Wing Commander: The Movie 1999

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The future of mankind is threatened by an alien race called the Kilrathi who have discovered the way to Earth. Only two fighter pilots stand in their way.

Starring:
Matthew Lillard, Saffron Burrows
Runtime:
1 hour 40 minutes

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Wing Commander: The Movie

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Product Details

Genres Science Fiction
Director Chris Roberts
Starring Matthew Lillard, Saffron Burrows
Supporting actors Freddie Prinze Jr.
Studio Twentieth Century Fox
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3.7 out of 5 stars

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A reviewer called on 4 Jun 2006
Format: DVD
At the time of writing, this DVD is doing the rounds in the supermarkets, and never having seen it before took a gamble on buying it. It's really a cross between modern Battlestar Gallactica and Starship Troopers (but much less gung ho)

Why do I like this film? Well it has a good strong story line. Plot centres about three fighter pilots as part of a fleet having to defend the Earth against a hostile alien race. Lead actors are backed up by an interesting and established array of actors as supporting cast, notably David Suchet of Poirot fame and David Warner of "The Omen" and Star Trek (TNG) who lend enormous credibility.

Another interesting feature of this film is how command shifts from person to person as those who know what needs to be done step forward to take charge. This film is definitely worth a sequel or even a mini series to develop cast and story in greater detail.

The bad things about this film (and these are very minor ones) 1) Should have made it slightly longer even a full two hours to allow greater depth and detail. 2) Should have had much better publicity at the time of making because I am quite up on SciFi and this film completely escaped my attention until now! 3) Sadly no Extra features were available even biographies of the actors would have been good or some short interviews with cast and crew. But putting those points aside add it to your sci-fi genre category if you havent already done so!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "atradies2000" on 31 Dec 2003
Format: DVD
First I must point out that I have not actually played the game, so I cannot compare it to the game.
However I still think this is a brilliant movie. It places you right in the middle of the Kilrathi - terran war, onboard the Tiger's Claw carrier. Compared to the book "Wing Commander: Fredom Flight" (which I also recomend) it has differences, e.g. "If you die, you never existed", from the film. However it still captures the urgency of the war and how it is going.
I recomend you watch this, wheter you've played the game or not. A must for all Sci-fi fans.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Anthony S. Clarke on 18 Aug 2008
Format: DVD
Everyone who has seriously rated this movie [references to the bible and life changing nobel prize winning appart ;-) ] agrees it is an excellent movie. The only thing I can add is that I wish this movie would be re-released as an anamorphic widescreen DVD or in HD. As was usual many years ago, DVD encoding companies had no idea how to properly encode video to work well on 4:3 (old style) TVs and 16:9 (widescreen) TVs as really there were few to no widescreen TVs available and reading an obscure bit of the encoding manual was really optional at that time. This release has huge black bars top and bottom as the 2.35:1 ratio is fitted into a 4:3 screen space. If the choice was between this format and cropping then I would take this format any day, but a budget re-release as 2.35:1 on 16:9 (anamorphic widescreen) would be much better.
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Format: DVD
In the far distant future, a war erupts between Earth and a hostile Alien race known as the Kilrathi.

When a large Kilrathi battle fleet raids a Human outpost on an asteroid belt and secures top secret data they learn the co-ordinates to Earth and prepare for an attack on the planet.

Alerted to the danger by a probe dispatched from the base at the last minute, Admiral Tolwyn (Sci-Fi veteran DAVID WARNER) realises his own widely spread fleet will not arrive at Earth in time to prevent the impending Kilrathi assault and the only allied ship in range, the Tiger Claw, cannot be reached.

Fortuitously a merchantman carrying two lieutenants destined for the Tiger Claw, cocky pilots Blair (FREDDIE PRINZE JR.) and Marshall (MATTHEW LILLARD) can, so Tolwyn sends them to the Tiger Claw with orders to defend their home world.

The young pilots soon find themselves at odds with the Tiger Claw crew, notably the prejudiced senior officer Gerald (JURGEN PROCHNOW) and stern wing commander Deveraux (the beautiful SAFFRON BURROWS) who treat them with suspicion, but they gain the trust of ship commander Sansky (DAVID SUCHET) in helping plan a counter-offensive.

Can the Kilrathi fleet be stalled long enough for the Earth ships to defend the planet or will the war be ended within a couple of hours?

Much of the design for WING COMMANDER seems to owe a great debt to BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, especially the opposing fighters, and many of the characters are of a similar ilk.

Here, though, there is much less action. A boarding attack against a large Kilrathi vessel seems to be won rather too quickly and easily, while the few dogfights are also quite brief.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael Gerrard on 6 Aug 2006
Format: DVD
Many years ago I played the computer game 'Wing Commander' and it was interesting to hear of this movie! Yes it is based on the game but no that doesn't make it rubbish! I found it very entertaining and well made. Lots of British actors and a good script. The special effects sometimes were impressive, but other times were too obviously computer generated.

Essentially this is a story told from one side's point of view. It follows the exploits of two pilots and the others on the Tiger Claw starship. There are many similarities with war films. There's a scene where a destroyer is hunting them, they mustn't make a sound and everyone on the bridge looks at one another just like in one of those submarine war films. There's even a noise like a sonar beep!

There are a few tense scenes and lots of action. On the negative side, sometimes you go from a tense moment to an action one so quickly you forget what the plot is and why exactly they're there. But that's minor, overall any sci-fi fan will enjoy this movie. It's not the best, but it's certainly worth seeing.
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