85:1 that fills all the screen without the black stripes up and down and it has legends in Portuguese; also I like the new cover... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Paulo Rodrigues
5.0 out of 5 stars "Greetings Professor Falken" !
Always loved this film from 1983, Purchased it to replace my corrupted DVD. Typical nuclear war type film from that "CND" era. Cant get better than this :D
Published 24 days ago by Mr Richard Alsop
4.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff!
Even after 30 years this is still a very enjoyable film with a convincing performance by Broderick ably assisted by the rest of the cast. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dunnock
3.0 out of 5 stars very good
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Published 1 month ago by g white film buff
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite films.
Excellent DVD, see it first time round on TV but just had to own the DVD Lets just hope that it never ever happens in real life.
Published 1 month ago by Davyboy
3.0 out of 5 stars Good kids movies from the 80s
Decent story line with good energy and good lead actors, good build up in the plot followed by the usual Hollywood ending
Some of the bits in the control centre are lifeless... Read more
Published 5 months ago by MV
4.0 out of 5 stars It's fun
I'm old enough to remember those huge CRTs and modem tones. Believe it or not, my Facebooking, tweeting, internet-savvy kids had never seen this flick. They loved it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by belgarionn
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable and not silly
I also disagree with the Amazon review. This movie done more than 20 years ago (look at the computers), predicts, in chilling details, hackers and potential, deadly consequences. Read more
Published 7 months ago by catie
5.0 out of 5 stars wargames
yes..!!! now this is a classic.. easy and fun film never gets boring...might where this disc out recommend to everyone..!!
Published 7 months ago by james widdas
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