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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 (56 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: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Aug 2012
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0089J2818
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,051 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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15 of 15 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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4.0 out of 5 stars A good film that could have been a classic 26 Aug 2014
By K. Gordon TOP 500 REVIEWER
Seeing this again, 30 years later, I’m of two minds. There’s still a lot to enjoy in this slightly Disney version of an end-of-the-world thriller. There’s a lot of clever twists in the plot, some lovely performances, some real tension.

But it also all feels a bit light and softened to make it more audience friendly. That was probably the right decision commercially, but maybe not artistically. If original director Martin Brest had been allowed to finish the film, with the somewhat darker original script I read back then, I wonder if this could have been a bit of a minor classic, in the family of great nuclear war films like Dr. Strangelove and Fail Safe, instead of an entertaining, intelligent thrill ride. There are also, on reflection some big logic holes you could fly missiles through.

But at the end of the day, I still enjoyed re-seeing it, smiling a good deal of the time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A spectacularly entertaining film 15 May 2014
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It may be an old film now but its still a cracking good story that has stood the test of time very well.We are so used to computers now that its a bit easy to forget we didn't always have pcs,we may have had some sorts of computers but nothing like we have now so its a gentle reminder of how far we have progressed in technology.The U.S. DO play wargames,as do the Russians,as did we when we were a significant nuclear power.Now we are but a shadow of our former slightly aggressive and distinctly prickly selves,its somewhat reassuring to know that such wargames are practised by the one power in the world that is not totally without honour,they do at least have the sense to put themselves first and to hell with trying to please everyone,its a damn shame we don't have the courage to follow suit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still holds up. 3 Feb 2013
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This was one of my favourite movies of the '80s, but which I had somehow neglected adding to my DVD collection until now. I expected to find it juvenile, and rather naive regarding technology, but in fact found that it still holds up surprisingly well as a thriller. I had no problem believing in any of the characters or their motivations. I enjoyed it so much that I watched it again with a friend the following evening, both of us enjoying a bit of movie nostalgia.

Listening to the excellent commentary even answered one of my old minor objections to the movie: you see I was then (and still am) a computer programmer. I could see that most of his equipment was years obsolete even when the movie came out, but the commentary pointed out that this was deliberate, after all this was a schoolkid - no income, so all his kit was hand-me-downs that others were throwing away.

My personal standard for a 5 star movie is, will I still want to be watching this in a few decades time? Since this movie has already met that test the score must be automatic! So 5 stars it is.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars glad I decided to look back
Though from the 80's still very much relevant, and though the computers are from when I learned about them (big green screens, dial up networking) this does not disturb as the... Read more
Published 7 days ago by E. Dalhuijsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Good old school 80's film
Great old school even better than i remembered the film to be
Published 8 days ago by jimbo77
3.0 out of 5 stars Film: good - Sale: NOT!
Did not contain Danish subtitles as advertised!
Published 1 month ago by Henrik Kristensen
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
Bought this as a gift. It's a very good movie. There was no problem with having it delivered to a different address
Published 2 months ago by Janine Ashley
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film
I thoroughly enjoyed the film - good acting, good story and most entertaining I would be pleased to recommend this film .
Published 2 months ago by Lincs lass
4.0 out of 5 stars A must for WarGames fans
WarGames is one of my all time favourite movies, so I was delighted to find this version. For a few pounds you get the movie, the director's commentary, several documentaries... Read more
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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 4 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 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
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