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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3.8 out of 5 stars

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15 of 16 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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11 of 12 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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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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Format: DVD
The movie begins good and interesting but then more the movie continues it gets more confusing.

In a distance future, Mankind is at war with Kilrathi a Cat like alien species. Meanwhile 2 young lieutenants Blair (Freddie Prince Jr.) and Marshall (Matthew Lillard) are signed for combat on board the space ship Tiger Claw. Inside Tiger Claw Blair is not very welcome by the other pilots because he is in heritage of space pilgrims that has a bad history of war sabotage. When the Kilrathi steals important navcom computer the Tiger Claw has been selected to retrieve the navcom or the faith of humanity will be over.

That's as far as I can tell from the story plot but what's happening during the movie I cannot tell. everything is so confusing, I guess its because the movie is based on the games with the same title so for the wing commander fans should like this film but for those who didn't play the games it will be a lot of question marks on the heads.

But its a guilty pleasure, the actors and actresses are doing a good job, and the action and special effects are great so its worth checking this baby out.

Verdict? See it
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By Steven TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Nov. 2013
Format: DVD
Despite its origins as a computer game the movie took stylistic inference from old war movies and reportedly used sets made from decommissioned fighter jets, this, combined with a simple linear story placed the classy production squarely in the genre of old school sci-fi. The young guns of the cast do a fairly decent job with their respective parts and they are surrounded by a surprising number of bona fide thespians. The familiar tale of humans versus aliens is peppered thruought by references to a rich Earth history and the lead character is credited with a pilgrim's innate ability to navigate space; this adds some character depth which should have been used to stronger effect. The special effects are decent in the main but the alien Kilrathi are pretty poor. Rumour has it that a sub plot involving a traitor was cut from the final version, this hacking removed an action scene and some dramatic tension which may have contributed to some unforgiving reviews on release which is a shame because otherwise this is a fine movie.
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